All You Need Is Coffee. Photo by Daria Shevtsova.

Butterless Bulletproof Coffee Recipe With MCT Oil And Turmeric

Try one of My favorite bulletproof coffee recipes! Plus, learn about the benefits of turmeric and why to put MCT oil in coffee to make ‘keto’ coffee.

Every day millions of people around the world wake up and indulge in their favorite morning drink: coffee. And these days, regardless of whether it is winter or summer, a growing number of people are starting their day with a keto coffee. Today I’ll share my versions of a butter-free bulletproof coffee recipe that you can enjoy for some extra morning benefits.

What is Bulletproof Coffee?

“Bulletproof” is quite the buzzword lately; however, this coffee drink is more than just trendy. Its mix of ingredients are meant to keep you buzzing with energy for hours. And its extreme popularity among the keto crowd has now made it famous among most coffee drinkers.

If you found this article online, then you’ve probably heard of the Bulletproof brand coffee. This company brought ketogenic coffee to the spotlight. In fact, the Bulletproof coffee brand is so tightly associated with this coffee drink, many people actually use the term “bulletproof coffee” in reference to all keto coffee. However, the company owns the registered trademark to the actual term “Bulletproof coffee”. Therefore, I have to be clear that my “bulletproof coffee recipe” is not endorsed by or affiliated with them in any way.


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In general, the original bulletproof coffee (aka “keto coffee” or “butter coffee”) is a blended mixture of organic coffee, grass-fed butter (unsalted), and MCT oil. Of course, there are variations on this recipe, one of which we’ll get into shortly. But for now i’ll just say: keto coffee helps you wake up and function at a high level, while also encouraging weight-loss. This may sound too good to be true, but it’s not. And I’ll explain why!

Coffee

The history of coffee is storied, if not legendary. But the gist of it is: after being discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder centuries ago, coffee spread across the Arabian Peninsula to Europe. And then it was carried and cultivated around the globe, finally taking root in the Americas in the 1700’s. Of course, coffee has had it’s fair share of opponents who would consider it a vice. Luckily, it’s benefits are overwhelming and have made coffee so popular that it’s the second most sought-after raw commodity in the world behind crude oil.

This is good news because coffee is actually healthy for you. It can improve your energy levels and act as a natural nootropic stimulant. Additionally, coffee and the caffeine within, helps you burn fat and supports and improves exercise performance. Further, the fruit of the coffee tree is rich in the polyphenolic antioxidants chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, which help to improve circulation and stabilize blood sugar. So whether you prefer caffeinated or non-caffeinated, both brews can help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Caffeinated vs. Decaffeinated

Caffeine naturally occurs in coffee beans and is the stimulant most responsible for the kickstart that a cup of coffee is known for. But other than just waking you up, it has some additional benefits. Many studies show that caffeine can improve memory, decrease fatigue, and improve your mental functioning. As a bonus, it can improve your short-term memory and speed up your reaction times.

But caffeine isn’t for everybody. Some find it to be over-stimulating, so prefer a cup of decaf. (Note that “decaf” coffee still does have trace amounts of caffeine in it, though significantly less than regular.) The good news, there are many benefits to this “revved-down” version of coffee, as well. In addition to the diabetes-fighting action mentioned above, decaffeinated coffee is still loaded with antioxidants. It also may protect against age-related mental decline and reduce the risk of developing rectal cancer. Decaf also causes less acid reflux, so is good for those with sensitive stomachs. And of course, pregnant women, adolescents, and individuals taking certain medications should opt for less caffeine, too.

A Good Cup

As with anything in life, there is some bad news. The high worldwide demand for coffee forces farmers to cultivate crops rapidly and in high yield. In turn, this makes coffee one of the most heavily chemically-sprayed crop on the planet. Growers use a vast number of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides in order to keep their trees strong and bountiful. However, these compounds can negatively alter the taste of the coffee fruit and beans.

I recommend always seeking out fair-trade organic coffee. This practice ensures it is grown in ways that are sustainable to the growers and the environment alike. Not only will you get a better tasting cup of the good stuff, but an easier conscience, too.

What Is MCT Oil?

Coconut splash. Photo by Tijana Drndaski.

