WW Recipe of the Day: Weight Watchers Coffee Fluff
Here's a fun vintage recipe for a low calorie dessert called "coffee fluff."
I found it in the original Weight Watchers Cookbook (affiliate link) by Jean Nidetch from 1966. I found it in a secondhand bookshop last summer and just had to bring it home.
Reading the original Weight Watchers rules and meal plan and perusing the dated, mostly unappetizing recipes made me glad I had never been subjected to the original Weight Watchers Program. I would have lasted about 15 seconds!
But hidden within the book's pages were a few recipes that didn't seem too bad: the Weight Watchers Cottage Cheese Danish, which has become a breakfast staple, and this Coffee Fluff, essentially coffee and unflavored gelatin whipped to make it fluffy and then chilled until it becomes firm, for example.
Coffee Fluff Recipe Notes
The original recipe called for artificial sweetener, but I'm not a fan, so I used a tablespoon of sugar instead.
I tend to like the bitter flavor of coffee and drink mine black without sugar, so thought this dessert was fine with just a spoonful of sugar.
If you like your coffee sweet you'll probably want to increase the amount. I also added a little dollop of Reddi-wip to fancy it up a bit.
This Coffee Whip makes a fun light dessert that would be perfect after a heavy meal.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Vintage Coffee Fluff?
According to my calculations, each serving has about 14 calories and:
1 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
1 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
1 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
0 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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If you like this classic Weight Watchers coffee fluff, be sure to check out some of my other easy Weight Watchers friendly dessert recipes including 2-Ingredient WW Pineapple Angel Food Cake, Oh So Easy No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits, WW 3, 2, 1 Microwave Mug Cake, 1-Ingredient Banana "Ice Cream" and No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Oatmeal
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Vintage Weight Watchers Coffee Fluff Recipe
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- ½ cup cold water
- 1-½ cups strong black coffee
- 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash of salt
- Whipped topping for serving, if desired
- Sprinkle gelatin on cold water to soften it.
- Dissolve the gelatin mixture in the hot coffee.
- Add the sugar, vanilla and salt, stirring until sugar dissolves.
- Place mixture in the refrigerator until the mixture gets syrupy (1-2 hours).
- Beat the slightly thickened gelatin mixture with an electric mixer until it doubles in volume.
- Spoon into 6 sherbet glasses. Chill until firm.
- Serve plain or with a dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping, if desired.
Source: adapted from Weight Watchers Cookbook (affiliate link) by Jean Nidetch
*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.
More Vintage Weight Watchers Recipes
- Weight Watchers Cottage Cheese Danish
- Cottage Cheese Baked Potato with Salsa
- WW Cream of Wheat with Spiced Fruit
- 2-Ingredient WW Pineapple Angel Food Cake
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I have to make this! I love all things coffee and it would be perfect for summer. I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners either; thanks for the sugar idea. But I what I really want is to link to the cheese danish recipe--my favorite.
I weighed in today and gained only .4 after a 2-week cruise; I felt pretty good about it.
BTW: I remember my older female family members on WW not too long after '66; it was CANNED TUNA, CANNED TUNA, CANNED TUNA!
Hope your summer's going well. Happy Wednesday.
It's so nice to hear from you. These old classic WW recipes are fun to play with every once in a while. I know what you mean about the canned tuna thing. My mom did WW back in the 70s and it was the same thing - fish several times a week!
Congrats on your weight maintenance while cruising. I had a similar experience during a recent 2-week trip to Paris and England.
Tammy Sisler (Seed Sprout Haven)
I think I will try this recipe with Italian Cream by coffeemate and no sugar. I will let you know how it turns out:)
Have a great day:)
Good idea, but it sounds a little plain to me as is...I think I'll make it into more of a mocha mousse-type dessert by adding some cocoa and folding the whipped cream/topping into it! Mmm...
Are you still a WW fan? I followed WW in 1967 as a teen and reached goal.
Thanks for this wonderful site...what a difference from then and NOW. I agree with you...too much freedom to stick with, but simply filling technique has always intrigued me because I love those foods but I'm afraid I'll eat too much of them .
I LOVED THE CHEESE DANISH...
There was a dessert I made with gelatin, coffee, water and the powdered milk which made 4 servings. I have looked everywhere but can't find it. It was a great way to get your milk quota in. It was a pudding and I can't recall the name.
Any ideas? Anyway, I still struggle with weight today...yo yo syndrome my entire life...tried everything...thanks again...love to hear from u
I remember it and LOVED IT! You made it all in a blender.. cannot find it anywhere!
Does anyone remember the Mocha Whip recipe with dried milk and gelatin made in the blender?
That’s what I want!!!! Thought this was it but wondered about milk
I don’t remember the “ powdered “ milk ...!
No we are looking for it also
I remember making a shake with Knox unflavored gelatin, Hershey's powdered cocoa, sweet n low, skim milk, & a few ice cubes in the blender. It was in the 70s. I've searched for the vintage recipe but I have not been successful. I think the gelatin was mixed with boiling water, but I don't remember. Maybe a quarter cup boiling water, and a half cup cold skim milk. I think one half envelope gelatin (the envelope was orange). However, I'm not 100% sure. Does this sound familiar to anybody?
I remember my mother making this also. I think the recipe is on Gardenweb.com under diet or ww: Soften 2 tsp of unflavored gelatin in about 1/2 c water. Place in the microwave until gelatin has melted and mixture is kinda like eggwhite.Into blender place cup of fruit of choice, adda 1/3 c dry milk. Start the blender and while it is whirring pour in hot gelatin. Then start dropping ice into the blender until it thickens. Its a post from 6/29/09
Does in one have the recipe for ketsup that was made for ww in the 70's. loved it
I have one of the older WW cookbooks, too, just for fun, but am still trying to locate the recipe for (microwaved) Bread Pudding. I've improvised and maybe come up with a similar, but I'd like the original since I can't seem to get my timing right when I nuke it. It took one egg, milk (not certain about how of that, either), sweetener, a slice of bread, cubed, and maybe nutmeg on top. I would make this in the evening and eat it next morning, cold, for breakfast. Back then we could only have one egg, we had to have milk and bread was additional. Can you help with this? BTW, while the coffee fluff recipe looks really good, I don't have a mixer.
I was just thinking of those cottage cheese danishes the other day. I ate them as a kid because my mom was doing weight watchers. i didn't think they were half bad. So funny to see the recipe here 🙂
Now that I see you have the cookbook from the 60s, does it possibly have a recipe named Pumpkin Patties? I remember using pumpkin puree, dry skim milk, pumpkin pie spice, and artificial sweetener. Mix the ingredients together and dole out on to parchment paper (placed onto a cookie sheet/jelly roll pan) in 1/4-cup increments and baking in oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. I think I got about eight patties which were about three points. This attempt to remembering isn't really accurate. But if the cookbook has the recipe, I'd appreciate your providing it, please. These were very palatable for improvising for pumpkin pie. Possibly with the blue points now, it would need calculating the dry skim milk only since pumpkin is a free vegetable.
Hi Joyce, I just checked the original WW Cookbook from the 1960s and it has no such recipe. The only pumpkin recipe is for a simple pumpkin soup made with pumpkin, broth and a few seasonings. ~Martha
Looking for a recipe in the 1980 cookbook called upside down pizza made with ground turkey. Lost my cookbook when moving but would love to have it again.
Does anyone have a copy of the food dairy from back in the late 1980’s you have a color code for foods