The first time I heard about bulletproof coffee was on an episode of Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian (embarrassing, I know). One of the girls was working with a nutritionist and the nutritionist told her to start every day with a cup of bulletproof coffee. She said nothing else about it, but I made a mental note to look up what bulletproof coffee actually was. In typical Angela fashion, I didn’t look it up until a few months later when I read about it on the internet somewhere. I did some research to find out exactly what it was, what was in it, why people are drinking it, and how to make my own.
If you’ve never heard of bulletproof coffee (like I did not too long ago) you’re probably wondering what the heck it is! According to the Bulletproof website, bulletproof coffee is “a high-performance energy drink that has massive impact on your energy and cognitive function.” Essentially, bulletproof coffee is supposed to be a meal replacement that gives you tons of energy, suppresses hunger, and helps you lose weight along with a bunch of other benefits.
Okay, so now that we now what bulletproof coffee is, what’s in it? The original recipe calls for one cup of coffee, 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed butter (or ghee), and 1-2 teaspoons of brain octane oil. What is brain octane oil? Great question because I had never heard of it until I read about bulletproof coffee. Again, according to the Bulletproof website, brain octane oil “is naturally found in coconut oil in small quantities, and we concentrate it to provide you the purest energy source possible. Brain octane rapidly provides mental and physical energy, powering your day by keeping you satisfied and free from food cravings.” That’s some pretty powerful stuff. Naturally, my next step was to test out this bulletproof coffee and see if it does what it claims to do.
Full disclosure here before we get started on my review and recipe. I have not used brain octane oil in any of the times I’ve made bulletproof coffee for multiple reasons. 1. I just didn’t feel like buying it. 2. I’m still not 100% sold on it 3. I need to do a little more research on it before I personally feel comfortable consuming it. So instead I use plain, old coconut oil as a substitute. When researching bulletproof coffee and recipes, I found many people just used coconut oil instead of the brain octane oil. Since brain octane oil comes from coconut oil it’s an approved substitute.
Before I discovered bulletproof coffee, I always drank my coffee with 2 sugars and french vanilla creamer. I’d been trying to wean myself off of the sugar and creamer but I just couldn’t do it. I don’t like the taste of black coffee (I also don’t drink coffee every day – only when I feel like I need an energy boost in the morning). When bulletproof coffee came along, I immediately thought that this was my chance to eliminate the sugar and cream from my coffee! I went out and bought ghee, took out my blender, and dumped the coffee, ghee, and coconut oil into it and blended. I poured it back into my coffee mug and took a sip. It was different, and I wasn’t really sure I liked it, but I was determined! I tried many different things (protein powder, almond milk, almond milk creamer, etc.), but I think I have finally found a recipe that works for me and my taste buds. I use one cup of coffee, 1 tablespoon ghee, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 3/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a few dashes of cinnamon. It tastes delicious and truly keeps me as full as any traditional breakfast would. You definitely have to get used to the taste, but it really isn’t bad and adding these few other ingredients makes a world of a difference. I also notice that my energy levels have been way up since drinking bulletproof coffee. I feel more awake and alert in the morning and I really feel that the energy sustains me throughout the day (rarely do I get that “2:30 feeling” now). Overall, I think that bulletproof coffee lives up to its claim and if you are on the fence about it, I think you should give it a try!
Do you drink bulletproof coffee? If so, I would love to know if you add anything else to it and how it makes you feel!