Last updated 20th January 2020
If this is your first time hearing about Bulletproof coffee, then you’re in for a real treat. Some people call it keto coffee, butter coffee, fatty coffee etc. You get the picture! Before we get into the specifics I have to give credit to the creator of this dynamic concoction; Dave Asprey. He’s created a whole brand around this stuff and his site is worth checking out for more info. If you’re a visual learner, check out the video below which shows the process of making a cup of frothy Bulletproof coffee.
What is Bulletproof Coffee?
So what is Bulletproof coffee? In its purest form, it’s a combination of butter, coconut oil or MCT oil and coffee. In recent years, it has devolved into basically being any kind of coffee with lots of fat blended into from a variety of sources like:
- Coconut milk
- Heavy cream
The original, and in my opinion, the best version of Bulletproof coffee is two parts butter to one part MCT oil. I find it unnecessary to get too concerned over the intricate details of where your MCT oil is sourced from and whether the cow that produced your butter was milked within the last three days. Just get some butter and some MCT oil and you’re good to go!
Why Drink Bulletproof Coffee?
By now you’re probably wondering why we’re putting all of these crazy things in our coffee. There’s a number of reasons actually! The biggest reason is energy. Not only are you benefiting from the caffeine in the coffee but you’re also getting an energy burst from the MCT oil. MCT oil is the fastest absorbed oil you can get your hands on, which makes it the perfect addition to coffee. Reason number two is that you’ll feel full for a long time! So now you’re super energised and you’re not hungry…think of all you’ll be able to accomplish! With Bulletproof coffee, I find my most productive time of the day to be about an hour after I have my cup.
How To Make Bulletproof Coffee
This is the easy part. You basically throw everything in a blender and blend it together. I like adding all of the oils in first with the blender set on a food scale so I can make sure I’m tracking my intake properly. A good option that a lot of people on the go will use is a milk frother. These are pretty cheap and do a good job of mixing your keto coffee. Nothing is worse than a poorly mixed coffee with all of the butter and oil sitting on top.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to Bulletproof coffee add-ins. You’ve got those who want to turn this drink into a delicious dessert-like treat, and those who want a purely functional fuel source. I tend to fall into the second camp, but let’s take a look at some options here:
This is probably the tastiest addition. It combines perfectly with the coffee and butter to give your coffee a great taste while not adding any artificial sweetness.
- Cocoa Powder:
Some people swear by this, but I’m not sure why. I find cocoa powder makes your Bulletproof coffee unbearably bitter and I’d advise everyone but the most die hard of cocoa fans to avoid this one.
- Stevia Drops:
If you want to go the artificial sweetener route this is probably your best choice. A nice liquid keto-friendly sweetener that instantly turns your fatty coffee into dessert.
- Sugar Free Syrups:
These are right UP there with stevia drops. Instead of just sweetness though, these add different flavours to your Bulletproof coffee. I’ve found caramel goes nicely with the buttery taste of the coffee.
- Brain Octane:
While I’m a bit skeptical of the claims of “18x more powerful than coconut oil”, this stuff is probably going to have some cognitive benefits when mixed into your bulletproof coffee. Do your research and see if you’re convinced of it’s efficacy.
- Collagen Peptides:
This is something I’ve been adding in lately and I like them so far. Claims of hair/skin/nail improvements as well as 10g of amino acids per serving. Definitely isn’t going to hurt to add in.
- Pink Salt:
This one walks the line between tasty and functional. I’ve been adding this into my Bulletproof coffee for months now and I’m loving it! I love the taste, and it’s an easy way to get some sodium and trace minerals in on a daily basis. Highly recommended!
All of these are optional and are things you can experiment with after mastering the basic bulletproof keto coffee. Comment below and let us know what your favourite additions are!
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