Bulletproof coffee, which is the invention of Dave Asprey, has been all over the news recently.  No longer embraced solely by the Paleo and Keto crowds, it is now being regularly quaffed by people from across the dietary spectrum, all eager to gain the benefits of starting out the day with some healthy fats in their morning caffeine.  The benefits and controversies surrounding this drink are well documented elsewhere, so I will just reflect on my own reasons for adapting this idea to my tea-loving ways.  First, did I mention that I don’t like coffee?  It’s true.  I have never been a fan.  Tea, on the other hand, is my idea of the perfect beverage.  Since chai is typically made with whole milk or cream it seemed like an easy switch to add in the “bulletproof” elements of grass-fed butter and coconut oil in their place.  You get the same creamy froth with all of the benefits of the butter and the coconut oil.

Bulletproof Chai

Bulletproof coffee is typically made with MCT oil, which is an oil blend made from coconut and palm oils.  MCT stands for Medium-chain triglycerides, or medium-chain fatty acids, which are prevalent in coconut oil, palm oil, and to varying degrees in certain animal milks, such as goat’s milk. I use pure coconut oil instead of MCT oil for a couple of reasons: one, coconut oil is just that–straight-up fat from coconuts, so you know exactly what you are consuming. MCT oil, in contrast, is processed from palm and coconut (and potentially other) fats.  Two, palm oil is a highly unsustainable oil from an environmental standpoint, so I avoid it completely.   A small percentage of palm oil is sustainably produced, but the MCT oils that I looked at gave no indication as to how or where it was sourced.  Thus, I stick with pure coconut oil.

So why put a bunch of fat in your coffee or tea? The point of the grassfed butter is the benefits derived from the Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as some medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), and the coconut oil provides even more of those MCFAs. MCFAs are absorbed by the body differently than the long-chain fatty acids that are dominant in vegetable oils and there is research suggesting a range of health benefits.  While many of those health benefits have been reported in sensationalized and potentially inaccurate ways, my own research on Science Direct has convinced me that MCFAs are well worth seeking out.  As someone who has struggled with my weight my entire life, I also benefit from a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet, so this is a great way for me to start off my day with the high level of satiety provided by a fat-infused cup of spicy tea.

I hope you are still with me…here’s a photo of the tea to pull us back around!

Bulletproof Chai

Adding cinnamon and/or ginger to the mix just adds to the health properties of this beverage.  Cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar and ginger has anti-inflammatory properties.  They also elevate this into the perfect warm, spicy beverage to start off your day.  Since I start my day with two cups of tea this recipe only serves one for me, but if you want to share you certainly can.  Here is the recipe:

Bulletproof Chai
Recipe type: Beverage, Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1-2
  • 2 cups of hot, strong-brewed, organic black tea
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (or to taste)
  • a few drops of stevia, or a teaspoon of honey
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until the mixture is frothy and emulsified. Pour into two cups and serve hot--or drink it all by yourself.

Bulletproof Chai

My recent birthday has inspired me to get back on track with my diet after a few months of eating way, way off track, so please wish me luck as I reconfigure.  Look for fewer “treat” recipes in the near future–please hold me to that promise!

thanks for reading,


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  1. interesting concept–can’t imagine putting these kinds of fats in my coffee or tea. I always learn new things here.

    1. Lisa, it did seem weird but (at least with the tea–cannot vouch for the coffee) it tastes a lot like regular chai. It gets a nice layer of froth, too.

    2. If you think about it, it’s not so strange. People used to use full-fat cream in their tea and/or coffee until the fats-police said it wasn’t healthy for us. Turns out it was, and is, healthy for us and for our brains. All things in moderation, of course, but this recipe is delicious and for those of us who don’t drink coffee, it’s a great idea! My favourite tea is chai and having it with coconut oil and my fermented cod liver oil + butter capsules (need to take with fats) is just the ticket — try it, you’ll be convinced!

      1. Oh, I should add, of course CHAI just means tea, but I am talking about the Indian-spiced version of tea. That’s the taste that gets me going in the morning!

      2. Totally agree–the idea that fat is bad for us is complete bunk.

  2. Yep, I’ve heard of it, but never gave a second thought to trying it until now. I love both chai and coffee so I will apply it to both and see which one wins my favor. Happy belated birthday.

    1. Thanks, Karen–it was a nice day 🙂 Getting old isn’t so bad.

  3. I love making “bulletproof” coffee with pastured butter and organic, virgin coconut oil. In fact, I’m drinking it right now. I love chai lattes, but can’t handle all the milk when I order it at a cafe, so this would be an easy homemade alternative. Thanks for the recipe! Pinning. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Elaina!

