What is a Keto Coffee Bomb? | Shortcut To Ketosis

Coffee, butter, coconut oil. Seems like a pretty strange combination doesn’t it? Even though it sounds like it, Keto coffee is actually a very tasty, healthy drink and a great way to energize your day!

So what’s exactly a Keto coffee bomb? A Keto coffee bomb, sometimes also known as Bulletproof, or just Keto coffee, is coffee with added butter and either MCT or coconut oil. The standard recipe for Keto coffee is:

  • 1 cup of black coffee
  • 1-2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-2 tbsp MCT or Coconut Oil

The three ingredients are blended well together and the result is a Keto coffee bomb full of healthy fats and fat-soluble vitamins, usually used as a meal replacement in the morning that will keep you satiated and full of energy.

Below, we will look into how different Keto coffee bombs are made, their benefits, various ingredients that you can use including their nutritional info and even a few complete recipes that you can try yourself!

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Why should I drink Keto coffee?

Starting your day with a Keto coffee bomb instead of having breakfast can be very beneficial.

A study has found that when the participants drank coffee at breakfast time their ketone level biomarkers significantly increased (by 88-116%) for up to four hours after drinking it. The same study also found that caffeine consumption broke down fats in the body and increased free fatty acids in the blood, which the liver converts to more ketones. And as we already know, more ketones = more fuel to be used as energy.

Also, the healthy fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the butter and MCT or coconut oil are a great meal replacement that will get your energy and focus through the roof and also kill any hunger or cravings you may have in the early part of the day. Our bodies don’t react to proteins, carbs, and fats in the same way. Carbs and protein have the ability to kick you out of ketosis, but since consuming fat doesn’t raise insulin levels, a pure fat meal like a Keto coffee won’t affect your hunger hormones at all and will actually further support your state of ketosis.

The fat boosts your energy levels and keeps you satiated, which can be very beneficial for people looking to lose weight because you can go longer periods of time without eating while keeping your insulin (fat-storing hormone) levels in check.

Various ingredients for your Keto coffee

Next, we will show you the most often used ingredients in various Keto coffee recipes and also list their individual benefits and nutrient profile.

First, let us look over the standard ingredients used in a Keto coffee bomb: butter, coconut oil, and MCT oil.

Butter

Benefits:

  • Butter is a healthy type of fat! The type we need more of on a Ketogenic diet.
  • Butter is full of fatty acids, antioxidants, and fat-soluble vitamins!
  • More fat = more ketones, more energy, and fat-burning effects

Nutrient profile per 100g:

  • Fat: 81g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.9g
  • 2.499 IU Vitamin A
  • 60 IU Vitamin D
  • 24mg Calcium

For one serving of Keto coffee, 1-2tbsp of unsalted butter is the standard.

Coconut Oil

Benefits:

  • About 55% of it is MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) – a type of fat that doesn’t convert to fat in the body but is instead used as pure energy
  • The fatty acids help ketosis and further enhance it
  • Stabilizes blood sugars and cholesterol

Nutrient profile per 100g:

  • Fat: 100g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 0g

If you choose to use coconut oil instead of MCT oil, the standard dose is 1-2 tbsp coconut oil per 1 serving of Keto coffee.

MCT Oil

Benefits:

  • 100% MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) in contrast to coconut oil which has 55% MCTs, so pure MCTs are a better option from the two
  • MCTs are a type of fat that doesn’t convert to fat in the body but is instead used as pure energy
  • The fatty acids help ketosis and further enhance it
  • Stabilizes blood sugars and cholesterol

Nutrient profile per 100g:

  • Fat: 100g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 0g

If you choose to use MCT Oil instead of coconut oil, the standard dose is 1-2 tbsp per 1 serving of Keto coffee.

Cinnamon powder

Benefits:

  • Regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels
  • Great antioxidant
  • Aids digestion
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves blood circulation

Nutrient profile per 100g:

  • 431 mg Potassium
  • 60 mg Magnesium
  • 1.002 mg Calcium
  • 8.3 mg Iron

Other than the immense health benefits, cinnamon also gives a great flavor to your Keto coffee! You can experiment with it, but usually, about ½ tsp of cinnamon powder should do the trick.

Vanilla Extract

Benefits:

  • Contains Vanillin: Vanillin has been shown to act as an antimutagenic agent which means it reduces the rate of mutations in cells.
  • Another component of Vanilla, Ethyl Vanillin, shows promise of helping to prevent the spread of cancer
  • Contains small amounts of B-complex vitamins like niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, Vitamin B6 and thiamine.
  • Vanilla extract also has traces of minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc.

