Butter Tea Recipe

Megan Drinks, Whole Food Recipes 16 Comments

Have you heard of Butter Coffee, or its close relative Bulletproof Coffee*?  It’s all the rage among grass-fed butter advocates, as well as those on ketogenic** diets, seeking healing or weight loss.  What I like about Butter Coffee is that blending butter into one’s coffee makes it creamy and you get the health benefits of butter.  The flavor is satisfying and the butter doesn’t separate out, as one might think.  Also, often people who get shaky from coffee don’t experience this symptom when drinking the amended version.  Many advocates for Bulletproof Coffee also blend in extra-virgin coconut oil, for its added nutrition and weight loss components.  But recently my husband told me of some customers who drink Butter or Bulletproof Coffee as a meal substitute.  I was surprised for what seemed like obvious reasons: you don’t get much nutrition from a meal of butter, coconut oil and coffee!  In researching the topic further I found that this is actually a growing trend internationally.  Proponents believe it is very healthy; and some even skip breakfast and lunch.

Although I am not a nutritionist, I know from personal experience, as well as my reading, that I need a full spectrum of nutrition every time I eat.  That’s one of the reasons I started sprouting, for instance, to access components that are otherwise undigestible.  I want even my treats to be nutrient dense.  I believe that grass-fed butter and extra-virgin coconut oil are nutritious foods.  But it is imbalanced to eat them for a meal without other foods.  Butter Coffee is a yummy drink, very creative and insightful; but in my mind it should be consumed in moderation and not overly exalted for its purported health benefits.

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With that said, I love recipe innovation and it comes about naturally in our kitchen, with the way we eat and cook.  So this week I created Butter Tea, just by accident really; intuitively it evolved somehow.  And Butter Tea is SO good that I’m excited to share the recipe with you today!  I’ll reassure you, though, first, that my tea is drunk alongside a meal, to add to the meal’s overall nutrition.  It is in no way intended as a meal substitute.


1.5 cups filtered water

2 favorite tea bags, or your favorite loose tea, enough for 2 cups; I recommend my new favorite, Numi’s Chocolate Rooibos

1 T. sustainably-sourced gelatin, Great Lakes brand recommended

1 T. grass-fed butter

NuNaturals stevia, to taste or local, raw honey, to taste


  1. Pour the water into a small saucepan.
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over its surface. Wait one minute, or less, for it to dissolve.
  3. Heat the water, stirring, until the mixture is steaming but not yet simmering, and the gelatin is fully dissolved.  The water may look foamy.
  4. Place your tea bags or loose tea into the hot water.  Set aside the gelatin water for 10 minutes, to steep and cool slightly.
  5. Place the strained tea and butter into the blender; and blend for 30 seconds.  (Always use caution when blending hot liquids.  Alternatively, use a stick/immersion blender.)
  6. Makes two small servings or one big mug of Butter Tea.  Sweeten your tea, to taste.

You’ll notice that this recipe contains gelatin, for added health benefits.  It, therefore, can also be chilled for a Cool Butter Tea Gelatin treat.  The butter will not separate as it cools, but remain a creamy benefactor to the tea’s body.

Let me know how you enjoy this recipe and what other flavors of tea you use.  Any black tea will be great, for sure.  What herbal teas work other than rooibos?  Try herbal coffee, too.

By the way, I am familiar with Yak Butter Tea; and this recipe is not intended to replace or replicate that lovely native drink, although they have some nice similarities.

*Bulletproof Coffee is unique from Butter Coffee in that it intentionally uses coffee beans that are processed with only clean cold water, to avoid the growth of mycotoxins, essentially molds.

**The ketogenic diet was designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder of the Mayo Clinic and is now a proven, effective treatment for epilepsy.  Since that time the diet has also been used to heal or treat many neurological disorders and is also used to obtain dramatic weight loss.