Bulletproof coffee is all the rage, for reasons that don’t make a lot of sense. There is nothing magical about consuming nothing but fat in your coffee. The theory is that using fat and MCT oils causes your body to release more fatty acids into the bloodstream. In truth, bulletproof coffee “works” only to the extent a person consumes fewer calories over the course of the day than he would otherwise.
I don’t mess with bulletproof coffee, although I drink coffee. Coffee is a powerful antioxidant and nootropic. I make something much better than bulletproof coffee. I use cold brew coffee to make protein shakes.
(I call it the Alphacinno.)
Here’s what you’ll need to make an Alphacinno:
- Cold brew coffee (16 ounces)
- protein powder (50 grams)
- MCT oil (2 tablespoons)
- Udo’s oil (2 tablespoons)
Step 1. Make your cold brew coffee. I follow this recipe. The cold brew coffee is not bitter at all. It stores in the fridge for nearly a week without going stale. Cold brew coffee is great for protein shakes.
Step 2. Combine the cold brew coffee, protein powder, and MCT and Udo’s oil into a high speed blender. (I use a BlendTec or Vitamix, although any blender will do.)
Step 3. Throw it into a cup with a straw to look like the cool kids.
Notes on Protein Powder and MCT Oil:
I use NOW Foods MCT oil. However, there’s a niche protein powder company called Truetein (I’m not an affiliate) that makes powdered MCTs. This stuff is the best “coffee creamer” you’ll ever have and is great to have when traveling, as you don’t need to store it in the fridge. The only caveat is that it has a small amount milk protein powder in it. I do fine with dairy, but if you don’t, that’s something to consider..
For protein I use Truetein (combination of whey, casein, and egg protein) or Gaspari Myofusion. You can use any brand of protein. I happen to like those two brands because they taste great and the protein is slower releasing.
Have you ever made a protein shake with coffee?
If so, post your recipes.
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