Coffee is a controversial topic in health circles and I could write equally supported posts about why coffee is great for you and why it is horrible. The bottom line is that when sourced correctly, coffee can have some health benefits, but there are also people who should avoid it. Like most aspects of health, the answer is personalized to who asked the question.
I’ve written before about my favorite way to drink coffee with added nutrient dense foods like coconut oil, grass fed butter, and sometimes spices.
I still love drinking coffee this way and often add liquid stevia or spices like cinnamon for extra flavor (this is my favorite brand of coffee). When I was working to intensively support my body to get my autoimmune disease into remission, I wasn’t drinking coffee, but found that I could create the same flavors by making a strong tea of dandelion root and chicory root. I fell in love with the flavor of chicory when I visited New Orleans and sometimes prefer my herbal coffee even when I can have caffeine.
The Problem with Regular Lattes…
In college, I used to subsist on vanilla lattes from the coffee shop on campus, and I still love the taste of them. Now that I’m not consuming pasteurized milk or sugars, I don’t drink coffee shop lattes and I definitely don’t drink pre-made coffee creamers (seriously- check the ingredients if you still consume these). I wanted to find a real food alternative that tasted just as good.
Brain Fuel Coffee
I’d been experimenting with my original favorite coffee recipe and adding collagen peptides (blue lid — an easily digested form of gelatin) and finally found the perfect blend. If you can tolerate stevia, adding a few drops of English toffee or vanilla stevia makes this taste better than a coffee shop. If not, a splash of vanilla creates almost the same flavor.
I love that this recipe combines some of my favorite nutrient rich foods and is a good combination of fats and protein. I often drink this in the morning and have tons of energy and mental focus all day.
But why is the recipe a Superfood Latte?
- Grass fed butter is a great source of vitamin K2 which helps decalcify arteries and is important for proper blood clotting. There is also research that it can lower the risk of heart disease. (source)
- Coconut oil (or MCT oil) is a great source of lauric acid and medium chain fatty acids, which are an excellent easy fuel source for the body and brain.
- Collagen hydrolysate is an easily digestible form of gelatin that supports skin, hair, nails, and digestion and is a good source of protein. (This is the collagen hydrolysate I use– the blue lid)
- Chicory and dandelion root are naturally supportive of the liver. I order both dandelion root and chicory root in bulk and make them like coffee in a glass french press.
If you are a latte fan and usually spend $3-5 on a sugar-laden one at a coffee shop, try this real food recipe instead!
Superfood Vanilla Latte Recipe
A delicious latte, with coffee free option, that combines superfoods like coconut oil, grass fed butter, and collagen for a protein and beneficial fat-rich morning drink.
- Brew coffee in a french press for best results, but any coffee will work.
- Place brewed coffee, butter, coconut oil/MCT, collagen, and vanilla in a blender. Do not use a magic bullet or other closed in blender as it can crack or explode.
- Blend on high for 10-15 seconds until froth forms.
- Drink and enjoy.
Use dandelion and/or chicory if you're avoiding caffeine.
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 25.6 g
Saturated Fat 20.8 g
Cholesterol 31 mg
Sodium 100 mg
Total Carbohydrates 0.3 g
Sugars 0.3 g
Protein 6.4 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
What do you drink in the mornings?