If you’re a coffee lover that’s recently started the keto diet, you may already be missing your morning cup of Joe.

If that’s the case, you’re in luck!

Keto dieters before you have found a solution that allows you to enjoy coffee without disrupting ketosis.

Keto coffee is a high-fat, low-carb coffee that gives you that familiar boost of energy without loading your system up with sugars that could interrupt ketosis.

You may also know it as “Bulletproof Coffee“, which is what it was called before keto dieters adopted the idea.

So, What’s In Keto Coffee?

Below are some necessary as well as optional ingredients for making the perfect cup of keto coffee!

Black Coffee

You might have a favorite instant coffee or you might like to treat yourself to your favorite coffee shop specialty drink, but one thing we all know is that black coffee is a hit. It can be prepared hot or cold, and it has been connected to many health benefits.

Enjoying a cup of unsweetened, black coffee contains next to no calories or carbs, making it not only a quick and convenient method of brewing, but also keto-friendly.

Black coffee has a high antioxidant count and it’s rich in hydroxycinnamic acid, which helps protect your body’s cell from free radicals.

Though this may be the most basic option on the list, you can be certain that it won’t negatively affect your keto diet.

Grass-Fed Butter

We already knew that grass-fed butter works wonders for keto dieters, but did you know that you can put in your coffee too?

It gives it a delicious, creamy texture to your brew unlike the taste of milk or a powdered creamer, and it also causes the caffeine to react differently when you ingest it.

The butter’s fat content can cause the caffeine in the coffee to release much slower than usual and slows down the surge of energy which you may normally get when drinking a double espresso shot.

In addition, grass-fed butter contains vitamins that are good for your heart, eyesight and the strength of your immune system when fighting infection.

The level of fat content in the butter can also help you take in other vitamins more effectively when digesting your food.

Heavy Creamer

If you use cream in your current keto diet and are potentially looking for something new to add it to, look no further. Adding unsweetened heavy creamer to your coffee can give it a great, thick texture and it doesn’t even need sugar which, ideally, should be avoided.

Related: Top 10 Best Keto Coffee Creamers

It has minimal sodium levels which can help reduce high blood pressure levels and the risk of heart disease, with hypertension being one of the leading causes.

On top of that, it has a good Vitamin D content—a fat-soluble vitamin which can help regulate calcium and phosphorus levels while promoting a more efficient immune system.

MCT Oil

MCT oil (Medium-chain triglyceride) is a supplement that’s usually extracted from coconut oil. Most of the fats in coconut oil are from MCTs.

When referring to its medium chain, it is describing the length of the chain, and as they are shorter in length, they’re easier to break down and, subsequently, easily digested.

The best part is that they can be used as energy much faster than the long chains [2], which require excess bile to break down. The supplement has been known to lower cholesterol as it helps with weight management, which can lead to a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and inflammation.

People with type 2 diabetes may want to use MCT oil too, as a study of 10 participants [3] showed that they required 30% more sugar when they were not consuming the MCT oil, suggesting that it can help regulate blood sugar levels.

If you’re struggling to find MCT oil in the store, you can find it online.

Unsweetened Almond Milk

Almond milk is a trendy choice nowadays due to it being a tasty, vegan alternative to cow’s milk. You can also use almond milk for a range of foods such as muesli, soup or even homemade ice cream.

It can also put a new twist on your coffee and help you lose weight at the same time. Although almonds are relatively high in fat, the final product of the milk contains barely one-third of the fat you’d find in cow’s milk.

Another benefit to almond milk is that it has a high level of Vitamin E, due to almond nuts being packed with it.

A one-ounce serving of almonds contains 7.3mg, which is 37% of the recommended daily intake. Lactose-intolerance is thought to affect at least 65% of the world’s population in one form or another but, fortunately, almond milk is dairy-free, and you won’t need to worry about intolerances.

Optional: Keto-friendly sweeteners

If you want to add a little sweetness to the drink, a keto friendly sweetener/creamer makes a great addition. Or you can opt for your own vanilla, cinnamon, and raw cacao can also improve the flavor, if you’re wanting something a little more extravagant.

Even though most people just use it as an alternative to coffee, it has enough calories to make a quick meal replacement.

