It’s officially September, which means it’s time for me to convert all my favorite recipes to Fall versions – like this pumpkin spice bulletproof coffee!
Disclaimer: I have linked to several Amazon products in this post. If you choose to make a purchase through these links, I will earn a commission – but there is no extra cost to you. Amazon pays the commission, not the customer, so prices on products are the same regardless of whether or not you buy through my links.
I don’t know what exactly it is about Fall that suddenly makes everyone in the world crave pumpkin spice versions of everything, but I know that I’m no exception. September hits, and all I crave is pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.
I therefore decided it was time to make myself something pumpkiny – and even though this pumpkin spice bulletproof coffee doesn’t actually contain pumpkin, it tastes like a big old cup of Autumn.
This is less of a recipe and more of a “tweak” to a beverage that I am currently obsessed with. And when I say “obsessed,” I mean, “I have had this for breakfast every single morning for about a month, and I’m still not bored of it.”
If you haven’t heard of bulletproof coffee, you’re probably not in the Trim Healthy Mama facebook group. We’re a large group of coffee-loving weight-losing ladies that love this bevvy!
Basically, someone (I think a Paleo guy?) came up with a delicious way to get your daily dose of coconut oil. Those who suffer with any type of thyroid disorder (ME) should get at least two Tablespoons a day, since CO helps rev your metabolism.
I’ve heard before of people adding CO to their coffee or tea in the morning, but the first time I tried it, I just got a mouthful of hot oil with a little coffee-taste. YUCKY.
Then, this guy (the one I think was Paleo) discovered that putting the coffee and CO in a blender with a few other ingredients and giving them a whirl turned it from oily coffee into the best. Thing. Ever.
It’s delicious. It’s frothy. It feels indulgent. And while a cup of coffee on its own does nothing for me in terms of energy, a cup of bulletproof coffee can get me feeling alive and energized even after a week of sleepless nights (courtesy of my teething baby and sick toddler – kids and their tag-teaming. I tell ya).
It’s very simple to make – and if you hate scrubbing your blender (I hate it), try the mason jar trick : put your ingredients in a mason jar, screw on the blender blades, and whirl away (since this is a hot beverage, please handle it with hotpads! If you have one of those mason jar mugs with a handle, that could be awesome for this!) Then, you can either drink it straight from the jar, or just enjoy the ease of cleaning one little jar versus a ginormous blender body and lid (stupid lid. I hate trying to scrub in all the crevices. It never looks totally clean to me).
Quick note: This recipe does contain some protein powder. I know several of the big real food health bloggers have recently been slamming protein powder as worthless at best and unhealthful at worst – I respectfully disagree. The powder by itself may be filled with insoluble vitamins and minerals, but you’re not having it by itself. The addition of a healthful fat makes these fat-soluble nutrients, well, soluble. Also, I’m very careful about *what* protein I use. NOT ALL PROTEIN POWDERS ARE CREATED EQUAL. I use Designer Whey because it’s fairly inexpensive, the ingredients are more natural, and it isn’t full of sugar. THM’s writers recommend Jay Robb or Whey Protein Powder 36.5 oz (1,035 grams) Pwdr by Swanson Premium, but they’re out of my budget. Just make sure your protein has fewer than 7 carbs per serving – that’s how you know it’s not just full of sugar and fillers! If it *still* bothers you, just leave the protein powder out – it’ll still be yummy, just less filling!
Here’s how to make Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof Coffee:
- Brew some homemade pumpkin spice coffee
- Pour about 1 1/2 cups hot coffee into your blender (or mason jar)
- Add 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Add 1-2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
- Add 1 Tbsp butter
- Sweetener to taste (I use SweetLeaf Stevia Powder, 4-Ounce Shaker Jars (Pack of 2), but you could also use honey if you prefer)
- Blend on high for several minutes, or until frothy.
That’s it! You’re there! For the sake of your throat, I don’t suggest chugging it – but maaaaaaaan it’s tempting!
**Linked up with lots of other new recipes at Trim Healthy Tuesdays!**