I’ve always been a coffee drinker. From the time I was old enough to know what it was, I loved it. But my love turned into addiction once I became a mom. Because after my leisurely non-mom hours became a thing of the past, coffee became not just a treat but a necessity.
However, last year when I started my journey towards a healthier me, I had to take a good long look at my coffee drinks. Not only were they draining my pocket book but they were also helping me to pack on the pounds. Because I didn’t like my coffee black. No, I liked it sweet and sugary and loaded up with tons of calories. And that was just something that would have to go. So, I sadly accepted the fact that if I wanted to meet my weight loss goals, my delicious coffee drinks of the past would have to be replaced with cups of black coffee with a little bit of sweetener. And, oh how it saddened me. In fact, I missed my favorite iced coffee drink so much that I just quite drinking it all together for a while – because it was too much of a punishment to drink it without the taste I loved.
But then I heard a rumor that Iced Coffee could be in my diet again – and in my budget. Because people were telling me that International Delight had come out with a Light Iced Coffee. Now, I already knew from my experience trying their original iced coffee that it was super fabulous. But I just couldn’t justify the calories. So, I dared not get excited. Instead, I headed to Walmart with a cautiously optimistic heart to see if I could find this low-sugar coffee.
As I not so discreetly made a bee-line for the iced coffee section of the store, I couldn’t contain my excitement! And, be still my beating heart, there it was right in front of me. With 1/3 fewer calories and less sugar, the International Delight Ice Coffee was just screaming my name.
After getting over the initial urge to bust open the carton and drink straight from it right there (I don’t think that’s viewed kindly by Walmart though I could be wrong), I decided that this was indeed quite a reason to celebrate! And with the calories that I would be saving, I needed to create a special treat to accompany my year in the making Iced Coffee drink! Now, this may speak to the fact that I had
coffee tunnel vision but I just knew I had to make a treat that had coffee in it. So, after quickly consulting my iPhone and doing a little search, I came up with an idea. Now that I was even more excited (yes, that was me jumping up and down in the aisles of Walmart) I quickly picked up the items I needed and headed to the register.
Thankfully the lines were super short because I was fully prepared to go all ninja on someone if I had to. But nobody got in my way and I was able to pay for my groceries, drag MillerBug from the store and get home without any incident.
Once we got home, it was time to get a cookin’! And in my mind, what goes better with coffee than muffins? You know what I’m talking about, right? But I didn’t want blueberry muffins or bran muffins. I wanted some coffee muffins! So, after making a quick tweak to a favorite recipe of mine, I threw together what I’ll be calling Skinny Vanilla Latte Muffins!
Skinny Vanilla Latte Muffin Recipe
What You Will Need
2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
2 Tablespoons of Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
1/2 Cup of Domino’s Light Sugar
1 Cup of International Delight Vanilla Light Iced Coffee
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
How to Make It
Start by mixing together your flour, baking soda and salt. Next, melt your butter and mix it well with your Greek Yogurt. **A traditional muffin recipe calls of 1/2 a stick of butter. I used 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of yogurt in order to cut the fat and calories.** In a separate bowl, mix together your egg, light sugar (again, reducing calories), vanilla extract and coffee. Now, slowly add your two liquid mixtures to your flour mixture and mix them for about 10 seconds or until the are combined but still lumpy.
Now, pour your mixture into your greased muffin tins. **Tip: Using an ice cream scooper to do this will give you more control over the size, leaving you with even muffin sizes.**
Bake your muffins at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Then remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.
They are perfect for breakfast and have a subtle coffee taste that will give your mouth the wake up call it needs!
And while these muffins are amazing with a glass of International Delight Light Iced Coffee, I decided to go all out since I was celebrating and make a quick (and super simple) Vanilla Frappuccino!
It was as simple as blending together one cup of International Delight Vanilla Light Iced Coffee, two tablespoons of International Delight French Vanilla Creamer and a half a cup of ice!
And in the end, I had a breakfast that would put any coffee house to shame! My Skinny Vanilla Latte Muffin was the perfect compliment to the Vanilla Frappuccino and, I’ll admit it, I was in coffee heaven!
And with the reduced calories and sugar, this is a splurge that I can enjoy any time I want it! So, my days of missing my coffee are over. No more do I have to worry about calorie or cost constraints. Instead, I can start my day the International Delight way and that is something that this mama is super excited about!
To find out more about International Delight Light Iced Coffee be sure to visit them on Facebook and Twitter. While you’re at it, don’t forget to grab your money saving coupon to make your coffee even more of a steal! And just for fun, be sure to check out the widget in my footer that is calculating how much I’m saving by using International Delight Iced Coffee! Think it will be enough to buy a new pair of jeans?
Now, if you thought my shopping trip sounded fun and crazy, it was! Come see more of it as well as how I created this fabulous recipe by popping on over and checking out my Google+ album here.
Happy guilt free drinking coffee lovers!
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