MCT oil is a food supplement made from medium-chain triglycerides. These kind of fat molecules are smaller than those in most of the fats you typically eat, which are long-chain triglycerides (LCT). MCT oil is typically made by processing palm or coconut oil. Although many people use “MCT oil” and “coconut oil” interchangeably, they are not actually the same. Coconut oil contains both MCT and LCT fats, where as MCT oil contains only medium-chain triglycerides.

The Benefits of MCT Oil

The purported health benefits are prolific. Here is a quick list of the most highly-touted reasons we endorse using MCT oil in coffee and in other recipes:

  • Helps to boost the production of ketones very quickly in the body which helps to stabilize blood sugar and improve brain cell formation.
  • Contains approximately 10% fewer calories than LCTs.
  • Due to their short length, your body can more easily digest MCT than longer-chain fatty acids found in many other foods. Accordingly, they also absorb more quickly into your bloodstream.
  • Increases the release of two hormones that can promote the feeling of fullness in the body: peptide YY and leptin.
  • Your body can breakdown the fatty MCTs to produce ketones, when carbohydrate intake is low. MCT oil is ketosis fuel!
  • May help speed up your metabolism while also supporting your energy levels.
  • Like other healthy oils, it can help keep your bowels regular.
  • During exercise, rising lactate levels can negatively impact exercise performance. Interestingly, MCTs may help reduce lactate buildup. One older study found that athletes who took 6 grams or about 1.5 teaspoons of MCTs with food before cycling had lower lactate levels and found it easier to exercise, compared to those taking LCTs. Furthermore, the study found that taking the MCT oil before exercise may help you use more fat instead of carbs for energy.
  • It also gives the blended coffee drink a rich, silky and creamy mouthfeel. So not only is the combination powerful, but it also tastes great.

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Turmeric

Turmeric. Photo by Tamanna Rumee.

Turmeric is a spice made from the dried, powdered rhizomes of the turmeric plant. This member of the ginger family is often used in Asian foods. And you may recognize it as the main spice (and color) of curry. People have been using the “golden spice” for centuries in cooking, and also as a natural medicine and health supplement.

Turmeric has many health enhancing properties thanks to its active ingredient, curcumin.
The yellow spice has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. All of which have the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Studies show it may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. Further, turmeric contains lipopolysaccharides and endotoxins that boost immunity. These can lower the risk of colds, flu, and other infections. Therefore, having turmeric daily, especially in winter, can help the body in defending against viruses.b Lastly, the flavor of the spice pairs well with coffee, giving it an extra warm and earthy aroma.

Bringing It All together

Now that we know the benefits of the ingredients, let’s mix them together! In this version of my “bulletproof coffee recipe”, I skip the butter. However, the combination still packs a powerful punch. So here’s an easy way to make how to make bulletproof coffee.

INGREDIENTS:
A cup of your favorite coffee (hot or cold!)
1 tsp of high-quality MCT oil
1/2 tsp ground turmeric powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Add ingredients to a blender…
  • Whip them up…
  • And enjoy!

Additional TipS:

  • Don’t have a blender? No problem! A hand mixer or whisk will do the trick.
  • If you like a cold keto coffee, try blending in some ice.
  • Avoid using styrofoam cups. They are terrible for the environment. But also, MCT melts them. You definitely don’t want those chemicals ruining your healthy bulletproof coffee recipe.
  • If you do use butter, make sure it’s organic from grass-fed cows, and unsalted… and drink the beverage while it’s still hot to avoid any congealing!


The basic idea of this fat-filled coffee is that the you drink it in the morning instead of breakfast. The fats slow the absorption of caffeine, so you stay alert longer. You still get the hunger-curbing effects of caffeine without the sugar-crash associated with other blended coffee drinks. Additionally, the fats can actually sate your appetite for hours. All this while the MCT oil fuels your brain so you are awake and functioning at peak levels. The addition of turmeric enhances the flavor and provides an extra boost of antioxidants.

Coffee mixed with MCT and turmeric is a great recipe that will help you get into ketosis, burn fat and reduce inflammation. The good fats from MCT oil help to provide satiety while the combo helps balance blood sugar, increase energy and improve mental performance.

Enjoy!


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Hana Zarour

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Movement Specialist; Specialist in Sports Nutrition, Exercise Therapy, Weightlifting Performance Coach.

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