Sunday, May 25, 2014

Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Espresso Milkshake

Who knew cinnamon and espresso went so well together?
Not me.
Not even a little bit.
I would never have thought to put those two things together, especially in a milkshake. Probably because I am not a coffee person. I like the smell of coffee and I like coffee in things - like cake, cheesecake, chocolate - but I have never been one to just drink a cup of coffee. 
Sue and I both, in fact, are not coffee drinkers. 
Is that weird?
I feel like that's weird....
Anyway, throw some espresso and cinnamon together in a low cal shake and I am ready to join Team Coffee. 
You will be too once you see the nutritional counts on this one - 
126 calories, 34 carbs, 2 fat, and 15 protein. (According to Myfitnesspal).
Not even lying.

Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Espresso Milkshake

12 pkg Sugar Twin Stevia
1/4 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 to 1/2 cup espresso, frozen
1/2 cup 0 fat Greek yogurt, plain, frozen
1/3 cup 1% milk
2 Tbsp Light Cool Whip

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring Stevia, water, and cinnamon to a boil - stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring often, until mixture is thickened and reduced in half - about 8 - 10 minutes or so. 

Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Set in freezer for about 5 - 10 minutes until mixture cools completely. It should solidify into a creamy mixture. (If it remains syrupy rather becoming solid - this is completely fine. This is being added to the milkshake and will be blended so there is a lot of leeway as far as texture goes.)

Add cinnamon dolce mixture, espresso ice cubes, frozen yogurt and milk to a blender.

Process until smooth, scraping sides as necessary. 
(If too thick add a bit more milk, if too thin, add a few ice cubes.)
Serve immediately, topped with the Cool Whip and a pinch more cinnamon.

Mmmm....caffeine-y goodness.

A few notes - 
**The Cinnamon Dolce syrup mixture is usually made with sugar and, I find, is easier to tell what the consistency is. I used Stevia because I wanted to cut calories and carbs and it is trickier to tell with the Stevia how it is cooking. If you can get it to the syrup stage - perfect. If you go past that stage and it turns solid - no problem. It happened to me (as shown in photos above) and it works out fine. It does not affect the taste at all.  
**The nutritional count includes the Cool Whip topping.
**You can use frozen really strong coffee if you don't have espresso. 
Start your day off with a low cal, low fat, caffeine boost 
Have it for lunch and a good energy boost in the middle of the day. 

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1 comment:

  1. G'day! Sign me up for one right now! :)
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