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How to make mushroom keto coffee

The guide you need to plant-based keto coffee with functional mushrooms.

It’s the coffee that’s claiming to surpass even your strongest espresso shot when it comes to energy. It’s said to be so filling that you don’t need breakfast. So rich you don’t need milk and sugar.

It’s keto coffee … but what exactly is it? 

Below we breakdown what “keto” is, what its benefits are when applied to coffee, and two recipes you'll want to whip up promptly.

What is “keto”?

Chances are if you’ve walked into any health store in the past few months (or even gotten close to a health website online) you’ve seen all kinds of products labeled “keto” and wondered what it is and why it’s everywhere lately.

To keep it short (but not too sweet because, well, it’s keto) the term “keto” is used to reference foods, drinks, or other substances that fit into the guidelines of the “ketogenic” or “keto” diet. 

The keto diet is a very low carb, high-fat, and moderate protein diet that excludes sugar, grains, legumes, and other high-carb veggies and fruits. It’s often used for weight loss, focusing on shifting your body’s primary energy source from glucose (aka: carbs) to fat.

On any normal day, your body uses glucose from carbs as its main source of fuel. The problem with this is that if you are constantly consuming heavy amounts of carbs, your body never gets the chance to switch into fat-burning mode, which can make shedding fat difficult. 

Going on a low carb or keto diet forces your body to make the switch to burning fat for energy by restricting the amount of carbs it receives, thus encouraging weight loss. When this happens, your body enters a state called “ketosis” where it breaks down fat in your liver, releasing ketones. 

What is keto coffee?

So how does all of this translate into coffee? One of the principles behind the keto diet is that adding more healthy fats throughout the day can help your body switch into fat-burning mode faster. 

This is where keto “coffee” comes in. It’s infused with medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs or MCT oil), which make up roughly 50 percent of the fats in coconut oil. [*] These are unique fatty acids that aren’t processed by your liver; instead, they go straight to your bloodstream to provide energy.

Other popular versions of keto coffee, commonly called Bulletproof coffee, contain ghee or butter alongside MCT oil.

Benefits of keto coffee

The fats in keto coffee not only help with weight loss by getting you into ketosis faster, but have also been studied for a wide range of other benefits. 

MCTs in particular have shown in research to help promote cognitive function. [*] In addition, other studies show MCTs can improve exercise endurance—a biggie when we consider that while on a keto diet we are deriving most of our energy for exercise from fatty acids. [*]

Do mushrooms fit into a ketogenic diet?

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In the keto recipes we’ve crafted below, we’ve added a dose of the functional mushrooms, like Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps and all others found in our various Mushroom Coffees

All of our Mushroom Coffees have less than 1 gram of carbs, making them an excellent choice to easily fit into a keto coffee.

Other mushrooms, even in their non-powdered state, are some of the lowest-carb veggies you can consume. The carbohydrates they do contain are in the form of beneficial polysaccharides like beta-glucans, which have shown to have immunomodulating properties that can support immune function. [*]

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Mushroom keto coffee recipes

Now to the good stuff (which 99 percent of the time includes coffee, am I right?). While using ghee or grass fed butter is most traditional, as a plant-based company the vegan keto coffee recipe is the one with us. That’s the Mushroom Keto Coffee withMCT oil or coconut oil. It’s simple to blend up every morning, you can experiment with adding it to a regular blender or immersion blender, or using a milk frother to add extra creaminess.

Mushroom Keto Coffee with MCT Oil

Total time: 5 minutes

Serves: 1

This is a great keto coffee recipe alternative if you’re sensitive to dairy. Here we substitute ghee for either pure MCT oil, which you can purchase online or in your local health food store, or coconut oil.


  • 3 Tablespoons functional Ground Coffee 
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 Tablespoon MCT oil or coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract or a couple drops of liquid stevia for sweetness (optional)


  • Add your choice of functional Ground Coffee to your coffee maker or french press. Brew using one cup of water.
  • If using a blender, add all ingredients and blend for 20 seconds, or until a light foam layer develops. 
  • If not using a blender, simply dissolve all ingredients in your coffee and stir to combine, adding an optional dash of unsweetened almond milk for creaminess.

Optional add-ins to both recipes: unsweetened almond or coconut milk or cocoa powder (keep in mind that cocoa powder will add a few more carbs to the recipe, however).

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Danielle Ryan Broida, RH (AHG)

Author: Danielle Ryan Broida, RH (AHG)

As a Registered Herbalist (AHG), Holistic Nutritionist, and Instructor of Mycology, my passions all blossom from the natural world. I believe fungi are the most important teachers on our planet, silently guiding us towards a world of more connection with each other, the earth, and the answers we need to solve many of Earth’s problems. As the current Instructor of Mycology at CSCH and National Educator at Four Sigmatic, I’m so excited to bring you more education on functional mushrooms, adaptogens, and wellness, totally free.

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