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It’s starting to feel a little like fall already, even though it technically won’t be for a few more weeks. Days like this are my favorite – still warm, but not too hot. The mornings are already just a little chilly, which is actually pretty nice. It makes my daily keto butter coffee that much better! But to be honest, I’m pretty obsessed with this bulletproof coffee recipe year round.
What Is Bulletproof Coffee?
Bulletproof coffee is coffee made with either butter or ghee, AND either coconut oil or MCT oil.
The Bulletproof coffee brand is known for making coffee with butter. You’ve probably heard of it – it’s so popular that the name itself is almost synonymous with their delicious coffee.
Many people use “Bulletproof coffee” generically to describe keto butter coffee, but the company actually owns the trademark to the term. So, I have to make sure you know that my “bulletproof coffee recipe” is not endorsed by or affiliated with them… but I do absolutely love their products.
I like to keep around some Bulletproof coffee cold brew, which is sold in pre-made cartons. It’s delicious and convenient on the go! You can enjoy it hot or cold.
However, more often than not, I make my own bulletproof coffee right at home! (Psst! If bulletproof coffee isn’t for you, you can also make a similar bulletproof tea recipe or a skinny iced caramel macchiato using sugar-free caramel sauce.)
Keto Coffee Made At Home
When I’m at home, I make my own version of keto coffee. The official bulletproof coffee recipe is made with coffee, grass-fed butter or ghee, and what they call brain octane oil. Brain octane oil is a specific type of MCT oil, which is supposed to be metabolized more efficiently.
My butter coffee recipe is made with MCT oil and butter or ghee, but it also includes unsweetened almond milk. I think this makes it more latte-like. I also add collagen protein powder to mine, though this is optional.
Bulletproof Coffee Benefits
You may be wondering, why put butter in coffee? If that sounds a little strange, read on – or just look at the pictures – because it’s more tasty than you might expect. And, the benefits are wonderful:
Energy. My favorite part about adding butter and MCT oil to my coffee is how much energy I get from it. It always fills me up, makes me super alert, and I tend to get a lot done. And, maybe most importantly, it tastes creamy and absolutely delicious!
I’ve actually been making keto butter coffee with MCT oil for over a year now. (Some people call it “bulletproof coffee”, but that term is actually specific to a particular brand.)
Focus. A steaming cup of keto butter coffee keeps me super focused when I’m working. MCT’s, which stand for medium chain triglycerides (not to be confused with the bad kind, these are not that!), are a very clean form of energy that is efficiently metabolized by the liver. So, that helps with both staying focused and energized.
Appetite suppression. Just ask anyone! A good bulletproof coffee recipe does a great job of curbing your appetite. I drink it in the morning and am usually set until lunch.
How To Make Keto Coffee – 2 Ways
I heard about keto coffee with butter for the first time in a group on Facebook a couple years ago. My first thought was, what a strange concept to combine coffee and butter! It didn’t sound appealing, but I was curious enough to try it anyway. I am now so happy I did, but I wasn’t in the beginning.
My first attempt at butter coffee with MCT oil was naively stirring it. Needless to say, that was oily and pretty repulsive. In case you didn’t know, blending or frothing it is an absolute must! Doing so emulsifies the fats and gets you that creamy, smooth consistency with a frothy top. Mmm, just like a low carb latte!
So, there are two ways to do this:
- Use a blender. This is the best way to get the bulletproof coffee super frothy! However, the downside is the cleanup – you have to wash a whole blender just to make a cup of coffee. And, if you work in an office, this isn’t a very practical option.
- Use a milk frother. These are perfect for making keto coffee on the go! A milk frother is small, compact, much quieter than a blender, and easier to clean. However, the downside is you don’t get quite as much foam as you do from the blender.
You can use either method – frother or blender. So, what is the better way? You can decide between those two options, because they both work great!
Whatever you do, don’t simply stir your bulletproof coffee, because the result will not be the same. This is how you want it to look:
The Best Keto Butter Coffee with MCT Oil and Collagen
Most keto coffee recipes use a combination of only butter and MCT oil. The traditional “bulletproof coffee” uses a tablespoon of each, though you could do it with even more of one or the other.
Normal bulletproof coffee tastes great (I love it!), but sometimes I want a version that is a little lighter. Even on a low carb diet, I don’t really want to have my coffee be too heavy or calorie dense. I’d rather save that for actual food!
The version of keto coffee with butter that I’ve been drinking for over a year is the best of both worlds. It still has the benefits that bulletproof coffee has. That is, it’s creamy, delicious, appetite suppressing, and energy boosting – in my experience, anyway. At the same time, it’s lighter and provides some protein.
So, how do we accomplish this balance? The first part is using a little less butter and MCT oil. Just a teaspoon each tends to be enough, though you can add more if you like. Sometimes I do a 1/2 tablespoon of each.
Then, including unsweetened almond milk (I love the vanilla kind!) and optional collagen gives a protein boost, not to mention the collagen’s benefits for hair, skin and joints. See my full article about collagen benefits here for sources and more details.
Both the almond milk and collagen add to the creaminess and create more frothing at the top, too. Win-win!
So, if you’re following a keto diet, I hope you’ll try my bulletproof coffee recipe soon!
Tools To Make Bulletproof Coffee:
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- Blender – The best way to make your butter coffee extra frothy.
- Milk frother – For making bulletproof coffee on the go.
- Glass insulated mugs – Of course not required, but these keep my keto coffee warm for a couple hours!
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- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree for about 5-15 seconds, until frothy. (Alternatively, use a milk frother to emulsify directly in your cup.) Pour into a coffee mug to serve.
If you like a little flavor, try vanilla hazelnut MCT oil! It's my favorite.
Serving size: 1 mug - entire recipe
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