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Bulletproof Coffee: Why Adding Butter to Your Brew Isn't all That Crazy

As well as eating muck and rocks for her breakfast, paleo convert Anna's back... and she’s sticking butter in things. Move over, Homer J.
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By Anna Shelswell-White

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 08:00


nicole richie probably doesn't do bulletproof coffee

Buttered coffee works well for people on a ketogenic diet

I know what you’re thinking and, yes, I am just like Morgan Spurlock – just minus the whole 30 days in prison and McDonald’s stuff, but still. 

So, 2014 really has been the year of the diet shift; more people are realising that we’ve been fed some lies when it comes to healthy eating. But I’m going to save you the biology lesson – mainly because I’m not a biologist (but, even more mainly because I am too damn lazy)

As I am a complete fat advocate, though, here’s what I’ve learned so far: 

  • Saturated fats are not the enemy
  • Low fat versions are a bad idea
  • Grains make me feel crap (but they’re still so damn tasty)
  • Sugar and processed substitutes are not needed
  • Calorie counting isn’t necessary
  • Fat burns faster than carbohydrate

Hey, look, even TIME is on our side... 

time magazine covers

As I’m a sucker for a fad, I’ve been jumping on the buttered coffee bandwagon (or Bulletproof® Coffee, trademarked by the man who popularised it, Dave Asprey) for the last few months. Overall, buttered coffee works well for people who are on a ketogenic diet where the body gets energy from fat and not glucose – so lowering your grain and sugar intake is definitely important.

This coffee blend is filling enough for breakfast and staves off any want to snack until lunchtime. Here's how to make it.


  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter (from grass fed cows only, so Kerrygold is a good option)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or MCT oil (I use coconut oil)
  • 1 cup of good quality, freshly brewed coffee
  • A blender
  • Cinnamon, dark chocolate or stevia if you need to sweeten it


  • Brew coffee
  • Heat your cup and blender up with hot water. 
  • Once the coffee is brewed, empty the hot water and transfer your coffee into the blender with two tablespoons of unsalted butter and one tablespoon of coconut oil. 
  • Whizz it all up for up for ten seconds, so it’s completely combined and frothy.
  • Pour into your preheated cup.


(And why buttered coffee is IT)

  • It makes you feel way more productive, on the button and alert. 
  • It kick-starts the body into burning and living off fat instead of sugar and complex carbohydrates.
  • It completely stops the urge to snack in between meals.
  • It makes your colleagues think you’re mental.

Amidst the strange looks and faces of disgust, if you think about it, it’s really not that weird, butter is just a derivative of cream and milk. And this smooth blend creates a frothy cup of goodness that tastes a million times better than any latte or cappuccino I’ve ever shoved in me pie hole.

Have you tried it? What did you think; life changer or passing fad?

Read Anna's previous adventures in paleo here.

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Tarara said...

Sounds delicious, while I do a "no carbs after lunch" diet I have to have carbs on the mornings that I'm working. Might try it on my next day off though!

At 10.45am on October 7, 2014
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Jocelyn said...

I had one once in a health shop and it was gak, all I could taste was butter. And that greasy film on the top - shudder.

At 10.59pm on October 7, 2014
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Kirstie McDermott said...

I'll have to try it before I judge but I'm kind of worried about the greasy thing too. Anna?
At 5.18pm on October 8, 2014
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Anna Shelswell-White said...

mmm, I don't get the greasy thing, it's more like a rich latte. You just gotta make sure you have a blender or hand held electric mixer! There are a couple of coffee shops in town that do it. Have yet to try but will report back - I think The Punnet Health Store on Mount Street and Honest to Goodness Cafe, Dame Court.

At 10.58am on October 9, 2014
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