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My Butter Coffee Recipe with Ghee and Collagen

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A healthy twist on bulletproof coffee, this butter coffee recipe can be made with grass-fed, unsalted butter or lactose-free ghee (or try coconut oil!). Loaded with health benefits, my butter coffee recipe also makes for the creamiest, dreamiest, most delicious cup of coffee I’ve ever had. Honestly, it tastes just like a latte, but without any dairy.

This is My Butter Coffee Recipe with Ghee and Collagen.

UPDATE: This post originally appeared in November 2016 and was updated in November 2017 and again in January 2020 to reflect new information and recommendations. 

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Does anyone else wake up first thing and then head straight to the coffee pot? Yes?

Then you’re my kind of people!

But… I don’t beeline to the coffee pot for regular, plain ole’ coffee.

No, no, no…that would be too easy! 😉

For the past two years, I’ve been drinking a version of bulletproof coffee, or butter coffee, every morning.

Yes, you read that right—I put a tablespoon of butter, or ghee in my case (which is a lactose-free clarified butter) in my coffee for the health benefits it provides. Intrigued?

Honestly, it tastes just like a latte, but without any dairy. It’s amazing–just blend everything up in your Vitamix –order on Amazon here or buy direct here – and you’ve got a coffeehouse-style latte that’s way better for you AND your wallet!

You’re going to need a blender, because the butter or ghee should NOT be stirred directly into the cup of coffee because it won’t mix right, and you’re looking for that oh-so-smooth consistency.


Coffee, collagen, and ghee are the ingredients for Butter Coffee.

What is Butter Coffee?

The concept of butter coffee was first introduced by Dave Asprey, who dubbed it Bulletproof Coffee.

Essentially, it’s high quality coffee blended with grass-fed, unsalted butter, and MCT oil (coconut oil extract). You can read more about it here.

I know it sounds crazy to put butter in your coffee, but I’ve got to tell you, it is DELICIOUS!! Think the creamiest, smoothest latte you’ve ever had… but with just one scoop of butter instead of a cup of milk.

And more than that, it’s SO GOOD FOR YOU!

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Fourth and Heart ghee is perfect for this butter coffee recipe.

Butter Coffee Benefits

The benefits of butter coffee are far-reaching, particularly when you use grass-fed, organic butter.

Grass-fed cows are healthier than factory-farmed or grain-fed cows since their bodies are not made to digest grain. So, the butter they produce reflects their good health.

Let me break it down for you:

  • Grass-fed butter is higher in omega-3 fatty acids and CLA than conventional butter. CLA may help to reduce tumors, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and actually lower body fat (source).
  • Grass-fed butter is higher in butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid, which can both prevent and decrease inflammation. Butyrate also acts as a detoxifier, improves colon health, supports healthy insulin levels, and may be helpful for individuals suffering from IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Grass-fed butter is more nutrient-dense. A single tablespoon of grass-fed butter contains 500 IU vitamin A, more carotenes than carrots, and is chockfull of vitamin K2, vitamin D, and vitamin E.
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So don’t be afraid of butter!! We’ve long thought that butter is bad for us, but turns out, energy from medium-chain fatty acids actually burn other fats in our system, leading to weight loss and optimizing cholesterol levels!

While you can absolutely use grass-fed butter in this recipe, I actually recommend using grass-fed ghee instead. If you want to be completely vegan, you can also use coconut oil, which is really delicious, albeit slightly greasier. Here’s why I put ghee in my coffee:

This butter coffee is creamy and full of healthy fats.

Ghee in Coffee: Ghee vs. Butter

Instead of using grass-fed butter in my butter coffee, I opt for ghee (clarified butter), which is also an incredible option for high heat cooking, by the way.

Ghee is shelf stable (meaning you can leave it out on your counter without fear of it going bad), and there’s one key difference between ghee and regular butter.

Butter = Milk Solids + Butter Fat + Water

Ghee = Butter – Milk Solids – Water

So ghee has all of the health benefits of grass-fed butter, but without the lactose and casein (milk solids).

Meaning, and this is pretty cool, ghee is dairy-free, making it a brilliant option for anyone with allergies, gut issues or vegetarian leanings (source).

