ADHD and Bulletproof Coffee

ADHD and Bulletproof CoffeeRight now, I am sitting, typing on my laptop and drinking a rather tasty cup of coffee. It’s not just regular coffee though, it’s Bulletproof Coffee!

Bulletproof Coffee is the brainchild of Dave Asprey. Dave Asprey spent a lot of his life overweight. He was a successful Silicon Valley multi-millionaire, yet he was battling brain fog, food cravings and frustration at being 300lbs. Dave decided to apply the same concept of hacking computers to hacking his biology. He lost weight and became physical and mental fit.

Bulletproof Coffee is essential coffee with butter in it. Even though I like trying new things, butter in coffee sounded weird. I tried that first sip with trepidation. Nevertheless, it tastes just fine and the benefits on my brain are incredible.

Here’s what I experienced:

  1. Mental sharpness
    My brain feels crystal clear and mentally sharp. No brain fog or trying to kick my brain into gear.
  2. Mental energy and motivation
    The first 2 of hours of the day, I usually write. With regular coffee, I had to use a lot of will power not to procrastinate and do something less taxing. But with Bulletproof Coffee, 2 hours of productive writing whizzes by.
  3. No jitters
    As much as I love coffee, it would make me feel a bit jittery and sometimes anxious. I get zero jitters with Bulletproof Coffee.
  4. Happiness
    I consider myself a pretty happy person. However, after a Bulletproof Coffee, I feel really happy. It’s not in a high or giddy way; just an inner happy glow.

I often use myself as a guinea pig because although I don’t have ADHD, I am severely dyslexic. Most things that work for me, also work for the ADHD brain. Clients with ADHD who have tried Bulletproof Coffee have experienced similar results.

Bulletproof Coffee is all about the quality of your ingredients. The official recipe calls for super high quality ingredients. Though attempting to get those specific ingredients was putting me off trying the coffee. What I did instead was a compromise. The ingredients I use are still good quality, just not Dave Asprey’s standard.

Here is the official Bulletproof Coffee recipe:

  • 2 cups of black Upgraded Coffee
  • 2 tbsp of grass-fed butter
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) of MCT oil

In the blender, mix all the ingredients so the oil emulsifies and looks like a latte.

And here is a video of Dave Aspery making the coffee.

Here is my modified version:

  • Organic black coffee
  • Organic butter
    (100% grass fed butter is hard to find in Canada. However, if you live in the US or Europe, you can use Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter or Anchor Butter in Australia and Asia.)
  • Organic coconut oil

Stir with a spoon; rather than the blender.

Using these ingredients, I got my awesome results. Also, I have had great feedback from ADHD folks who have tried this version of Bulletproof Coffee too.

So, are you going to try a Bulletproof Coffee?

Word of caution: Coffee doesn’t suit everyone with ADHD. As always, listen to your body.

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  1. Jason says:


    I can say “amen” to your story. I hit each of your four results when drinking bulletproof coffee. I thought it was kind of weird that I’m drinking 2-3 cups per day, but experiencing zero coffee jitters. In fact it is just the opposite. BP coffee is calming me. And then your final point…”just an inner happy glow.” These two reasons are why I am here. I wanted to know if this is just me or do others say the same thing. So, I am not being weirded out. This is just a darn good experience.



  2. AD says:

    Can this work with decaf? I’m assuming no, but just curious!

  3. Denny says:

    Would a scaled down coffee cup quantity of the BP work for a toddler, 6-year-old too?

  4. Unsalted butter Kimberly! Let me know how you enjoy it!

  5. Kimberley Spraggins says:

    I am going to try this, but I have a question. Salted or unsalted butter?

  6. Jen says:

    Coffee never gives me a buzz, in fact, I could fall asleep after drinking it. I don’t drink much so don’t have a tolerance.
    Strangely enough…sleeping pills don’t make me sleepy.
    The article has made me think though, and I’ll attempt to drink more water….without a doubt, helps with mental health.

  7. Jen Draper says:

    I’m going to have to try this. I’m a huge coffee fan, but try to limit my consumption. I bet this tastes yummy!

    • Hi Jen, yes you are right it is yummy!! At first I didn’t think I would like the taste, but now coffee without butter tastes very plain.

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