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  5. Just made it for the first time… Pretty good

  6. Is there a reason for using black tea in the making of Chai? I love Chai but have never made it myself, like weak black tea. Am just wondering whether green tea makes an ok Chai as well? Has anyone tried it? Just out of curiosity.

    1. Hi Anna: You can definitely use green tea if you prefer it to black tea–technically, “chai” just means tea, and the spiced version that we call chai is actually masala chai. Green tea also works really well for this.

      1. I had the idea of bullet proof chai this morning too! I added my coconut oil and butter to my chai brew. And there I had a beautiful brew!! Foamy and lovely! Topped it off with cinnamon, lovely… Then I googled ‘ bulletproof chai’, and there you had it posted! Lovely!

        Cape Town
        South Africa

        1. Isn’t a lovely way to start the day? Thanks for the comment, Eddie!

  7. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! I have been hoping that someone had a chai tea recipe, vs. coffee. I can’t stand coffee, but love chai tea!

    1. Oh, same here! I have just never gotten into coffee–tea is my thing.

  8. I love chi tea mixed with 1/2 cup soy milk and 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey. I am definitely going to try this, sounds awesome!

    1. Hope you like it!

  9. What kind of black tea do you use?

    1. Paula, you can really use any kind you like–I sometimes use green tea–but I usually use Oolong because it is what I have on hand.

  10. Hi! This sounds very interesting… are there any side effects to doing this and can you drink this once a day or just a once in a while thing? The Butter Part Kind Of Makes Me A Bit Nervous To try.

    1. Erica, lots of people drink bulletproof coffee every day–I don’t drink this every day but there is really no reason not to, I just don’t like to clean the blender that often 🙂 If you are concerned about the butter you can always use a little less, but it is included mainly for the health benefits (and it is delicious).

    2. This type of tea or coffee concoction is usually drank while the body is fasting. The Bulletproof diet suggests no food after 8pm till noon/2pm the next day. If this is all your body is getting and you are using grass-fed butter there is no need to worry about the intake.

  11. This is soooo good. Thank you for making my first experience with bulletproof tea fabulous! I used ghee instead of butter, and used a packet of granulated stevia.

    1. So glad you like the recipe!!

      1. I’ve been recently on to “Fatty Teas” since I’m seriously working hard at LCHF lifestyle. Today I used toasted Dandelion root tea as my basis, and if you don’t mind the slight bitterness, the toastiness mixed with the grass fed butter and virgin coconut oil is superb!

        1. Sharice, I have actually never tried dandelion root as tea–we have a bumper crop in the yard, I think I will dry some and give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

          1. Awesome Angela, let me know how it goes! I’m excited at the thought of you roasting your own Dandelion Roots! Not to mention the awesome benefits you’ll gain from it!

          2. Sharice, do you have any tips on how to roast these babies? Do I dry them first?

          3. I’ve never done it myself, but I believe after cleaning them they are then dried and oven roasted. Here is a link for how to roast them for a coffee replacement. I usually go to my local health food store and buy it already done, but since you have natural access I think that’s far better!


          4. Thanks so much! I will let you know how it goes…

          5. PS – I just looked over the whole web page to this link and OMG they have some awesome recipes i.e, Dandelion Tea Icecream! Wow how creative this person is!

  12. I drink a few cups of Tazo Chai Oraganic tea every morning. I was wondering if i add the grass-fed butter and the organic coconut oil to my daily tea if this would work as well? Also what are the benefits of the Bulletproof Chai is this going to help in my weight loss? Also will this help with keeping the full feeling after my intermitance fasting to push it a little longer without feeling hungry? Thanks for all your articles they have all been very helpful.

    1. Hi Stacie: I think it would be great in some regular chai. I have no idea if this helps with weight loss, but it definitely will help keep you full longer in the morning. When I was doing 16-hour fasts this was my go-to thing to help out.

  13. I am SO going to try this!

    So are you doing this to help lose weight, and if so, if you don’t mind me asking, how did it go or has gone?

    Curious to know because I have a friend who lost a ton of weight last summer doing bulletproof coffee to help fast during the day and eat a healthy dinner consisting of lean meat, healthy starch, and veggies.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Karen, when I was doing 16-hour fasting I was losing weight pretty fast, and this helped me maintain that. However, I haven’t done it in a while (and have been gaining weight…), so I need to get back to it. I always ate two meals a day when I was doing it, though.

