You don’t have to be fluent in Italian to make this Easy Keto Affogato. All you need is Folgers Black Silk coffee and some low carb ice cream.
Affogato is an Italian word meaning “drowned.” What is drowned, in this case, is ice cream in freshly brewed coffee.
My first affogato was prepared by a barista in New Orleans at the world’s largest coffee roasting facility – Folgers. He took a scoop of vanilla gelato and poured freshly brewed Folgers coffee over it and then topped it all with a few sliced almonds. So simple and elegant at the same time.
Being that many of us are now watching our carbohydrate intake, I thought it would be great to make a keto-version of affogato. This specialty beverage is quite easy to make low-carb because Folgers coffee naturally has ZERO calories and ZERO carbs. It’s perfect for keto diets, low carb diets, paleo diets – you name it.
To make traditional affogato keto-friendly, use Halo Top Vanilla Bean ice cream instead of gelato. Each 1/2 cup serving has 70 calories and 6 grams of net carbs (14 grams carbs – 3 grams of dietary fiber – 5 grams of sugar alcohol).
How To Make Affogato
To make affogato, start by brewing a pot of coffee. Because this is a dessert recipe that will most likely be consumed in the evening, I recommend that you use Folgers Black Silk. (Interesting fact: being that it is a dark roast, it will have less caffeine than a lighter roast.)
Toppings are optional and will increase the calorie and carbohydrate count. Thinly sliced almonds have 90 calories and 1.5 grams of net carbs.
For chocolate shavings, I recommend Lily’s brand. It is made with stevia and you will only need a small amount. (Half of a bar has 160 calories and 4 grams of net carbs. The amount of shavings that I used is so small that I don’t count it.)
Easy Keto Affogato
- 8 Tablespoons Folgers Black Silk
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups Halo Top vanilla ice cream
- sliced almonds optional
- chocolate shavings optional
- Place Folgers Black Silk coffee grounds into the bottom of your press.
- Pour hot (but not boiling) water into the glass pot, leaving about an inch of room at the top. Stir the water and coffee.
- Put the plunger back on top of the glass pot, and be sure to turn the lid so it blocks the pour spout. Don’t lower the plunger. Just let the coffee brew for 4 minutes.
- Lower the plunger, slowly, all the way down to the bottom of the pot. Once you get the plunger all the way down, turn the lid to open the spout, and pour!
- For each serving, place approximately 1/2 cup of Halo Top Vanilla Bean ice cream in coffee cup. Pour coffee over top.
- Top with sliced almonds and chocolate shavings, if desired.
Interesting Facts About Coffee and Folgers
You know those ubiquitous red canisters of Folgers. You know the jingle that rings true – “the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.” But did you know that Folgers is roasted in New Orleans since 1960?
That’s just one of the facts that I learned during an inside look at Folgers New Orleans silos and the roasting facility. There I got to see firsthand how coffee is cleaned, roasted, and packaged.
Coffee beans from around the world make their way to the Port of New Orleans where Folgers employees inspect the shipments.
Below is a photo of “coffee cupping.” It’s a process where experts observe the aroma and taste samples of coffee for quality control. They do this several times daily. Folgers uses a proprietary blend of beans to maintain the consistency of the flavor of their coffee.
Among the 600+ employees in New Orleans, Folgers employees have volunteered over 22,000 hours in their community. Among some of the community projects they are involved in is building homes, with around 11 being built each year. The plant shuts down for a few days each year to allow employees to give back to their community.
Folgers is committed to sustainability. They are at a 98.9% landfill diversion rate and are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.
Judging from the colors of the trolley pictured below, it looks pretty obvious to me that New Orleans loves Folgers coffee as much as I do. Don’t you think?
- In 30 seconds, the Folgers plant can make enough coffee to last a person’s lifetime.
- A canister of coffee has a shelf life of 1.5 years while a brick of coffee has a shelf life of 2 years.
- Coffee is the most traded commodity in the world.
- There are two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta. Coffee plants grow between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
- Brazil is the largest producer of coffee beans followed by Vietnam.
- According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, simply inhaling the rich, warm aroma of a hot cup of coffee may alter the activity of some genes in the brain, reducing the effects of sleep deprivation. (Click here for the full article.)