Here’s a fun vintage recipe for a low calorie dessert called “coffee fluff.”
I found it in the original Weight Watchers Cookbook 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.
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Skinny on Weight Watchers Coffee Fluff
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.
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- ½ cup cold water
- 1-1/2 cups strong coffee
- 1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 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 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
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