Butter + Coffee = A Food Marriage Of Epic Proportions
Oh, butter and coffee, how I love thee so… Bulletproof Coffee
I took an intentional three-year hiatus from drinking coffee but recently made the decision to add it back to my diet – under the following conditions:
- The coffee HAS to be organic. NO exceptions!
- It needs to be Fair Trade Certified.
- What I put into my coffee has to be organic/grass-fed and cannot be low-fat or no-fat.
- I am to drink no more than one-two cup in a day.
- I will not drink coffee every day, nor will I let its caffeine take me prisoner. I will not use coffee as a means to function.
Call me a coffee snob if you will, but these are the rules I have constructed for myself and I am sticking to them. The reasons why I choose to adhere to these guidelines are for another post. Today, I am going to tell you about my favorite way to drink coffee – bulletproof coffee.
My decision to invite coffee back into my life came to me one morning last month. For the past few years, I was a tea-drinker, but on that day I decided to shift the tides. I chose to make bulletproof (aka butter) coffee. I immediately made a trip to Whole Foods and bought myself organic, Fair Trade Certified coffee beans.
Back home I unloaded my goods and immediately went to work to make the bulletproof coffee. More about the recipe in a minute… first, let me tell you a little bit about bulletproof coffee.
What is bulletproof coffee?
Bulletproof coffee is also known as butter coffee. It is organic coffee blended with grass-fed, unsalted butter and organic, virgin coconut oil (see recipe below).
Yup, you read that correctly – I wrote butter. Mmm, butter. Butter is good. Butter is delicious! Nope, I am not a butter hater by any means. Mmhmm, I encourage the use of butter and I put butter in my coffee. Butter + good coffee is a food marriage of epic proportions. By using butter, this culinary creation has all of the benefits of healthy milk fat with none of the damaging casein proteins found in cream.
To make said coffee, I brew the highest quality coffee I can find and blend yummy butter and coconut oil into it. It is that simple. I then sip with enthusiasm, moan a little, and drift off into coffee heaven. It makes the creamiest, most delicious cup of coffee I’ve ever had. I am satiated with energy for hours, and because I drink it in the morning, it preps my body to burn fat for energy all day long. Oorah!
Just look at these photos – doesn’t this mug of coffee look amazing?! It really is a cup of awesome!
Why “grass-fed” butter?
Grass-fed butter is considered to be a superfood and has high-quality fats and nutrients. Cows are meant to eat grass, not grain-based (corn and/or soy) feed. Studies show that grass-fed cows are healthier than factory-farm cows and the dairy they produce is also healthier.
- Grass-fed butter is nutrient-dense. It is higher than grain-fed butter in omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acids (CLA), beta-carotene, vitamins and antioxidants. A single tablespoon of butter contains:
- 500 IU vitamin A
- More carotenes than carrots
- High amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E
- Grass-fed butter is high in butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid, which is known to prevent and decrease inflammation in humans. In rodents, studies have shown butyrate to protect against mental illness, improve body composition, increase metabolism, and improve gut health.
- Grass-fed butter tastes better and provides you with more energy than grain-fed butter.
- When comparing grass-fed butter to grain-fed butter, they look different from one another: grass-fed butter is a bright yellow color, while grain-fed/factory-farmed butter is a paler, almost white color.
Which brand of grass-fed butter?
My favorite brand of grass-fed butter is Kerrygold Unsalted Butter – It tastes delicious with bulletproof coffee. Click on the photo below to order Kerrygold for yourself:
Why organic virgin coconut oil?
Coconut oil is mostly made up of MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides). The main advantages of MCTs include:
- MCTs are absorbed and digested quickly by the body and are quicker to use for immediate energy, which can help with athletic performance.
- MCT-rich diets (compared to LCT, long-chain triglycerides) have been shown to increase EE (energy expenditure) and metabolic rates.
- MCTs enhance ketone production, which can have therapeutic (energy/cognitive) and nitrogen retention (protein sparing) advantages.
- MCT-rich diets can reduce hunger/suppress appetite, which can assist in fat loss. Hell yes!
- Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and therefore, is an immune booster.
- Coconut oil protects and hydrates skin.
Which brand of coconut oil?
Not all brands of coconut oil are created equal. I recommend Dr. Bronner’s Whole Kernel Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. Click on the photo below to order Dr. Bronner’s Coconut Oil for yourself:
I need you to try this bulletproof coffee recipe and tell me what you think. Just watch out, bulletproof coffee tastes so damn good… SO good in a way that it may create uncontrollable moans of delight! 🙂
- Grind coffee beans.
- Brew coffee using water, just off the boil, with 2½ heaping tablespoons freshly ground coffee.
- Add in 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil to the hot coffee (If you are not used to consuming coconut oil, start with .5 to 1 teaspoon and as your body adapts, gradually increase this amount).
- Add 1-2 tablespoons butter or ghee.
- Mix all ingredients in a blender for 30-45 seconds until the liquid is frothy like a foamy latte.
- Sip with enthusiasm and enjoy your new found energy.
A blender is essential for making bulletproof coffee. I recommend:
- For an immersion blender, I suggest The Breville, Control Grip Immersion Blender:
2. …and my all-time favorite blender is the Vitamix Pro 750 Heritage Blender:
- Some people recommend using bulletproof coffee as a meal replacement. While I believe this is a good idea for some of the population, I do think a majority of people need to eat a small, well-balanced breakfast in addition to this coffee.
- If you are not accustomed to consuming healthy fats like MCTs, you may find that the above bulletproof coffee recipe is too rich. Your body may need time to learn how to digest these kinds of fat. If you fall into this category, cut back on the amount of butter and oil that you use. Gradually increase the amounts as time goes on.
- Whatever you do, don’t just plop the butter and oil into the coffee and stir with a spoon. That is just nasty and will yield gross results. For bulletproof coffee to taste good, you HAVE to blend the ingredients together with a high powered, stand-alone blender like a Vitamix or a hand-held immersion blender like the Breville Control Grip.
- You can also substitute tea for the coffee. I have not tried this combination yet, so I have no idea how the taste is. If you have blended tea, grass-fed butter and coconut oil together to make bulletproof tea, please let me know what you think of this combo.
There you have it: my favorite coffee recipe: bulletproof/butter coffee. Adding butter and coconut oil to coffee may sound repulsive, but it is something you need to try. I honestly have never drank a smoother, richer… more pleasing cup of coffee in my life. I don’t drink bulletproof coffee every day, just once in a while, but when I do, wow… I enjoy it.
Just one thing, when you make this bulletproof coffee recipe, remember to blend the ingredients with a blender and pleeeeease use high-quality coffee, grass-fed butter and coconut oil. Don’t stray. It won’t taste as good and will pretty much be junk for your body. You don’t want junk in your trunk. Right?
- What do you think? Are you brave enough to make bulletproof coffee?
- Do you like bulletproof coffee? Why?
- Do you not like bulletproof coffee? Why not?
When she is not helping others to slay fat, build muscle, and live amazing lives, Jennifer can be found exploring the outdoors with her dogs, cooking, traveling and playing/coaching lacrosse. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.