You may or may not have heard of a thing called Bulletproof Coffee. If you haven't then you need to go over here for some culinary education post haste. If you have, then this concept will be familiar to you.
Even though I consider myself to be a coffee snob, I have opted not to drink coffee on a regular basis because it messes with my cortisol levels in a big way. And since I'm still nurturing my adrenals back to health, I only indulge in coffee on a rare occasion. And yes, this even includes decaf. So what is a girl to do when she wants to have a Bulletproof Coffee, but doesn't drink coffee? Turn to cacao of course!
Several people have asked me about my morning Bulletproof Cacao drink, so I promised that I would write up the recipe on my blog. Oh, and yes, this is my first recipe for my blog. So here goes.
Here is what you need to make a single serving:
Some notes on the ingredients:
Cacao: Not just any old cacao mind you, but good quality cacao beans that come from an organic, fairly traded source. This is 100% cacao, not chocolate. There's no sugar in here. And the form is important. I have found that cacao powder is extremely bitter in the drink, and can cause disaster pants. No one wants that. Bar's are great, but expensive. Nibs seem to be the easiest to procure and use.
Grass-fed unsalted butter: Grass-fed is important because you maximize the vitamins and nutrition with grass-fed sources. Unsalted is also important because no matter how much you love that favorite chocolate bar sprinkled with sea-salt and pistachios, salted Bulletproof Cacao is not nearly as fun.
Bulletproof Brain Octane™ and MCT Oils: These are specialized forms of medium chain triglyceride oils. We do get them from the Bulletproof Executive store. The measurements are approximate because you need to start with a small amount, such as one teaspoon of each, and build up to a full tablespoon or more. These are not required, but can be optional if you choose to use them in your regimen.
Here is how you bring it all together:
There are 2 in my household, so what you see here is a double recipe. First thing is to prepare the ingredients mise en place style. Since we are making a hot beverage in several containers, it's important to not miss a beat, else you might wind up with lukewarm Bulletrproof Cacao and that is no way to start the day! Plus you may want to preheat your Vitamix container and mugs with hot water to help reduce thermal loss in the process.
Start by measuring out your desired amount of cacao nibs and place by the blender. Yep, that is a MiniMichelle from NomNom Paleo guiding my culinary prowess.