Vanilla extract is another great ingredient to include in your Keto coffee! ½-1 tsp of Vanilla extract per 1 cup of Keto Coffee should be just enough, you can try it with half a teaspoon at first and then increase the dose if you feel like it.

Coconut Milk

Benefits:

  • Coconut Milk is loaded with MCTs, same as coconut oil
  • Contains a good amount (varies by brand) of Calcium and Vitamin D – which are a bone-strengthening power duo
  • Same as coconut and MCT oil, it further helps ketosis and balances blood sugar/cholesterol levels

Nutrient profile per 100g (varies by brand because some of them have additives, but this is the case for raw coconut milk):

  • Fat: 26g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
    of which sugars: 3.3g
  • Protein: 2.3g

The standard dose is about 1-2 tbsp of Coconut Milk per 1 cup of Keto coffee.

Cocoa Powder

Benefits:

Nutrient profile per 1 tbsp (5g):

  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Net Carbs: 1g

Cocoa powder has only 1 gram of carbs per tbsp and a ton of benefits to make up for it! Just note that real raw cocoa powder actually tastes bitter, so you might want to use some keto-friendly sweetener in combination to make up for the bitterness.

Heavy Cream

Benefits:

  • As it is the case with most dairy products, heavy cream is rich in Calcium
  • Heavy cream is a good source of vitamins C and A which help the immune system
  • Heavy cream is rich in the B vitamins, specifically B5, which is responsible for regulating hormones related to anxiety and stress.

Nutrient profile per 100g:

  • Fat: 36.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.7g
    of which sugars: 2.7g
  • Protein: 2g

In addition to the standard ingredients, heavy cream is a great option to include in your Keto coffee! With only about 2 grams of carbs per 100g serving, it is very keto-friendly and you don’t need to use a lot of it, about 1 tbsp per coffee should be enough.

These are some of the most commonly used ingredients that could be a good option to include in your Keto coffee and are generally the ones that I use the most. There are a bunch of other ingredients that could work for you, just use your imagination and make sure they are Keto-friendly!

Keto Coffee Recipes

Standard Keto coffee with a twist

  • 1 cup of black coffee
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • dash of pink Himalayan salt (I know it sounds weird, but it doesn’t change the taste and at all and is very beneficial for your electrolyte balance especially in the morning)
  • Optional: a few drops of liquid stevia or another keto-friendly sweetener

Morning Keto coffee recipe

  • 1 cup of black coffee
  • 1 tbsp ghee (instead of butter)
  • 1 tbsp coconut cream
  • dash of turmeric (great anti-inflammatory properties)
  • dash of pink Himalayan salt
  • Optional: a few drops of liquid stevia or another keto-friendly sweetener

Lunch replacement Keto coffee

A lot of people either don’t like having lunch or they just don’t have enough time for it, so this Keto coffee recipe is perfect for the occasion. It contains a good amount of fat from the butter and heavy cream but also good quality protein from the collagen powder.

  • 1 cup of black coffee
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp collagen powder (great source of protein and amino acids)
  • ¼-½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • Optional: a few drops of liquid stevia or another keto-friendly sweetener

The Keto coffee calorie bomb

This one is a bit on the high side calorie-wise, so be careful with it!

  • 1 cup of black coffee
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa powder
  • Optional: a few drops of liquid stevia or another keto-friendly sweetener

Recipes Courtesy Of Thomas DeLauer.

Related Questions

Will Keto coffee break your fast?

Yes, since the added butter and coconut/MCT oil have a decent amount of calories, drinking a Keto coffee will break your fast. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will stop losing weight. Even though it stops your fast, you will still remain in ketosis and the fat from the Keto coffee will help you push longer throughout the day without having a meal that actually spikes insulin (which is a hormone that stores fat and is triggered by consuming protein and carbohydrates) and that way it can indirectly help your weight loss.

Can I use sweeteners in my Keto coffee?

Yes, you can, but not every sweetener out there is keto-friendly. According to research, the only sweeteners that don’t spike insulin are Stevia, Monkfruit, Erythritol, and Sucralose – but only in its pure form, avoid Splenda which is actually a mix of Sucralose and Maltodextrin which as you probably know, has 2 times higher glycemic index than table sugar. So always make sure to read the label on the back of the product.

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