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Eat Well Nov. 13. 2015

Coffee, Elevated

Nov. 13. 2015
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN


Try this delicious, thick and frothy coffee made with coconut milk, coconut oil, medicinal mushrooms, and stevia for a healthy fat, vegan bulletproof coffee.

ELEVATE (verb): to bring to the next level, to improve, to make better, to lift up. We’ve all heard about bulletproof coffee, yeah? Essentially BP coffee is MCT oil and butter that’s been emulsified with high-quality coffee. Yet this is Coffee, Elevated – Nutrition Stripped style with a boost of inflammation-fighting medicinal mushrooms, maca, warming nutmeg, and MCT oil (which has heaps of health benefits you can read about here that emulsifies the coffee and ingredients together). Coconut milk rich in saturated fats and gives this a super creamy taste, plus a touch of stevia to taste makes it quite the treat. Not to mention, everyone can enjoy this since it’s completely dairy-free and vegan-friendly! Oh, and you can make it in 2 minutes?! Cheers!

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Your Turn:

Have you tried the “bulletproof” coffee trend? Let me know what you think when you give this recipe a go! Leave a comment and rate it, rating helps me continue to improve recipes for you. I love seeing what you come up with so don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #nutritionstripped on Instagram!
xx McKel

The Recipe

Serves 1



1 tablespoon organic coconut oil ideally MCT oil

1/4 cup organic full-fat canned coconut milk

1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

2-3 drops of stevia to sweeten to taste

1/4 teaspoon of each adaptogen: powdered Chaga mushroom, Reishi mushroom, Ashwagandha (optional yet highly recommended)

1/4 teaspoon ground Maca

Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste


Step 1

In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients making sure the coffee is still very hot.

Step 2

Blend for less than 1 minute or until a thick foam is formed on the top, this is from the coconut oil emulsifying with the rest of the ingredients.


Enjoy hot.


Medicinal mushroom powdered are completely optional. If you have MCT oil, I highly recommend using that instead of just coconut oil. Make it a mocha! Add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.

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  • Ive always anted to try bulletproof coffee, it looks and sounds incredible!

  • Ohhh I love the pictures McKel! Love recipes to make coffee a bit more nutrient-dense, will have to try this! And it’s gorgeous!

  • Abby

    Hi McKel- I absolutely love this website and all your recipes that I have tried so far! I’m excited to try this one and have a quick question. Do you recommend a 1/4 tsp of each kind of powdered mushroom (Chaga, Reishi and Ashwagandha) so that I’m adding 3/4 tsp total or do I just choose one to add? Thanks, Abby

    • Thank you so much Abby! Yes, 1/4 teaspoon of each mushroom powder or you can just use a mushroom blend mix! 😉

  • Dana

    Love the recipe! Where do you get your mushroom blend from? Thanks!

  • In love!! The maca and mushroom are new adds to what I otherwise do every morning, and I’m obsessed!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Martina

    From a nutrition standpoint. Is coffee really okay ? Even if it’s dairy free ? How often do you have coffee ? Thanks !

    • This is definitely going to be in the Myth Stripped section of the blog- I get asked this so much but in a nutshell coffee can be completely “healthy” it depends on your lifestyle and how your body reacts to it. More on this later Martina!

  • Monica

    Two questions:
    1) r you using canned coconut milk or the 1/2 gallon kind

    2) will the coffee have a mushroomy taste?

    • Great question! I use canned coconut milk and nope, the mushrooms will give it a slight earthy taste, but it’s delicious!

  • shreddinbetty

    I just do coconut oil, coffee press coffee and maple syrup…..perfecto….

    • Sounds great! I strategically keep out the sugar to keep this high fat, to balance blood sugars, and tap into fat burning in the morning 😉

  • Marilyn

    Hi, I am loving all your receips and suggestions.. I was just hoping to be able to read about how each thing effects me or what nutrients I am getting out of each meal. Something a little more than all the other websites out there are offering. Like I said love the receips and thank you so much for all of it. But I would love to see more nutrient information like gives you calcium which can help aid in healthy bones stuff.. But a little more complex I do than just something that simple.

