This healthy twist on bulletproof coffee or butter coffee is made with ghee or coconut oil–it will boost energy, aid in weight loss and balance hormones with cinnamon and maca powder. Collagen gives this Paleo butter coffee a protein boost that’s great for skin, digestion, and inflammation!
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Did anyone else wake up super early without their alarm clock this morning? Gotta love the end of Daylight Savings!
Despite my newfound energy, I still had to head straight to the coffee pot, of course.
But not just 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 butter in my coffee. Intrigued?
What is Butter coffee?
The concept of butter coffee was first introduced by Dave Asprey, who dubbed it Bulletproof Coffee.
Essentially, it’s 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!
Health Benefits of Butter or Ghee Coffee
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.
So don’t be afraid of butter!! We’ve long thought that butter makes us fat (and, of course, too much of anything can do that!)… BUT!
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:
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!
Balance Hormones with this Butter Coffee Recipe
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).
Which brings us to the final ingredient in this superfood butter coffee recipe: collagen.
Why You Should Put Collagen in 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!
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.
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, your waistline AND your wallet!
P.S. 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.
And the good news doesn’t stop there! With the help of 4th & Heart and Vital Proteins, making this butter coffee recipe just got a whole lot easier with this STELLAR GIVEAWAY. See details below:
Butter Coffee with Ghee + Collagen
Make your coffee as you normally would. (I recommend making in a French Press)
- 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.
- Pour into a coffee mug and enjoy!
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.
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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This post originally appeared in November 2016, but was updated in November 2017 to reflect new information.