Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

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Learn how to make this bulletproof coffee recipe and change your morning routine for the better. Made with 3 ingredients, it’s smooth, rich, and will leave you focused for hours!

Craving more keto coffee recipes? Get your fix with my cold brew concentrate, keto iced coffee, and keto frappuccino next.

bulletproof coffee.

Coffee is an essential part of my morning routine. It’s my morning beverage of choice, and I usually keep a cup on hand well until the mid-afternoon. 

While I love my keto coffee, I’ve been interested in the butter coffee trend. I was apprehensive at first since, you know, it’s just butter and coffee, but since I gave it a try, I’ve been hooked.

What is bulletproof coffee?

Bulletproof coffee, AKA ‘boosted coffee’ or ‘butter coffee,’ is a unique concoction made from coffee, butter, and MCT oil–a caffeine-free energy source known for offering an energy boost and mental focus. 

When blended, you get a rich, creamy coffee designed to curb morning hunger pangs, improve digestion, and give you energy.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. Arman’s recipe tips 
  4. How to store leftovers
  5. Frequently asked questions
  6. More caffeinated recipes you’ll enjoy
  7. Bulletproof Coffee Recipe (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Tastes great. The texture of butter coffee is remarkably smooth and has a creamy flavor. Once I started making these at home, I had no trouble ditching my daily Starbucks latte. 
  • It’s cheaper. While store-bought creamers and specialty coffees can be convenient, making them at home is always more cost-effective. 
  • Fast. Just add all the ingredients to your blender and give it a blend.
  • Keeps you full. The butter helps make you feel satisfied, so if you skipped breakfast or are pushing through a hard workout, this will help prevent crashing.

★★★★★ REVIEW

“I drink this every morning. It’s delicious and filling. I don’t feel hungry until dinner time.”Diana

Ingredients needed

  • Brewed coffee. Obviously, the start of the show is coffee, but you’ll want to look for high-quality coffee beans since some can contain mold toxins. I prefer dark-roasted coffee, but you can use any roast.
  • Grass-fed unsalted butter. I suggest using grass-fed butter because it has a higher concentration of certain vitamins and a richer, creamier texture. 
  • MCT oil. Basically a dietary supplement made up of medium-chain triglycerides. It’s a type of healthy fat derived from coconut oil that’s believed to aid in mental focus and energy and increase ketone production (source).

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

How to make bulletproof coffee

Step 1- Blend. Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds or until combined and frothy. 

Step 2- Serve. Pour the coffee into a glass or coffee mug and enjoy!

frothy bulletproof coffee.

Coffee to fat ratio

If you want to make a double-batch of butter coffee, or you don’t want to keep coming back to this page to get the recipe, all you have to do is remember the ratio of coffee to fat.

1 tablespoon of fat + 12 ounces of coffee (or 10 ounces for a stronger brew)

Arman’s recipe tips 

  • Switch up the butter. If you don’t have grass-fed butter, I recommend using ghee, or if you want to make a vegan coffee, use coconut oil or vegan butter. 
  • Use a milk frother. If I don’t feel like dirtying a blender, I’ll melt the butter in my coffee cup, add the rest of the ingredients, and use a milk frother to blend. 
  • Make iced coffee. Serve it over ice or use my cold brew concentrate.

Variations

  • Make a mocha. Add 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, a splash of almond milk, honey (or any sweetener, like my keto honey) to taste, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream.
  • Add extracts. Try 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, peppermint extract, or almond extract. 
  • Add adaptogens. Adaptogens are herbs or other natural supplements that give the body a nutrient boost. Some of my favorites to add to butter coffee are collagen peptides, turmeric, or mushroom powders.
  • Add spices. Like cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or a pinch of salt.

How to store leftovers

To store: I recommend enjoying your coffee fresh since the oils will harden in the fridge. That said, you could store leftover coffee in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 1-2 days, then microwave it when you’re ready to drink. 

To freeze: Store leftover coffee in an ice cube tray, freeze it, then store the ice cubes in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. To reblend, add the cubes to a blender with a splash of water or coffee.

two glasses of bulletproof coffee on a table.

Frequently asked questions

Is it OK to drink butter coffee every day?

So long as your diet is not too high in saturated fats, a single butter coffee a day should have no ill effect. That said, you should always talk to your doctor regarding taking new supplements. 

Can I use coconut oil instead of MCT oil in bulletproof coffee?

Technically yes, if you don’t have MCT oil, then coconut oil can be used, but it won’t have as strong of an effect since the MCT is not concentrated. 

Will bulletproof coffee break my fast?

Unfortunately, yes, butter coffee has enough calories to break a fast, so if you’re intermittently fasting, stick to black coffee. 

More caffeinated recipes you’ll enjoy

bulletproof coffee recipe.

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

5 from 17 votes
Learn how to make this bulletproof coffee recipe and change your morning routine for the better. Made with 3 ingredients, it’s smooth, rich, and will leave you focused for hours!
Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 1 minute
Total: 1 minute

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 tbsp + 1 teaspoon grass fed butter * See notes
  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil

Instructions 

  • Add the brewed coffee, grass-fed butter, and MCT oil into a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds or until completely combined and frothy.
  • Pour into a glass or coffee mug and enjoy.

Notes

* To keep it dairy free, use dairy free butter or ghee.
You can only store the keto coffee to enjoy later if you intend to enjoy it chilled. 
TO STORE: I recommend enjoying your coffee fresh since the oils will harden in the fridge. That said, you could store leftover coffee in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 1-2 days, then microwave it when you’re ready to drink. 
TO FREEZE: Store leftover coffee in an ice cube tray, freeze it, then store the ice cubes in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. To reblend, add the cubes to a blender with a splash of water or coffee.
Recipe barely adapted from here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 20gSodium: 205mgPotassium: 123mgVitamin A: 700IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published March 2021, updated and republished June 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. Arman,
    This coffee recipe sounds good. But I’ve never heard of MCT oil. Where can this be purchased.
    Thank you!