Bulletproof Ice Cream

Bulletproof Ice Cream

 

bulletproof coffee ice creamCreamy vanilla ice cream that’s actually amazingly good for you! It’s made with eggs, pasture butter, coconut or MCT oil and vanilla.

No spiking blood sugar. In fact your blood sugar won’t rise at all. And yes, it not only tastes like ice cream, it tastes like super high quality expensive ice cream.

It’s easy. Takes about 15-20 minutes start to finish (that includes freezing).

If you’ve read The Bulletproof Diet, you understand the health concept here. Lots of good healthy fats including egg yolks to feed your brain, nervous system and all your cell membranes.

bulletproof coffee ice cream recipeJust remember to NOT pair foods like this with processed, sugary, junk food and chips, bread, pizza, and candy. Don’t even pair it with diet pop! This food is for those already eating a good diet of lots of veggies, moderate amount of protein coming from grass fed and pastured animals and good healthy fats. Your body will use this good fat for fuel and NOT for fat storage or artery clogging.

This recipe comes from Dave Asprey, the creator of Bulletproof Coffee. We’ve made in many, many times and it turns out every time. Really easy.

Keep in mind that the MCT oil is the secret ingredient in making the ice cream turn out the perfect consistency… You can scoop it with an ice cream scoop and it will hold its shape! If you’re new with MCT or Brain Octane oil, be sure to ease into it gradually to allow your body to adjust.

Your ice cream texture won’t be as perfect with the reduced measurements of MCT, but believe me, it is L12738915close! And it still tastes amazing. 

We use a Cuisinart ice cream maker and it only takes about 10 minutes. The whole process from the beginning usually takes about 20 minutes once you get the hang of it. 

We use the bulletproof vanilla for an added antioxidant punch. It’s REALLY good vanilla. You can also make the flavor chocolate by using the bulletproof cocoa that also packs a huge antioxidant punch because it’s NOT processed with alkali and is tested to NOT contain mold like most cocoa does. You could make it coffee flavor as well….the sky’s the limit! Have fun with this!

Bulletproof Ice Cream
Homemade vanilla ice cream made from eggs, butter, coconut oil, and MCT oil.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 whole free range eggs
  2. 4 free range egg yolks
  3. 2 tsp UpgradedVanilla or regular vanilla extract
  4. 1 tsp lime juice or 10 drops apple cider vinegar
  5. 7 tbs grass-fed butter
  6. 7 tbs coconut oil
  7. 3tbs+2 tsp MCT oil
  8. 1 tbs Liquid NuNaturals Stevia
  9. About 1/2 cup ice
  10. Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 cup Upgraded Chocolate Powder
Instructions
  1. Blend everything except the ice in your Vitamix or blender. Take enough time blending to be sure that you aren't left with butter and coconut oil chunks.
  2. Add the ice cubes and blend until combined.
  3. Pour into an ice cream maker and follow the machine's instructions.
  4. If you don't eat the entire batch right then, store it in a glass storage container in the freezer. You can always go back for more later.
Variations
  1. Adjust the amount of stevia based on your taste.
  2. Experiment with different flavors- almond or mint extract, cherry stevia, etc...
  3. Add 1 tbs Bulletproof Coffee grounds or 2 to 3 packets Organo Gold Black Coffee
If you do not react well to MCT oil, or are still easing it into your diet slowly then follow this procedure
  1. Use 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup coconut oil instead of the normal measurements.
  2. You could start by adding a tiny amount of MCT oil each time you make the ice cream. Once you build up to the normal amount of MCT oil, reduce the butter and coconut oil measurements to the original recipe.
Adapted from The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey
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Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee
Coffee blended with grass-fed butter and MCT oil.
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Ingredients
  1. 1-2 cups brewed coffee from Upgraded Coffee beans
  2. Up to 2 tbs grassfed, unsalted butter
  3. Up to 1 tbs Brain Octane or XCT Oil
  4. Liquid NuNaturals Stevia to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in Vitamix or blender.
  2. Blend on high until foamy.
  3. Pour into mug and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Do not skip the blending process and simply stir the oils in. Your end result will not taste good.
  2. Optional additions: Upgraded Vanilla, Upgraded Chocolate Powder, Cinnamon.
  3. Grass-fed ghee is a perfect alternative to butter if you do not tolerate dairy.
Adapted from The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey
Adapted from The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey
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how to make bulletproof coffeeWhy would you ever drink coffee with butter or oil in it?
 