My absolute favorite brand of ghee is Fourth & Heart, which is sourced from a cooperative of grass-fed farms in New Zealand.

They’ve got five different flavors, all of which are made with real food ingredients (not natural or artificial flavors), and every single one tastes AMAZING.

For butter coffee, I usually go with original (which is unsalted) or the Madagascar Vanilla Bean, which adds a subtle, sweet vanilla flavor to coffee that is irresistible!

You can buy 4th & Heart’s ghee at Thrive Market ($10.99/jar), on Amazon (less than $10/jar through Subscribe & Save) or direct through their online shop!

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A perfect butter coffee recipe.

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Ghee is also rich in Butyric Acid, which helps your gut digest foods AND it helps your body assimilate other nutrients when eaten in conjunction with ghee.

In fact, in Ayurveda, herbs are often mixed with ghee to be more easily absorbed by the body.

Which is why I recommend adding maca powder and cinnamon to this butter coffee recipe–their effects will be even more powerful because of the ghee!

And what are the effects of maca and cinnamon?

  • Maca: Maca root is an adaptogen and a member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli and cabbage, that’s considered a superfood due to its positive effect on hormone balance, energy levels, and health. In fact, Maca Root benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, boosted immune system, increased energy and stamina, and improved sexual function, memory, and focus (source). I recommend The Maca Team’s Red Maca powder, which is Certified Organic, fairly traded, GMO-free, fresh and potent, and raw. Studies show red maca to be the best maca for female fertility, libido and hormone balance, natural energy boosting, bone health and male prostate. Likewise, raw maca powder is better than gelatinized (meaning pre-cooked) because the enzymes and nutrients remain at their peak levels in the raw state. (source)
  • Cinnamon: Not only does cinnamon add a sweet, warming flavor to your coffee, but it also helps to balance blood sugar (which is super important first thing in the morning). Bursting with antioxidants, cinnamon can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity, and it can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases (source).
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Which brings us to the final ingredient in this superfood butter coffee recipe: collagen.


Collagen, ghee, coffee and a french press are what I use to make butter coffee.

Why I Put Collagen in My Coffee

We’ve talked before about the incredible health benefits of collagen–it improves your skin’s appearance, reduces joint pain, helps break down proteins and soothes your gut’s lining (AMAZING for anyone with digestion issues), increases your metabolism, strengthens teeth, nails and hair, helps your body detox AND reduces the appearance of cellulite (source). Whoop whoop!

My favorite brand of collagen is Vital Proteins, which is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides. The natural peptides are highly bio-available, digestible and soluble in cold or hot liquids.

So a scoop of Vital Proteins’ Collagen Peptides not only dissolves into your coffee almost immediately (there’s no taste), it also adds an awesome protein boost to your morning cup.

One scoop contains nearly 10 grams of protein!

You can buy Vital Proteins direct through their website ($38.70 per 20-oz container with their Subscribe option) or on Amazon ($36.55 per 20-oz container with the Subscribe & Save option).

Tip: If you buy direct through their site, you should definitely use eBates, a FREE money saving app that is SO easy to use! You’ll get an additional 4% back on your purchase. Since I started using eBates I’ve literally received over $1000 in cash back, from shopping at places I was already spending money anyway!

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Butter coffee helps me stay focused all day.

If all those health benefits weren’t enough, this butter coffee recipe also makes for the creamiest, dreamiest, most delicious cup of coffee I’ve ever had.

You’ll feel satisfied, be full of energy and ready to tackle the day ahead.

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Where to Buy Coffee

Earlier this year, I switched to decaf coffee to see if cutting out caffeine helped with my anxiety. It worked like gangbusters, so now I enjoy this butter coffee recipe with decaf beans instead of regular. All this to say, either works! You do you.

I do recommend that whatever coffee you choose, you go for an organic bag. Organic coffee is far less acidic than regular coffee, making it easier to digest. Regular coffee bean production also typically involves synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides – ick! Coffee that’s certified organic means you’re getting a cleaner bean.

