• Siri DeMarche

Bullet Brews: Coffee & Hot Chocolate Recipes

Updated: Jul 23

I like to start my mornings buzzing with energy, ready to tackle the day. I also like to be full up from breakfast with no lingering crash on the horizon. I like to sleep soundly at night, with no tummy rumbles or tossing and turning. For this, I turn to my warm drink creations that are styled after the popular "bulletproof" coffee. Bulletproof coffee has been quite the hype lately. With promises to prevent brain fog, keep hunger at bay, and stabilize blood sugar levels, it's no wonder that "Bulletproof Coffee" has become trendy. Most folks are now familiar with the typical ingredients needed to make this coffee (hot coffee, coconut oil/MCT oil, grass-fed butter). I have created my own spinoffs of this cozy morning brew to get your body and mind the most bang for its grass-fed and digestible buck. Below you will find easy to follow quick recipes with an explanation for each ingredient added, without the hoopla of scrolling through paragraphs upon paragraphs to get to the actual recipe. Enjoy!

The OG RanchHand I'm from Colorado and saw a "bulletproof coffee" listed as a "ranchhand coffee" at one of my favorite mountain coffee shops-Hallowed Grounds at Devils Thumb Ranch. I've adopted it here because I think it speaks to the importance of "grass-fed" and also the drink's ability to keep ya humming and satiety levels stable while completing arduous tasks all morning long!


Elements -8oz hot brewed coffee (or more :0)

-1 tbsp grass-fed butter (I like Kerrygold for its rich creamy taste)*

-1 tbsp coconut oil or quality MCT oil/powder (or both)**

+optional: 1 scoop quality collagen powder***


Method

1) Put all ingredients in blender

2) Blend it up!

3) Pour frothy brew into large mug or travel container (I like to sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on top)


*Grass-fed butter contains more Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) than grain-fed butter. CLA is a polyunsaturated fat found in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid found mainly in plant oils. CLA is produced by the digestion of microbes in the stomachs of grass-eating animals and has been linked with several health benefits when taken in small doses.

**If possible, shoot for unrefined coconut oil, as it is less processed than refined coconut oil. If opting for MCT oil (derived from coconuts), be sure to purchase a pure high quality oil (such as Brain Octane Oil) that your body and brain can use as an instant source of energy, without upsetting the tum. Coconut oil and MCT oil increase the release of the satiety promoting hormones, peptide YY & leptin.

***Taking a quality collagen supplement support joint health, combat inflammation, repair damaged cells, maintain the integrity of muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin tissue, aid in digestion...etc. is great, but why not add it to your morning joe for an easy added boost?! .


Note: My favorite MCT oil powder and grass-fed collagen powder are from Perfect Keto. The Salted Caramel flavor is absolutely delicious and give these drinks a wonderful subtle sweetness! While I personally do not currently adhere to a Ketogenic lifestyle, I find that Perfect Keto products are clean, contain no added fillers, do not spike blood sugar, are easy on the tum, made with quality ingredients, and contain the optimal ratio of C8:C10 (caprylic acid:coconut oil) to keep your body hummin' all day. Use this url <http://i.refs.cc/uluCQKPl> to get 15% an order from Perfect Keto.




The Mecca Mocha

Did you know the French writer,Voltaire, invented the "Mocha" (as 50% chocolate and 50% coffee) as a way to keep his mind sharp? Well, now you do. Could save you in Trivia one day :0)


Elements

-8oz hot brewed coffee (or more)

-1 tbsp grass-fed butter

-1 tbsp coconut oil or quality MCT oil/powder (or both)

-2tbsp 100% cocoa powder*

-Splash of vanilla

+optional: 1 scoop quality collagen powder

+optional: splash of peppermint extract to make it a peppermint mocha

+optional: dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper to make it a spicy mocha

+optional: 1/2 can full fat coconut milk to make it extra extra creamy


Method

1) Put all ingredients in blender

2) Blend it up!

3) Pour frothy brew into large mug or travel container


*Unsweetened cocoa powder has more minerals (iron, magnesium, phosphorous...) and contains more flavonoids (plant-based compounds that promote blood vessel relaxation and a decrease in blood pressure) than its sweetened counterpart. Cocoa has also been linked to an increase in healthy circulation and blood flow to the brain.


Déesse du Cacao


RanchHand Chai

In case you do not like the taste of coffee, here is an alternative caffeinated morning beverage.


Elements

-8oz hot black tea (I prefer Darjeeling)

-1/4tsp cinnamon*

-1/4tsp ginger**

-1tsp honey***

-1 tbsp grass-fed butter

-1 tbsp coconut oil/MCT oil


Method

1) Put all ingredients in blender

2) Blend it up!

3) Pour frothy brew into large mug or travel container


*Opt for Ceylon cinnamon over Cassia and Saigon cinnamon, as these two contain Coumarin- which has been linked to liver damage in large doses. Cinnamon is a great spice to have on hand for balancing blood sugar by aiding in the uptake of glucose and increasing insulin sensitivity, in addition to having antibacterial properties.

**Ginger is awesome for its anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a natural painkiller. It is most commonly prescribed for gastrointestinal issues as it metabolites in the gut. For all the ladies out there, ginger is really great for menstrual cramps!

***If possible opt for raw honey, as heavy processing significantly reduces the nutrients and antibacterial & antifungal properties of honey.


Golden Hot Chocolate

As one with a high RF (Rheumatoid Factor), turmeric is my best friend. The benefits of this spice are expansive and it is most commonly used for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. Turmeric has been outstandingly helpful to my joints over the years and has helped to reduce my RF significantly. Consequently, I find any excuse to add it to a recipe! The main active ingredient in turmeric is fat soluable curcumin. Hence, consuming turmeric with good fats will help increase its absorption and effectiveness. (More on the benefits of Turmeric HERE)


Elements

-2tbsp 100% cocoa powder

-8oz hot water

-1 tbsp grass-fed butter

-1 tbsp coconut oil or quality MCT oil/powder (or both)

-Splash of vanilla

-1/2tbsp turmeric

-Dash of cinnamon

-Dash of Nutmeg

+optional: 1 scoop quality collagen powder

+optional: 1/2 can full fat coconut milk to make it extra extra creamy

+optional: 1tsp honey, if too bitter


Method

1) Put all ingredients in blender

2) Blend it up!

3) Pour frothy brew into large mug or travel container


Note: I love drinking this creamy cocktail before bed (if you are not sensitive to the slight caffeine in chocolate) or in the afternoon, when I want a little pick-me-up delicious snack that'll keep me full and focused. The good fats in this drink feed my brain while I sleep and keep my stomach noises nonexistent. In fact, I have gotten my best sleep when I drink something full of good fats before bed- the same idea behind drinking warm milk before bed, but without the indigestibility of cow's milk.







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