The idea of coconut oil in coffee might sound strange at best – and unappealing at worst. But believe it or not, it whips up to a beautiful, frothy, satisfying hot drink – with some surprising health benefits.
The health benefits of coconut oil
With its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, coconut oil has been gaining a reputation as a superfood. Coconut oil might help to:
•improve immune system
•support proper brain function
•maintain healthy skin and hair
•regulate blood sugar
•increase energy levels
What you need to make coconut coffee
•a fresh cup of coffee (or tea if you’re not a coffee-drinker)
•one to two tablespoons of coconut oil (start with one and work your way up until you’ve found the amount that works best for you)
•two to three tablespoons of coconut milk
•a few squares of 80% dark chocolate
•spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
How to make your coconut coffee
Brew a cup of coffee using your favourite method – I usually use my french press. Add the coconut oil and coconut milk and let it melt in the hot coffee.
I also often add a shake of cinnamon for flavour. Sometimes I also add a tablespoon of ghee or a few squares of dark chocolate for extra richness. Some days I forgo the coffee altogether and make coconut chai tea, which is just as delicious.
Now, if you stop here, with coconut oil floating in your hot drink, then you’ll have a hard time gagging it down. The oil will pool at the top of your coffee, leaving you with a slimy, viscous and decidedly unappealing drink.
The trick is to mix it well, using a blender. After a few minutes, you’ll have a beautifully-lightened, creamy, cappuccino-like cup of heaven.