Be bulletproof without the butter. Keto Coffee is a great way to kill two breakfast birds with one stone. Replace a heavier meal but keep your caffeine with this “fatte” (fat latte) to boost energy and weight loss first thing in the morning. Use your favorite regular blend and cut the grease – but not the fat – by swapping cream for butter.
Despite my commitment to literal and figurative “salt,” I try to keep this blog judgement-free. We all have our dietary peccadilloes. I’m not here to come for you if you eat raw potato sandwiches. (Yes. This is an actual thing.) It’s a bit odd. Plenty of food quirks are. But there are a few things that I – me, personally – find nauseating. Butter in coffee is one of those things.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been using MCT for awhile – so I drank that proverbial kool-aid – and I gave “Bulletproof coffee” the old college try. I went in with a very willing suspension of disbelief. Shockingly, the flavor didn’t bother me nearly as much as I thought it would, but the oil slick left on top of my coffee after the initial foam broke down turned me right off. As an MCT acolyte, I fully embraced the concept; as a dairy and coffee aficionado, I wanted to find a way to make this work.
There’s a reason most people don’t use heavy cream in their coffee. (If you have, you’ll notice a similar, though much less pronounced oily sheen on top.) Buuuut, one of the key steps in incorporating the fat with the coffee is blending. And since butter and cream are essentially the same thing in different forms (I’m being reductive, but check out Food Retro for a fascinating deeper dive into the “science”), I found I could achieve a similar effect with a more desirable consistency and mouth feel.
So there. I don’t need to get up on some preachy high-horse and suggest that putting butter in your coffee is inherently vile and that the guy who came up with it could have probably stopped at heavy cream with similar results. I can just sit back quietly and enjoy my “fatte.” Perhaps with a smug sense of satisfaction.
What’s in keto coffee?
- COFFEE: nectar of the morning gods. Use a good quality (sustainably sourced, as budget allows) roast of your choice, and avoid flavors.
- MCT OIL: a supplement derived from medium-chain triglyceride fats (which are absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly) that has purported health benefits including aiding in weight loss and increasing energy. Read more about MCT oil here.
- or COCONUT OIL: naturally rich source of MCTs.
- HEAVY CREAM: choose grass fed if your budget allows. And it’s gotta be full fat to approximate the fat in butter.
- CINNAMON: just because you should avoid flavored coffee, doesn’t mean you can’t flavor your coffee.
Why I don’t use butter in keto coffee
For a long time, I made keto “bulletproof” coffee the traditional way – with butter (or ghee) and MCT oil. I spent a solid year pretending to enjoy the oil slick across the top of my morning java after the foam settled. “It’s so YUMMY!”
Then one day, I had enough. I swapped grass fed heavy cream for butter and never looked back. The fat macros are nearly equivalent, and I can actually enjoy both the flavor and texture of my morning “fatte” without the slightest hint of faking it ’til I make it.
Is this bulletproof coffee?
While similar in theory, this is not Bulletproof coffee. The original recipe calls for a combination of Bulletproof (brand) coffee beans, MCT oil, and butter/ghee.
This fat latte calls for MCT oil, heavy cream, and whatever coffee you love and prefer. Without starting an internet fight (I did, after all, resolve to avoid internet drama this year), I’ll say this – I cannot afford beans that cost $15/pound on a regular basis, and I’m guessing most of you can’t either. So let me validate you right here, right now – you too can enjoy the benefits of keto coffee without breaking the bank.
Keto coffee benefits
ENERGY: Maybe it’s placebo, maybe it’s the caffeine, maybe it’s a lack of sugar-crash from carbs (truly, we’ll never know), but I’m always super energized when I swap my morning coffee for a “Fatte” (Keto Latte).
MENTAL FOCUS: MCT’s are a clean and efficient energy source that can be used by the body almost immediately. Literally brain power.
MACROS: A fat latte is a great way to get in healthy fats to balance macros and maintain ketosis first thing in the morning.
Other keto breakfasts you’ll love
- Brussels Sprouts Hash
- Spicy Keto Breakfast Casserole
- Leftover Ham Frittata
- Instant Pot Egg Bites (Two Ways)
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- 1 tbsp MCT oil, we like Brain Octane, or coconut oil
- 1 tbsp heavy cream, grass fed preferred
- 8 oz hot coffee
- pinch ground cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process on high 30 seconds until foamy.
- Pour into a mug - the foam will settle to the top. Enjoy immediately.