DIY Cold Brew Coffee (THM FP)

Is it just me, or does it seem like cold brew is EVERYWHERE this summer? Starbuck’s, Dunkin, and even the grocery stores are packing their shelves with different cold brew blends. Lucky for you, making cold brew coffee at home is as easy as picking up your regular grounds at the store!

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Cold brew differs from your normal hot brewed coffee in a few ways. First, it’s the obvious hot steep vs cold steep. Second, cold brew is stronger than your everyday java so you only use a little at a time.

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I suggest a strong, dark roast coffee for this because it adds more flavor and punch with less product.

Recently, I have fallen in love with Kicking Horse Coffee, and found that their “Kick Ass” blend is perfect for cold brew. It’s a bold, dark roast coffee that isn’t bitter. I like the whole beans, because once I get it I can grind it to the coarseness I like and it tastes fresher.

To make your cold brew, just add 1 cup of ground coffee (as coarse or as fine as you like) to a quart mason jar, cover to the top with water, and stir. Place the lid on, and just let it sit in your fridge for at least 24 hours. For a more concentrated blend, you can go to 36 or even 48 hours.

Strain the grounds using a mesh strainer and/or paper filters (to catch those extra small pieces).

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Store in the fridge for up to 1 week (or as long as you can keep it around! ^_~).

As I said before, the best part is that you only need 1/4 – 1/3 cups of cold brew to make 8oz of coffee. If you enjoy your coffee black, just add some water to your cold brew. You can flavor it up with almond or coconut milk, extracts, etc.

I tell you, making cold brew at home is even easier than the drive-thru at Starbuck’s. Plus, you have more flavor options using your own coffee at home – win!

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Cold Brew Coffee (THM FP)

  • Servings: Makes 5-8 8oz cups of coffee
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Place the ground coffee into the bottom of a quart mason jar, cover to the top of the jar with water, and stir.
  2. Fix the lid onto the jar and refrigerate for at least 24, or up to 48 hours. (The longer you leave it, the stronger (better) it is)
  3. Strain the grounds out of the coffee, and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  4. Use about 1/4 – 1/3 c of cold brew per 8oz cup you want to enjoy. Fill with water for black coffee, or add almond/coconut milk/a splash of cream – whatever you like to flavor it up!

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Low Carb Coffee Ice Cream (THM S)

Coffee lovers unite! This ice cream is all the creamy deliciousness of a warm morning cup of coffee in a chilly dessert version.

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The first ice cream I ever loved (nay, “favorited”) was Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream. I am THE coffee gal and that ice cream felt like a big java hug, but in dessert form. Creamy and sweet, with a distinct coffee flavor – that is this ice cream. Except this ice cream is really good for you, and super easy to make.

My go-to ice cream base these days is a fat bomb – eggs, raw cacao butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, and heavy cream (or canned coconut milk, for dairy free). The result is this buttery soft ice cream, that absolutely melts in your mouth. For not a ton of milk, or cream rather, it’s almost unbelievable how creamy this stuff gets.

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For the coffee part of it, I used instant espresso granules. You can use strongly brewed coffee as well, but you will have to use at least 1/2 a cup and reduce the cream which may make the texture of your ice cream more icy and hard. I liked the granules, because I only had to use 2 1/2 Tbsp for the whole batch, and I got a strong coffee flavor without diluting my creamy base.

The best part, is that there is absolutely zero cooking involved – just melting (microwaving, in my case) and throwing it in a blender. Easy, right?

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If you need this base to be dairy free, you can add 1 cup of canned coconut milk instead of heavy cream. Just skip the phase where you add the ice cubes, and take it straight to your pre-chilled ice cream machine.

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This ice cream is not only easy to make, it’s every bit as good (nay, BETTER) than top-shelf brands. Plus, you get multiple servings at your fingertips. It tastes sinful, but there’s no guilt in this dreamy java dessert.

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Low Carb Coffee Ice Cream (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions


1. Combine all ingredients, except for the ice cubes, into a high-powered blender and whip until creamy and slightly thickened.
2. Begin adding the ice cubes, one at a time, blending well for about 10 seconds between.
3. When the mixture is thick and slightly chilled, transfer it to your pre-frozen ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturer’s directions.
4. Transfer to a shallow, freezer-safe dish and freeze for at least one hour before serving.
*NOTE: If you’re using coconut milk for the dairy free version, SKIP the ice cube step and transfer the base straight to your ice cream machine.

Cinnamon Crunch Protein Coffee Cake (THM S)

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This recipe made me so happy! Not only did it work on the first try, which can be rare for baking, it was easy to throw together before Sunday morning breakfast. This was my first gluten/sugar free coffee cake, and I could not be more pleased with the result.

