I really enjoy tea. Coffee not so much. I can, however, handle an espresso BECAUSE it’s a shot. And an EXPRESS espresso is just
as easy as hard to take as a tequila shooter, right? So, on those mornings when I’m desperate, I reach for that itty bitty bit of café to help me power through the day. My secret? I add a little somethin’ somethin’: coconut oil.
Before we get into the recipe, let me back-up a bit. My
bf fiancé was really into the bulletproof coffee trend awhile back and tried to get me on board.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, bulletproof coffee became wildly popular after a dude named Dave Asprey stumbled upon a version of the recipe while hiking in Tibet. By mixing high-grade, high-quality coffee with grass-fed butter and MCT oil, he created a magical potion that revs up fat-loss and increases energy without the typical caffeine-crash. (To learn more about the science behind it, read from the bulletproof exec himself here.)
Sounds amazing, yes? YES! The issue was that a) I didn’t like coffee and b) I don’t like butter. Even the healthiest of healthiest. I don’t like the feeling of butter on my lips, the texture is freaky, and it just doesn’t sit well with my tummy. So how was he going to get me jazzed up about the drink? Well, he had a solution. Drink an espresso instead of a cup o’ joe and replace the butter with another great fat – insert: coconut oil.
SO after brewing his favorite beans and letting them steam in a super cute Le Creuset espresso cup (this piece of ceramic alone would turn anyone into a coffee-fan) he added a dollop
of daisy of coconut oil. Let it melt. And instructed me to drink. It worked! The coconut took away some of the espresso’s bitterness while ALSO giving me the same mini-benefit that the butter offers for a bulletproof coffee drinker.
As health guru Paul Chek explains it, the fat (coconut oil or butter) helps turn the coffee’s amino acids into a more digestible food source while also acting as a sort-of “energy drip” that releases gradually throughout your morning. So you stay energized looooooonger. (Got it? If not, just dedicate 20 minutes of your life watching Chek explain it.)
And that was that. I became and occasional coffee fan.
OKAY. Now that THAT explanation is over. I’m exhausted. And need another espresso.
Express Espresso with Coconut Oil
What You’ll Need:
- High-quality espresso beans (ground)
- A pretty-intense espresso machine (whoops – this post just got expensive); secret tip: you can also just make a normal cup of coffee
- Smallest bit of coconut oil
What You’ll Do:
- Ground the beans, process through machine to make espresso
- Add coconut oil, stir!