So I’m new to this “bulletproof” thing, and I’d hate to use the term incorrectly since I’m not using the beans sold on the Bulletproof Executive’s website, but I really like the concept, so I made my own version of it based on a few different ideas. That was one long sentence!
The main concept comes from the recipe on the Bulletproof site and an instructional video on the Fat Burning Man‘s site, which Abel calls “Fatty coffee.” (I guess “fatty coffee” is to “Bulletproof” as “cotton swab” is to “Q-tip.”)
I’m using really good, organic, fair-trade, small-batch coffee (and mine’s decaf using water extraction), but I haven’t tried the official Upgraded label yet. (I figure if I link to it, they won’t get too mad that I’m using the name for this blog post, and if they do get mad, I’ll rename it. No biggie. 🙂 )
To be honest, there’s so much commentary online that claims that it’s not worth the price, so I have been putting it off. But it’s really not that much more expensive than the coffee I buy, so maybe I’m just too impatient to order it when there’s great coffee walking distance from my house.
I’m still interested though and will probably get some sometime soon just to try it out — if they make decaf. My body just doesn’t do well on fully caffeinated coffee anymore. I start clenching my jaw, getting headaches, and my skin doesn’t like it much either.
So for those of you who don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, let me tell you about this awesome concept.
The whole idea behind bulletproof coffee (or fatty coffee) is to start your day with a healthy dose of saturated fats like those in coconut oil and butter (I use ghee to avoid the lactose and casein in butter). These awesome saturated fats are high in a type of fat called medium-chain fatty acids, or MCTs. MCTs have been shown to improve memory in as little as one dose for
those suffering from cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s also great for optimizing brain function in general, as it provides the brain with nutrients it needs to work at the peak level. My recipe uses coconut oil and ghee, but you can purchase pure MCT oil here — I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m told it’s tasteless, so can be added to salad dressings, smoothies, etc. (Yet another example of something I just haven’t made time to purchase online yet. That sentence started and ended with “yet.”)
The recipe for today is a holiday rendition of fatty coffee. I love it because it’s festive for the season, and also because I love love love chocolate peppermint flavored things (as evidenced by the recipe I posted yesterday on my other blog for a Peppermint Bark Smoothie). It makes my morning cup of coffee feel special and fancy, which takes the monotony of the morning routine and spins it into something fun. There’s a life lesson for you.
Bulletproof Peppermint Mocha
(makes 1 large cup of coffee)
You’ll need a bowl that’s big enough for you to whisk or blend your ingredients, or you can just put them in the blender. I use one of these nifty little things.
- enough coffee to fill 2/3 of your coffee mug
- 1 tsp – 1 tbs coconut oil (start small and then start working your way up. If you start with 1 tbs right off the bat, you might have lots of visits to the bathroom)
- 1 tsp – 1 tbs ghee (I use ghee instead of butter because the lactose and casein in butter bother me, but feel free to try butter if it doesn’t bother you. Just try to get either the butter or the ghee from pastured cows, organic at the very least.)
- 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk (I like this one because it’s BPA-free and 100% pure with no extra thickeners or additives.)
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract (like this)
- 1 to 1.5 tbs raw cacao (like this)
- pinch of stevia or 1/4 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 to 2 tbs gelatin (like this)
Put all ingredients into a bowl and whisk or into the blender and blend until frothy. You want to make sure the oil has emulsified into the drink so that you don’t end up with a funky oil slick on the top of the beverage.
Enjoy your delicious Peppermint Mocha on its own for breakfast or with something small like an egg. You’ll feel clear-headed and full of energy as you start your day.