Coconut Oil in Coffee: Benefits and Recipe


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Coconut Coffee: a Healthy, Delicious Treat

Coconut Coffee: a Healthy, Delicious Treat

Coconut Oil in Coffee?

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:

  • reduce hunger
  • boost metabolism
  • improve immune system
  • support proper brain function
  • maintain healthy skin and hair
  • regulate blood sugar
  • increase energy levels
  • balance hormones
  • improves digestion


  • 1 cup freshly made coffee
  • 1-2 tbsp. coconut oil, to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp. coconut milk, to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp. 80% dark chocolate, optional
  • a pinch nutmeg, ginger, or cinnamon, optional


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The trick is to mix it well, using an immersion blender, a counter-top blender or a milk frother. After a few minutes, you'll have a beautifully-lightened, creamy, cappuccino-like cup of heaven.

But does coconut coffee really have health benefits?

In my n=1 experiment, I say YES!

Here are some things that I've noticed since I've started drinking coconut coffee or tea every morning for breakfast:

  • My skin is softer and less dry and itchy at night.
  • I'm left feeling full and satisfied until lunch time, with no hunger pangs or thoughts of food.
  • I've been sleeping better at night.
  • My brain has seemed calmer, more creative and more productive. I've written more in the past two months than I did in the two years prior to this!
  • I have steadier, higher energy, with no mid-afternoon slump.
  • I wake up in the morning looking forward to my hot drink.


If you're looking to increase your energy or manage your weight, then coffee with coconut oil is well worth a try!


B on January 05, 2019:

So good!

Lareene from Atlanta, GA on November 15, 2015:

I'm going try this in the morning sounds good. Thanks for the info.

jackie on August 14, 2015:

try it with almond milk...yummy also

Leelee on July 03, 2015:

I only use organic coconut sugar in my coffee, in fact have started using it as an alternative to brown sugar in baking as well. It has so many nutrients unlike traditional processed sugar. And it does not alter the taste of the coffee/tea or anything else.

Joyfulcrown on January 02, 2015:

Thank you for sharing this. I am so excited to try this. I take coconut oil regularly so I am happy for a new way to use it. Thanks

Hayley on September 05, 2014:

So excited to try this! Just curious, if you just have one cup of this in the morning? Or more than that...I am trying not to be so much of a coffee addict and am hoping the extra energy from the coconut oil will help with that!

Katherine on September 01, 2014:

This is actually kind of unbelievably great :D

WAY better than non-dairy milks, which I've found disappointing for coffee.

Raqui on January 06, 2014:

I put coconut oil in my chia tea with milk and honey. I never thought to blend it. I actually don't mind the oil on top. I will try coconut oil in my morning coffee tomorrow. I'm sure it will be just as tasty and satisfying.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on June 12, 2013:

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! It really is delicious. Just don't skip the blending...trust me, it's not optional.

glassvisage from Northern California on June 12, 2013:

So simple but it sounds delicious! I love using coconut oil - never would have thought of putting it in coffee!

Stephanie (author) from Canada on April 26, 2013:

It really does work! And it's delicious...I promise!

swathi180 on April 25, 2013:

Really! does this work, actually I never heard of this kind of blending. Anyway should try at-least once to check whether it is delicious or not. Interesting Ha...

Stephanie (author) from Canada on April 20, 2013:

Let me know! :)

(Coconut butter, by the way, is absolutely delicious! It includes the oil and the flesh, and it's one of my favourite things to eat by the spoonful.)

Nicole A. Winter from Chicago, IL on April 20, 2013:

It's actually coconut oil, sorry... my bad, I kind of (wrongly) call coconut oil coconut butter for some reason. Still pretty new to the dairy alternatives scene. I'm going to give this a try tonight with the hand beater & I'll let you know how things turned out. Otherwise I'll have to check out those immersion blenders :)

Stephanie (author) from Canada on April 20, 2013:

I'm not sure how coconut butter would work...it's got "chunks" in it, so it might not give you that smooth, creamy texture. I'm not sure if a hand mixer would work. I definitely think that it's easier to fully mix (and emulsify) your oil with an electric blender. I use a cheap immersion/stick blender that cost me less than 10 dollars.

Nicole A. Winter from Chicago, IL on April 19, 2013:

theluckywriter: Fantastic, another french press fan! I don't know what I'd do without mine, I love it so much. This sounds absolutely divine, I've added coconut "butter" to my coffee before, it's good, but the extra step of truly blending it in sounds like it really works wonders... I don't have a blender (yet!,) so I'm wondering if you think a hand mixer would work? As laborious as that may sound, I think this would definitely be worth it!

Stephanie (author) from Canada on April 07, 2013:

And best of all...it tastes great!

Kalmiya from North America on April 06, 2013:

This is a very unique idea and I'm going to try it. I wrote a hub about palm products and mention coconut oil which I've read is actually very healthy. I know someone who says that if you take 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil a day it helps you lose weight - if I put it in my coffee I can get two benefits at once! Voted up.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on April 05, 2013:

@agapsikap, I hope you enjoy it! I think it's delicious!

agapsikap from Philippines on April 05, 2013:

I love coffee, but I have never tried that one before.

Hmmm... with those benefits you have mention, I think I want to give this one a try. Thank you for sharing, luckywriter.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on April 03, 2013:

@passionate77, it really is delicious! I've used coconut oil for moisturizer, but never for hair. Is it hard to wash it out?

passionate77 on April 03, 2013:

really interesting, i never tasted it before but after getting this new idea i will really give it a try to see how it tastes like because i'm also coffee lover and keep using coconut oil for hair as well. so must will try this new unique idea. thanks for sharing dear.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on March 31, 2013:

I hope you enjoy it! :)

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on March 31, 2013:

Okay, I'll bite. I'm always looking for ways to increase my fat burn in between workouts. I'm going to have to try this now. Intriguing hub and I'm voting up useful and interesting! Great job luckywriter!

Stephanie (author) from Canada on March 22, 2013:

It really is delicious! Let me know if you like it!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 21, 2013:

This sounds tasty. I have not heard coconut oil or coconut milk on tea or coffee before. I´ll give it a try. Welcome to Hubpages. Thanks for sharing and for following me.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on March 19, 2013:

It really is delicious! I hope you enjoy it!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on March 18, 2013:

theluckywriter, this sounds so good. I would have never thought of coconut oil in coffee, but because of all the great nutritional benefits I will try this.

Stephanie (author) from Canada on March 18, 2013:

Let me know how you like it! :)

Rob Creighton Garrison from Portland, Oregon on March 18, 2013:

Have to try this. Thanks!

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on March 17, 2013:

OK, I'll try it. I'm feeling a little adventurous. :)

Stephanie (author) from Canada on March 17, 2013:

I was skeptical when I first read about it. But it really is delicious! I've been drinking it nearly every day for three months, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on March 17, 2013:

This is really interesting. I love coffee! In the Philippines, I've seen ads about coffee with coconut oil. I have not tried it though.

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