How to Make Bulletproof Coffee in 3 Easy Steps

Creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee is a staple at our house in the mornings! Made with healthy fats and customizable with adaptogens and flavor combos that will bring a little more extra YUM to your morning cup of joe. Today I’m sharing how to make bulletproof coffee in 3 easy steps so you can start your day on the right foot!

Creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee is a staple at our house in the mornings! Made with healthy fats and customizable with adaptogens and flavor combos that will bring a little more extra YUM to your morning cup of joe. Today I'm sharing how to make bulletproof coffee in 3 easy steps so you can start your day on the right foot!
 
I’m not gonna lie. Discovering how to make bulletproof coffee AT HOME was nothing short of a life changing experience for me.

I had tried it a few times and heard people talk about it for a long time before I made it myself, because somehow it seemed intimidating. Every time I even THOUGHT about making it myself I ended up with more questions than answers.

What even IS bulletproof coffee?

Is bulletproof coffee good for you?

Can you make it hot AND cold?

Do you need a blender to make it?

Is it sweet? Not sweet?

How do you make it so creamy?

What does it taste like?

But mostly – how good could coffee with butter and coconut oil even BE?!

Well my friends, after taking a big deep dive into the world of bulletproof coffee (or boosted coffee, as some call it) I’m so very happy to report that when you make it right, it is indeed very, very good, and not at all hard to make.

Picture your morning cup of coffee all LUXE, creamy, and flavorful with a rich fullness that not only energizes you but ALSO satisfies your every wish for what a morning beverage could be.

Yup, ALL THAT.

Now do you see why I’m so in love?

It’s kind of like a latte but honestly better. Maybe like a latte on it’s very best day. A day where latte’s have superpowers.

Creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee is a staple at our house in the mornings! Made with healthy fats and customizable with adaptogens and flavor combos that will bring a little more extra YUM to your morning cup of joe. Today I'm sharing how to make bulletproof coffee in 3 easy steps so you can start your day on the right foot!

Creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee is a staple at our house in the mornings! Made with healthy fats and customizable with adaptogens and flavor combos that will bring a little more extra YUM to your morning cup of joe. Today I'm sharing how to make bulletproof coffee in 3 easy steps so you can start your day on the right foot!
 
So let’s ditch the intimidating thoughts and questions about bulletproof coffee and instead get PUMPED UP! Because I’m about to answer everything you’ve been wondering about bulletproof coffee and teach you how to make it in 3 easy steps.

3 easy steps that you can experiment with to make a creamy cup of YUM that is all your own. AKA your very own dream team bulletproof coffee 💯

Creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee is a staple at our house in the mornings! Made with healthy fats and customizable with adaptogens and flavor combos that will bring a little more extra YUM to your morning cup of joe. Today I'm sharing how to make bulletproof coffee in 3 easy steps so you can start your day on the right foot!
 

How to Make Bulletproof Coffee in 3 Easy Steps

 

The basic recipe for a winning cup of bulletproof coffee is:

coffee + high quality fat + a blender

Here’s a little more detail broken down into 3 easy steps:

step 1:

 

Brew your coffee! Anywhere between 8-12 oz is a good amount – basically a normal sized cup of coffee.

Dave Asprey from Bulletproof Coffee was the first one to put bulletproof (or boosted) coffee on the map in a really big way, and Bulletproof carries a whole branded line of retail products, including coffee beans that are certified clean and toxin free. If you’re highly sensitive to toxins you may want to give their beans a try, but it’s not a requirement to making “bulletproof” coffee – you can just start with whatever you usually brew on a daily basis.

Creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee is a staple at our house in the mornings! Made with healthy fats and customizable with adaptogens and flavor combos that will bring a little more extra YUM to your morning cup of joe. Today I'm sharing how to make bulletproof coffee in 3 easy steps so you can start your day on the right foot!
 

step 2:

 

Choose your fats.

You have a lot of choices when it comes to healthy fats. I generally opt for a mix of either coconut oil or MCT oil, plus a little bit of ghee (bc it adds a really nice rich texture and flavor!), but you can totally use whichever of these you have on hand and/or like.

A good ratio for making your bulletproof coffee is about 1 tablespoon of fat to 8-12 oz of coffee

 

Here are some healthy fat options to get you started:

  • grass fed butter – a classic choice
  • grass fed ghee – great option if you’re lactose intolerant but still want the health benefits of grass fed butter! Adds a nice texture and rich flavor
  • coconut oil – rich in anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties
  • MCT / Brain Octane oil – a coconut oil product that offers an immediate boost in energy levels
  • coconut butter – adds a distinctive coconut flavor
  • cacao butter – you may not be as likely to have this fat in your pantry, but it’s a special one! Blending it into your bulletproof coffee makes it taste like white chocolate.
  • nut butters – best if used in combination with a straight up fat (like coconut oil), but does add an excellent flavor and richness!

If you haven’t ever used MCT / Brain octane before start with a small amount, as it can be upsetting to your tummy. 1 teaspoon is a good place to start, and as your body gets used to it you can slowly increase the amount you use.

Creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee is a staple at our house in the mornings! Made with healthy fats and customizable with adaptogens and flavor combos that will bring a little more extra YUM to your morning cup of joe. Today I'm sharing how to make bulletproof coffee in 3 easy steps so you can start your day on the right foot!
 

step 3:

 

Blend! Add your coffee with your chosen fats to a blender and process until creamy and emulsified. Pour yourself a warm serving of this nourishing caffeinated beverage and ENJOY!

It really is that easy.

If you want to go beyond the basic formula and take your bulletproof to the next level here’s some ideas…

bulletproof bonus additions aka a bonus step!

 

If you want to make your bulletproof coffee a little bit EXTRA, after you’ve chosen your fats it’s time to think about what types of adaptogens, herbs, supplements or flavors you would like to add.

Adaptogens are plants or herbs that help regulate your bodies stress response and immunity. Essentially they help your body ADAPT to daily stressors. It’s like the smart version of herbal supplements – they adapt to what your body needs at that moment to regulate your system. They can be a great tool for those managing auto-immune conditions, adrenal fatigue, digestive issues and hormone imbalances.

If you want to dive a little deeper in to which different adaptogens are good for what health issues here’s a couple of articles from sources that I use and trust:

My Expert Opinion on Adaptogens for Hormone Health by Alisa Vitti

Adaptogen Supplements: Better than Dietary Supplements by Tero Isokauppila from Four Sigmatic

Adding adaptogens / supplements to your bulletproof coffee is an optional step, and what you choose to include is entirely up to you and your preferences. Some of what I’ll share below I add almost every time, and others I cycle through my days depending on how I’m feeling. Here’s a breakdown of the things I usually reach for.

Creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee is a staple at our house in the mornings! Made with healthy fats and customizable with adaptogens and flavor combos that will bring a little more extra YUM to your morning cup of joe. Today I'm sharing how to make bulletproof coffee in 3 easy steps so you can start your day on the right foot!
 

Adaptogens, herbs, and supplements

 

  • Collagen peptides – I almost ALWAYS include a big scoop of these. I find it’s an important supplement in my daily routine to help support nail strength, a healthy gut, healthy hair, skin, and joints. I definitely notice a difference in the health of my nails, skin and digestion whenever I fall off the collagen train. While not a complete protein (and therefore not recommended to take the place of a traditional protein powder), it does boast a nice array of amino acids that basically make up the building blocks of our bodies.
  • Maca powder – Also known as peruvian ginseng, this herbal supplement has been gaining a lot of popularity lately. Well known for it’s ability to help with certain hormonal imbalances and energy levels.
  • Ashwagandha powder – Also known as Indian Ginseng, this well researched herbal supplement has been documented in it’s ability to improve a stress resistance, anxiety and boost low libido.
  • Medicinal mushrooms – This is a broad category of supplements, and includes everything from Chaga to Reishi and Lion’s Mane. Each one has different beneficial properties from boosting immunity to increasing focus and physical performance – if you want to learn more about the many options the Four Sigmatic Blog has a TON of educational resources available.
  • Turmeric – A bright yellow anti-oxidant rich indian spice that is well known for it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Works best when paired with just a tiny bit of black pepper.

flavor and sweetener options

 

If you want to add some flavor your bulletproof coffee, the possibilities are literally endless. Some spices and flavorings that I typically reach for are:

  • Cacao or Cocoa powder – anti-oxidant rich and mood boosting
  • Cinnamon – A powerful spice for quelling sugar cravings and balancing blood sugar
  • Cayenne – for a little extra kick! Great paired with cacao and cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract – a classic flavor enhancer for coffee!
  • Almond extract
  • Peppermint extract

While sweetening your bulletproof coffee is totally optional, sometimes it’s nice for a little treat. Especially if you’re adding a fair amount of adaptogens, as they can be rather bitter.

Some healthy-ish whole food sweeteners are:

  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Coconut sugar
  • Coconut nectar

Creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee is a staple at our house in the mornings! Made with healthy fats and customizable with adaptogens and flavor combos that will bring a little more extra YUM to your morning cup of joe. Today I'm sharing how to make bulletproof coffee in 3 easy steps so you can start your day on the right foot!
 
Now that we’ve covered the 3 easy steps, let’s quickly discuss a few FAQ’S about bulletproof coffee and why you should even care about it.

what is bulletproof coffee?

 

At it’s core, bulletproof coffee is an emulsified (blended) beverage of two basic ingredients: coffee and high quality fat. The fat used is typically butter, ghee, coconut oil, or MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil.

why drink bulletproof coffee?

 

While I don’t encourage replacing a meal with a bulletproof coffee, a creamy cup of this stuff is an excellent way to get more nutrient dense, healthy fats into your diet. For some, it also helps slow down the absorption of caffeine, and minimize the crash that can come along with a big cup of joe. Since it’s high in good-for-you fats and low in carbs it can not only boost your energy levels but also increase your ability to focus and reduce brain fog. If you work out first thing in the morning but don’t really like to eat before exercising, bulletproof coffee is definitely your friend. When I have time to work out in the morning this is my favorite way to start my day. It gives me just enough energy to rock an AM workout without feeling lightheaded because I didn’t eat first.