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If you have all the ingredients, this cake is quick and simple to throw together. I liked using protein as a big part of the base here for 2 reasons: it makes the cake texture more like coffee cake (sturdy and slightly dry) and it adds more protein to the cake (making it a great snack or finishing complement to an S breakfast or lunch).

First, get your dry ingredients together in a small bowl: almond flour, whey protein isolate, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.

Next is your wet ingredients: eggs, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla extract (yes, I like both because I like vanilla, however you can leave out the paste if you want.) Stir it up.

Then whisk the wet into the dry. The consistency is pretty wet, like runny pancake batter.

Get your pan ready, and make sure your oven is preheated to 350. I prepped my 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil spray and a square of parchment paper. I did it this way because I wanted to make certain the cake would slide right out of the dish. With the parchment in there, each piece came out perfectly, and the dish was easy to clean.

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Prepare your topping by combining softened butter, cinnamon, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and nuts. I chose to use sliced almonds but you could use pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, whatever you fancy. It’s going to look like a paste, that’s OK.

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Pour half of your cake batter into your prepared dish, dot it with half of the nut topping, then pour on the other half of cake batter and dot the top with the rest of the nut mixture.

If you want more of a streusel-like topping, you can add some coconut flour to the mix to dry it out and make it more crumbly but I do like how this turned out. The butter melts, making the cake moist and you still get the crunch of the nuts with the cinnamon sweetness.

Bake the cake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown delicious on top.

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All of that topping sits just under the golden brown surface.

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Gorgeous! Let it cool slightly before cutting.

Slice it into 9 pieces, and have you a piece, girl.

See? All that cinnamon, sweet goodness floating throughout the cake. The cake has flecks of vanilla bean and a crunch factor from the nuts. The cake is fluffy, sturdy, and slightly dry – making it the perfect partner with your coffee or tea.

This is a perfect make-ahead snack for the week. I’ve sent pieces with my husband to work, and heated it up as a snack. Just store the pieces in a large gallon zip-top bag in the fridge.

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Cinnamon Crunch Coffee Cake (THM S)

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine dry cake ingredients in a small bowl: almond flour, protein, sweetener, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Combine wet cake ingredients in a separate bowl: eggs, milk, oil, vanilla paste and extract.
  4. Whisk wet and dry together.
  5. Combine all ingredients for the nut topping in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Prepare an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and coconut oil spray.
  7. Add half of the cake batter to the dish, dot with half of the nut mixture, pour on second half of cake, and finish with the second half of the nut mixture.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until completely set in the middle and golden throughout.
  9. NOTES: A few have experienced an “eggy” taste with this recipe. Baking with whey can have that taste. Make sure you add enough vanilla to your batter, even if you don’t have the paste. To further tone down the whey, add some almond extract as well (about 1/2 tsp of almond and 1 tsp vanilla). The final note is to TASTE the batter before you bake it. If the batter is good, the cake will be good. Happy baking!

Caramel Macchiato Bulletproof Creamer (THM S)

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In my pre-THM days, I was all about the flavored creamers, and lately I’ve really been missing them. So, instead of going back to my old ways, I came up with a new way to enjoy my favorite flavors.

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Coffee is my favorite part of the morning. Every day I juice mine up with collagen, MCT oil, half and half, and different extracts. I know I may be preaching to the choir here, but it can be quite time-consuming getting together just one cup of coffee.

So, I decided to try my hand at making my own DIY coffee creamer.

The method was fairly simple, and I threw it all together in the midst of making breakfast for my family. Quick and easy, anyone?

I made a syrup using water, Pyure, vanilla extract, and caramel extract. Once the Pyure dissolved, I added the collagen. Since I only made a test batch – enough to last about a week – I did about 7 scoops of collagen (I try to get one full scoop per day). Once the collagen dissolved, I added the MCT oil (about enough for 1 week, 1 teaspoon per day).

*NOTE: If your syrup needs a little help mixing, and a whisk isn’t quite doing the job, try this little gadget. My syrup had some trouble at times, and this helped get everything incorporated.

Really, that’s it!

I cooled the syrup slightly by sticking it in the fridge for about 7 minutes before adding it to my half and half. Now, I was running low on half and half that day, so I did a mix of half and half and heavy cream. However, feel free to make this what YOU want. Isn’t that the point of DIY creamer?

“Official” bulletproof coffee includes butter, or ghee. However, I just wasn’t feeling it that day. The MCT oil in my coffee is really enough for me, but again – make this your own. No MCT oil? No worries, use some coconut oil. Want to add ghee? Go for it! Want to make it dairy free? Use coconut milk (from a can is fine too, just make sure to shake it first) or any on-plan nut milks. No collagen in your house? Leave it out, I won’t know.

Not only can you make this coffee creamer with as many, or as few, ingredients as you want, but it also goes from start to in-your-coffee in the time it takes to make bacon and eggs.

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Come to momma.

Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer (THM S)

  • Servings: 7-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Place the water, sweetener, and extracts in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer rapidly until sweetener is dissolved.
  2. Add the collagen, blending if needed.
  3. Add the MCT oil, again blending if needed.
  4. Cool the syrup for about 5-7 minutes in the fridge. It should be cool (or room temperature) to the touch.
  5. Stir the cream of your choice into the syrup. [I chose to use my half and half container, since I was bout to recycle it anyway. It’s the perfect vessel, if you have one! I shake it a little each time before I use it.]
  6. Use 1-2 Tbsp in your coffee, sip, and enjoy!

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Truffles (THM S)

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If you like holiday treats that are easy to make and take very little effort, then these are for you!

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Of course, the base of these truffles is really good chocolate. I started with a base of 85% dark chocolate, because that’s what I keep on hand most times. A few other options you have would be unsweetened baking chocolate, a Lily’s Baking Bar, or sugar free chocolate chips. If you choose to use unsweetened baking chocolate, you can use a few teaspoons of  THM Super Sweet to get the sweetness where you want it. You can also use a few drops of liquid stevia if you want to sweeten any of the already-sweetened options just a tad.

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*NOTE: If you’re planning to use unsweetened chocolate with a granular sweetener, add the sweetener to the cream mixture so that it has a chance to dissolve before going into the chocolate. You can always adjust further with liquid stevia.

I flavored up the chocolate using instant espresso, a pinch of pink salt, and Kahlua coffee liqueur.

*NOTE: The Kahlua in this recipe is very little, and adds less than 1g of sugar to each truffle. If you’re concerned about using it, or don’t want to use any alcohol, you can substitute with a touch of rum extract.

The only “work” (I use that term very loosely here) involved is whisking the heated cream into the chocolate.

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Whisk, whisk, whisk.

Then you get to this stage.

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Notice, the chocolate is melted but the texture looks “gritty.” This means the butter has yet to be fully incorporated, and the mixture is still “broken.” Keep whisking, maybe even a bit more vigorously…

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Then you get this!

Velvety smooth, rich chocolate.

At this point, you have two options: cover and refrigerate to  accelerate the hardening process or let the mixture stand (covered) until it stiffens at room temperature. If you don’t want to portion them out right away, I would suggest refrigeration until about 20-30 minutes before you’re ready to roll.

*NOTE: When you’re ready to roll, make sure the chocolate has had a chance to thaw a bit on the counter – it will make portioning much easier (like barely even having to touch it, easy).

As far as coating goes, you can really use any nuts that you like. Pecans or pistachios would be great here! I chose to use finely chopped hazelnuts, because chocolate LOVES hazelnuts.

Using a small scoop will be your best, and easiest, bet for portioning these out. Plus, it’ll keep your hands pretty clean. Scoop the chocolate, turn it directly into the chopped nuts, toss lightly to coat, then roll the truffle gently between your hands and set aside. Lather, rinse, repeat…

Once they’re all rolled, store them in a zip-top bag in the refrigerator until use. They keep fine at room temperature (for gift boxes and such), but for long-term store in the fridge.

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Don’t they look divine? Rich chocolate spiked with espresso and Kahlua, rolled in crunchy hazelnuts. Beautiful as a holiday gift, dessert, or as an everyday treat in your fridge.

If you liked this recipe, try my Orange Spiced Truffles next! You won’t be sorry. ^_~

Dark Chocolate Espresso Truffles (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes approx. 15-18
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 8oz chocolate (85% or Lily’s, see Note above), roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 2 Tbsp Kahlua, or 1/2 – 1 tsp rum exract
  • pinch of salt
  • THM Super Sweet or liquid stevia to taste (see Note above if using a granular sweetener)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 c finely chopped hazelnuts (raw or roasted, unsalted)

Directions

  1. Bring the cream, butter, espresso granules, salt, and sweetener (if using) almost to boiling in a small sauce pan. The mixture should not boil, but should be steaming hot.
  2. Pour the hot cream into a small bowl, over the chopped chocolate and whisk until the chocolate and cream are fully incorporated.
  3. Whisk in the Kahlua (or rum extract). Cover and chill until firm.
  4. When ready to portion, take the chocolate out of the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes prior to scooping.
  5. Scoop the mixture into 1 Tbsp balls, turn directly into chopped nuts and roll gently to coat. Roll lightly between your hands to get a more rounded shape, if needed.
  6. Store at room temperature for up to 2-3 hours, or in a zip-top bag in the fridge for future use.

White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

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I’m guilty. Starbucks holiday drinks get me every year, even though I don’t drink their coffee hardly at all throughout the year. I’m not so much a pumpkin spice girl, I’m a winter-flavors kind of gal. Last year is was the caramel brulee latte, and this year it’s the chestnut praline latte.

