Butter in coffee. It's the ultimate diary lover's delight!
Okay, so coffee and butter isn't exactly a 'normal' coffee combination. Surely that's a recipe for a gloopy disaster?
That's what we thought, too. But we've tried this combo out a few times and can confirm that it's surprisingly delicious. Butter coffee is wonderfully foamy, and it's also incredibly filling (it's breakfast by itself!). There are plenty of health benefits to enjoy as well, particularly as the recipe also includes a sneaky dash of coconut oil!
Yes, adding butter to coffee might be unusual, but we're sold. Here's why you should try butter in coffee!
What is Butter Coffee?
'Butter Coffee' is probably a bit of a misnomer because this unique brew isn't quite as simple as putting butter in coffee and watching it melt. No, despite the name, this coffee brew is much more refined than that (but still easy to prepare). Butter coffee recipes also include coconut oil, and there are various purported techniques for creating a super foamy finish (some baristas say to shake or stir, others say to blend). It's also important to use high quality, unsalted butter or ghee.We'll get to the recipe shortly, though, but first, let's see why you should drink butter coffee!
Great Reasons to Try Butter in Coffee
Butter coffee is easy to make and has a surprising number of health benefits. We know, the words butter and health don't usually go in the same sentence, but hear us out first!
It's easy to make
Butter coffee is easy to make. You don't need any fancy equipment, although a blender does make for the perfect brew (in our opinion). You can use your pour-over coffee maker with a gooseneck kettle, or you can simply mix up some instant coffee!There's no messing around with fancy latte artwork (although you could try being artsy) or expensive barista machines with this brew.
It's full of 'healthy' fats
Fats can be healthy. In fact, our body literally needs fats in order to survive, and to function through the day!Some fats are healthier than others, though, and butter coffee is a brew that's full of healthy varieties of fats. These fats can boost our immune system, keep us energized, and keep us fuller for longer. The most important types of fat in butter coffee are MCTs, or medium chain triglycerides. These are the good kind of fats.
It can increase your metabolism
MCTs are important for our metabolism. In fact, these types of fat help to kickstart your metabolism. For this reason, it's a great idea to have a cup of butter coffee first thing in the morning.With increased metabolism, you'll burn off those calories faster and keep burning them off for longer (all through the day).
There's no sugar
Butter coffee recipes are sugar free. There's just no need for any added sweeteners (the coconut oil adds a little natural sweetness already). That's great if you're cutting down on sugars, especially if you're looking after your blood sugar levels or going on a keto diet. You'll love the taste too, even without any sugar! Here's our guide to more natural, sugar-free coffee sweeteners.
All of these great butter coffee benefits add up to a feeling of energy. You'll kickstart your metabolism and feel fresh and ready to take on the day, while you'll also have energy being slowly released through till your next meal. Butter in your coffee can help to combat morning sluggishness and tiredness, and that's before you factor in the caffeine boost!
Butter coffee is super filling
Butter coffee has become a favorite breakfast brew for people on keto diets or people who fast through the day. The dense, filling nature of butter coffee leaves you pleasantly full until lunchtime (this is a super thick brew!).Butter coffee provides your body with fats, which leaves your appetite suppressed, but also provides energy to be burned off through the day.
How to Make Butter Coffee
Butter coffee is simple to prepare at home, as long as you ensure that the coffee, butter, and coconut oil are all well combined together.Otherwise, they quickly separate, and that's when you get an unpleasant oily mess! For the best results, we highly recommend using a blender.Here's how to make butter coffee.
Butter coffee recipe
Makes 1 cup of butter coffee
1 c of black coffee
2 Tbsp of unsalted butter
2 Tbsp of coconut oil
Prepare 1 cup of black coffee and pour it into the blender.
Measure 2 tablespoons of coconut into the blender.
Add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter to the mixture.
Blend everything together, then pour into your coffee mug!
Butter Coffee Nutrition
We keep talking about the health benefits of putting butter in coffee, so let's take a look at the actual nutritional makeup of one cup of butter coffee.One 8 ounce cup of butter coffee, prepared using our butter coffee recipe, is going to contain around 450 calories and 50 grams of fat. That sounds like a lot of fat, but remember, these are the healthy fats we have been discussing!The calorie content is much higher than a standard latte or cappuccino, but when consumed as part of a keto diet or when fasting through until lunchtime, you need those extra calories.
What Butter Should I Use?
As you might expect, the most important element of any butter coffee is the butter! But which butter is best when drinking butter coffee?For starters, we suggest unsalted butter (although there are a certain number of coffee drinkers that enjoy a salty coffee!). You also want to invest in superior quality butter for a richer, creamier taste. If it's available at your local store, then ghee is one of the best buttery options for your brew.And what if you're plant-based? There are lots of dairy-free 'butter' brands available, too. They aren't quite as rich or as filling as traditional butter, so it might take some experimenting to get the quantities right.
Butter Coffee vs. Bulletproof Coffee
If you're a big coffee fan, then this recipe might seem similar to 'Bulletproof Coffee.' That's because it is. This is essentially a homemade version of bulletproof coffee!For anyone not in the know, 'Bulletproof Coffee' is a specific brand of butter coffee championed by lifestyle entrepreneur and coffee aficionado David Asprey and his company, Bulletproof. The branded version has lots more additives and is more expensive than homemade butter coffee, so why not make your own?
Are You Going to Try Butter in Coffee?
Butter coffee (with coconut oil!) is certainly an unusual recipe, but it's surprisingly delicious. This coffee is perfect if you enjoy a filling drink or are looking to top up on those 'healthy' fats. There are plenty of health benefits to enjoy, particularly if you are on a high fat, keto diet, while the density of the drink itself ensures that enjoying coffee with butter for breakfast will fill you up until lunchtime!Are you going to try butter in coffee? Why not bookmark our guide, and try this unique brew out at home?