WIAW: The MAGIC Secret Ingredient

…that you already have in your kitchen! I have literally been putting this stuff in EVERYTHING – it’s entirely extraordinary.

Do you want to know what it is?

Is that even a question?! OF COURSE YOU DO! And thank Jenn for hosting so that you can. ūüôā

 Because, ladies and gentlemen,

ESPRESSO POWDER needs to be shared with the world! This little gem can be added to nearly anything, and contributes such a unique, rich flavour to dishes that simply cannot be replicated.

espresso powder

Not to mention being delicious, espresso powder ALSO:

  • Helps increase metabolism
  • Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s and heart disease
  • Can help prevent cancer
  • Keeps you alert! (Drink responsibly)

Now, just in case you weren’t aware, espresso powder is NOT simply ground espresso beans. Meaning you cannot go down to your wonderful barista and beg for the same stuff she puts in your morning latte. No, it is¬†dried, roasted¬†espresso beans that dissolve in water. This allows them to smoothly blend into any recipe sans coffee grounds in your teeth.

latte heart with cocoa

I know what you’re thinking. “Emma, espresso powder has existed FOREVER. Get a hold of yourself.” And while that may be partially true, I bet you’ve never tried…

Chocolate Espresso Martinis: You had better believe that these will be making an appearance at my eighteenth birthday this summer. YUM. Like any other drink, of course, these could also easily be made virgin using coffee instead of coffee liqueur and sparkling water for the vodka.

Espresso-Spiced Steak & Eggs: Now this is a new concept! But it doesn’t use any strange ingredients, so it’s worth a a shot to me. I’m not a¬†massive¬†proponent of calorie counting, but 1200+ seems a little hefty for one serving. I would scale it down if I made it, and have the recipe serve 4-6 instead of 2.

Black Bean & Espresso Chilli: Basically your average chilli recipe, with espresso powder added! Looks divine.

If those recipes were a little much for you, these are a little bit more traditional (ly delicious!)

The Best Chocolate Cake (EVER) With Espresso Frosting: This recipe is by far, one of my absolute favourites. I made this for a friend a couple of months ago and I am not kidding when I say it is to die for. The espresso powder is what really puts it over the edge. (Obviously)

chocolate cake

Legitimately Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting:¬†Don’t you hate it when you google something like “Healthy muffin recipes”, only to be bombarded with websites telling you to dump a cup each of flour and sugar in with your 2 tablespoons of oat flour? Makes. Me. Crazy. This recipe offers two options: sugar or honey. She has made them with both, so if you are looking for a 110% healthy recipe, test out that version!

“But, Emma, I don’t have any espresso powder!”

Step #1: Buy it. King Arthur’s is an excellent brand, as is Williams-Sonoma. My only request is that you do NOT do what I did and allow the baking manager at Sobeys to give you a styrofoam BOWL of his. It was revolting. Just get something of quality and we will be good to go.

Step #2: If your house happens to be located in the middle of Suburbia and/or you are unable to make it to the store for whatever reason, don’t fret! You have options. Obviously, espresso powder will work¬†best¬†in any recipe that calls for it, but both ground coffee and brewed espresso can be substituted. The amount of coffee will need to be increased to taste, and the brewed espresso will need to be balanced with the other liquids in the recipe, but both are viable, simple alternatives.

So, now that everyone is aware of the wonders of espresso powder and has it in their kitchen or is armed with a trust substitute, let’s move on to my OTHER most recent obsession. I’ve been making this EVERY time I come home from the gym, and fully intend to have it again today.

Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp good quality unsweetened cooca powder (I use Frye’s)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I use vanilla whey, but chocolate would likely blend better)
  • 1/2 tsp good quality espresso powder

Blend, and voila! Eat it with a spoon because that just makes smoothies 36x better.

Have you tried espresso powder?

What is your favourite “secret” ingredient?¬†

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