I love coffee so when I heard of bulletproof coffee I was beyond myself. Bulletproof coffee's inventor David Asprey claims that his concoction can give you long lasting energy ( he claims up to 6 hours), can assist weight-loss by helping users engage in a form of "intermittent fasting" which triggers ketosis (a metabolic state triggered by a lack of carbs that makes your body burn fats), can kill cravings, and can boost cognitive function. Ok so the list seems a little too good to be true, but I thought that the idea of mixing healthy fats and coffee a very interesting one.
60% of your brain is made up fat. So good fats are an important fuel of cognitive function. The original bulletproof coffee uses grassfed butter and coconut oil to boost the intake of omega-3 fatty acids and butyrates. Both of these reduce inflammation in humans and are said to prevent cancer and control hunger. Bulletproof coffee also uses special coffee beans said not to contain mycotoxins (which apparently is a fancy name for coffee mold). This claim seems bogus to me though as coffee growers have utilized a process known as "wet processing" since the 1980s to rid their beans of mold.
But, that is besides the point. I was in NYC last spring when I saw a sign for bulletproof coffee. I really wanted to love it. I mean, it seems that the drink is a silver bullet. I remember proudly holding my first cup of bulletproof coffee in a beautiful NYC morning.... Then, I took my first sip.... My initial happiness quickly turned into disgust. I gagged. It was so gross. The fatty buttery taste was a turn off for me. However, the experience did teach me something: Blending coffee with butter made it really creamy... I thought it could be a great way to substitute my morning latte. That is, if I could ever find something less gross than butter to blend it with.
Then I got home and I had a tub of Artisana coconut butter staring at me. If you are not familiar with it, Artisana is a very serious company that delivers a fully raw and delicious product. I love coconut butter and oil and try to use it as much as I can. Coconut butter contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which are burned for energy and don't usually go for fat storage. Coconut butter stimulates your metabolism and helps you burn more fat. In fact, American farmers tried to fatten their cows using coconut oil. But, what happened was the exact opposite!
So, I decided to blend the coconut butter I had at home with my coffee. The result: sensational! A creamy coffee that gives me longer lasting energy than my usual cup with a much more vibrant ingredient than butter. I highly recommend you try it! The recipe and a short video of this easy recipe is below:
- 1/2 Artisana coconut butter packet (or use 1 tbsp of coconut butter)
- 8oz of coffee (I use high quality beans from Ipsento. Their beans are of high quality and direct trade!)
Place both ingredients in the blender and blend away. Drink right away and enjoy the energy!