Coffee + Coconut Oil = What’s Been Missing from Your Morning

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And I’m a coffee addict.

But, like an unapologetic coffee addict. As in…I. Will. Not. Stop.

No lemon water-peddling holistic health coach is gonna shame me into¬†quitting this black gold elixir of life. It’s my only incentive for not hitting “snooze” each morning. Thanks, coffee.¬†Just for being you.

Eternal¬†devotion aside though, I am¬†cutting down on sugar and dairy, which kinda rules out my weakness for International Delight. Not gonna lie…this was a painful switcheroo. Tears were quite possibly shed. Until a certain superfood hitched a ride in¬†my grocery cart and was all, “I’m about to rock your world, Coffee Addict!”

Yup. Enter: coconut oil.

I’ve heard people in the wellness community rave about that so-called “miracle worker with 100-plus uses,” but its price tag always discouraged me from believing the hype. Then, I started noticing Instagram posts touting the benefits of this stuff in coffee. Well, I’ll try anything¬†with the magic word involved.

So…$8.50 later, yours truly became a coconut oil convert.

And didn’t waste a second testing out that coffee claim.¬†Most¬†tutorials I found unanimously agree‚ÄĒthe secret is¬†blending. Don’t just¬†dump¬†a glob in¬†your mug, stir¬†it¬†around, then congratulate yourself on¬†mission accomplished. Or, so the Blogosphere said. And I took note.

Out came the¬†Nutri Bullet. In went the coffee-coconut oil combo. And my taste buds¬†did¬†their happy dance. You were right, Blogosphere…that blended latte-esque texture¬†is¬†pure¬†bliss. Now this right here¬†is the¬†black gold elixir of life.¬†Never. Going. Back.

coconut oil coffee blended

But if you still need more convincing that coconut oil = the savior of coffee addicts everywhere, check out its nutritional breakdown:

  • plant-based¬†Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) fatty acids for natural weight loss
  • ketones for improved brain function, boosted metabolism & reduced appetite¬†
  • lauric acid for protection against viruses & bacteria
  • no sugar, trans fat, sodium, cholesterol or carbohydrates
  • USDA certified organic & non-GMO verified ingredients

‘Nuff said. So, without further ado…taste test, anyone?


Café au Lait 

(move over, milk!)

Café au COCONUT OIL:

coconut oil coffee ingredient list

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. Almond Milk (organic & unsweetened)

1/2 tbsp. Coconut Oil (organic)

2‚Äď3 scoops Coffee (or 1 K-Cup)

1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract (organic)

1/4 tsp. Cinnamon (ground)

1‚Äď2 packets Stevia (organic)*

*This ingredient is totally¬†optional‚ÄĒI just prefer my coffee on the non-bitter side, and Stevia gets the job done!

coconut oil and coffee

Preparation:

  1. Brew your desired amount of coffee, then pour into a blender.
  2. Add the coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and stevia (as needed).
  3. Blend these ingredients on “high” for 5‚Äď10 seconds, or until combined.
  4. Transfer to your favorite mug (like mine from Dean & Deluca‚ÄĒclearly, I’m a sucker for New York nostalgia).
  5. Savor all that creamy, frothy, can’t-stop-won’t-stop amazingness.
coconut oil coffee

pretentious Parisian placemat…optional.

For the Pumpkin Spice Latte Lover in All of Us…

It’s here, ladies. The annual orange invasion is upon us…

’tis the season for pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING.

Out come the “do you even have to ask?!” Starbucks orders, the “look at my infinity scarf and UGG boots!”-latte drinking attire, and (most importantly) daily #PSL Instagram posts.

There’s no denying that a crisp autumn morning feels incomplete without a pumpkin spice latte. Like an extension of fall itself, you NEED that PSL! Your whole world teeters off-balance until you utter those magic words, and a barista comes to the rescue. Then, you inhale the spicy aroma…relish the steam on your face…and take that first sip.

Yeah. That. First. Sip.

Hello, glorious deliciousness! Hello, pure perfection! You aren’t even aware of anything else at this point.

But – about halfway through slurping whip cream at record pace – you casually wonder just how wholesome this sweet temptation really is. Can’t be that¬†sugar-dense and empty calorie-loaded, can it? After all, pumpkin¬†is¬†a vegetable.

Well…you might want to rethink the PSL obsession. Or, at least, how frequently you indulge. There are 330 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 37 grams of sugar in 1 tall latte. Not gonna lie: that’s quite the “tall order” (pun intended!) to consume on a regular basis.

But, if you just can’t resist this fall favorite, try my lighter version of the Starbucks PSL we all know and love.

It maxes out at only 155 calories, uses all-natural ingredients, and tastes (almost) as yummy as the original.


  • ¬†Ingredients:
  1. 1 cup Black Coffee (brewed)
  2. 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree (organic)
  3. 1 cup Rice Milk
  4. 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  5. 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  7. 3 packets Stevia

psl ingredients

  • Preparation:
  1. Pour all these ingredients together into a blender.
  2. Pulse the blender until this mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined.
  3. Transfer the latte into your favorite mug and warm it in the microwave.
  4. Sprinkle a few dashes of cinnamon or nutmeg on top.

psl blended

5. Enjoy! But, that goes without saying, so…

Have Your Starbucks And Drink It Too!

If a non-morning person is forced to rush out the door before 8 A.M. without having received her life-giving java jolt, will the day even progress past 8:15?

One of philosophy’s burning questions, ladies!

The answer, of course, is Not. A. Chance.

But just when you thought your caffeine addiction had – maybe, possibly? – reached the breaking point where you actually considered quitting (yeah, right!)…think again. Recent findings compiled by Medical News Today¬†suggest that your trusty “cuppa joe” is more than a crutch to keep you semi-alert during staff meetings. Numerous health benefits in coffee might just keep you breathing on this earth longer too.


  1. Let’s start with the basics: 1 serving of black coffee only contains about 2 calories. Of course, if you load up on refined sugars or half-and-half, the calorie count will increase (not to mention, the nutritional value will decrease). However, by substituting all-natural Stevia powder or sugar-free International Delight creamer (35 calories per serving), your health will stay on track without skimping on flavor.
  2. A study conducted at Pennsylvania’s University of Scranton found that coffee is the leading source of antioxidant consumption¬†among Americans. Antioxidants neutralize harmful free-radicals in the body and, therefore, are essential for fighting cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, researchers stress that moderation is still key, as coffee may also cause anxiety, jitters, or high blood pressure (2 cups every morning should suffice).
  3. Another study conducted at UCLA found that coffee increases the body’s production of a protein called SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin). This protein keeps estrogen and testosterone at manageable levels, which consequently, can lower the risk of type-2 diabetes. In fact, researchers discovered that regular coffee drinkers are about 30% less likely to develop diabetes than non-coffee drinkers.
  4. According to the American Academy of Neurology, the abundance of caffeine in coffee may play some role in helping Parkinson’s disease patients control their movements. For those, who already suffer from the illness, caffeine can alleviate stiffness and fatigue. As for non-Parkinson’s sufferers, a moderate daily dose of coffee significantly reduces the risk of future development.
  5. And 1 final benefit of our beloved bean: according to the medical journal¬†Hepatology, consuming 2 cups of coffee every day may prevent – or, at least, delay – cirrhosis of the liver¬†(damage to the organ from excessive alcohol use) by 22%. Furthermore, although researchers haven’t yet pinpointed this, evidence shows that an ingredient in coffee lessens the chances of liver cirrhosis-related death by 66%. ¬†¬†

See…I¬†knew¬†there was an explanation for my inability to function before taking that first glorious sip. Seems legit.