Butter Coffee - Don't Knock it Til You Try It

Mmm...doesn't that title alone make you salivate? Butter and coffee on their own are both delicious.  But when their forces combine? What a TREAT. 

Buttered coffee is becoming pretty trendy lately, but it's nothing new. Most people refer to it as Bulletproof Coffee, coined by Bulletproof founder and exec Dave Asprey (P.S. Have you listened to his podcast? Interesting stuff).  I don't use all of his products so I'm refraining from calling my version truly "Bulletproof," but you get the idea. 

Classic "Bulletproof" coffee consists of the following: 

-fresh coffee from organic, high-grade coffee beans

-unsalted high-quality butter from grass-fed cows

-unrefined coconut oil or MCT oil (Medium-Chain-Triglycerides, derived from coconut and palm oils - basically, a more potent fat source)

Soo ok you're like probably like, wait BACK THE EFF UP.  Butter in coffee?  Doesn't that immediately clog your arteries?  No, you fool.  I'm sorry.  That was harsh.  It's really delicious, and fat makes you phat (even Time said so).  Repeat after me: butter is good for you.

Still sound weird? It's actually not at all. The idea is that combining high-quality fat sources with caffeine gives you a more stable energy boost, thus providing greater mental clarity.  It's science: The fats feed your brain and body, and as a result keep your blood sugar stable, which prevents you from getting the caffeine jitters from typical sugar-and-cream laden coffee, and therefore makes you a much happier camper.  Cool, right?  The fats also provide an incredible creamy sweetness to your coffee, so you won't even miss the sweetener. 

The best part is, you can customize it to your liking. I'm always trying to get extra good fats into my diet, and what better than to drink them? Mmm. Fats.

Ingredients: Assemble!

Ingredients: Assemble!

INGREDIENTS: 

-1-2 cups coffee* 

-1-2 T. unsalted Kerrygold butter (or ghee, for dairy-free**) 

-1-2 T. coconut oil or MCT oil (optional) **

-1/2 t. maca powder

-a few dashes turmeric powder

-2 T. collagen hydrosylate (I use this or this brand - also optional)

-1 t. Raw honey (optional) 

-a bit of vanilla, for taste

-any other mix-ins you'd like

Have fun with your add-ins. Want mocha? Add in cocoa or cacao powder. Want a pumpkin spice latte? Coupla shakes of pumpkin pie spice and maybe a dash of maple syrup in place of honey and you've got Starbucks beat. 

Every ingredient here has a purpose. Maca powder provides a natural energy boost and helps with hormone regulation.  Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory (been eating a lot of crap lately? Lifting a lot of weights? Sick? Yeah, you need this). Collagen is incredible for gut-healing (google leaky gut if you're scratching your head). Plus, it makes your skin look younger. Raw honey? That's just fun.

*Notes: Not a coffee drinker? You can also substitute matcha tea for coffee, and yield equally delicious results. Or even chai tea, for a yummy spiced caffeine-free alternative. Or try with plain ol' nut milk for a yummy soothing treat.

**It is very, VERY important to use the highest quality sources of fats you can get your hands on.  Conventionally raised butter doesn't do a body good -  butter from grass-fed cows, on the other hand, has a completely different, and superior, nutritional profile.  Ghee has a much stronger flavor than butter (because it's pure butter fat), so less is more. If you're using 2 tablespoons of butter, replace with maybe just shy of 1 tablespoon ghee. I don't use MCT oil in my mix (I'm allergic to coconut so I'm a little nervous it might cause a reaction), but if you choose to do so, start out slow. Use 1-2 teaspoons, then build up to more. Too much and you'll have the Hershey squirts, if you catch my drift (sorry...).

INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. Brew beverage of choice in manner of choice.  

2. Once beverage is brewed, gather all ingredients. Add coffee to a blender or large vessel (if using an immersion blender).

3. Add all ingredients to blender/cup.