Bulletproof coffee, also known as BP coffee or butter coffee, is spoken of highly among many of those in the Keto and low carb circles. It’s known for giving long lasting energy, assisting in weight loss, controlling hunger, and burning fat.
It is pretty high in calories and fat for a coffee though, so I wouldn’t recommend drinking it more than once a day. Please keep in mind, this is meant to be a meal replacement. Do not eat a full plate of bacon and eggs with a side of bulletproof coffee, at least not unless you are eating much less (or more balanced) meals later.
I drink it about once a week. The rest of the time I usually just have coffee with two tablespoons of heavy whipping cream for breakfast. I like my mornings as simple and easy as possible. I’m lucky I can manage to get fully dressed in the mornings… well, mostly dressed.
I personally only drink bulletproof coffee when I know ahead of time that I am going to be low on fats. I typically create my weekly meal plans on Saturdays. This is usually a two hour process for me as I lay out what I will be eating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next seven days. By doing this, I can tell what days I will be lower in fat and I can add bulletproof coffee on those days, if I want. Sometimes I might drink a bulletproof coffee, other times I might eat more nuts and cheese, or snag a couple fat bombs; I like to keep my options open.
I would also recommend bulletproof coffee only for those on a low carb diet. I would never drink this if I was on a standard American diet of grains/carbs making up the bulk of my day. Something about the thought of high fat, in addition to high carb, gives me cause for concern. It would probably lead me to become as overweight as… well, I am now.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from bulletproof coffee, so I’m sorry if it’s coming across that way. But, I also don’t want to go so far the other way that everyone thinks it’s some fantastic magical concoction of coffee and fairy dust that will have you breezing through Keto like a pro. Hence, my cautionary warnings. It’s coffee with butter and oil in it. It’s not the nutritional equivalent of an egg with bell peppers and mushrooms.
Having said all that… there must be some fairy dust sprinkled in somewhere because when I drink bulletproof coffee, I definitely receive an energy boost that lasts me most of the day. In addition, I don’t feel hungry until later in the afternoon, which comes in handy on those days when I’m forced to take a later lunch.
You can purchase an official bulletproof coffee kit from www.bulletproof.com, or you can mix your own for much cheaper. I’ve never had the official version. If you have wads of money you’re itching to burn through and decide to try it, please give me some money and I’ll try it too. Or… just comment below on your thoughts.
Bulletproof coffee is made with coffee, a good quality butter, and either MCT oil or coconut oil. I personally use coconut oil, but this has more to do with the fact that I found it on the shelf at the store first than for any other reason.
Some people also add protein powder or a raw egg. I will confess to trying the raw egg to up my protein, but there was something about the taste and mouth feels that I couldn’t power through. It might have just all been in my head, but once was enough for me to say, “No, no, oh God, no!” If you want to have a go at it, make sure you let the coffee cool a bit before adding the egg. Too hot, and I’m told you get small bits of cooked egg, making it chunky going down. *shudder*
The basic recipe for bulletproof coffee is:
-2 cups of coffee
-2 tbsp butter (good quality)
-2 tbsp MCT oil, or Coconut oil
-2 tbsp heavy whipping cream (optional)
-favorite low carb sweetener (optional)
If you are not used to MCT or coconut oil though, I highly, let me repeat that, highly recommend starting off with 1 tbsp (or maybe even ½ tbsp). Both oils can have an… unpleasant effect on the tummy and may take some getting used to.
Let’s pause for a minute. If you’re counting as this recipe stands right now, this amounts to 562 calories for a cup of coffee! I for one, am trying to lose weight and I like to actually, you know, eat food.
When I make this I halve the fats to 1 tbsp butter, and 1 tbsp coconut oil. This drops the calories to 332; much easier to fit into my day. I also add a dash of salt. For one, I swear it cuts some of the bitterness of the coffee; and two, it helps with my daily sodium needs.
Place all your ingredients in a blender, magic bullet, or into a large cup (for an immersion blender).
Blend away! I usually blend for 20 – 30 seconds or longer. You want to make sure the butter and coconut oil are fully emulsified. It also creates a wonderful buttery/sweet foam (if you used a sweetener), that is just delicious.
Drink up and enjoy this wonderfully decadent coffee!
Okay, now I’m just showing off my new mug.
Have you ever had bulletproof coffee? Tell us about your favorite flavor combinations below! Or, if this is your first cup, let me know what you think!
Please don’t mind the mess.
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