Maybe this isn’t news, but it’s news to me in the past 2 months or so: bulletproof coffee. Seems to be the newest ‘thing’ in the paleosphere. By paleosphere, I mean, my Instagram feed. People doing the primal thing have taken to blending butter, coconut oil, manna or some type of fat into their coffee in the morning.
I really haven’t done any research as to why people started doing this or what nutritional benefits this provides, so I don’t really have an opinion on the stuff yet. All I know is that this little concoction I just devoured was made in a blender and included both coconut butter and coffee. Hence the name.
EDIT: I now have an opinion on (and recipe for) Bulletproof Coffee. It’s awesome and I drink it almost daily. #don’tknockittilyatryit
The Bulletproof Banana
1 cup Black coffee, chilled
1/2 scoop Vanilla protein powder
8-10 Frozen banana chunks
1-2 tbsp Coconut butter
1 tbsp Almond butter
1/4 cup Ice
Stuff worth mentioning: It’s good to play the Boy Scout card here and always be prepared. If you remember, brew a pot of coffee the night before and stick it in the fridge overnight, so you’re not impatiently throwing ice cubes and cold water in a fresh pot waiting for it to cool.
Frozen banana chunks – pre-cut, pre-frozen. Wax paper and a cookie sheet are your best friend.
Coconut butter/manna – I used Nutiva Coconut Manna for this. I made the mistake of putting some into a smoothie in semi-solid form yesterday morning, and it ruined the entire experience. Only take the amount you need and stick in a small microwave-safe bowl and nuke for no longer than 15 seconds at a time. Stir, repeat until it’s a smooth and creamy texture, but not very hot. Then it’s good to use. This took me about 28 seconds.
Ice cubes – A week or so I was complaining about making smoothies with ice, because the average household ice cube tray yields some pretty giant chunks. Great for keeping a glass of water cold, but horrible for a blender. I found the $5 answer to my problems this week at TJ Maxx. MINI SILICONE ICE CUBE TRAY. Life in my kitchen has gotten so much better since this little purchase.
Look how adorable those little cubes are… 10 fit into a quarter cup.
21DSD Update: Day 5 and still going strong on the food. I have had a few drinks in the past 2 nights. I started on the 21DSD to kick my snack habit. So far, that’s working… but I won’t lie to your face and tell you I’ve been 100% perfect, because I haven’t. No bread or fruit aside from the approved green-tipped banana, but yes to some alcohol. I still feel amazing and have lost a few lbs of water weight in the process. Finally got that elusive 90lb power snatch PR in the gym yesterday, so I’m going to consider the first week of modified behavior a success.
BTW – this Bulletproof Banana recipe is 21DSD approved, so long as you use a 21DSD-compliant protein powder. I know they exist.
It’s nice outside. Time to stop sitting inside typing about how nice it is outside.