Is bulletproof coffee healthy/good for you?

 

This depends on a broader question – if you generally feel ok consuming caffeine, than mostly likely the answer is yes! Even though the fat in bulletproof coffee can slow the way the body processes caffeine, if you’re highly sensitive to it’s effects adding fat to your coffee may not change that much. (But if you really want to give it a try there’s always decaf! Or you can “bulletproof” or “boost” a matcha latte – or another type of tea, instead!) But if you can do caffeine, and you start with high quality coffee beans and high quality fats then you’re doing it right. Of course anything in excess isn’t good – one bulletproof coffee a day is a good amount.

Is bulletproof coffee vegan?

 

A lot of times you’ll see “bulletproof” or “boosted coffee” also called “butter coffee”, but it definitely doesn’t have to be made with butter! If you use coconut oil, MCT oil, cacao butter, or coconut butter, it is 100% vegan.

Is bulletproof coffee whole30 friendly?

 

Not if you’re following a strict whole30 protocol – as coffee is technically off limits. But if you’re using a coffee substitute, or just drinking decaf during your whole30, and if you leave out any sweeteners or flavor extracts that are made with alcohol, then yes, it would be compliant!

Is bulletproof coffee hot or cold?

 

It can be made either hot or cold! I generally drink it hot, but you can make a cold version by using MCT oil. That’s the only fat that will work for a cold bulletproof beverage, since it is liquid at room temperature and will stay emulsified with with your coffee even when it’s cold. If you make it warm you have more options for fat choices.

What does bulletproof coffee taste like?

 

When blended properly, bulletproof coffee tastes kind of like a rich and creamy latte. Of course you can always add different flavors to customize it (which I often do), but it’s also very yummy in it’s super basic form. The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to getting the best flavor out of your bulletproof coffee is not blending it. If you don’t blend it to emulsify the fat with the coffee, you’ll just end up with a cup of coffee with a layer fat on the top. Not the most delicious combo!

can you make bulletproof coffee without a blender?

 

I usually use my blender, but if you don’t have one (or don’t feel like dirtying yours up), a great option is a battery operated milk frother. This one from Amazon is only $14.99 and it’s the best one I’ve ever used. Also great for making bulletproof coffee or matcha lattes on the go. It is always packed in my suitcase when I go on trips!

From what I understand you are not supposed to make hot drinks in Magic Bullet’s, so using that instead of a blender is not recommended.

Is bulletproof coffee sweet?

 

Only if you add a sweetener. On days where I’m feeling a little extra indulgent, or if I have added a lot of bitter adaptogens to my bulletproof, I will add a little bit of maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar. But sweeteners can easily be left out of the equation if you want to avoid added sugar / extra carbs. If you’re using bulletproof coffee as a part of a low carb / keto protocol then you definitely want to leave out sweeteners.

Recipe ideas for a special bulletproof coffee

 

I’ll include a basic recipe below, but if you are in the mood to upgrade your cup, here’s some ideas!

  • Peppermint mocha – 8-12 oz hot coffee + 1 tablespoon of fat + 1 teaspoon cacao powder + 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract or 1 drop of edible grade essential oil + pinch of sea salt
  • Maple vanilla – 8-12 oz hot coffee + 1 tablespoon of fat + maple syrup to taste + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + a pinch of sea salt
  • Spicy cinnamon – 8-12 oz hot coffee + 1 tablespoon of fat + pinch of cayenne pepper + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon + pinch of sea salt
  • White chocolate – 8-12 oz hot coffee + 1 tablespoon cacao butter + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + pinch of sea salt

AND THAT’S THAT BABES! If you made it all the way to this point of the post, BRAVO. I know it was a long one, but hopefully you learned something and feel empowered to make your own delicious bulletproof coffee. Comment below if you have any questions or a special recipe / combo that you want to share!

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How to Make Bulletproof Coffee in 3 Easy Steps


  • Author: Nyssa Tanner

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Creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee is a staple at our house in the mornings! Made with healthy fats and customizable with adaptogens and flavor combos that will bring a little more extra YUM to your morning cup of joe. Today I’m sharing how to make bulletproof coffee in 3 easy steps so you can start your day on the right foot!


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Ingredients

  • 812 oz hot brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon high quality fat of choice – butter, ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil, or cacao butter are all great choices
  • pinch of sea salt (optional, but does bring the flavors together nicely and balance out some of the bitterness of the coffee)
  • any adaptogens, herbs, supplements, flavors or sweeteners that you want to add (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and emulsified.
  2. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

2 thoughts on “How to Make Bulletproof Coffee in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Sonja

    Thanks for this – have honestly always been a little confused about what bulletproof coffee really is
    Off to blend up a cup right now. Yay!
    Can’t wait to try your recipes. They sound so so delicious.

    Reply
    1. Nyssa Tanner Post author

      Ohh yes yes yes! Hope you love it. I would love to know what you think of your first bulletproof! ✨☕️

      Reply

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