Coffee is such a deeply-rooted ritual in my life that I can’t picture a morning without it. Nor do I want to. In my mind’s eye, a coffee-free morning looks bleak and uninviting – I want to have nothing to do with that morning. A coffee-filled morning? Slowly sipping on cup after cup? Yeah, I can dig.
Fun factoid: I drink my coffee in bulletproof fashion every single morning. For those of you who aren’t familiar with bulletproof coffee, it is a strong brewed cup of coffee blended with grass-fed butter and coconut oil. Yup, you read that correctly: butter in your coffee…because this is how we win at life!
Where did this bulletproof coffee thing come from, you ask? Mostly the paleo people. Blending grass-fed butter and coconut oil results in a frothy latte-like treat that tastes creamy while being paleo//gut-friendly.
Why do we do this, you ask? First and foremost, we do this because: coffee…and caffeine. But more specifically, the combination of the healthy fats and caffeine yields a high-octane energy boost that wakes you up quickly and keeps you feeling energized longer than a non-bulletproof cup of coffee.
Studies have shown beginning your day with healthy fats helps train your body to use body fat for fuel throughout the day and boosts your metabolism. Grass-fed butter contains omega-3 fatty acids, CLA, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin D, vitamin E, antioxidants, and butyrate – a short-chain fatty acid that can decrease inflammation. It has also been said that butyrate can increase metabolism, and improve gut health.
An additional plus is bulletproof coffee gets things moving in the morning more so than black coffee…so for those of us ladies who need a little something extra to keep things regular, bulletproof coffee is a godsend. Men: proceed with caution.
Butter to coconut oil proportions: let’s chat. You can really do whatever you want in terms of how much cocout oil to use versus butter. Many people use equal-parts coconut oil and butter, but I like using about 2 teaspoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil for every one cup (8 to 10 ounces) of coffee. You can definitely do all butter, or all coconut oil, or even up the ante by adding more if you’d like. Most recipes for bulletproof coffee I’ve seen on the intranet call for 1 tablespoon of each butter and coconut oil, which is too much for me, but if you can dig, you just dive on in!
Let’s talk blendage. I’ve seen YouTube videos for making bulletproof coffee that use a small blender…I don’t recommend this method. You definitely want steam to be able to escape in order to ensure you don’t vacuum seal your hot coffee only to have it explode all over you when you open your hand-held blender.
That said, I use a high-powered blender which works wonders to make the coffee frothy and latte-like. The kind folks at Wolf Gourmet sent me this super sweet blender (shown above), which serves so many more functions than blending your morning brew. The carafe is super large and wide, making it perfect for blending soups, big batches of margaritas, smoothies, etc. The fact that it doesn’t taper at the bottom makes it super easy to get everything out of the blender and to clean it when all’s said and done. Plus, you’ll never believe all the settings this thing has to offer. Learn more about Wolf’s High Performance Blender by clicking on that there link.
You, too, can join in the bulletproof coffee fun, as well as enjoy all of the features this fabulous blender has to offer. Wolf Gourmet is offering one lucky reader a chance to win a High Performance Blender. All you need to do in order to enter is leave a comment below.
The giveaway ends Monday, 12/21/2015 at midnight PST. A random number generator will be used to select the winner, and the winner will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Good luck, and may all the blended foods be with you!