Buttered coffee

It may not sound appealing, believe me, I was not sold on the idea of coffee with a bunch of oil in it, to begin with, now it is one of my favourite ways to start the day. 

Energy kick for the morning 

When I find myself short on time in the mornings or just not wanting to eat breakfast, a cup of buttered coffee is what I make. The oil and butter with the coffee give you a nice little boost of energy that will keep me going until lunchtime. By using good quality fat in your coffee, you get a good energy source without the crash you would get with an energy drink full of sugars and carbohydrates.  

Different fats 

When it comes to making your butter coffee, you can experiment to see what works best for you. I like to use coconut oil as it is the oil we use for cooking (and skincare), we buy virgin coconut oil that has a subtle flavour. As an alternative, you can use MCT oil which is derived from coconut oil. When it comes to butter, you want to best quality unsalted butter you can get your hands on. Grass-fed is best where possible, but don’t worry if you can’t get grass-fed butter any proper butter will do. Let’s be clear here, margarine will NOT do as an alternative to butter. Only real butter will do, not I can’t believe it’s not butter. If you can’t get butter or you don’t feel convinced about putting butter in your coffee, go with full-fat cream. 

Variety is the spice of life 

Everyone is different, and we all have varied tastes, butter coffee is no different. The idea around this drink is to keep it free from sugars and carbohydrates, this doesn’t mean your coffee has to be dull and boring. I like to mix things up every now and then to keep things interesting. Here are some of the things I do to mix up my coffee: 

  • Add a pinch of stevia – this adds a little sweetness to the coffee. This is a tactic if you are trying to give up sugar but still have a sweet tooth. 
  • Add a few drops of peppermint oil – this gives your coffee a fresh flavour. 
  • Switch the butter for cacao butter – this will turn your coffee into a mocha. 
  • Switch the coconut oil for MCT oil – the MCT oil is easier for your body to put to use. 

If you are interested in a high energy way to start your day, give this coffee a try. 

Buttered coffee recipe


  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 cups hot freshly brewed coffee

Buttered coffee

  • Servings: 2
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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My favourite way to drink coffee on a busy day.

Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats


  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 cups hot freshly brewed coffee


  1. The first step is to make your coffee, you can use any coffee you want, but I recommend that you don’t use instant coffee.
  2. If you have a plastic jug blender, use some hot water to heat the plastic of the jug, this will reduce the risk of the jug cracking.
  3. When the coffee is ready, empty out the hot water from the blender jug.
  4. Add the coffee, butter, and coconut oil to the blender jug.
  5. If you want to add, any flavours or sweeteners add them to the coffee.
  6. Blend everything together until you have a thick layer of foam on the top of the coffee.
  7. Serve and drink while hot.


Per Serving: 224 calories; 24.5 g fat; 0 g carbohydrates; 0.3 g protein


  • French press 
  • Blender 
  • Tablespoon 

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.

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