And what’s the deal with “bulletproof coffee”? What is it and why would you drink it? For those avoiding caffeine or coffee, read on, we have something for you too here!
 
We recommend you get the book The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey and read it for all the details. It’s intriguing and a good read. If you’re looking for a higher performance life, you’ll like the book. Higher performance meaning your mind will be clear and you’ll have great focus and concentration. Your body will be less burdened with toxins and your brain will have the nutrients it needs for high performance. You’ll get more done, faster…. and have time left over for the fun stuff. You’ll even get more out of exercise.
 
If you find yourself with low energy, feeling tired after eating, unable to drop excess weight, this could help you.
 

You’ll learn that many foods and coffee in particular is very high in mold. The mold toxins are what make people feel bad. It seems like it’s the coffee or the food itself, when in fact it’s the mold toxins. Mold toxins can make people lose mental clarity and focus. Mold can cause people to react with symptoms similar to food sensitivities: mood swings, head aches, skin rashes, body aches. So you might think you’re reacting to a food when indeed it’s the mold. For instance, peanuts are most often contaminated with mold toxins. maybe you’re not reacting to the peanuts, but to the mold!!!

 
Most people notice an absence of their typical reactions to coffee when they switch to “Upgraded Coffee Beans” (the Bulletproof brand of coffee). 
 
bulletproof coffeeThe Bulletproof Coffee company goes through extraordinary measures to assure their coffee does not have mold. You should be able to feel the difference. Even if you don’t go for the butter and oil in your coffee, just using this coffee will be a step up from everyday coffee.
 
We’ve been big proponents of coffee with the reishi mushrooms (the Organo Gold coffee). The mushrooms add an immune benefit and other benefits to the coffee including less caffeine and a calming effect. We’ve heard from so many of you the benefits you’ve gotten from the OG coffee.
 
The Upgraded Bulletproof coffee is another great choice especially for people who love the brewed coffee (and not instant packets). They both have their place. For me, (Jeanne), I need the calming action of the OG coffee. The upgraded coffee is a bit much for my system… unless I just have a very small amount.
 
The point is everyone needs to try it and fine tune what works for you with this new information about the mold and about adding the good fats to your coffee. We each are unique in how our bodies respond, so what works for one person may not be the best for someone else. Mushrooms and coffee fall into this category!
 
In fact, non-coffee drinkers can get the benefit of bulletproof coffee without any coffee at all. If you drink tea, make it with tea, butter, the MCT or Brain Octane oil and there you have the good fats feeding your brain for better performance.
 
What if you don’t drink tea or coffee, and want no caffeine at all? It still works! You mix hot water, the upgraded vanilla (without mold toxins), butter, oil and you have a creamy vanilla drink. Add a few drops of the liquid Nu Naturals stevia to sweeten. We don’t recommend adding agave, artificial sweeteners or sugar. However, a tiny amount of local, raw honey can work for some people. Be sure you do not use a stevia product with erythritol in it unless you can be sure it’s non-gmo erythritol.
 
how to make bulletproof coffeeOr make it chocolate. Hot water, upgraded cocoa powder, butter, oil… mix it up in the blender….. and you have a creamy hot chocolate drink. Use a few drops of stevia as directed above.
 
The Bulletproof chocolate and vanilla are fantastic antioxidants. Most cocoa powder is processed with alkali… look on the package! This strips the antioxidant benefit. The bulletproof brand of cocoa is not processed this way and therefore keeps the amazingly high antioxidant quality of the cocoa. The same is true for the vanilla powder.
 
When you combine the chocolate, the coffee, the vanilla…. those 3 are giving you high amounts of antioxidant benefit PLUS huge phytonutrient benefit. Combine that with high quality fats that feed your brain, get incorporated into your cell membranes, stabilize your blood sugar and dramatically reduce inflammation, you can see the health benefits.
 
That’s not all! The butyric acid in the butter and the lauric acid in the oil make great strides in improving your gut microbiome. You’ve been hearing so much in the news lately about the gut bacteria. It’s central to your health. Good health starts in the gut. Well, both these fats support and feed your good bacteria and make it a very bad environment for your “bad bacteria”, yeasts and parasites.
 
