‘Tis the season ofΒ sweaters, scarves, boots, and warm cozy drinks <3

Like any typical Vancouverite, I’ve been so over summer since like mid-August and have been waiting for the day where I can drink a warm coffee in my apartment without breaking a sweat. Bring on the grey skies, chilly air, and rain!

My favourite weather is grey.

My favourite weather is grey.

*Note to self: refer to this post when I start complaining about the rain in one month.

As much as I love making home-made iced coffee, I get SO excited when it’s time to welcome Coconut Oil Coffee back into my life.

What the heck is Coconut Oil Coffee, you ask? You know what, I have a feeling you actually probably aren’t asking what it is, because it’s just as straight forward as it sounds πŸ˜‰

I started adding coconut oil to my coffee about two years ago, when the whole Bulletproof Coffee craze was getting really big.Β For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bulletproof Coffee, it’s a big delicious cup of buttery, oily coffee. Yes, buttery.

Traditional Bulletproof Coffee calls for special “upgraded” coffee beans (ain’t no toxins in this cuppa’ joe!), grass-fed butter, and medium-chain triglyceride oil, or MCT oil for short.

Why the hell would anyone put butter in their coffee? Um, well first off it tastes delicious. But the idea behind it is that it provides a substantial amount of energy (which, according to my calculations, comes from 25 grams of fat), and the high concentration of CLA from the grass-fed butter turns you into a lean, mean, fat-burning machine.

I rode this fad for awhile, and every now and then I’ll still indulge. It’s amazing for those mornings I’m training back-to-back clients from 6-11am without any time for food – one, big fatty cup of coffee and I’m good until lunch time!

That being said, I also enjoy eating my fat. I love nuts and their butters. And avocados. And hemp hearts and chia seeds. And nut butters πŸ˜‰ So while my modified coconut oil version is still higher in fat than a typical cup of coffee with coffee cream added, it still leaves room for the consumption of a variety of fats throughout the day, while giving me a ton of energy.

That energy doesn’t just come from the caffeine, either. Coconut oil is a very special fat! Our bodies metabolize coconut oil like they would carbohydrates. So while most fats are slow-burning sources of energy, coconut oil goes straight to the liver to be processed into energy that can be used right away. Which makes it a great addition to your pre-run or pre-workout coffee!

Plus, when added to coffee, it turns it into a creamy, frothy, and delicious concoction! The key is to blend it, instead of just plopping it in. #Ew.

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Coconut oil coffee in motion!

Keep in mind that coconut oil is still a fat, and therefore it’s calorically-dense. If you’re watching your waistline, you may want to slightly reduce your fat intake in another area if you plan on adding coconut oil coffee to your day. Otherwise, plop that ish in a blender, whirl it up, and welcome to the tastebud party that is Coconut Oil Coffee.

Coconut Oil Coffee

Serves: 1

You will need:

  • 1-2 cups brewed coffee (important note: while “upgraded” coffee beans are appealing, Costco-brand coffee beans are more in line with my budget)
  • .5-1 tbsp coconut oil, depending on your preferred fat intake
  • Optional: cinnamon, stevia, vanilla extract, dark chocolate chips πŸ˜‰ ….you can go as wild or conservative with your coffee as you like! I just stick with cinnamon for it’s anti-inflammatory effects.
coconut oil coffee

Ingredients for the best morning ever.

Directions:

  1. Pour coffee into blender.
  2. Add desired amount of coconut oil along with optional additional ingredients.
  3. Blend for 10-15 seconds. Remove the lid (be careful of the steam!!), pour into your favourite coffee mug, and enjoy πŸ™‚
coconut oil coffee

Check out that froth!!

Have you ever tried adding coconut oil to your coffee? What’s your favourite use for this wonderful fat?Β 

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  • Kelli
    Reply

    This is interesting! I’ve never tried coconut oil in coffee. I usually do black or with a little milk. I may have to fire up the blender some weekend when I’m not in a rush to get out the door!