Some trusted brands include:

  • Bulletproof offers a super high quality coffee that’s not only organic, but certified clean with independent lab tests showing it’s clear of 27 toxins, including mycotoxins (which come from mold). 
  • Another great brand is Kion Coffee, which is not only organic but was shown in numerous independent labs to average four times the antioxidant count of other organic coffees (and 10 times more than some non-organic leading brands!), plus it’s tested to be free of pesticides, mold, ochratoxins, aflatoxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), and yeast.
  • Blue Spruce Decaf: Clean, organic decaf coffee that’s Swiss Water Processed, shade-grown and more sustainable for the environment.
  • Are you coffee pod person? No worries! If you have a Keurig or other single-use coffee machine, there are now RECYCLABLE AND ORGANIC coffee pods! It’s SO rare to have single-serve coffee pods be sustainably sourced, fair-trade and recyclable, but Intelligent Blends does it ALL! Think of all that unnecessary waste created by other single-serve brewers. Now, us coffee and tea lovers can still enjoy the convenience of single-serve beverages without sacrificing our commitment to being ecologically sound. You can order your Intelligent Blends sustainable and organic coffee pods here.
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If you try this Butter Coffee Recipe with Ghee and Collagen, be sure to share a photo and tag me @rootandrevel on social media–I’d LOVE to see how it turned out for you!

5 from 12 votes
Servings: 1
My Butter Coffee Recipe with Ghee and Collagen
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins
A healthy twist on bulletproof coffee,this butter coffee recipe can be made with grass-fed, unsalted butter or lactose-free ghee (or try coconut oil!). Loaded with health benefits, my butter coffeerecipe also makes for the creamiest, dreamiest, most delicious cup of coffee I’veever had. Honestly, it tastes just like a latte, but without any dairy
  1. Make your coffee as you normally would.  (I recommend making in a French Press)

  2. In a blender (I recommend Vitamix), combine coffee with ghee, collagen, maca, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth and everything is dissolved. The coffee will look like a latte with foam at the top.
  3. Pour into a coffee mug and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
You can also use coconut oil instead of ghee, if preferred.
If you don't want to add collagen, maca, or cinnamon, you can just make a plain butter coffee with coffee and ghee/coconut oil, and leave out the remaining ingredients.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter coffee, ghee coffee
Calories: 254 kcal
Author: Kate Kordsmeier |



A healthy twist on bulletproof coffee, this butter coffee recipe can be made with grass-fed, unsalted butter or lactose-free ghee (or try coconut oil!). Loaded with health benefits, my butter coffee recipe also makes for the creamiest, dreamiest, most delicious cup of coffee I’ve ever had. Honestly, it tastes just like a latte, but without any dairy.

Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

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51 comments on “My Butter Coffee Recipe with Ghee and Collagen”

  1. 5 stars
    I’m going to try this once I got my blender next week. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. It looks delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    Hey, Thank you for coffee recipe, I really really like the way you explained it, Me and my family this coffee so i’m going to try this one in upcoming weekend where we set together once in a week so this will be amazing

  3. For me the benefits of bulletproof coffee or butter coffee increases energy, improves brain function, curbs my appetite, stabilizes blood sugar and get some healthy fats in my diet. Thanks, Kenny 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe and article! Thank you. I have to point out though, that Bulletproof coffee does not show as organic as you stated. Am I missing it? 

  5. 5 stars
    I have a quick question. Do you still eat breakfast when drinking this?


  6. Wondering if anyone has tried this with a stick blender or frother? We have an RV we travel in and the vitamix isnt making the cut for items/weight limit.

  7. 5 stars
    I drink this ever morning too ! I used to buy bulletproof coffee – with ghee – with protein from the Whole Foods coffee shop, and it would cost me $7!! But I loved it and loved how it made me feel so felt it was worth it – now I make it myself at home and like the taste even better ! I put my coffee, ghee, coconut oil, and vital protien in my blender till frothy and drink it every morning! I love it so much. I see you don’t do coconut oil (in addition to ghee) do you think I’m getting too much saturated fat with both? Thanks xx

    • That’s awesome Dominique! Don’t you just love when homemade is even better?! 😉 It all depends on your dietary preferences for the saturated fats. I personally believe in high amounts of healthy fats, and coconut oil is right up there, so it should be fine in my opinion!

