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How to Make Bulletproof Coffee Without a Blender 

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Have you been wanting to try bulletproof coffee but don’t have a blender at home? Or maybe you’ve tried it before and love it, but you don’t want to invest in a blender yet. No problem! There are several different options that you can try, and chances are, you have one of these items in your kitchen already. If not, each one makes an inexpensive alternative to a blender.

If you’re looking to try a method of making bulletproof coffee without a blender, we have a whole list of alternatives to try. Read on for our instructions for each method.

Milk Frother Method

Bonsenkitchen Electric Milk Frother

Image credit: Bonsenkitchen Electric Milk Frother, Amazon

A milk frother is a great alternative to a blender because they’re whisper-quiet, cheap, and easy to clean.

Because you’ll be adding fats (butter or ghee) and oil (MCT oil) to coffee, you’ll need to create an emulsion, which is where the fat and oil are blended into the coffee. This is why you can’t simply stir it together. When you’re finished, it should result in something that looks a lot like a latte.

To start, gather your ingredients. You’ll need:

  • 8 ounces of freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon MCT oil

You can also add a natural sweetener and flavoring like vanilla extract, but this is the most basic recipe for bulletproof coffee. You’ll need at least a fourteen-ounce cup to blend in to avoid the possibility of overflow on your counter.

Combine all of the ingredients into your tall cup and get your milk frother ready. Submerge the frother almost to the bottom of the cup and keep it at an angle. This allows it to pull in air as it whips. Turn it on and move it in a circular motion for thirty to forty-five seconds until the ingredients are fully blended and you have a lovely foam on top. It should like a creamy, frothy cafe latte.

If the color isn’t uniform with a nice foam on top, then you’ll want to repeat the process until it is.

Pros
  • Very inexpensive
  • Quiet
  • Creates a thick head of foam
  • Easy cleanup
  • Lightweight and easy to use
Cons
  • It may take a little longer to blend

Immersion Blender Method

immersion blender

Image credit: Stick Blender Mayo by jules is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Using an immersion blender to whip up bulletproof coffee is very similar to using a milk frother. You’ll need to gather your ingredients and combine them in at least a fourteen-ounce cup.

Instead of holding the milk frother at an angle, you’ll hold the immersion blender straight down, almost to the bottom of the cup. It’s best if you cover as much of the top of the cup as you can to prevent liquid from spilling out.

Turn on the blender and whip for fifteen to thirty seconds. You’ll want to blend until the coffee is a uniform color and there’s a head of foam.

The immersion blender works well, but it’s much louder than a milk frother, and it doesn’t create as much foam. It’s still lightweight, but it’s also heavier than a milk frother.

Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy clean-up
  • Lightweight and easy to use
  • Blends quickly
Cons
  • Doesn’t create as much foam
  • Loud
  • May overflow easily

Food Processor Method

Cuisinart food processor

Food Processor, Credit: Cuisinart food processor, Flickr

If you have a food processor on hand, you can use its blades to blend bulletproof coffee. For this method, you’ll gather your ingredients as you did before. Only this time, you won’t need an extra-large cup since you’ll be blending directly in the food processor.

Combine all your ingredients in the food processor’s bowl and blend until you’re left with a creamy latte-like drink.

Food processors can generally handle hot liquids, so this is a good alternative to a blender. It won’t produce as much foam as the milk frother and the immersion blender, however. It’s also more of a hassle because you have to get it out, assemble it, pour in the ingredients, and then pour the finished product into a separate mug to drink. Afterward, you have to disassemble it for cleanup.

Pros
  • Handles hot liquid well
  • Blends quickly
  • You may already have it on hand
Cons
  • Not as cheap as some of the other options
  • Assembling it can be a hassle
  • Cleanup is more involved
  • Loud

Mason Jar Method

Mason Jar Coffee

Mason Jar, Credit: Mason Jar Coffee, Flickr

This method is good if you’re desperate and want bulletproof coffee but you lack all the other kitchen gadgets on this list. You’ll first add the butter and oil to a mason jar and microwave them until they melt. Next, add your freshly brewed coffee and firmly attach a lid. Shake the contents until well-combined.

This won’t produce the same foam as some of the other methods, but it’ll get the job done. You’ll have an emulsion of butter, oil, and coffee that cost you nothing. You can even drink the coffee straight out of the mason jar.

Pros
  • Free if you have one on hand, or very inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • Easy cleanup
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Won’t produce a nice foam
  • Requires some arm strength

Final Thoughts

If you don’t have a blender on hand to whip up your bulletproof coffee, a milk frother is our favorite alternative. It’s inexpensive, easy to use, and it whips the butter and oil into a lovely foam.

We hope our list of ways to make bulletproof coffee without a blender has been helpful to you. Chances are, you’ll have one of these things in your kitchen already. If not, each of these appliances is inexpensive and easy to find.


Featured image credit: Bulletproof Coffee by thedabblist is licensed under CC BY 2.0.