When someone told me I should check out bulletproof coffee, that sounded great! Sign me up! But then I found out it was coffee, butter and oil… nasty! After I read all the claims, I said let’s give it a try! (I haven’t told Laura about this coffee because she is going to freak out at me for drinking butter and oil, Laura is my dietitian sister, if you haven’t read our background)
(This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure for more info)
Bulletproof coffee was created in 2009 by Dave Asprey. It’s an ‘upgraded coffee’ blended with unsalted grass-fed butter and ‘Brain Octane oil’. Brain Octane oil is 18x stronger than coconut oil. Some people use MCT oil, which is derived from coconut oil and is 1.6x stronger than coconut oil. I’m not sure I understand what ‘stronger’ means, but when I tried to buy MCT oil at the health food store, the guy said just use coconut oil. Asprey also says his ‘upgraded coffee’ doesn’t have the toxins that most other coffee beans do, which seems a little sketchy to me.
Asprey claims that it boosts your cognitive function, stops cravings and helps to lose weight through ketosis. Ketosis is when your body is mostly fueled by fat, there is very little carbs or glucose in the body for fuel. It’s supposed to keep you full for hours, which it did keep me feeling full for most of the morning. I can’t really prove any other claims because I haven’t used the Brain Octane oil, only coconut oil. Maybe I’ll buy his oil to try it out.
When I first tried bulletproof coffee I just used a high quality local coffee, unsalted grass-fed butter, and coconut oil. It was delicious! I know, butter in coffee?? But you’ve got to try it! It’s like a creamy latte, I still make it occasionally, when I know I’m going to eat healthy that day 🙂 or when I get a craving for it. Sometimes, I skip the coconut oil to save calories, it still keeps me full most of the morning. Here’s how to make it…
Brew your coffee, then add 1-2 Tablespoons of unsalted grain-fed Butter, then 1-2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil. You HAVE to blend it together! I use a hand blender, but you can use a regular blender. If you do not blend it the oil just sits on top and that’s gross, but when you blend it, the magic happens! It becomes this creamy, foamy coffee. I don’t put anything in it, but some people put vanilla or cinnamon in it.