Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee

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:

  1. The coffee HAS to be organic. NO exceptions!
  2. It needs to be Fair Trade Certified.
  3. What I put into my coffee has to be organic/grass-fed and cannot be low-fat or no-fat.
  4. I am to drink no more than one-two cup in a day.
  5. 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.

Bulletproof 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!

Butter CoffeeWhy “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:

Kerrygold Unsalted Butter
Kerrygold Butter

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:

Dr. Bronner's Virgin Coconut Oil
Dr. Bronner’s Coconut Oil

Try it! 

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! 🙂

5.0 from 2 reviews

Bulletproof Coffee
 
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This bulletproof coffee recipe makes the creamiest, most delicious cup of coffee. It will keep you satisfied with energy for hours and will I tell your body to burn fat all day long.
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 8-12 ounces

Ingredients

Instructions
  1. Grind coffee beans.
  2. Brew coffee using water, just off the boil, with 2½ heaping tablespoons freshly ground coffee.
  3. 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).
  4. Add 1-2 tablespoons butter or ghee.
  5. Mix all ingredients in a blender for 30-45 seconds until the liquid is frothy like a foamy latte.
  6. Sip with enthusiasm and enjoy your new found energy.

Bulletproof Coffee

Recommended blenders

A blender is essential for making bulletproof coffee. I recommend:

  1. For an immersion blender, I suggest The Breville, Control Grip Immersion Blender:

Breville® Control Grip�� Immersion Blender

2. …and my all-time favorite blender is the Vitamix Pro 750 Heritage Blender:

Vitamix Pro 750 Heritage Blender

Notes

  • 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.
Bulletproof Coffee
Even Tucker loves bulletproof coffee!

Conclusion

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?

Thoughts

  • 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?

Author Details
CEO of BambooCore
Jennifer is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, MovNat Trainer, and a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle/Nutrition Coach. As the CEO of BambooCore Fitness, she delivers sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and movement strategies to people looking to improve their health and performance.

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.
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CEO of BambooCore
Jennifer is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, MovNat Trainer, and a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle/Nutrition Coach. As the CEO of BambooCore Fitness, she delivers sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and movement strategies to people looking to improve their health and performance.

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.

Comments

  1. Brandi

    I’m new to the Keto world, but not to the low-carb lifestyle. I am suffering from Fibromyalgia and am waiting on diagnosis for possibly Lyme and co-infections. Everyone swears by this so I’m excited to try. This was the first recipe I found, and loved the writing, jokes and all around good attitude you have. So I’m super excited to try this this weekend. Thanks! Will check back!

    1. Hi Brandi,

      Thanks so much for checking out my article and site! Sorry to read that you are suffering from Fibromyalgia. 🙁 I hope your tests will narrow down the root cause(s) of your symptoms and hopefully you can find some relief soon. Hang in there – I know how frustrating the process can be.

      Thanks for liking my quirky sense of humor and I’m excited that you are going to try this recipe. Woohoo! If you have never had bulletproof/butter coffee before, I suggest that for the first couple times that you make this, do not use too much coconut oil… or omit the oil altogether. If your digestive system is not used to consuming high fat in one “meal,” the combination of butter and oil may be a bit much for your tummy.

      Please let me know how it goes and what you think! Thanks and take care! (Also, if you want to follow my newsletter, you can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/deYHbv) 🙂

      1. Brandi

        Ok following your newsletter. I tried the recipe, but I used the Brain Octane Oil, not the MCT kind. The Bulletproof brand has both, but ended up with this other. I was pleasantly surprised! I did add some sweetener to the coffee prior to emulsifying the oil and butter. So it was really nice. Not too sweet. 1/2 a packet did the trick. I will try it without, but for now baby steps. Since I don’t typically eat breakfast, I had this around 8:30/9 a.m. and I wasn’t even close to hungry until about 1pm! Crazy! Thanks for the feedback on my comment, and I missed the omitting of oil. I went all in girl! I did do 2 teaspoons of each though and I really thing I could go full throttle. Haha!

  2. I don’t think you’re crazy at all. I’ve been amazed at the unorthodox methods out there for making coffee – and even more amazed when I TRIED them. This is going on my check-list for next week.

    That said, I don’t know how anyone can afford to buy stuff at Whole Foods. Completely ridiculous prices. I have a hard enough time buying groceries at Kroger.

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