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Bulletproof Coffee Recipe: 16 Delicious Recipes You Need To Try Now (Keto Butter Coffee)

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Bulletproof coffee. What is it? How do you make it? Where did it come from? I’ll give you the rundown on all things bulletproof coffee.

I stumbled upon bulletproof coffee around 2 years ago. I was looking for an effective pick-me-up that didn’t require a lot of energy or time to make. Enter bulletproof coffee. It was the answer to everything I was looking for.

Although after a few months the same recipe got boring. I decided to venture out and experiment with different flavors to make it more interesting.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about bulletproof coffee and I’ll give you 16 amazing bulletproof coffee recipes that will blow your mind.

What Is Bulletproof Coffee?

In its simplest form, bulletproof coffee is a combination of black coffee, MCT oil (medium-chain triglyceride), and unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee.

Now that might sound like an odd combination, and I’d have to agree with you. But once you taste its rich and creamy goodness it’ll all make sense.

Bulletproof coffee was created by biohacker Dave Asprey who created the Bulletproof brand. Its whole purpose is to give you the energy boost you need, without the caffeine crashes. It’s targeted towards anyone who wants to get more done. It complements several diets such as low-carb, paleo, keto, intermittent fasting, and OMAD (one meal a day). It is also known as keto coffee or butter coffee.

Why Should I Drink Bulletproof Coffee?

I’m sure after seeing that ingredient list you’re not convinced yet. So let me get into all of the amazing reasons why you should try bulletproof coffee.

  1. Helps to maintain higher energy levels for longer.
  2. Increase your mental clarity and focus.
  3. Feel fuller for longer.
  4. Can help you lose weight.
  5. A great addition to keto, paleo, low-carb, intermittent fasting diets.
  6. Tastes amazing!

How Does It Work?

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The main ingredient of bulletproof coffee is of course coffee. The caffeine in coffee will give you an energy boost and improve your focus. Other than keeping you alert, it can boost your metabolism which may promote fat burning. [1]

Coffee also includes a load of minerals and antioxidants that may help to prevent some diseases. It is always recommended that you use freshly ground coffee beans for maximum flavor. [2]

Drinking regular coffee can lead to concentration and energy fluctuations throughout the day. This is why you may find yourself topping up your cup every hour, on the hour.

This brings me to my next point… What sets bulletproof coffee apart is its use of high-quality fats. Fats do a great job of subduing your cravings and increasing your brain function.

One of these is unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee. These are nutrient-dense fats that include healthy fatty acids and minerals such as Omega-3. Which can increase cognitive function. Grass-fed butter contains almost 5 times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than grain-fed butter. Why is that important? CLA helps your body to break down fats and this can help with weight loss. [3, 4]

The next healthy fat is MCT oil. It’s made up of fatty acids that can be broken down easily and quickly by your body. This is because of the shorter chain length on a molecular level. This means they can go straight to the liver and be absorbed quicker to produce ketones.

Ketones are an alternative energy source for the brain. They can pass directly from the blood to the brain. Energy for brain function is usually reliant upon the glucose you receive from carbohydrates and fats being broken down. So if you’re following a low-carb diet it can do wonders for keeping those cravings at bay, reducing brain fog, and staying energized. [5, 6]

How To Make Bulletproof Coffee

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All recipes below make 1 serving of bulletproof coffee. To make more just multiply the ingredients by the number of cups you’d like.

1. Original Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

The original bulletproof coffee recipe is a great one to start with. It’s quick and easy, packed full of nutrition. Start with 1 tsp of MCT oil and build up over time depending on your preferences.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp – 2 tbsp MCT oil
  • 1-2 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or 1-2 tsp grass-fed ghee

Instructions

  1. Grind 8-12 oz of coffee beans – See our guide on how fine you should grind your coffee here
  2. Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz) of coffee with freshly ground beans using a French press (you can use whichever method you prefer) – See our guide on how to make French press coffee here
  3. Add in MCT oil and unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  4. Blend for 30-45 seconds until creamy (if you don’t have a blender, use a milk frother to blend ingredients)

2. Original + Great Lakes Collagen

Adding collagen into your bulletproof coffee gives it a thicker consistency. This is great if you plan on using it as a meal replacement, as you get all the benefits and stay full for longer. Adding collagen gives you an extra protein boost which can increase muscle mass, relieve joint pain, and improve skin health. [7]

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp of unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1-2 tbsp of MCT oil 
  • 1 cup of strong black coffee
  • 1-2 tbsp of great lakes collagen

Instructions

Add ingredients into your blender and mix for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy.

3. Original + Chaga Mushroom Powder

Chaga mushrooms are a type of medicinal mushroom that has been used for centuries in China for its healing purposes. It’s a superfood that is packed with antioxidants. Chaga mushrooms have many uses and can help to lower blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and reduce inflammation. Add a few scoops to your bulletproof coffee and your body will thank you for it!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp of unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1-2 tbsp of MCT oil 
  • 1 cup of strong black coffee
  • 1-2 tsp of Chaga mushroom power

Instructions

Add ingredients into your blender and mix for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy.

4. Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof

Bring the flavors of fall into your home with this simple recipe. Enjoy all of the benefits bulletproof coffee has to offer whilst satisfying your tastebuds. Keep your conscience clear and enjoy your holiday favorites guilt-free!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp of unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1-2 tbsp of MCT oil 
  • 1 cup of strong black coffee
  • 1-2 tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • A pinch of sea salt 
  • ½ tsp of pumpkin pie spice (you can also use cinnamon and nutmeg) 

Optional Additions

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Add ingredients into your blender and mix for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy!

5. Gingerbread Bulletproof Coffee

Ginger is a great addition to bulletproof coffee. It has a ton of benefits like reducing muscle pain, increasing brain function, and reducing nausea to name a few. [8]

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp of unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1-2 tbsp of MCT oil 
  • 1 cup of strong black coffee
  • 2-4 tsp of gingerbread spice mix 

Optional Additions

  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg

Instructions

Add ingredients into your blender and mix for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy.

6. Turbo Bulletproof Coffee Drops

This recipe is perfect if you like to sleep in, or if you’ve got a busy schedule and can’t find time to make a bulletproof coffee every day. Turbo drops can be made in bulk to get you up and going quickly. Using turbo drops can impact flavor and they aren’t as creamy, but you’ll still get all the healthy fats you need.

Ingredients

  • ½ stick unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1 cup MCT oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Instructions

Add ingredients into your blender and mix for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and place in the freezer. To enjoy just pop one out, place it into your hot coffee, and stir or blend.

7. Bulletproof Hot Cocoa

If you’re following a diet or just trying to be healthier, we all have cravings. Bulletproof hot cocoa can be a delicious and healthy substitute to keep you ticking over. You won’t be missing out on anything with this rich and creamy recipe.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of filtered water
  • ½ cup of coconut milk (use unsweetened coconut milk to keep calories low)
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1 tbsp of MCT oil
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions

  • Add coconut milk and water to a pot and bring to a boil
  • Take your pot off of the heat
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into your pot
  • Pour into a blender and blend for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy

8. Bulletproof Green Tea

This one is for all the tea lovers, or maybe you’re just not into coffee? Either way, it’s always nice to switch it up sometimes. Green tea is a great alternative and has no shortage of benefits. It is packed full of antioxidants, can boost your metabolic rate, helps with weight loss, and so much more. This recipe will make your green tea taste similar to a latte and give you a whole new perspective on tea. [9]

Ingredients

  • Filtered water
  • 2-3 organic green tea bags
  • 1-2 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1-2 tbsp MCT oil
  • 3 tbsp cream or almond milk

Instructions

  • Brew your green tea, your tea needs to be twice as strong which is why we’ve used more than 1 teabag. If you use loose-leaf just double your usual measurements
  • Get rid of the tea bags and add in the rest of your ingredients
  • Pour into a blender and blend for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy.

9. Bulletproof Gummies

Enjoy this yummy treat on the go. Bulletproof gummies are nutrient-dense. They are a quick and easy way to get a boost of energy and mental clarity. You can use whatever mold you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hot strong black coffee
  • 1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp grass-fed gelatin
  • Sweetener of your choice to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into your blender and blend for 30-40 seconds until smooth
  • Pour mixture into your mold
  • Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set, may need longer depending on the size of your mold
  • Pop your gummies out and store them in an airtight container.

10. Bulletproof Ice Cream

Following a diet doesn’t have to be boring. This bulletproof ice cream recipe lets you treat yourself and give you the comfort you need sometimes. It is loaded with nutrition and is a great snack that is low in sugar and carbs. This recipe is great for your body and soul, so give it a try!

Ingredients

  • 4 whole eggs and 4 yolks (4 egg whites and 8 yolks)
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 10 drops apple cider vinegar or lime juice
  • 1 tbsp MCT or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter
  • 1 cup brewed black coffee
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 packet Stevia or any other sugar substitute
  • ½ cup water or ice

Instructions

  • Melt your butter and oils on a low heat
  • Place all ingredients in a blender except water or ice and blend until smooth.
  • Add water or ice and blend until smooth again, it should have the consistency of yogurt
  • Place into an ice cream maker if you have one. If you don’t, add the mixture to a bowl and freeze it, stirring it every 20-30 minutes until it is semi-frozen

11. Bulletproof Cocoa Mousse

If you aren’t a fan of gummies here’s a quick dessert for you to try. We should all learn to appreciate the simple things in life and this is one of them!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp MCT oil 
  • 1 tbsp grass‐fed butter or ghee
  • 8 oz strong black coffee
  • 1 ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp grass-fed gelatin
  • Sweetener to taste

Optional Additions

  • Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a blender and blend for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into a cup or bowl and refrigerate for 3 hours
  • Garnish with cream, mint leaves, nuts, or anything you prefer.