  14. I was considering of doing this, but, with Organiv Ghee (no butter or coco oil). Anyone else tried that? Or any thoughts?

    1. It works with ghee, too, though I think the flavor is better with whole butter. Just a personal preference.

  15. Thank you for the courage to try this concoction! I had Thai-spice tea bags on hand, so I brewed those (8 c water + 8 bags rendered about 7 cups of finished product). I added 6 T of Kerrygold and about 2 T of organic coconut oil and 6 T of MCT oil and blended (side note: I need a better blender seal for hot liquids).

    Result: frothy deliciousness, just as advertised. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Delicious! It does help to take the center ring off of the top of the blender and cover it with a towel, especially if making more than one cup.

  16. This was AWESOME!

    1. So glad you liked it!

  17. Is there any way to keep the coconut oil from rising to the top (oil & water don’t mix)?

    1. Hi CJ: if you put this in the blender you don’t need to worry about it separating out.

      1. If your doing one cup at a time, a frother or immersion blender works well.

  18. Do you find it helps with being regular?

    1. Ann, I haven’t noticed if it does. I think coffee is better than tea in that regard.

  19. Hi Angela — I like coffee, but I drink decaf since full-caf bothers me. I’ve been awake for days on that stuff and missing out on good sleep is quite detrimental. I do also like tea, but I find its caffeine affect on me to be even stronger than coffee. What are your thoughts on decaffeinated tea?

    1. Maya, my personal experience with decaf teas is that the process seems to destroy a lot of the flavor, so I am not a big fan. Green tea is actually much lower in caffeine than black tea, so that might work for you, and Jasmine tea is also lower in caffeine. The amount of caffeine also goes up the longer you steep the tea, so you might try doing a light steep to see how it works for you.

  20. Angela, do you have the macro/nutritional information for this recipe?

    1. Michelle, I do not, but it is definitely keto and low carb, and you could look up the specifics for the butter and coconut oil if you are interested in the fat content. It is mostly fat.

  21. I’m going to try this.. Can you give me the total carbs for this recipe?

    1. Nevermind. I just saw what you posted before my comment.

  22. I’m really interested in trying this out. How did the chai turn into a light color without any cream?

    1. Annindita, the fats that you add lighten it up in the same way that cream does, assuming that you have blended it.

  23. Thanks for all this info Angela!! I love your blog. You describe the science behind the concept so well for others to understand but also give your personal flavor to the writing! Love it!

    Thanks 💕

    1. Thank you, Lauren!

  24. Hi Angela,

    This looks so good and since I drink a lot of tea this sounds like a great replacement! Can you just use regular black tea bags or do they have to be a special chai tea bag? Also, do you think if this is pre-mixed and stored in a mason jar and then heated up and shaken when it’s ready to be consumed would work? I don’t have a blender in my office and that’s when I drink my tea in the morning.


    1. Courtney, you can definitely use regular black tea bags and it will be great–shaking it up will not emulsify it the same way that a blender will (meaning it is not going to be as completely mixed up), but I think it would still be good.

      1. Perhaps you could get a small frother to keep in you desk for mid-day mixing?
        Inexpensive, and battery operated. Takes up almost no space.

  25. Have you ever tried adding hwc to this?

    1. I haven’t, but I suspect it would be wonderful.

  26. What’s the calorie content for this recipe? I just make it and it’s very good. Thank you. I will make it again when I am in the mood for something quick.

    1. Natashia, if you use a full tablespoon of coconut oil and butter, it will run around 220 calories for the full batch, or 110 per cup.

  27. Yum . . . ! This will be made as soon as I finish saying thank you in this email 🙂 Thank you!

    1. Hope you liked it!

  28. Hi there, I’ve been doing the bullet proof coffee for a while but really missing my Chai tea latte – the starbucks one, although my fav, has too much sugar and carbs for me. Thought I would do a search this morning and there you were!! This sounds great!! Thanks!!

    1. Karen, I hope this does the trick!

  29. Good luck. 🙂

  30. I’m allergic to milk products. Instead of butter would coconut milk work the same?

    1. Hi Amanda: I’m sorry this has taken so long: it would definitely work, though it would be a bit lower in msm. But it would definitely work, and it would be delicious.

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  32. Why is it called chai if there is no chai added. Can this be with coffee Instead of tea

    1. Pat, chai actually means tea, and this is tea. You can certainly make bulletproof coffee–check the link in the article.

  33. Hi,

    Does anyone happen to have a bulletproof chai tea recipe that includes land o lakes heavy cream?

    1. Hi Vanessa: You could definitely use the cream in place of the butter.

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