    Thank you 🙂

  • Liza

    Love your site and everything you post! I have been struggling recently with coffee giving me a headache but I’m going to try this. Not ready to give up coffee altogether just yet. Thank you so much!! Xo

    • I’m with you on that! If I drink black coffee on an empty stomach I get horrible side effects, but when you add healthy fats from the MCT or coconut oil, it slows it down the absorption of caffeine a bit and you can actually enjoy it! Even us sensitive ones 😉

  • Nina

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE making my coffee this way! I brew my coffee, then add 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk, 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon cocoa, 1 tsp maca and blend in my nutri bullet 🙂 never heard of the mushrooms, so I may have to try that! With a two yr old son and 5 month old daughter, I need as much natural sustaining energy I can get! 🙂

  • Rebeca

    I rarely drink coffee, but this seems worth an exception! I only have reishi mushroom – could I use 3/4 tsp of that or would it be better to stick to 1/4 tsp? I got it recently and I haven’t used it yet.

    • I rarely drink coffee as well, but when I do, it’s this! I would recommend just using 1/4 tsp. of the reishi then- more isn’t always better with mushrooms- you just need a little daily to make an impact 🙂 Try adding cocoa!

      • Rebeca

        I tried it over the weekend following your suggestions and it was the bomb! It gave me a lot of energy and none of the side effects coffee usually gives me. Thank you!

  • Irene Downs

    I’ve been drinking my version of a “bulletproof” coffee every morning and find that it keeps me energised and full (thanks to the healthy fat) until early afternoon. I use an almond/coconut blend milk and also add some cinnamon and raw cacao. It is heaven on a stick!

    • Can’t wait for you to try this version then Irene! Added boost of nutrients and fights inflammation 😉

  • Ann

    Woohoo! I just made this using Four Sigma’s Mushroom Coffee (with Chaga and Lion’s Mane powders) and I am grinning from ear to ear over here. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Tiffany

    This is soooooooo my kinda coffee!!!!!

  • Jenny

    This sounds AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Kayla

    Excited to try it! I have done the coconut oil/butter option but this sounds way more fun.. 🙂

  • Love love love this enhanced coffee! Will try tomorrow. I do a version cold with hemp milk and spicy cocoa – this will be a fun change.



  • Julia

    Make this recipe at least 3 times a week. LOVE it.
    Mine doesn’t turn out all white and fluffy like yours though, mine is quick dark brown. Following the recipe exactly too.

    • Are you blending it with the MCT oil I recommend in the blog post? That’s key to make it fluffy- same with using the coconut milk or almond milk 😉 Either way, it doesn’t really matter what color it turns out, as long as it tastes delicious.

  • kate

    Love the recipe! I also like to add a tablespoon or so of gelatin to mine, for some additional health benefits.

    • McKel Hill

      Love that! And protein 😉

  • caitlin

    Just tried this with black tea this morning (had coffee yesterday and it was WONDERFUL!)… The tea turned out fabulous! Also, wanted to second the request for the post on coffee and its “myths” 🙂 Seattle girl here needs her brew but isn’t sure if it’s horrible for her! 🙂

    • McKel Hill

      So glad you tried and enjoyed this one Caitlin, it’s my favorite! Yes, definitely have this myth requested so often- adding it to the blog soon! xM

  • Abby Caputo

    Just tried this! Followed recipe except used Mushroom Matrix FIT blend. It was delicious and filling!

    • McKel Hill

      Glad you enjoyed it Abby!

  • Beth

    This is delicious. The elevated coffee tasted much better than bulletproof coffee (I’ve tried bulletproof coffee before and didn’t even finish it).

    • McKel Hill

      So glad you enjoyed this one Beth!

  • This looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe, will test it out 🙂
    I’m new to the whole mushroom scene so thanks for sharing some options too!!
    X Ags

  • I am waiting for the mushroom package to arrive and making it stat! Thanks!

    • McKel Hill

      I hope you enjoy! Report back with your take on medicinal mushrooms – I love to hear if they help!

      • Hi McKell! Happy New Year!
        So I’ve ben using the mushrooms for almost 1 month now and so far so good. I potentially feel more energetic? Well, maybe this is exaggeration, haha, but definitely feel more ‘awake’ and alive in the evenings and this is progress! I’ve been making your elevated coffee also and it takes awesome. I tried to use similar ingredients with Matcha latte and it takes great too! Thanks for inspiration 🙂

        • Starting 2017 with a bang, lady! I’m glad you’re enjoying those- the MCT oil has been known to give ya some energy by the way it’s digested. Hope you keep enjoying those boosters 🙂

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