Keep in mind though that because it has such a high calorie count, drinking more than one serving a day could throw off your macros. You can easily buy the ingredients to make it yourself, with plenty of online recipes to guide you along the way.

There are instant versions of keto coffee as well, if you prefer a simpler route. These are generally powders that you mix in to your normal coffee.

Benefits of Drinking Keto Coffee

Aside from the fact that it allows you to enjoy coffee without throwing off your diet, keto coffee has plenty of health benefits to justify it’s quick rise in popularity.

Extra Energy

Thanks to all of the healthy fats and oils in keto coffee, it has plenty of extra calories to offer significantly more energy than normal coffee. And because there aren’t any sugars, this boost in energy isn’t followed by a crash.

This is especially true if you add MCT oils to your keto coffee.

MCT’s are metabolized much faster than other types of fats, so adding them to your coffee will result in a much faster energy boost than caffeine alone.

Healthy Fats and Oils

While you may not think of fats as a healthy ingredient, there are actually plenty of fats that are beneficial for various areas of your health.

Ghee in particular can improve your heart health through Omega-3 fatty acids, reduce allergies, and eliminate free radicals [2]. MCT has a lot of health benefits too, like improving your digestion, mood, and immune system.

Having a healthy amount of MCT’s early in the morning can reduce your stress and improve your mood for the whole day.

More Filling Than Traditional Coffee

Due to all of the fats and oils in keto coffee, it is a rich drink that can even substitute a meal when you’re in a pinch.

Traditional coffee, on the other hand, is generally very low in calories. It can help if you’re practicing intermittent fasting, or simply act as a treat to help you get through the day.

Keto Coffee Products

If you’ve been on the keto diet for a while, you may already have most of the ingredients needed to make keto coffee at home.

However, these ingredients aren’t always readily available, especially when you’re at work or on the go. Not to mention the fact that lots of the recipes require a blender and don’t work with cold brew coffee.

Fortunately, there are keto coffee products that allow you to make this drink with as little hassle as possible. Some keto coffee products are just prepackaged keto coffee drinks that you can just grab and enjoy.

Others are powdered ingredients that you can stir into your normal cup of coffee, like protein powder for protein shakes.

Keto Coffee vs Bulletproof Coffee

If you’ve heard of Bulletproof coffee before, you might be wondering what the difference is between the two, or even if there is one.

Bulletproof coffee is a product created before keto coffee for low-carb diets.

It uses a particular coffee bean and strict ingredients to make the drink. While it can work as a keto friendly coffee, it’s strict list of ingredients aren’t necessary for making a keto coffee.

Keto coffee offers a lot more flexibility, allowing you to incorporate it in a way that better fits into your own personal macros and keto diet plan.

If you’re already a fan of Bulletproof coffee, however, you can safely enjoy it alongside your keto diet.

Is Keto Coffee Right For You?

Aside from the fact that it has a bit of a slimy texture that some may find unpleasant, it’s a great alternative to traditional coffee.

Even those not on a keto diet can benefit from it, as the ingredients boost several areas of your overall health. Although if you like your coffee black, or have a preference for drinking tea, then adding keto coffee to your diet might not be necessary.

However, if you’re on keto, or any kind of low-carb diet, and are curious about the drink, then keto coffee is definitely worth giving a shot.

It can give you a quick and sustained boost of energy throughout the day, help with intermittent fasting, and allow you to enjoy coffee without being tempted to break your diet.

References:
[1] Ying Wang and other authors. Medium Chain Triglycerides enhances exercise endurance through the increased mitochondrial biogenesis and metabolism. PLoS One. 2018; 13(2): e0191182. Published online 2018 Feb 8. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191182

[2] Effects of dietary supplementation with ghee, hydrogenated oil, or olive oil on lipid profile and fatty streak formation in rabbits. ARYA Atheroscler. 2012 Fall;8(3):119-24.
Hosseini M1, Asgary S.

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Jessica Cotzin is a freelance writer, web developer, and avid traveler. Born and raised in South Florida, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multi-Media Journalism from Florida Atlantic University and currently resides in Miami Beach. Her passions lie in reading great literature and traveling the world, bumping blindly into new adventures.