The key is using the right butter. It MUST be pasture butter from 100% grass fed cows. Using butter from corn fed cows defeats the entire purpose. Don’t use butter at all if that’s what you’re doing. That type of butter is very bad for your health so all the info you’ve heard that butter is artery clogging, inflammatory, makes you fat and gives you heart disease is TRUE!!! But true for butter (and meat) coming from cattle feeding on GMO corn doused with herbicides, given antibiotics and hormones. Here again, like the mold, it’s not the butter and the meat making you fat and sick, it’s the TYPE of butter and meat…. it make ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
 
So again, choose only butter coming from 100% grass fed cows and you’ll get a butter with a completely different fat profile than one coming from the corn fed animals.
 
Be sure to choose unsalted butter for your coffee.
 
The MCT, XCT and “Brain Octane” oil is a derivative of coconut oil. It’s only the medium chain part of the oil. That means it gets burned quickly as fuel. It feeds you brain and gives you physical energy rather than getting stored as fat.
 
You must start slow with the oil. Use 1 tsp to start. Increase slowly. If you’re doing well with it, increase to up to 2 TBSP in your drink.
 
The special oil also helps you sleep better. It’s a good idea to have a cup of the vanilla or chocolate drink before bed.
 
You can mix the MCT/Brain Octane oil with good quality coconut oil to get the benefits of the lauric acid. All those oils are beneficial so mix and match.
 
We have a few different points here:
  • Eating a diet with reduced mold content can dramatically improve the way you feel. To learn more about a diet with reduced mold, read the “Bulletproof Diet” book.
  • Adding good fats can improve health by feeding your brain, stabilizing blood sugar, reducing inflammation and improving the gut microbiome. NOTE: this assumes you are not undoing this by consuming a diet containing processed foods, excess carbs/ sugar and inflammatory fats such as corn oil, canola oil, soybean oil, factory farmed meat, etc.
  • Eating foods like no mold coffee, cocoa and vanilla containing no mold and processed in a careful way can add beneficial plant nutrients giving not only antioxidant effects but helping to “turn on” good healthy genes and suppress the genes that lead to disease.
  • The best part is people enjoy these drinks, whether made with coffee, cocoa or vanilla. A warm, aromatic drink in the morning or before bed is heaven….. why would you NOT?????
 
how to make bulletproof coffeeTroubleshooting:
  1. Use grass-fed, unsalted butter. If you choose conventional, salted butter your coffee will taste terrible and you will be filling your body with inflammatory fats. Grass-fed ghee is a great alternative to butter if you do not tolerate dairy. 
  2. Don’t cut corners and skip the blending process. If you simply stir the butter and oil into the coffee you will see pools of fat and you will be very disappointed. The drink must be blended in order to emulsify the fats and create a foamy, latte effect. 
  3.  Experiment with your drink. If it didn’t turn out, troubleshoot. Maybe too much butter. maybe the coffee is not strong enough…or too strong. Maybe you want a bit of cocoa in your coffee, or a few drops of stevia.
  4. If the blender is too much trouble, purchase a milk frother. It’s WAY faster and less clean up.

Where do you get these ingredients?

We carry grass fed and unsalted butter right here in the studio, along with the coffee, the oils, the cocoa and vanilla. One stop. Get the book wherever you find books.
 
Spicy Chocolates (gluten and sugar free)

Spicy Chocolates (gluten and sugar free)

 

sugar free chocolate

The Spicy Chocolates sure are fun! These little frozen chocolates might look normal at first glance, but as soon as you take a bite, a series of delightful flavors unfold one at a time….cocoa, maca, turmeric, cayenne…..

This is a “treat” that is kept in the freezer. Its a fudge-like consistency. Observing a friend take a bite for the first time is like seeing someone watch an action movie. The look on their face changes about 5 times and by the end they are saying “Oh, oh, oh, mmmmmm, what is that? Oh wow! OH its spicy!” Then they ask something like “What’s in here??? Caramel, coconut, ginger?” 

But there’s more to it than just great flavor. The Spicy Chocolates are a great source of healthy fats. Abundant good fat in your diet helps stabilize blood sugar and helps with good brain function. Those struggling with ADHD, ADD, dementia, etc benefit from eating plenty of good healthy fats.sugar free chocolates

If you’re thinking of adding a moderately high fat diet to a diet of gluten, grains and sugar, don’t! That’s a combination that does not work for good health. Stick to plenty of good fats, moderate amounts of clean meat free of antibiotics, hormones and GMO feed, fish, eggs if you tolerate them, loads of organic veggies, minimal fruit. You’ll see your body lean up, your thinking will get nice and clear anad your energy will skyrocket.