  8. Have you tried Laird superfood coffee creamer? Check out their website…I love their product! I use the original.

  9. Your site is amazing!!!! Everything you need to know and more for healthy healing!!! I so appreciate you!!!
    What brand do you recommend for Organic decaf coffee beans?

    • Aww, thanks so much Linda – I really appreciate that! 😀 In addition to organic, you’d ideally look for coffee that’s mycotoxin free (a toxin produced by mold) and/or shade grown (meaning they need less chemicals to grow the coffee). You could try the Bulletproof brand which is ‘certified clean’ since they extensively test for toxins: (affiliate link) Let me know what you think! 😀

  10. Have you ever tried this with tea? I don’t drink coffee, but the idea sounds great!

  11. I add some organic cacao power to my ghee and extra virgin coconut oil along with the vital peptides. I make my own I buy a big jar of coconut oil at Costco‘s and the Cacao powder at whole foods and order the vital peptides from Amazon and make my own self all of your suggestions I will and Saigon cinnamon To it. I love it that is my breakfast and it holds me over till lunch

  12. U don’t get that grass gee butter at $10.00 ;it’s $12.45 . a little pricey for butter , going to check iherb for something cheaper. Coffee looks good and hope it helps me at PMS time.

    • For Subscribe & Save, the price was $10, though Amazon frequently adjusts their pricing, so it might have changed. It’s definitely pricey, but it lasts a long time and IMHO you get what you pay for. Hope you love the recipe, Jazzy!

  13. 5 stars
    Fascinating all the benefits of putting butter in your coffee. Thank you for sharing!

  14. 5 stars
    I love the cinnamon in this! Gives it a little extra flavor!

  15. 5 stars
    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for starting your inspiring website. I also have PCOS and have been GF, DF, soy free for one year but have been struggling with giving up sugar! ???? This coffee recipe looks fab. Was just wondering if you drank coffee while on your gut healing protocol? Did it affect your blood sugar levels? Also did you give up all refined sugar during that healing year as well. Thanks so much! Jacqui

    • Hey Jacqui–so glad you found this recipe. I know that sugar is one of the toughest things for people to give up. I think a lot of it comes down to resetting your palette. I have always drank coffee throughout my journey, though these days I’m on decaf to help with anxiety. Coffee did not negatively affect my blood sugar levels, as it’s really the sugar you add to coffee that would do that. And I don’t add any sugar to mine. Try vanilla extract instead. I’ve never been much of a sweet tooth, but I do try to avoid refined sugar most of the time. I do swear by the 80-20 rule though and so I sometimes indulge. Hope that helps!

  16. Thank you for this recipe. I didn’t have the maca or collagen on hand, but I was eager to try this. I recently purchased a grass-fed ghee with coconut oil blend that I used instead with the cinnamon. I think I could get used to this! I plan on trying this with the ingredients you mention, too.

    • Hi, Shiela: So glad you were able to try butter coffee. Isn’t is so delicious? Adding collagen will help with digestion, skin, hair, nails, joints, and inflammation while maca can help balance hormones. Let me know if you try it with that! 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    I like your twist in the coffee, I am going to give it a try.

  18. 5 stars
    Just wanted to say thank you for doing such an amazing giveaway and giving a college student (who can’t always afford to try all the health products I want) a chance to try Ghee and the Collagen from Vital Proteins which I’ve been wanting to try for months! Thanks again 🙂

  19. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh this sounds amazing! I follow you on Instagram and would love to win this!

    • Awesome, so glad to have you here, Jett! Good luck on the giveaway and I hope you’ll stick around. A great place to start is to join our FREE library of downloads dedicated to natural living: XO

  20. Good Morning
    My name is Ellis and I work with Ninja Goat Nutritionals. I saw recently that you posted a story about butter coffee.
    I work for Ninja Goat Nutritionals, and we make a product called fatCoffee, which is a quick and easy way to make butter coffee anywhere, anytime- and it’s made with 100% grass fed-butter and organic coconut oil.
    Would you be willing to try fatCoffee and let me know what you think about it? I’d be happy to provide a sample, if you can send me your mailing address.

    Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you soon.