12. Vegan Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof coffee is for everyone. It can be hard to find practical and delicious recipes as a vegan, but look no further! This will give you the energy boost you’re looking for. Even if you aren’t a vegan this is still a tasty variation.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hot black coffee
  • 1tsp – 1 tbsp MCT oil
  • 1-2 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Stevia or any sugar substitute

Optional Additions

  • Cinnamon
  • 1tsp – 1tbsp raw cacao

Instructions

  • Add ingredients into your blender and mix for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy.

13. Bulletproof Chai Latte

By now I’m sure you know how versatile bulletproof coffee recipes are. They can cater to any requirements and this recipe is no exception. This chai latte recipe is creamy and spicy. Full of antioxidants, healthy fats and will give you your caffeine boost.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups hot strong-brewed black tea
  • 1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon (to taste)
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger (to taste)

Optional Additions

  • 1 tsp honey or a few drops of Stevia

Instructions

  • Add ingredients into your blender and mix for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy.

14. Bulletproof Matcha Latte

Matcha tea is very popular right now and has so many great benefits. It is a nutrient-dense superfood that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Matcha has roughly half the amount of caffeine compared to coffee. If you’re sensitive to caffeine or prefer low caffeine beverages this recipe is perfect for you. [10]

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp MCT oil 
  • 1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee
  • ½ – 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 cup hot water (not boiling – leave to sit for a minute)

Optional Additions

  • 1 tsp agave, honey, or Stevia as a sweetener
  • Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Add ingredients into your blender and mix for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy.

15. Iced Bulletproof Coffee

This recipe is great on a summer’s day or if you need an afternoon pick me up. The bulletproof coffee mixed with ice will instantly quench your thirst and give you a mental boost. If you leave this recipe to cool for too long the butter will separate. You can avoid this by stirring it and pouring it into ice.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tbsp of grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1-2 tbsp of MCT oil 
  • 1-2 cups of strong black coffee
  • A glass full of ice

Optional Additions

  • Cocoa
  • Vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Add ingredients into your blender and mix for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy.
  • Refrigerate or enjoy in a glass of ice

16. Bulletproof Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is popular in South America and is chock full of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It has less caffeine than coffee but more than your regular tea. So if you’re undecided about where you stand on caffeine, give this a try. [11]

Ingredients

  • 2–4 tbsp strong Yerba Mate
  • 1-2 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee 
  • 1-2 tbsp MCT oil
  • 1 tsp sweetener or honey (optional)

Optional Additions

  • 1 tsp honey, Stevia, or any sweetener you prefer
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger

Instructions

  • Brew the tea and strain out the leaves
  • Add ingredients into your blender and mix for 30-45 seconds until smooth and creamy.

Common Bulletproof Coffee Mistakes

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Mistake 1 – Adding Sugar

One of the reasons why bulletproof coffee is good for you is because it reduces your intake of carbs and sugars whilst still tasting great. By adding sugar it may taste too sweet. Also, your body will skip the process of ketogenesis and won’t produce ketones to give you that boost of energy you’re looking for. If you do prefer a sweeter coffee there are many alternatives such as Stevia.

Mistake 2 – Not Using MCT Oil

The MCT oil is a key ingredient to give you the mental clarity and energy boost you want. Without it, you’ll miss out on a lot of healthy fats too.

Mistake 3 – Using Instant Coffee

Freshly roasted and ground beans are always ideal for the best-tasting coffee. At the bare minimum, you want to go for freshly ground organic Arabica beans. To learn more about the types of coffee beans and which ones to pick check out this article.

Mistake 4 – Not Using A Blender

A blender is essential for bulletproof coffee. It is the only way to get a smooth and even texture. Oils and butter are hydrophobic and a blender is great for pulling everything together. Without a blender, you may get lumps or your coffee may taste too oily or buttery.

Mistake 5 – Starting With Full Doses

When using MCT oil and butter, you will need to start with small amounts and build it up over time. If you start too strong you may get tummy aches, so let your body get used to it gradually. Adjust the amount of butter and oil to your tastes too. If you don’t like creamy coffee you may want to use less oil and butter.

Mistake 6 – Using Coconut Oil Instead Of MCT Oil

MCT oil is a derivative of coconut oil that has shorter molecular chains. Coconut oil does contain MCTs but less in comparison. The chain length is longer so it is not an easily accessible energy source for the body. This means it takes longer to be broken down. To get the most out of your bulletproof coffee always use MCT oil.

What To Do Next?

The strength of your coffee can depend largely on the grind size. Check out our guide on how fine to grind coffee.

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