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Espresso Pudding Coffee Jelly Surprise

SURPRISE…!?
IT’S ONLY 75 CALORIES
it’s fat free
IT’S FULL O’ PROTEIN
with a caffeine kick in the pants.
fabulous PROTEIN-PICK-ME-UP…
much more fun than an energy drink or a calorie/carb filled protein bar.
a pretty little guilt free dessert or a satisfying late night sweet snack attack.
ESPRESSO PUDDING COFFEE JELLY SURPRISE
COFFEE JELLY…jello
3/4 cup cold coffee
1 cup hot  coffee
2 packet plain gelatin
sweeten or flavor coffee to your liking
NOTE…these measurements (1 3/4 cups liquid) make a wiggly jello texture, but DOES cut into cubes.  if you want it just a bit more firm, cut the liquid to 1 1/2 cups total.
ESPRESSO GREEK YOGURT PROTEIN PUDDING
2 cups plain greek yogurt, i use Fage
1 small box sugar/fat free Jello Pudding mix(4 serving size)
1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
2 big shots of espresso(4 oz), cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional
approx. 1/2 tsp espresso powder.
the espresso powder is optional, but i wanted a stronger espresso flavor.
1/2 cup vanilla protein shake…or milk of choice
put the shake in last as needed to thin to your desired consistency… sometimes i use about 1/4 cup shake.
put the dry ingredients in a small bowl and combine, set aside.  put the yogurt and espresso in a stand mixer and combine on slow then medium.  i used the whisk attachment.  slowly add the dry ingredients.  as noted, add a little protein shake or milk of choice if it seems too thick…don’t forget IT WILL THICKEN MORE in the fridge.  TASTE TEST…does it need more espresso flavor…more sweetener? a splash of vanilla?  a sprinkle of cinnamon?
layer the jello cubes and yogurt mixture into cups of choice.  chill in fridge for a few hours.  serve with whipped topping and a few chocolate covered espresso beans.

if you have an Asian market near you, you can save the trouble and buy the “Coffee Jelly” (shown above).  i was unaware that this box was about 9 DOLLARS…my bad…but it was good and i wanted to see what texture and density was in the authentic Japanese style “jelly”.  this is what i used in the photos, but i tested out the recipe i have given here on the second batch.
approx. NUTRITION…6 servings
(without whipped cream)
note…coffee should be ZERO calories
75 calories
11 grams protein
7.4 gram carbs
3.1 gram sugar

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