Ever heard of butter coffee? I’m betting you’ll love it! And here’s how you can make it at home.
The first time I heard of butter coffee, I thought it was something like a Shot In The Dark – coffee with a shot of espresso. Then I read the recipe – coffee with coconut oil and butter. Huh?
At first this did not sound good. I love coffee, but putting fat into it just sounded vile. Then our chaplain at the college where I run my coffee shop came in one day and asked for it. I was reluctant, but he told me to try it. One taste turned my opinion around in a hurry!
Benefits of butter coffee
Despite the fact that butter coffee is relatively new here in North America, is has been consumed in Tibet and Ethiopia for many years. In countries like Tibet, where is is harder to get butter as we know it, yak butter is often used.
Why coconut oil?
Our brains are dependent on fat. This may be why it is thought that consuming coconut oil may help promote brain health and function. Coconut oil may also help maintain a healthy weight, support thyroid function, and promote healthy blood sugar levels. Coconut oil can help boost metabolism and energy. Coconut oil is also antibacterial and anti-fungal. Coconut oil may aid in removing cholesterol from your body as it converts cholesterol to prenenolone which is a hormone that many of your bodies need. And lastly, coconut oil may help the body in absorbing fat-based vitamins such as Vitamin A, which is present in butter.
The original recipe for butter coffee contained MCTs, or medium chain triglycerides, most commonly found in palm kernel oil, coconut oil, and butter. MCTs are a good source of energy for the body and have been shown to promote healthy weight and metabolism. Coconut oil is one of the most stable of the fats and oils available as it does not go rancid over time. Or, if it does, it is very slow to rancidify.
You can get coconut oil that has virtually no taste or there are some brands that carry a more pronounced coconut scent and flavor. All coconut oil is solid at 76°F, some melting at 77°F and some at 93°F. For this application, either will work.
Butter is used in butter coffee to provide creaminess and flavor. Grass-fed butter is the best to work with as it has flavor the other butters can’t compare to. Butter contains high amounts of Vitamin A (86% of the daily requirements in 100 grams), Vitamin D, and Vitamin E. While butter also contains cholesterol, it can be eaten in moderate amounts by most people. Unsalted is most commonly used, but you can used salted as well.
Ghee is clarified butter that has been heated enough to turn the milk solids in the butter to brown bits that can be strained out. Ghee still contains the flavor of butter but is shelf stable and can be kept in a cabinet without refrigeration. You can also infuse flavors into ghee, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, which will subtly flavor your coffee.
Butter Coffee Recipe
(makes one large cup of coffee)
- large cup of coffee (medium to dark roast works best)
- 1 Tablespoon butter or ghee (find ghee from grass-fed cows here or learn to make your own ghee)
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (find organic unrefined coconut oil here)
- blender with a tight fitting lid
Note: When making butter coffee, be sure that your coffee is very hot – hot enough to melt the fats but not so hot that you burn yourself drinking it. You need to work quickly as the heat can build up in the blender and blow the lid off.
- Pour the coffee into the blender.
- Add the coconut oil and butter or ghee. Place the lid on top, making sure it fits tightly.
- Blend at high speed until foamy. Pour back into the mug and enjoy while hot.
This recipe is light and foamy with tons of flavor on its own, but you could add sweetener and cream if you like. If you add cream, be sure it’s warm or that you add it to the blender first. If it is cold, it can harden the butter and coconut oil, creating a hard mess of cold fat. You can also add other flavors like cinnamon or chocolate, again, adding while blending is best. I like using salted butter as it adds a subtle salty taste, much like salt on dark chocolate.
And as always, if you are wanting to try any supplement for health benefits, please consult with your health practitioner. Some of these ideas still need more research and are not approved by the FDA.
Butter coffee provides a different kind of comfort drink that may benefit your body. Have you tried butter coffee?