You're probably scratching your head after reading the title of this post wondering what the heck is a buttery brew? Buttery brew is what I call my enriched coffee that serves as a meal for many mornings at my house. Similar in concept to Dave Asprey's Bulletproof Coffee, the Savage Buttery Brew is designed as a safer more supportive way to get your morning caffeine fix. It also boosts energy by allowing for the breakdown of fats, or MCT (medium chain triglycerides), which are readily available to be converted as a fuel source. For more information on better ways to enjoy your coffee, please go to my Coffee Talk post.
Coffee Talk sheds some light on the history of drinking fats with caffeine, as well as why it's important to:
- Go Organic
- Cut the Sugar & Creamer Concoctions
- Limit the Amount of Caffeine
- Buy Whole Beans
- Add Fat
- Boost with Collagen/ Gelatin
- Add a Pinch of Salt
So What's In The Sensibly Savage Buttery Brew?
It's ever evolving — with added adaptogens, spices, collagen and more — to keep my morning ritual fresh and oh so delicious. It always consists of lots of healthy fats like coconut oil or butter, depending on what kind of milk I'm using. When my milk is thick I'll go for oil, when it's thinner I'll go for the thicker butter. Another key ingredient is the collagen I add. I usually use this supplement from Great Lakes Gelatin.
Items that typically make their way in there are maca powder, for hormonal balance and support, and raw honey for a little sweetness. I always add a pinch of Himalayan salt to make sure I'm getting some electrolytes since coffee is a diuretic, meaning it increases the production of urine which in turn can dehydrate you.
1 cup organic coffee
1 cup milk, homemade almond or coconut milk
1 Tbsp grass-fed butter or ghee
1 Tbsp coconut oil or butter or MCT oil
1/2 Tbsp raw honey (optional)
2 Tbsp collagen
1 tsp maca powder
pinch of Himalayan salt
First and foremost, if you don't have your own recipe for making almond milk please check out my post here. Aside from coffee, milk is the most important ingredient in this recipe. Making your own is simple and can be done ahead of time. I usually make milk on Monday and then again on Thursday so that I always have it on hand.
Brew coffee as you usually would. I prefer to use a French Press.
As the water bowls I pour the milk into a small pot on the stove and heat on low making sure not to let it boil or it will separate and be ruined. I add butter, oil and honey to the pot and use this as a way to determine if the milk is hot enough. Once it's all melted I pull it off and set it aside until ready to use.
While the milk heats and coffee is brewing, I put collagen, maca powder and salt into my ninja.
Add milk mixture and coffee to ninja and pulse for a few seconds until everything is blended. Pour into a mug and enjoy while hot.
Sip sip! I typically make a large batch and fill an insulated coffee mug to the brim which lasts for about an hour as I enjoy my morning ritual.