Coconut Oil in Coffee : Benefits and Recipe

Updated on June 5, 2013
Coconut coffee: a healthy, delicious treat
Coconut coffee: a healthy, delicious treat | Source

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

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

optional add-ins

  • 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 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.

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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!

Enjoy!

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      • Lareene profile image

        Lareene 

        2 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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        jackie 

        2 years ago

        try it with almond milk...yummy also

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        Leelee 

        3 years ago

        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.

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        Joyfulcrown 

        3 years ago

        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

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        Hayley 

        3 years ago

        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!

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        Katherine 

        3 years ago

        This is actually kind of unbelievably great :D

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

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        Raqui 

        4 years ago

        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.

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

        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.

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        glassvisage 

        5 years ago from Northern California

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

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

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

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        swathi180 

        5 years ago

        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...

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

        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.)

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        Nicole A. Winter 

        5 years ago from Chicago, IL

        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 :)

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

        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.

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        Nicole A. Winter 

        5 years ago from Chicago, IL

        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!

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

        And best of all...it tastes great!

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        Kalmiya 

        5 years ago from North America

        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.

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

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

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        agapsikap 

        5 years ago from Philippines

        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.

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

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

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        passionate77 

        5 years ago

        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.

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

        I hope you enjoy it! :)

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        Kas 

        5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

        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!

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

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

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        Thelma Alberts 

        5 years ago from Germany

        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.

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

        It really is delicious! I hope you enjoy it!

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        Tirralan Watkins 

        5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        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.

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

        Let me know how you like it! :)

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        Rob Creighton Garrison 

        5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

        Have to try this. Thanks!

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        JP Carlos 

        5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

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

      • theluckywriter profile imageAUTHOR

        Stephanie 

        5 years ago from Canada

        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.

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        JP Carlos 

        5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

        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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