Deliciously Creamy Mocha Espresso Parfaits Recipe

Dear coffee lovers,

Are you looking to satisfy your sweet tooth while indulging in your favorite coffee flavor? Look no further than this recipe for mocha espresso parfaits. This decadent dessert is perfect for all seasons and will leave you feeling satisfied and happy.

As a barista, I understand the importance of good coffee and the joy it brings. Coffee is not just a beverage, it is an experience that warms the soul and awakens the senses. This recipe combines the rich, earthy taste of espresso with the sweet and smooth flavors of chocolate to create a heavenly indulgence that will transport you to coffee heaven.

This recipe is perfect for impressing your guests at your next dinner party or for satisfying your personal cravings on a cozy night in. It is easy to make and requires only a few key ingredients that can easily be found at your local grocery store.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started on creating these mocha espresso parfaits that will take coffee-flavored desserts to a whole new level.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Espresso Parfaits
Mocha Espresso Parfaits

Folks, listen up! If you’re a fan of decadent coffee-flavored desserts, I have a recipe that’ll make your taste buds sing. I present you the mocha espresso parfait recipe – a dreamy concoction of creamy low-fat cottage cheese, chocolate chips, and instant coffee. Trust me; this recipe will be your new go-to for all coffee lovers out there.

Do you feel the summer heat bursting forth? Worry not. These mocha latte parfaits will be the ultimate treat to cool you down. It’s easy to prepare and is made with healthy ingredients like Cool Whip Lite and low-fat cottage cheese. The combination of Cool Whip Lite and cottage cheese makes the parfaits creamy in texture while keeping the calorie count at a minimum.

Looking for something indulgent? The addition of semisweet chocolate chips layered between the mocha pudding creates an ultimate blending of flavors. Moreover, this recipe isn’t limited to espresso coffee; we’re experimenting with instant coffee too! You can whip it up quickly in less than 20 minutes!

Are you hosting a dinner party or having a quiet night in alone? Don’t worry; these mocha espresso parfaits can be portioned differently to match the occasion. Reframe the parfaits into large jars for a DIY-ish dessert bar or layer them in delicate glasses for an elegant finish.

So what are you waiting for? If you wish to indulge but also enjoy low-calorie options, this mocha espresso parfait recipe is perfect for you! Come join me on this journey of deliciousness!

Ingredient List

“Satisfy your sweet tooth with our Mocha Espresso Parfaits”

Get Ready to Melt Some Hearts with Some Mocha Espresso Parfaits! But First, Get Your Grocery List Ready.

This delightful dessert is quite simple to put together and doesn’t require any special expertise. The recipe combines the heavenly taste of rich espresso with the rich flavors of chocolate, creamy Cool Whip Lite whipped cream, and low-fat cottage cheese. Here’s what you’ll need to make this decadent coffee-flavored dessert:

  • 2 cups heavily brewed espresso coffee, freshly made
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp instant espresso or instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • Optional: a teaspoon of Kahlua or other coffee-flavored liquor
  • 3 tablespoons of Cool Whip Lite whipped topping
  • Chocolate jimmies (optional) for garnish

Most of these ingredients can be easily found in your local grocery stores. And if you can’t find mocha flavored chips, don’t worry! You can substitute them with milk chocolate chips with great results.

The Recipe How-To

“The perfect balance between coffee and chocolate”

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, let’s start making the mocha espresso parfaits that will surely satisfy your sweet cravings. Follow these steps for a decadent coffee-flavored dessert.

Step 1: Making the Espresso Mocha Cream

Start by preparing the mocha cream base for the espresso mocha parfaits. In a medium-sized saucepan over low heat, whisk together 3 tbsp instant espresso powder and 1/2 cup sugar until well combined. Add 3 cups heavy cream and 1 cup milk, whisking until the mixture is hot but not yet simmering. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2: Preparing the Chocolate and Cheese Mixture

The chocolate layer of this espresso parfait recipe is what makes it stand out from other coffee desserts. In a food processor, pulse together 2 cups of low-fat cottage cheese, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and 2 tsp instant coffee granules until smooth. Set aside.

Step 3: Layering the Parfait Cups

Take four clear glass serving dishes and begin layering each one with a spoonful of the chocolate-cheese mixture followed by a spoonful of the espresso-mocha cream base. Repeat layering until all ingredients are used up. Then finish off each parfait with a dollop of whipped cream or Cool Whip Lite, sliced strawberries, or grated semisweet chocolate.

Step 4: Chill and Serve

Cover each parfait dish with plastic wrap and chill them in the refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight to allow flavors to meld. The mocha espresso parfaits can be served chilled and enjoyed with a shot of espresso or kahlua mocha!

Now that you have learned how to make this wonderful espresso dessert. Why not go ahead, give it a try and indulge yourself in the decadent flavors of mocha espresso parfaits.

Substitutions and Variations

“Layers of deliciousness in every spoonful”

Ah, my dear coffee lovers! Are you ready for some variations on this delicious Mocha Espresso Parfait recipe? I have some exciting twists and turns to make your taste buds dance with joy!

Firstly, for a healthier version of this recipe, you can replace Cool Whip Lite with whipped cream that is homemade, using low-fat milk or half-and-half instead of heavy cream. You could also try lite or Greek yogurt instead of low-fat cottage cheese.

Want to add a fruity twist to mocha latte parfaits? Substitute the strawberries with raspberries or blueberries. Adding a small amount of Kahlua coffee liqueur will help enhance the flavors even more.

For those who want something with a little more crunch, try adding crushed Oreos in between each espresso layer. This technique could be incorporated into tiramisu-inspired parfaits or as a topping at the end. Alternatively, replace the chocolate chips with crushed peanut butter cups if you’re feeling adventurous!