For the chocolates, experiment with flavors. If you don’t like spicy, skip the cayenne, if you need more chocolate, add more cocoa! You can’t really go wrong here as long as you stick to the general guidelines. You could even swap out butter for ghee if you have a butter sensitivity.

The original recipe, Phat Fudge, was first created by Mary Shenouda, http://paleochef.com. We’ve adapted the recipe to remove the sugar and tahini. 

So go on, get started, and enjoy your new Spicy Chocolates!

Spicy Chocolates
Homemade frozen chocolates with notes of cocoa, turmeric, cinnamon, and a hint of cayenne.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup coconut butter
  2. 1 cup grass fed butter or ghee
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1 tbsp powdered turmeric
  5. 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tbsp maca powder
  7. Nu Naturals Liquid stevia to taste (we like 1 tsp)
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1/2 tsp cayenne
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter and coconut butter on extremely low heat. Use a fork or a whisk to smooth all lumps.
  2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Taste the mixture to determine the sweetness. This recipe tastes the same when it is melted and frozen, so you will be able to tell how much stevia you like when you taste.
  4. Pour the mixture into silicone molds, ice cube trays, or a glass baking dish. If you use a glass baking dish you can cut your fudge into squares once frozen.
  5. Keep in a glass storage container in the freezer.
Variations
  1. Add or subtract any of the flavors for more or less potency.
  2. If you don't like the smooth consistency, try adding coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chopped nuts, or any thing else you desire.
  3. Add a packet or two of Organo Gold black coffee.
  4. Play around with other extracts- Orange, Almond, Maple, etc...
  5. Sprinkle Himalayan Salt on top.
Adapted from The Paleo Chef
Adapted from The Paleo Chef
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Coconut Macaroons (sugar, dairy and gluten free)

Coconut Macaroons (sugar, dairy and gluten free)

Gluten, dairy, and sugar free – with an option of egg free. These recipes are critical for anyone wanting to macaroonseliminate sugar from the diet. The tasty macaroons are so satisfying that any cravings for sugar, candy or even bread will be gone in a flash!

The only requirement is that you LOVE coconut.

This time of year often brings crazy work schedules, birthday parties, baby showers, weddings, Easter, Sunday brunches, and upcoming graduation parties. Don’t get caught off guard and show up to a party or holiday event and be faced with foods that won’t work well for you.

Arrive with a beautiful container of fluffy macaroons. Eat them yourself bu certainly share with others! Macaroons are not for eating alone!

You’ll love this macaroon recipe. It’s simple, it’s quick, and it’s easy to store and transport! Make these macaroons for your family at home (even your kids and your spouse will love these), or bring them to parties! Drop a few macaroons in a baggie and toss it in your purse. A perfect snack for a day of errands and activities.

You can find coconut butter at health food stores or a local co-op. Look for an organic, raw brand. Artisana is Coconut_Buttereasy to find and is great quality.  When you open up a new jar you will see a layer of coconut oil on top. It’s usually about 1/4 inch thick, just scrape that off and use it as an oil in a separate recipe. The rest of the jar will be much thicker and consistant.

These are so easy to make… anyone can do it

Ingredients

4 egg whites (or 4 Tbsp chia seeds + 3/4 cups water)

1/4 tsp himilayan salt

Liquid NuNaturals Stevia

1 tbsp almond extract

3 cups shredded coconut

1/2 cup coconut butter

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

*If you’re using eggs, beat the egg whites, Himilayan salt, almond extract, and 1tsp liquid stevia until fluffy: if you have a Vitamix, put these four ingredients in the vitamix and blend on the lowest speed possible until they are fluffy and a bit foamy. If you don’t have a vitamix, use an electric mixer or a whisk.

Measure out 3 cups of coconut flakes into a bowl and pour the egg mixture on top. Mix with a spoon until combined.

gluten free treats

*If you’re doing the egg-free version, place 4 Tbsp chia seeds in a coffee grinder (or your Vitamix) and grind into powder. Scoop the powder into your mixing bowl, add 3/4 c water, and mix. The mixture will almost instantly “gel up” into a thick goop. This is exactly what’s supposed to happen!