    • Ariana
      Reply

      I hope it treats you as well as it treats me!! πŸ™‚

  • Emilie Talks
    Reply

    I have to admit that I read your post because putting coconut oil in coffee sounds weird to me! I will try it at some point, I think πŸ˜‰

    • Ariana
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      Haha! I’m glad the weirdness drew you in. I hope you give it a chance πŸ˜‰

  • Ivanna
    Reply

    I have tried this and yes it is creamy and delicious. I also used a little grassfed butter. Super yummy.

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Yes, such a delicious combo!

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus
    Reply

    I tried this once and really enjoyed it! Totally forgot about it until now. Looks like I have a weekend plan!

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Awesome! Glad I could get the two of you re-acquainted πŸ˜‰

  • Reply

    no I never have tired this!! I thought the whole bulletproof coffee thing was odd but never tried it either. I do love my coffee-interesting

    • Ariana
      Reply

      The bulletproof thing is totally weird, but also really good! Give coconut oil coffee a shot first πŸ˜‰

  • Jenn
    Reply

    I’m not a huge coffee drinker, so I haven’t yet had the pleasure. I do use coconut oil for cooking eggs and sauteeing chicken or vegetables, though. I am also obsessed with really awesome, good quality butter.

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Yes! Coconut oil is so fantastic for cooking.

  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    Reply

    I love coffee but I’m no messing around with it. It’s good as is.

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Totally understandable!

  • Kathryn @ Dancing to Running
    Reply

    I’m in the minority in that I despise the taste of coffee, but this sounds like a great idea for the majority of the world’s population that does enjoy drinking coffee.

    • Ariana
      Reply

      I like to think so! πŸ˜‰

  • Diana
    Reply

    I have never heard of adding coconut oil to coffee, but it sounds like an interesting idea! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Ariana
      Reply

      You’re welcome! I hope you like it πŸ˜€

  • Mar @ Mar on the Run
    Reply

    I’m a big coffee drinker but allergic to coconuts. I prefer just black or with a little cream and sugar. Sounds like a great idea for those who like to vary their coffee!

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Black coffee holds a special place in my heart! <3

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
    Reply

    I never understood the bulletproof coffee trend…butter in my coffee doesn’t appeal to me! I put chocolate soy milk in my coffee.

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Totally understandable! I know it doesn’t appeal to a lot of people. Chocolate soy milk sounds yummy!

  • Becki S
    Reply

    Hmm I’ve never put coconut oil in my coffee but I’ll have to give it a try. Not sure I would have the fat to spare πŸ˜‰

    • Ariana
      Reply

      It can be tough to give up, for sure. I always think of the almond butter I could be eating instead πŸ˜‰

  • Becki S
    Reply

    Hmm I’ve never put coconut oil in my coffee but I’ll have to give it a try. Not sure I would have the fat to spare πŸ˜‰

  • Beverley @ sweaty&fit
    Reply

    I wasn’t aware of all these benefits, so thank you for sharing! Maybe next time i’m feeling a little ambitious i’ll try it out. Also loving your background picture of Vancouver! Lived there for 5 years up till last year and i miss the beach so much

    • Ariana
      Reply

      You’re so welcome!! Hopefully you can come back and visit the beach sometime soon πŸ™‚

  • Farrah
    Reply

    I’ve heard of this, but still have yet to try it…mostly because I’m actually not much of a coffee drinker! :O I’ve probably had coffee less than 20 times from undergrad to now. I’ve been curious about this though, so I may have to try it out at some point! πŸ˜›

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Props to you for not being a coffee drinker in the midst of all the craziness you have going on in your life!!

  • Patty @ Reach Your Peak
    Reply

    Very interesting. I have heard a lot about bullet broof coffee but haven’t tried it. Good thing you mentioned to blend it in bc I definitely would have just plopped it in there lol.

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Lol yes I made that mistake once and want to save others from doing the same πŸ˜‰

  • Rachel
    Reply

    I’ve heard that coconut oil is even more beneficial than MCT oil because coconut oil contains lauric acid!

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Fantastic! You learn something new every day πŸ˜‰

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