If you’ve ever perused the internet or watched TV then I’m sure you’ve heard of bulletproof coffee.
What is Bulletproof Coffee?
Basically, bulletproof coffee is coffee blended with grass-fed butter and brain octane oil, which results in a really frothy, creamy, fatty cup of joe. It was invented by a man named Dave Asprey who discovered on a trip to Tibet just how good the cultural drink of Butter Tea made him feel. Traditional Butter Tea is made with yak butter, which isn’t as easy to come by here in the states, so Dave created his own version of bulletproof coffee made with grass-fed butter and, additionally, added in brain octane oil. To make bulletproof coffee, all you do is combine the coffee, butter and brain octane oil in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
Why Drink Bulletproof Coffee?
Bulletproof coffee is a high fat beverage which Dave Asprey claims provides many benefits including suppressed hunger, longer lasting energy and mental clarity. I can see where he’s coming from. Usually when I drink my coffee alongside a snack that contains some healthy fats, I don’t feel like I get the usual caffeine spike and crash as I would just drinking a black cup of coffee on an empty stomach. However, because I don’t eat butter, I have yet to try traditional bulletproof coffee and can’t vouch for the validity of his claims. I feel like people either love or hate the idea of bulletproof coffee, yet I’m that weird person that is stuck in the middle.
Is Bulletproof Coffee Healthy?
You all know I’m not a dietician or a nutritionist and, since I’ve never tried traditional bulletproof coffee containing grass-fed butter, I really don’t have much to say scientifically and nutritionally in regards to this questions. For me personally, however, I don’t plan on drinking 2-4 tablespoons of butter and oil in my coffee anytime soon. BUT, I do love the idea of adding healthy fats to my coffee to help keep caffeine spikes at bay and to add rich, frothiness to my coffee.
Instead of using butter and brain octane oil, however, on occasion–or when I don’t have any non-dairy milk or creamer on hand–I love to blend natural nut butters and a smidgen of coconut oil into my coffee. I actually got this idea after Jem Organics sent me a sample pack of their unique and decadent nut butters to try out. They sent me a variety of flavors including Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, Cashew Cardamom Almond Butter, Salted Caramel Cashew Almond Butter and, as seen in some of these photos, Coffee Cashew Almond Butter. How amazing do those flavors sound?! Yeah, I was pretty excited to try them out and so far have loved every single flavor they sent me. They taste so rich and decadent and, when drizzled on top of one of my Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins, make me feel like I’m eating frosting.
When trying to think of what to pair the Coffee Cashew Almond Butter with one day, I decided to make my version of Vegan Bulletproof Coffee and this simple, creamy drink was formed. Blending the nut butter and coconut oil into the coffee makes for such a frothy, rich drink and the cashews and almonds in the nut butter add the most beautiful nutty flavor. You could make these Vegan Bulletproof coffee with a variety of different nut butters! I’ve done cashew and almond butter before and they both work great. I would definitely suggest using less processed nut butters though! If you’re trying to stay away from oil, I’m sure this recipe would work just using nut butter, but just a 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil makes this Vegan Bulletproof Coffee so rich and frothy. I love thinking of this Vegan Bulletproof Coffee as an morning or afternoon snack, as it contains lot of healthy fats to satisfy my hunger.
I’d love to know your thoughts on bulletproof coffee and what you think of this nut butter and coconut oil vegan bulletproof coffee! Have you ever tried traditional bulletproof coffee? What do you think about it? How does it make you feel? If you don’t drink bulletproof coffee, have you ever tried blending your coffee with a nut butter or oil before? Please, leave your comments down below and don’t forget to rate and share this recipe!
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- Place everything into a blender and blend until frothy and smooth.
- Taste and add more coconut oil or nut butter if desired!