Mix in the Himalayan salt, almond extract, and 1.5 tsp liquid stevia. You might need to use your hands to stir at this point.

Then, for both variations, melt 1/2 cup of coconut butter on the stove on LOW heat. Watch very carefully. Your coconut butter might start to burn even on the lowest heat setting. You might need to take it off the fire every once in a while to prevent burning. Once melted, mix the coconut butter into the rest of the mixture until combined.

Measure out tablespoon sized balls onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Let your macaroons cool completely, then serve! Do not store these in the fridge, they will lose their moisture and become a bit dry.

They should be crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

Enjoy!

Note: The egg-free version is denser and a little darker in color. Still delicious though!

Healthy Thin Mints

Healthy Thin Mints

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Thin Mints

These treats are chock full of healthy fats and oils which:

  • Satisfy cravings (fat turns on your satiety hormone)
  • Keep your blood sugar stable
  • Good fats get incorporated into cell membranes which helps your brain, nerves, skin…. all cells!coconut
  • Help normalize blood fats and cholesterol (LDL, HDL, etc)
  • Help children and adolescents with their growing brains (improves ability to focus, concentrate and control behavior)
  • Help make hormones
  • Reduce inflammation

…so many reasons to eat good fats. Be sure to eliminate inflammation-causing fats such as margarine, crisco, hydrogenated fats and trans fats found in corn and soybean oil. You’ll find unhealthy fats in most packaged, processed foods and most restaurant food.

When shopping, buy “pasture butter.” It means the cows have been eating grass (pasture) rather than corn. The fat in pasture butter is healthy. Anthing coming from a cow that was fed corn is inflammatory and unhealthy.

pasture butterYou’ll use stevia in this recipe. It’s not an artificial sweetener and it’s not a “natural sugar” like honey or agave. It’s an herb that grows as a green plant. Preliminary research shows it offers health benefits such as helping your cells become more insulin sensitive. We use it in our recipes because it does not raise blood sugar, does not feed “bad” bacteria in your gut and has shown no problems with consumption.

Diabetes and pre-diabetes is now so common in this country. Many many people are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. You can find out by having your insulin level checked. It should be between 2 and 5. High fasting insulin is the first sign of a blood sugar handling problem. Elevated fasting blood glucose is the last sign. You’ll want to find out before it’s progressed to that stage.

Eating the Thin Mints has helped numerous people kick the sugar (and carb) habit. If you’re nervous or hesitant about changing your diet (I know, you love that morning muffin!), make the Thin Mints and just start eating them. You may notice your interest in the sugar and high carb foods disappears. Eating the Thin Mints makes the transition seamless and painless.

You’ll look back and wonder why you didn’t do this earlier. The best part is you’ll notice your energy and moods level out. The lows disappear. You’ll also notice a lack of thinking and obsessing about food. Cravings disappear.

OK. So let’s do it:

Thin Mints

Bottom Layer:thin mints
1 cup Chocolate Warrior Blend*
1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa**
1/2 cup almond flour***
2 tsp vanilla extract****
1 1/2 tsp mint extract
1 tsp liquid NuStevia
3/4 cup pasture butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 cup raw chopped pecans*****

Melt butter on low

Mix all ingredients (except nuts) in a bowl

Fold in pecans

Pour dough onto tray, flatten with hands about 1/4 inch thick

Top Layer:
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp liquid NuStevia
6 Tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa

Melt coconut oil in saucepan
Add vanilla, stevia, and cocoa into the coconut oil. Stir until combined
Pour mixture over bottom layer
Sprinkle cacao nibs, coconut flakes, chopped nuts or nothing! on top
Cut pieces into squares
Freeze for 20-30 minutes, or until hardened
Store in freezer
ENJOY!

*Warrior Blend is a protein powder composed of pea, hemp and cranberry protein and stevia. These proteins have less allergenic potential than whey and soy protein. You can use whatever protein powder you like. Just be sure it’s high quality and does not have sugar or artificial sweeteners in it.

**You could also use raw cacao powder instead of baking cocoa.

***You can use any nut flour, hazelnut, etc. If you are allergic to nuts, use maca flour.

****Experiment with other extracts and flavors. Consider orange, coffee, peanut

***** Nuts are optional. Instead of nuts you can add coconut flakes or chia seeds.

Note that the photo is of Thin Mints without the top layer added. That layer is optional.

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