Eat Your Coffee!
Caffeine is all the buzz these days (no pun intended!) thanks to coffee. Products from caffeine shots to caffeinated peanut butter seem to be popping up everywhere. I love that coffee is a super food and I happily enjoy my daily morning cup of joe.
I love coffee’s bitter taste, it reminds me of dark chocolate without the sweetness. I often finish a rich meal out at a restaurant with a cup of espresso. I don’t drink espresso every day though, so when I do, it’s like a special treat. Speaking of, I love coffee/espresso flavored treats – they have that nice bitter taste and slight zing that you get with a cup of coffee, such as coffee ice cream and dark chocolate covered coffee beans (YUM)! The richness of coffee desserts make it so that I don’t have to eat as much of them to feel satisfied. So, I was excited when I realized I could use my Nespresso machine to easily make coffee flavored desserts myself. Here are some of the favorite coffee/espresso flavored desserts:
Chocolate Espresso Mug Cake by Kurry Leaves: This is a super simple and quick recipe! You probably have all the ingredients you need for it in your kitchen right now. This is my favorite for when I have a strong chocolate craving after dinner.
Raw Vegan Espresso Brownies from FoodDoodles: This recipe is raw, vegan and delicious! With only healthy all natural ingredients like walnuts & dates and no added sugars, you never have to feel guilty about indulging in these. They’re a great dessert treat, but it’s also a nice pre/post- workout snack that you can quickly throw in your purse to take with you.
Espresso Martini: 1 Park Kahlua + 2 Parks Vodka + 1 Shot Espresso (chilled) = perfect treat for the adults and a great party pleaser!
Espresso Sunday: Drizzle a shot of espresso over vanilla ice cream and add chocolate chips and chopped walnuts (or toppings of your choice).
What’s great about using the Nespresso machine to make these is that it simplifies the cooking process and I can add that nice rich coffee taste with the click of a button. I am madly in love with my new pods by Gourmesso.com, which recently launched in the US after becoming the top online retailer in Europe. Gourmesso is a New York based startup company offering quality coffee priced 30% less than Nespresso. Gourmesso has 25 blends, many of which are Fair-Trade certified. I don’t feel as guilty now indulging in a delicious coffee treat or espresso pick me up mid day.
What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy your coffee?
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!