If you are currently following a low carb or ketogenic diet (also called keto), then you’ve probably heard of keto coffee. Keto coffee relies on healthy fats with no sugar or carbs to give you lots of energy for your morning.
You don’t have to follow the keto diet to reap the nutritional benefits from it (I don’t!) Here’s how you can make keto coffee and how to make it taste great.
What is Keto Coffee?
Keto coffee is is a low carb, high fat coffee that is keto friendly. There are many benefits to drinking coffee this way in the morning. For some people, it can replace their breakfast while others use it to get started in the morning. Remember that it’s very filling, so keep that in mind when you plan your day’s meals out. A quick search on Google or Pinterest will give you lots of different recipes for keto coffee, but it’s made with just three simple ingredients…coffee, butter and oil.
There are some different variations with these ingredients, but most people drinking keto coffee use at the minimum butter, oil, and the coffee itself. Another difference between keto coffee and regular coffee is that you can’t stir it. It has to be blended so that the oil and butter blend perfectly with the coffee for a smooth cup.
What’s the Difference Between Keto and Bulletproof Coffee?
Some people refer to keto coffee as bulletproof coffee and while they are very similar, bulletproof coffee is a bit stricter. For the oil, only MCT Oil should be used but you can use other oils for keto. You should also use grass fed butter and the right coffee. Keto coffee is a little more flexible, providing you with a base recipe, but allows you to customize it for your own needs.
The Health Benefits of Keto Coffee
There are lots of benefits to drinking keto coffee. Adding butter and oil to your coffee might seem pretty strange at first if you’re used to traditional creamers but chances are you’ll soon grow to love it.
Keto Coffee Adds Healthy Fats to Your Diet
Keto coffee is a great way to add more healthy fat to your diet. Those who follow the keto diet know that one of the main guidelines is that you increase the fat while decreasing the carbs.
With a single cup of keto coffee, you are adding in approximately 24 grams of fat with
the oil and butter alone (number may vary depending on what you use), The goal of a keto diet is to try to have at least 70-75% of your daily calories in fat, so this definitely gets you a lot closer.
Keto Coffee Gives You More Energy
Drinking a cup of keto coffee in the morning will give you long lasting energy for the entire day. Many people struggle to get through the morning without wanting carbs and sugar for a jolt. Keto coffee will help to curb those cravings and bring your energy up to a whole new level.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Some keto coffee recipes will add MCT oil to it (more on that later), but the traditional recipe we are talking about here uses real coconut oil. Coconut oil has amazing health benefits.
Among the most important ones are the fact that may help to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. (Always discuss your questions and concerns with a qualified healthcare provider.)
Don’t Be Afraid of Butter
Another ingredient in your keto coffee that you get some unique benefits from is from butter. With keto coffee or bulletproof coffee, be sure to use grass-fed butter such as Kerrygold instead of traditional butter. Kerrygold can be found in most warehouse stores and supermarkets now.
Grass fed butter does cost a bit more, but it’s more humane for the animals, and contains less unhealthy artificial ingredients or hormones. It is much higher in quality, and tends to have higher amounts of omega 3 and omega 6. Not only that, a tablespoon of grass-fed butter tends to be slightly lower in carbs than regular butter, so there is another great bonus!
Keto Coffee Keeps You Full
Many people who are on new nutritional plans struggle with feeling hungry constantly. The high amount of fat in keto coffee keeps you full for hours on end. When you are on a diet, being hungry constantly is a definite concern.
In an average cup of keto coffee, you have 20-30 grams of fat (or more) in just one cup of coffee, which is going to help keep you full, either until a late breakfast or lunchtime. This is why keto coffee is a great option when you can’t stop for breakfast, and don’t want to succumb to fast food or vending machine temptaitons.
How to Make the Perfect Cup of Keto Coffee
Are you ready to get started? Making keto coffee is just like making your usual cup of coffee in the morning with a couple of differences. Because you’re adding butter and coconut or MCT oil, you’ll need to blend it up so that you have a smoothly blended coffee.
Brew Your Coffee
With bulletproof coffee, there are only certain types of coffee beans allowed, but with keto coffee, there are no rules. If you’re using a flavored coffee, check the ingredients for sugar or carbs. You can either use a Keurig machine or regular coffee maker, whatever works best for you!
How to Blend Your Coffee
In order to completely integrate the butter and oil, you’ll want to use a blender. You can use your full-size blender if you want, though it is pretty big for just a cup of coffee. Many people choose to use a small-size blender to blend their coffee like a Ninja blender, since it is the perfect size for one cup of coffee and the added ingredients.
Add the Butter and Oil
While your coffee is brewing, it’s a good idea to start adding your other ingredients to the blender. The amounts you use are up to you, but to start with you just need 1 Tbsp. Grass-Fed Butter
and 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
If you like your coffee a little creamier, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream as well. Add the ingredients to the blender, pour in your coffee, then blend it until smooth. This won’t take long since it is a small amount of oil and butter.
How to Choose Coconut Oil
If this will be your first time buying coconut oil, you will discover that there are many different varieties to choose from. Don’t be put off by the fact that the oil looks solid, coconut oil will be in its solid state until it is either melted or blended. You should try to use organic, unrefined coconut oil that has not gone through any type of chemical process.
MCT oil has many health benefits. As a medium chain fat, it’s easily digested and then sent to your liver, where its thermogenic effect has the ability to potentially boost your metabolism. MCT oil is also supportive of digestive health. Many people state that MCT Oil helps to maintain a healthy weight and improves energy and focus.
Adding More Flavor
If you want to get more flavor, there are several options to look at. Many people like to use sugar free flavored syrups. There are many kinds to choose from. With a cup of coffee, you only need a very small amount. You can also use a few drops of stevia, but be sure you get it from a quality vendor.
Many people prefer using ground cinnamon to flavor their coffee so that they don’t have to use any sweeteners. Cinnamon can also potentially help to fight diabetes.
How to Make Iced Keto Coffee
You really can’t make traditional iced coffee with some of these ingredients, because the coconut oil and butter will solidify once they get too cold. However, before you learn about how to make an iced version of keto coffee, you should know that if you don’t care for super hot coffee, you can leave it out until it gets cold. This won’t be quite cold enough to solidify the butter, but it will be as close to cold coffee as you can get.
The main differences you are going to make with your iced keto coffee are not using butter and replacing the coconut oil with MCT oil. You will then add in some heavy whipping cream for more fat and to make your coffee creamy.
When making your iced keto coffee, you can either leave out the coffee or cold-brew it, or just blend it up with some iced cubes for something similar to a frappuccino.
I hope you enjoy making and drinking your keto coffee!
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