Monday, April 22, 2013

Low Calorie Latte

Coffee sucks when you are on a diet, but it doesn't have to. Here is my Low Cal Latte. At 100 Calories you could call it a snack!

Start with:

1x Hand blender with whisk
1x Large bowl of ice
1x Smaller metal bowl to sit inside the large bowl of ice for mixing

1x cup of black coffee (0 Calories)
1x 1/2 cup of skim milk (40 Calories)
1x 1/2 cup of 2% milk (60 Calories)
1x tsp vanilla extract  (12 Calories)
1x 0.3 grams of sucralose, seperated into quarters (< 1 Calorie)

OPTIONAL: Dark Chocolate to microplane on top of the whipped "cream" (7 Calories)


Place your whisk attachment in the freezer (or ice water)

Fill the large bowl with ice and place the metal bowl in the center so that as much of the ice is touching the bowl as possible.

Add the 1/2 cup of milk, vanilla, and one quarter of the sucralose to the metal bowl and cover with a clean cloth.

Wait 5 minutes to chill everything.

Whisk the milk/vanilla/sucralose until it whips (5 minutes on high)

Add the remaining milk and sucralose in your coffee to taste.

Top the coffee with the whipped "cream" and microplane some dark chocolate for the anti-oxidants!

Total cost: 93 Calories and 10 minutes (100 Calories if you add the chocolate)

There are 120 Calories in the ingredients list, but only 100 in the end product because you won't use all of the whipped "cream" you make in your coffee. Granted, that isn't going to stop you from eating it all anyways.

Basically  you are beating air into the fat molecules in the 2% milk until they bond and form a semi rigid structure that most people recognize as whipped cream. Skim milk doesn't whip very well because there isn't any fat for the air to bond with and create the structure, while heavy cream contains a lot of fat which creates a very thick, Calorie laden dollop of whipped cream. Using 2% milk will still give you an airy creamy structure, but with less than half the fat of heavy cream.

I hope this post helps!