Bulletproof coffee – you gotta try it

For months now I have kept coming across “bulletproof coffee” in many of the blogs and websites that I follow. So always willing to try something at least once ,  I thought I would give this a go. Now I know that the moment I give you the ingredients list, you are going to pull your nose up and say, “Oh gross!” I did the first time I came across the recipe. But so many people would comment about how delicious it was that I had to just try it for myself.

bulletproof coffeeBulletproof coffee is basically:

  • a cup of good quality brewed black coffee into which is added
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) or more of organic coconut oil and
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) or more of unsalted butter (preferably from grass-fed cows)
  • you can also add half a teaspoon of vanilla essence/extract
  • or a pinch of ground cinnamon and
  • if you prefer your coffee with a bit of sweetness then add some stevia or xylitol to taste,
  • blend all ingredients with a hand blender or food processor to emulsify.

Sounds pretty nasty hey? I am sure right now you are picturing a hot swirling oily mass of goop? Something they might present to contestants on Fear Factor?

Well, let me tell you something – it is absolutely delicious, creamy and oh so satisfying. I hope I have used enough adjectives in that last sentence to at least make you curious. It tastes very similar to a decadent latte actually.

Why drink this coffee?

Well, if you need another reason besides it being a wonderful taste sensation, here are a few good ones:

  1. For those on a high fat/low carb eating plan, bulletproof coffee is an excellent way to get your healthy fats in while keeping the carbs low due to no milk being added ( milk is reasonably high in carbs)
  2. If you struggle to eat breakfast, then starting your day with a cup of this coffee will honestly keep you alert and your energy levels high for hours.
  3. It can help you lose weight by stimulating your body’s fat burning potential
  4. It is reasonably quick to prepare once you get the hang of it and mobile as you can pop it into a thermos mug and head out the door for the school run or work

Not a coffee drinker?

No excuse! Give it a whirl with some Spiced Chai, Rooibos or Ceylon tea .


Go on, be a risk-taker  – give it a try and let me know what you think.

For more info you can read this article.

About Nicky Perks

Passionately sharing information about the paleo/primal, high fat/low carb lifestyle that will rock your world! I am on my own journey to good health and a slim body. My goal? To enjoy the ride as life on this beautiful planet is just too short to do it any other way.

Posted on May 7, 2013, in Primal 101 and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Coffee not sure – expensive ingredients – Question – are dates a no no

  2. Regarding your dates question: It depends what your goals are. If you are trying to lose weight or control healthy blood sugar levels, then keep in mind that dates are very high in sugar. But dates will always be a better choice than sugary sweets or ice cream. So I would say if dates satisfies a sweet tooth then enjoy them in limited amounts occassionally. Personally I would still opt for a block of quality dark chocolate for a special treat as that would be much lower in sugar and carbs.

  3. First time I tried bulletproof coffee – missed the instructions about the blender – absolutely gross. Then saw the instructions and tried again. This is now breakfast – into a thermos mug and drink on the way to work – and it keeps me going without even thinking about anything else to eat until lunch time. My challenge now is how do I do this on back to back business trips. I can see me carrying coconut oil, a milk frothier coffee is usually readily available -but not so sure about butter

    • Hi Jean, yes without blending the concoction to emulsify it would be pretty horrible! With regards to business trips, butter doesn’t have to be refrigerated, so give it a go.

  4. Do you know where in CPT one can buy grass fed butter? I have heard that Kerrygold is suppose to be grass fed, but I am not sure (only salted avialable in SA). I am buying Cremalat farm butter from Gogo’s Deli in Newlands, but they are not 100% sure if it is grass fed. The Cremalat is at least unsulted.

    • Hi Heinrich, I buy my butter from http://www.rolbaken.com. It is made in George on a farm called Mysthill. It is made from raw milk that is produced by a grass fed dairy herd. They used to turn the cream into butter using an old hand churn and then beat the water out of it with wooden paddles and then form it into blocks all by hand. Now they have expanded the operation and have an electric churn and beater and then a machine like a brick making machine that shapes and squeezes it into blocks. The basic ingredients have not changed – just the production has been mechanized to keep up with demand for their lovely butter. Mary Carr from Rolbaken delivers to Cape Town once a month. She also has the most amazing grass-fed lamb as well as free range chicken and eggs. Her prices are very reasonable and I can highly recommend her produce.

  5. Hi. Is it okay to replace the coffee with cocoa?
    Thanks, p

  6. Wow! Absolutely delicious. I must admit I had a stomach-churning moment when I got to the ingredients. I must start my day with coffee, do not have time for breakfast and need a high fat meal in the morning – sounded like this could be the answer so I tried it. And am I glad that I did. So glad and eternally grateful to the creator of this amazing concoction – I have mine without cinnamon, vanilla or xylitol – REALLY, TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS. Be brave – and try it. You won’t regret it!

  7. It’s hard to come by knowledgeable people for this topic, but you seem
    like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  8. Tried this today, absolutely loved it! Thank you!

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