How to make boosted bulletproof coffee – all you need is a big cup of strong-brewed coffee, ghee (or grass-fed butter) or coconut oil to make a delightful frothy latte-like coffee that’s easier on your digestive system than a traditional latte.
Coffee is such a deeply-rooted ritual in my life that I can’t picture a morning without it.
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 ghee (or 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? Mostly the paleo people who, like me, love their coffee creamy and frothy but avoid milk or half & half to keep GI inflammation low. This is also a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant. If you are lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy, try ghee (which has no lactose) or coconut oil versus grass-fed butter.
Blending grass-fed butter, ghee, or coconut oil with coffee results in a frothy latte-like treat that tastes creamy while being friendlier to your gut than the milk-infused counterpart. The combination of the fats and caffeine yields a high-octane energy boost that perks you up and keeps you feeling energized longer.
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 and ghee contain 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. In general, you want to be mindful about the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids you consume, as too much omega-6 can result in inflammation and cause health issues in the long-run.
An additional BONUS to this approach, 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 ghee/butter. Many people use equal-parts coconut oil and ghee, but I like using about 2 teaspoons of ghee and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil for every one large cup (16 to 20 ounces) of coffee. You can definitely do all ghee, 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.
Coffee for life!
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender.
- Cover the blender, leaving the center insert slightly removed so that steam can escape. Start on a low setting then switch to a high setting and blend until coffee is frothy, about 20 seconds.
- Pour into a mug and enjoy!
You can use all ghee or all coconut oil, or play with the portions of both
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1 coffee
Amount Per Serving Calories 122Total Fat 13.5gUnsaturated Fat 0g