After a recent Facebook post where I mentioned I put some strange ingredients in my coffee, I’ve gotten a few emails asking for more details …
I have a love/hate relationship with coffee. Basically, I love coffee but my adrenals don’t always love it! Also, since I don’t eat/drink sugar or much pasteurized dairy, it can make for some pretty boring coffee … until now.
Drink the Fat…
Bonus points to anyone who just thought of Ross!
I’d always mixed coconut oil into my coffee or tea to help make sure I consume enough healthy fats, though it always floated on the top and the texture was sometimes rough (especially when I was pregnant … the texture made me so nauseous!). At the suggestion of a friend, I tried a strange twist that has become my new favorite!
Basically, I blend coconut oil and grass-fed organic unsalted butter (yes … butter) into coffee with a dash of vanilla and sometimes a drop of stevia. The blender emulsifies the coconut oil and butter so the texture is more creamy than oily and it is a delicious way to get a boost of beneficial fats. This type of healthy coffee also gives much more extended energy throughout the day without making me jittery.
This is similar to the Bulletproof® coffee recipe recommended and popularized by Dave Asprey, though Dave uses MCT oil in place of the coconut oil. Both have their benefits, but coconut oil has more immune-boosting properties while concentrated MCT oil does more for an immediate energy and brain boost.
I also tried his Bulletproof Coffee which is much smoother than regular coffee and which he claims is produced carefully to avoid the presence of mycotoxins: “Most coffee beans are processed by either leaving them in the sun and elements to wither and dry, or by pressing them and letting them ferment (spoil) to remove the outer layer of the bean. Both of these techniques are known to produce significant levels of mycotoxins as they enhance flavor. Upgraded coffee beans are mechanically processed right after picking using only clean cold water. This more expensive process is safer because it dramatically reduces harmful molds or bacteria from impacting your health.”
I’ve also used various other forms of organic coffee with great results.
Bulletproof Coffee Recipe
- 1 cup brewed organic coffee (or herbal coffee, or chai tea)
- 1 tsp coconut oil (or more, I usually put in 2-3 TBSP)
- 1 TBSP unsalted butter
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 drops stevia extract (optional)
- Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Mix on high speed for 20 seconds until frothy. Drink immediately and enjoy all the energy!
Additional Notes: I take my fermented cod liver oil right before drinking this to give all the fat soluble vitamins some beneficial fats to digest with. If you aren’t regularly taking coconut oil, start with a teaspoon and work up, as too much at once might upset your stomach. Coconut oil often increases metabolism and some people notice feeling warmer or like their heart is racing if they start off too fast.
I’ve also recently started adding collagen powder for extra protein and for hair, skin, and nail support and it works wonderfully!
Do you drink coffee? Put butter in it? Too weird? Weigh in below!
Discussion (750 Comments)
My daughter and I have coffee every weekday morn, with organic full cream. We have been wanting to try our coffee “your way” but didn’t have the unsalted grassfed butter-only salted. Anyway, as necessity would have it (I was out of our cream) we did your coffee 🙂 with regular unsalted butter- WOW so impressed…..I must always have cream in my coffee (I thought until NOW), but today ran out of the rich cream that I love, and I did not miss it! Coffee done Mama’s way was GREAT! Now I know what you were talking about, so rich, so creamy, (not in a thick weird way) it was absolutely delish! Thank you!
Do you think coconut sugar is better than stevia to put in your coffee or tea in the morning? Ty
I haven’t tried coconut sugar yet but you could definitely try it. Liquid stevia tincture is also a natural alternative though.
Doesn’t sound at all weird to me. I love coffee, but I’m limited to one cup a day. I’m going to try your recipe so I can at least enjoy that one cup! Right now, digestive problems are an issue…would be nice to find an answer to that!
I would be interested to hear how this worked out for you. Both grass fed butter and coconut or MCT oil should be healing to your digestive issues. How did it go?
it’s my understanding that getting a single-sourced, organic light roast will help with reduce the digestive issues – it’s getting rid of the mycotoxins (as in the Bulletproof coffee suggested in the post).
For digestive problems try Kefir – incredible, natural yoghurt-like product.
I have recently discovered cold press coffee which is delicious and the coffee is not as acidic when cold pressed. I’d recommend trying it to anyone who has digestive issues but wants to enjoy a nice cup of coffee (and then just warm it a little before you add your CO and butter – which is DELISH)
do you use hot, warm or cooled coffee?
Hot or warm
I just tried this with espresso in a cold latte, taste’s good but is it supposed to separate at the top? Is there a better way to do this with cold coffee drinks?
Andrea – I was going to ask about the espresso since I don’t have a coffee maker. Did you use steamed milk AND the coconut oil/butter?? Regular coffee has a lot more liquid than a shot of espresso, and I have a two-shot max (since I’m BFing) and that is not enough liquid to make a “latte” style beverage with the coconut oil and butter. Thanks in advance!
I add hot water to my espresso shots to make more of an “Americano” which gives plenty of liquid for the butter and oil. Then I either blend, or use a cheap milk frother tool, or use my espresso machine’s milk wand to steam it all together. Hope that helps!
Whey protein isolate, raw egg yolk and mct – difficult, but not impossible to do the butter and coconut without a slightly grainy texture.
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On the recommendation of my Ayurvedic doctor, I put a pinch of freshly ground cardamom into my coffee. I keep a separate spice mill just for this purpose. Sometimes I’ll also add ground cinnamon and ginger. I like adding coconut oil as well. And double cream!
me too!!!i love cardamon in coffee and cinnamon and i cant wait to try it with coconut oil
Raya, I love chai tea so I’m curious. Does the Caradamon and cinnamon give it a chai like taste?
What kind of coconut oil do you use? I’ve been reading about the many uses of this oil and would like to know your opinion on what’s good out there.
I love this one: https://wellnessmama.com/go/tropical-traditions/
I have pretty strong mycotoxin sensitivities and have repeatedly had issues with Tropical Traditions – tastes rancid to me.
Over the past 3 years, I’d bought their coconut oil 3-4 times on separate occasions.
All tasted rancid, all gave me head fog and made me feel ill.
n=1 from a sensitive individual. Disappointed, too! It’s hard to find a tolerabble coconut oil. Bulltproof’s MCT oil and Brain Octane Oil are fine for me unless not properly sealed (in which case they go rancid in the same way in a short time, too.)
Coffee’s a rare treat for me nowadays. A nice cup of hot tea does the trick for me! I will definitely give this a try.
I’ve been blending coconut oil into my coffee for about a month, and I LOVE it! Sometimes I add vanilla and/or cinnamon, or some homemade whipped cream, but I’ve never tried butter. Sounds good!
I use canned coconut milk in my coffee – love it