Introducton to Bulletproof Coffee
Bulletproof coffee is a great way to adhere to a low carb or Keto eating plan. When skipping carbs you need ways to sneak in fats to your diet, ideally healthier fats. Bulletproof coffee is a great way to do this. Through a drink you would probably already have, you ingest a modest amount of fat that is very good for your body and gives you needed calories. Never being someone that is satisfied with typical, I had to figure out how to make a chocolate version of this drink. Below are the steps and products required to make these drinks. Enjoy!
Steps for Making Chocolate Bulletproof Coffee
Brew Your Coffee
This step may be a little obvious. You need coffee to make bulletproof coffee! The product recommended here markets itself as lower in toxin, chemicals, and mold that can be present in regular coffee. If you have ever thought you may be sensitive to coffee or want the healthiest option available, this may be worth trying. If not, feel free to use your favorite coffee you have always enjoyed!
Mix in Butter
Butter. This is the most critical step to making coffee come out tasting like bulletproof coffee. It adds rich, smooth, and frothy components to your normally flat coffee (Don’t get me wrong, I love black coffee as well!). If you are looking to make the healthiest version possible or you have issues with lactose, ghee is an option you should consider. This is basically butter than has been cooked down. This removes the lactose and other less than healthy components of standard butter and leaves you with the good stuff. Add 1/2 to 1 tablespoon to our drink.
While ghee is a great healthy option and sometimes a good way to shake things up, I think many can get away with using butter instead of ghee. This is a good way to keep the cost down. The one thing I would recommend, is using grass fed butter instead of standard butter. This will he higher in omega 3 which helps reduce inflammation in the body.
While all the different ingredients in this recipe come together to provide a comprehensive list of health benefits, MCT is at the top of the list. MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride and is derived from coconuts. This oil has many health properties. It is great for weight loss as it can help reduce hunger, provide instant energy, reduce carbohydrate needs because it can be utilized so quickly in the body, and help control blood sugar levels. This is also a great tool in restoring proper levels of bacteria and yeast inside of the body. MCT oil is also considered a brain booster. It requires very little work in the body to make this fat available making it a quick and expedient source of energy for brain cells. A very beneficial tool when living on the Keto diet. Roughly a tablespoon will be perfect for our drink.
Pink Gourmet Himalayan Salt
Salt, like many things, is not good for you if overconsumed. This comes from a highly processed diet where salt is added in high quantities. When eating a healthier diet, using produce and ingredients that you understand how much salt is added to, often requires you to add salt to your diet to meet daily needs. Why not use a salt that is of a much higher quality and provides other trace minerals you are likely short on in your diet? A pinch of salt not only enhanced the flavor of our drink, but provides needed electrolytes and other minerals.
Not to be confused with cocao. Cacao powder gives us the chocolate taste while adding antioxidants, boosting your mood, improving metabolism, and helps improve brain function. While cocoa can work, I consider cacao a step up from both a health and taste perspective. One bag will last forever. Start by adding a 1/2 tablespoon to your coffee and add or remove to meet your taste requirements.
Generally, a bulletproof coffee is 0 sugar(carborhydrate). This drink is often tied to Keto or low carb diets that are working to get you body to a fat adapted state. This means your body is adapted to burning fat for fuel instead of sugar. If this drink has both sugar and fat, your body will use the sugar for energy and store the fat creating an environment for weight gain. For this reason, I recommend not having any carbohydrates in this drink. Considering we added cacao, we are going to have a very bitter drink without some sweetness. This is where stevia or monk fruit sweetener come in. Both are great options but I do like monk fruit better. It acts much more like a sugar while stevia is hard to get the right amount in your drink and often has a… funky aftertaste. Monk fruit also provides a great source of antioxidants while including no net carbs. That is a win-win. Add 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons to your first drink and adjust from there.
With all of these ingredients, it is really important that you blend it. The butter and MCT oil require a blender to properly blend it so it does not immediately separate. I have used the ninja blender for a few years now and love it. But all that really matters if you have a blender of some sort. Blend, and enjoy your healthy drink!