If you’re looking for an ice cream-like consistency, try turning this mocha pudding recipe into a frozen treat by freezing it overnight in popsicle molds. It will be refreshing on hot summer days and perfect when guests come over.

Lastly, switch up the espresso powder for ground espresso beans, and use them to garnish each parfait before serving for an extra bit of texture and flavor. Don’t forget Starbucks Via packets or instant espresso as substitutes for instant coffee.

So there you have it! Get creative and make this recipe your own with these substitution and variation tips. The possibilities are endless with such decadent coffee-flavored desserts recipes like these. Enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

“A decadent treat for coffee lovers”

Alright, folks, we’ve got the mocha espresso parfaits ready to go! The beautiful layers of mocha latte, low-fat cottage cheese, and whipped cream are nestled together perfectly in a tall glass that’ll leave you drooling. It’s the perfect recipe to impress your friends with.

When it comes to serving these mocha espresso parfaits, I recommend adding a dollop of Cool Whip Lite on top for an extra burst of flavour. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish them with fresh strawberries or chocolate jimmies for an added touch of style.

Pairing-wise, these decadent coffee-flavoured desserts go excellent with a cup of coffee, especially if you want to enhance the mocha flavour. A hot coffee is preferred, but an iced coffee would work well too! If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try pairing these parfaits with a Kahlua Mocha? Trust me; it’s a match made in heaven!

If you’re looking for some dessert ideas to make this more of a spread, why not consider making an Oreo Tiramisu alongside your Mocha Espresso Parfaits? Or raspberry mousse or even a chocolate fudge pudding? No matter how you choose to serve them up – stand-alone or among many – they are sure to be the talk of the table.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Spoil yourself with this indulgent dessert”

Now that you have prepared the mocha espresso parfaits, you may be wondering about the best way to store them. The good news is that these delicious treats can be stored ahead of time, so they’re ready whenever you need a pick-me-up.

To start, make sure your parfaits are completely cool before storing. You can keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you want to enjoy them for longer, you can also freeze them for up to 2 weeks.

When reheating, avoid using a microwave as it could make the parfaits melt and become unappetizing. Instead, preheat the oven to 350°F and bake the parfaits for 10-15 minutes until warmed through. Another option is to let them thaw in the fridge overnight and then heat them up in the oven as directed.

If you have leftovers that are slightly melted or softened, you can still enjoy them by turning them into mocha pudding or mousse. Simply blend the remaining mixture with a low-fat cottage cheese and enjoy a new dessert!

However, it’s important to note that they may not taste as good after being frozen or reheated multiple times, so try to eat them fresh if possible.

With these helpful tips on storing and reheating your mocha espresso parfaits, you can always have a decadent coffee-flavored treat on hand!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Impress your guests with these elegant parfaits”

Now that you have all the ingredients and the recipe steps, it’s essential to know how to make the perfect Mocha Espresso Parfaits. These tips will guide you in preparing a decadent coffee-flavored dessert that will leave your guests craving for more.

Firstly, make sure you use high-quality instant coffee or espresso coffee. This coffee-based dessert relies on its taste and aroma, so using premium quality instant coffee or espresso is crucial in achieving an excellent result. You can also experiment with flavored coffee, such as Kahlua mocha, to enhance your mocha latte parfaits’ flavor even further.

To make the parfaits creamy and luscious without adding many calories, try replacing regular whipped cream with Cool Whip Lite. By doing this substitution, you reduce the calorie content of your dessert while maintaining its indulgent texture.

When layering the parfaits, avoid overfilling them with ingredients to prevent any messes while serving. Don’t forget to top off each parfait with fresh strawberries and sprinkle some jimmies on top for extra texture.

If you want a denser and richer Mocha Espresso Parfait, swap low-fat cottage cheese for regular cottage cheese, and use heavy cream instead of half-and-half cream. However, keep in mind that this alteration will increase your dessert’s calorie content.

Lastly, make sure you chill your mocha pudding mixture in the refrigerator before assembling it into parfaits. Chilling the pudding mixture ensures that it sets correctly and holds its shape when layered in glasses.

By following these tips, you’re now ready to make the best Mocha Espresso Parfaits ever. With its rich chocolate-coffee taste combination and creamy texture, this dessert will surely become one of your go-to coffee desserts recipes for any occasion.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Mocha Espresso Parfaits recipe is a perfect choice for coffee lovers who also have a sweet tooth. With its delicious layers of mocha espresso pudding, low fat cottage cheese, and Cool Whip Lite cream, it’s sure to satisfy even the most demanding dessert aficionados.

What’s more, this recipe is incredibly versatile, and you can switch around ingredients as per your liking. You can add strawberries for that extra fruity burst of flavor or substitute milk chocolate for dark chocolate to make it more indulgent. The possibilities are endless.

So if you’re looking for a decadent coffee-flavored dessert that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy, then don’t hesitate to give this Mocha Espresso Parfaits recipe a try! Trust me; you won’t be disappointed.

Mocha Espresso Parfaits

Mocha Espresso Parfaits Recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Coffee-based
Calories 232.2 kcal


  • 1 (16 ounce) container low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup thawed Cool Whip Lite
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  • Place cottage cheese, sugar, cocoa and instant coffee in food processor container; cover. Process until well blended, stopping occasionally to scrape down side of food processor container.
  • Spoon half of the cottage cheese mixture evenly into 4 parfait glasses; top with half of the strawberries. Repeat layers. Top with the whipped topping and almonds.
  • Serve immediately. Or, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 214gCalories: 232.2kcalCarbohydrates: 26.6gProtein: 17.9gFat: 6.7gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 9.2mgSodium: 466.9mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 18.7g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Berries, Dessert, Easy, Fruit, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Strawberry
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