WW Recipe of the Day: Coffee Jelly/Jello
A no-pointer, no brainer dessert?
Coffee jelly is a jello dessert flavored with coffee and sugar. Once common in British and American cookbooks, it immediately made me think of WW vintage recipe for "coffee fluff."
Somehow now out of favor here in the US, coffee jelly is now most popular in Japan, where it can be found in most restaurants and many convenience stores. On a hot summer day in Tokyo, Japan you'll find crowds enjoying this different refreshing "coffee break."
Scoops of this jelly (read Jello) are tucked into every shape of glass, cup or bowl and either served "straight up" or topped with milk, a scoop of ice cream or a spoonful of whipped cream.
How clever! And for coffee lovers like me, how divine!
I will admit to doing most of the tasting this time around as I played with the recipe; I drank way too much coffee and had a great time.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Jello?
According to my calculations (when made with your favorite sugar substitute), each serving has 6 calories and
0 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
0 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
0 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
0 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Do you have a favorite alternative to sugar? Most often I use guilt-free stevia powder, however recently I used the brown crystallized monk fruit which originated in southeast Asia and is available in brown or white crystals. I loved the brown sugar not-too-sweet taste crystals which are still calorie-, carb- and fat-free.
How to Make Coffee Jelly Cooking Notes
Coffee jelly is light and not too sweet, though you can adjust the sweetness to your liking. It's perfect as an after-dinner dessert.
Since first testing this out, I have tried it with decaf and the flavor and texture is still perfect — the caffeine level is almost non existent which might be useful if you're sensitive to caffeine.
In Japan coffee jelly is made with agar agar. One package of regular gelatin powder works just fine here.
Have fun with the serving dishes you choose for serving this coffee jello. Consider your best elegant wine glasses or special tea cups.
This is one dessert to dress up or down.
Coffee Jelly Serving Suggestions
Keep this in the fridge for several days. A few spoonfuls are a delightful, refreshing midmorning snack, especially here in Phoenix when the temperatures begin to soar.
I’ve now made it black, cappuccino-style (adding 2 tablespoons of creamer to the mixture) and played with various amounts of stevia and monk fruit.
The jury is still out on the winner; maybe I need to do some more testing!
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- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons/0.25 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 2 cups strong coffee
- 1 to 2 tablespoons stevia or monk fruit crystals (or your favorite no calorie sweetener)
- Dissolve the gelatin and water in a small cup.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the mixture along with the coffee and sweetener to a simmer.
- Simmer for 30 seconds to dissolve the sugar and thoroughly mix in the gelatin.
- Pour into an 8-inch loaf pan and cool thoroughly, then refrigerate until firm.
- Cut into cubes and place in cups, stemmed glassware or small bowls.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you like this Coffee Jello Dessert, you might also like
- Coffee Fluff (Simple-Nourished-Living)
- Mocha Pots de Crème (Simple-Nourished-Living)
- Super-Duper Cocoa-rific Coffee Malt (HungryGirl)
- Sugar-Free Blended Iced Coffee (SkinnyKitchen)
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