However, in an effort to kick what could become a bad habit, I’ve started experimenting more with my coffee at home. I know many people love the peppermint mocha, and I greatly prefer the white chocolate version. It’s not quite as bitter as the dark chocolate.

When you can have your favorite holiday drink at home, and it’s actually GOOD for you? I call that a win.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha (THM S)

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a large, or single-serve blender and whip.
  2. Serve immediately.
  3. *NOTES: My cacao butter comes in 1oz cubes, so I used one cube for this recipe. I roughly chopped it, and softened it in the microwave for about 45 seconds. I use Truvia packets for my coffee, and used 2 packets for this recipe. I don’t like my coffee too sweet, so adjust the sweetness to your liking.


How easy was that? Now go brew yourself some coffee, and bottoms-up, baby.

Chocolate Mocha Chip Fat Bomb Ice Cream (THM Deep S)

Chocolate is my thing. I eat dark chocolate almost daily (because it’s good for you, right?),  and it can be hard to get my fix without feeling weighed down by dairy.

This ice cream has all the velvety, creamy deliciousness of traditional ice cream with ZERO dairy. Plus, it’s filling and Fuel Cycle approved!

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I haven’t talked about it much, but I’m considering doing my second Fuel Cycle (Chapter 28 of the original THM book) on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. Before I picked up blogging again, I did a Fuel Cycle back in Spring with great success. Don’t get me wrong – Fuel Cycles can be a little maddening, and they aren’t for THM beginners, or even those who are steadily losing. FCs are for when you experience a persistent stall while following the plan. I survived last time by following (to a “T”) a special FC menu laid out by the THM authors. It was nice having every meal and snack planned out, and it was easier to follow than I expected.

Through this experimentation, I’m glad I’ve found not one, but two ice cream recipes that are easy and Fuel Cycle approved.

Chocolate Mocha Chip Fat Bomb Ice Cream (THM Deep S)

Multiple Servings

  • 4 whole eggs
  • 4 egg yolks (save the whites for later!)
  • 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder (Use something really good! I used this one which gave a milk chocolate flavor with zero bitterness.)
  • 1/3 c melted raw cacao butter
  • 1/3 c melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 c MCT oil
  • scant 1/4 c Pyure or Gentle Sweet (I think the sweetener depends on the bitterness of your cocoa. Go scant at first, then you can taste and add more as needed.)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2-1 Tsp espresso powder
  • 1/4 c Lily’s chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable glycerin, optional (helps keep the ice cream texture soft after freezing)
  • 10-15 ice cubes

Freeze the insulated part of your ice cream churner overnight, if needed.

In a high-powered blender, add all the ingredients except for the ice cubes and chocolate chips, then whip for about 2-3 minutes or until creamy. Taste and adjust for sweetness, if needed.

With the blender going (through a release spout in the top) begin adding the ice cubes, one at a time and waiting about 10 seconds between. If your blender doesn’t have a release spout, simply add one at a time and blend well between cubes. This step is to simply bring down the temperature of the mixture while diluting it slightly.

Prepare your ice cream churner – I like to spray the insulated part with a little coconut oil to keep my custard from sticking. Pour in the mixture and churn for 10-12 minutes, or until it reaches soft-serve like consistency. Scoop half the mixture into a loaf pan, or other dish suitable for the freezer. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, then add the other half of the ice cream. Stir gently to combine, then serve immediately or freeze for 45 minutes to overnight, if you like.

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I decided to freeze my ice cream overnight before taste-testing, and was extremely pleased with the texture. When I tried the pumpkin version of this, I accidentally left out the vegetable glycerin and it got pretty hard overnight. I heated it in the microwave to be scoopable, and then it was fine. Here, I was happy to find that the glycerin did its job in keeping the texture firm, but still scoopable. [Lesson learned, don’t forget the glycerin.]

And the taste! Oh my gravy, y’all. If you haven’t tried fat bomb ice cream yet, you need to.

My kids were the abiding taste-testers and, to put it mildly, they loved it. [Despite the look on my 4-year-old’s face, she did like it. That’s what I get for asking her to smile. ^_^] They’re like me, and could probably eat the whole batch in one sitting. But we were all happy with having it as a mid-morning treat.

Other Cycle-friendly variations of this ice cream you could try would be:

  • Nutella – trading the espresso for hazelnut flavoring and reducing to 1-2 tsp.
  • Double Chocolate – leave out the espresso and add a few more chocolate chips.
  • French Vanilla – leave out the cocoa powder and espresso, add beans from a vanilla pod and 1/2 tsp of hazelnut flavor.
  • Matcha – omit cocoa and espresso. Add 1-2 Tsp matcha powder and 1/2 tsp coconut flavor.
  • Orange Creamsicle – omit cocoa and espresso. Add zest of 1 orange and 1-2 tsp orange oil or flavor.
  • This Pumpkin variation

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Have you tried the Fat Bomb recipe yet?