I use these protein-rich coffee bites a lot when I need a quick pick-me-up for more energy and brain fuel. I try to limit my use of caffeine after 2-3 pm, but before 2 pm I have no issues with coffee because genetically I have an intermediate metabolism of caffeine. If you believe you may be a slow metabolizer of caffeine, I would limit your coffee intake to 1 cup early in the morning… and definitely, no coffee protein bites!
I also tried to make the same protein-rich bites with matcha green tea, but I was greatly disappointed because all the matcha powder went down to the bottom of the dish while it was in the fridge.
3 cups of brewed coffee (or Americano espresso, depending on your preference)
1/2 cup cold water
2 teaspoons monk fruit sweetener
6 tablespoons grass-fed collagen
3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin
2 tablespoons of maple syrup or substitute with monk-fruit sweetener (I am not a fan of stevia aftertaste, but it is just a personal preference)
coconut sugar or monk-fruit sweetener for sprinkles
Add 1/2 cup of cold water to a bowl or liquid measuring cup and sprinkle with gelatin powder.
Whisk together to combine and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes to “bloom.”
Pour the remaining (3 cups) of coffee and sweetener into a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until almost boiling.
Remove from heat and add the bloomed water/gelatin mixture and collagen. Mix to dissolve or use an immersion blender to mix the mixture.
Pour into an 8×8 glass baking dish.
Refrigerate about 4 hours, or until set. Cut into pieces and sprinkle with coconut sugar or monk fruit sweetener.
Share with me your favorite coffee treat! I love coffee a lot and always look for ways to make some interesting and different with it!
Zhanna Tarjeft, FNP is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and a founder of Sprouts Health Functional Medicine Practice in Gilbert, Arizona. Her articles are a matter of personal opinion and do not constitute direct medical advice. All conditions are unique and require the direct review and care of your own physician. To book an appointment with Zhanna Tarjeft contact her at (480) 550-9551