Buttered Coffee – Why Fat Is GOOD For You

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about buttered coffee by now.

If, by some miracle, you haven’t heard of it, let me tell you…

Buttered Coffee

It’s heaven in a mug.

Imagine the creamiest, most decadent latté you’ve ever tasted, almost like drinking liquid velvet.  Got it? Great.

Now imagine that it’s good for you.

Many years ago in the ancient era known as the 1990’s, a fad diet told everyone to cut fat from their daily food intake.  It basically went like this: “Eat lots of carbs, and hey, why not replace all the healthy fat that naturally occurs in food with chemicals and sugar and  high fructose corn syrup so it will still taste good?! This is GENIUS”.  The Fat-Free Gospel was so well proselytized it’s taken over 20 years to break that damaging message.

So, from here on out, can we just make peace with fat?  Real fat.  Like butter and tallow from animals that were raised properly and coconut oil. Because margarine is not a health food.

Margarine Face
I mean this in the least judgmental way possible.

If you’re still on the fence about how fat is good for you, consider this.  Fat makes up 60% of your brain mass.  That’s right.  Your brain is a Total Fatty and it needs healthy fat to function. I guess being called a Fat Head isn’t so bad after all.

What are healthy fats?

  • Organic coconut oil
  • Butter from grass-fed cows
  • Ghee from grass-fed cows
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Tallow from properly raised animals
  • Hazelnut Oil
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Cod Liver Oil

In addition to making your brain a nicer place for your thoughts to hang out, healthy fat also burns more slowly than carbohydrates, which means you stay fuller longer.  Fat gives you luscious skin and hair, and in the case of grassfed butter and hemp oil, fat can be an excellent source of Omega 3 and essential fatty acids that keep your body functioning properly and even boost your immune system.

My favorite fats are anything butter/ghee and coconut oil.  In fact, that’s what I put in my coffee every single day, along with a tablespoon of Great Lakes gelatin. (Grassfed gelatin is another wonderful food, providing high amounts of easily digestible protein and numerous health benefits.)  You can add other nutritious goodies to your buttered coffee as well, but this is my favorite classic preparation.


  • 12oz of freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp Kerrygold butter
  • 1 Tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp Great Lakes gelatin
  • Sweetener (optional)


  1. In a blender or Magic Bullet, add coffee, coconut oil, butter and sweetener.  Add gelatin just before you blend.
  2. Blend on high for 5 seconds. That’s all it takes to become emulsified and frothy and magical.
  3. Drink immediately.

If you use the gelatin in your buttered coffee, beware. Gelatin solidifies when the coffee gets cold, make sure you drink it within 30-45 minutes or keep it in an insulated coffee cup if you know you won’t finish it. You might need to work up to that much butter and coconut oil in your coffee, or find that you prefer a little more of some or less of the other. That’s okay.  Experiment and have fun with it.

Also, make sure you blend this, otherwise you'll just have an oil slick on your coffee that is thoroughly disgusting.
Also, make sure you blend the coffee, otherwise you’ll just have a thoroughly gag-tastic oil slick floating on top of your morning magic.

I hope your day is filled with lots of coffee, fat, and funny moments.

Forever a Fat Head,

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