4/2/15: Things have changed a bit since I first wrote this post. I now don’t do dairy, eggs, or caffeine, so my new Bulletproof Coffee routine is more like Bulletproof Hot chocolate.
Here is my standard recipe now that I use most days:
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 tablespoon good quality cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon Vital Choice collagen peptides powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- pinch cinnamon
Top up the container (can be metal or glass, but not plastic) with boiling water, and then use an immersion blender to mix everything together until it’s creamy and foamy. The blender is crucial; otherwise you’re going to get coffee/hot chocolate with the oil floating on the top.
Other variations you can add in and play with:
- MCT oil instead of coconut oil
- Raw egg yolk (nature’s multivitamin!)
- Food grade essential oils (3-5 drops): peppermint, orange
- Other extracts: anise, almond
- A little stevia extract or raw honey
There are a few things in my life that when I first tried them made me think, ‘HOW did I not know about this earlier?’ One of those things is coffee with butter and coconut oil.
I talked a little bit about this on a Facebook post yesterday, but I felt that it deserved its own blog post because it’s pretty much my new favorite thing in the world.
I had seen a lot of talk about fat coffee on the internet under the name ‘Bulletproof coffee’ or ‘magic bullet coffee’, but what actually got me curious about it was the section on ketosis in this article. Dr. Eenfeldt recommends eating your fill of mostly fat rather than protein, since an excess of protein can also be converted into glucose and raise your insulin, just like an excess in carbs would, with all of the yucky side effects of insulin spikes.
My reaction when I found this out:
And when I realized I could eat more butter and coconut oil:
So, I gave his method of ‘fat coffee’ a try. I can’t even call this a recipe because it’s so simple, but here’s how I do it.
Put a tablespoon of grass-fed butter and a tablespoon of coconut oil in a jar. Add coffee to the jar. Using an immersion blender, pulse gently until the oil and butter are thoroughly mixed in. (Gently unless you want your ceiling covered in coffee. I learned this the hard way.) Pour into a cup and enjoy! A sprinkle of cinnamon on top is pretty amazing too.
I’ve found that if I have this in the morning when I wake up, I don’t really get hungry until about 11. I have a meal at 11 and then another one at 5:30 or 6. I’ve been trying to keep my eating within an 8 hour window during daylight hours to help keep my circadian rhythm normal, and it seems to be working pretty well.
My disclaimer: Fat does keep you full, but I can’t promise that you won’t get hungry for hours unless you have your blood sugar under control. When my blood sugar was all out of whack, I would get hungry every 2-3 hours, be dying for something sweet at 3 PM, and get super angry when I was hungry. If this is you, I’d highly recommend first getting your blood sugar under control with something like my Radiant Reboot, the 21-Day Sugar Detox, or I Quit Sugar’s 8 week program.
What sorts of things have made you wonder how you ever lived without them?