In this article, we explain what is keto coffee and how to brew a cup.
A friend recently asked me if I had ever tried bulletproof coffee. Not having heard of it, I was picturing a really thick, strong, dark coffee, with an unpleasant taste. I was so wrong!
As it turns out, she was following the popular keto diet and was referring to keto coffee. Keto coffee is basically coffee with added fats, typically butter and coconut oil or MCT oil.
This creamy beverage is sometimes referred to as Bulletproof coffee, though Bulletproof (bulletproof.com) is actually a brand name. Bulletproof coffee gets its name from Bulletproof founder, David Asprey, who, on a trip to Tibet, noted that residents mixed yak milk with their tea.
Tibetan and Ethiopian butter coffees, said to be great for boosting energy, have apparently been around for centuries. Keto coffee is a tasty breakfast option, particularly for those following the modern keto diet.
Rather than drinking keto coffee with your breakfast, though, think of this high-fat drink as breakfast.
The Keto Diet
The keto diet is a strict low-carb high-fat diet, designed to induce a metabolic state of ketosis in the body. In a state of ketosis, the body breaks fatty acids down into ketone bodies, a type of energy molecule the body can use for fuel.
In some ways, it is similar to the Atkins Diet; however, on the Atkins diet, you gradually increase your carb intake, whereas on the keto diet you keep your carb intake low so as to remain in ketosis.
In addition to helping you lose weight, the keto diet is thought to have many health benefits, including reduced blood sugar and insulin levels, and reduction of acne. It may also enhance brain functioning and possibly help reduce blood pressure.
Trendy diets come and go, but the keto diet seems to be sticking around as followers are watching the excess pounds slide away. Some versions of this high-fat diet can involve intermittent fasting.
Adding more fats to your coffee while fasting means that you enjoy increased energy despite restricting food intake.
Energy for Mind and Body
Keto coffee is a great energizing beverage if you’re looking to fuel your mind and body. Students often turn to soft drinks for a mental boost during exam time, but keto coffee is way better than some of the soft drink alternatives, purportedly providing greater focus and mental clarity.
Kristen Mancinelli, a registered dietitian and author of ‘The Ketogenic Diet,’ describes some of the effects of keto coffee as “mental clarity, greater alertness, more energy, and greater ability to focus.”
So, while a breakfast loaded with carbs can drag you down, keto coffee can help you feel satisfied and energized for hours. If you’re looking for an easy, in-depth approach to the ketogenic diet, with tailored meal plans, consider following The Keto Academy.
How to Make Keto Coffee
You can buy keto-friendly coffee creamers, but the standard keto coffee recipe is pretty straightforward and, I think, well worth the effort.
- Begin by making one cup of your favourite good quality, freshly brewed coffee.
- Blend it for about 30 seconds with 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil or medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil. I find that using a frother is easier when it comes to cleaning up.
- MCT oil is more concentrated than coconut oil and is said to be four times more effective than plain coconut oil at raising your ketone levels, so your body and brain can run on fat instead of sugar. This gives you sustained energy without the familiar sugar crash.
- Choose good quality, grass-fed butter or ghee. Unsalted butter is best, as salty coffee tastes a bit weird! Grass-fed butter will give your drink a lovely, creamy consistency.
If you prefer a non-dairy option I would go with almond milk, rather than soy milk. Check the ingredients, though, in almond milk or oat milk. Avoid high fructose corn syrup, if you can.
If you like to add a sweetener, go for stevia or something similar, rather than sugar. Some people like to add up to three egg yolks.
Add half a teaspoon of vanilla essence for flavor if you desire. Put some whipped cream on top, if you like, and a sprinkle of cinnamon is a nice finishing touch. I sometimes even add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a cheeky little kick!
The finished product should resemble a lovely latte. You can, of course, enjoy tasty iced versions of keto coffee, as well.
Beware of the fat!
Just keep in mind that butter and coconut oil are considered sources of saturated fat. Current dietary guidelines still recommend limiting saturated fats in your diet for optimum health.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor about any possible health risks. If coffee is not your cup of tea (see what I did there?), you can make keto tea or hot chocolate instead.
The process is basically the same. Simply add butter and coconut oil or MCT oil to your favorite beverage. You may want to experiment with different amounts, according to your own taste.
The Final Word On What Is Keto Coffee
So, there you have it. Keto coffee is definitely worth trying. Freshly brewed, good quality coffee, butter, and coconut or MCT oil. Voilà. A healthy breakfast beverage, packed with antioxidants and healthy fats, will fuel you up and maybe also help you shed some pounds. What’s not to love about that?