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Spiced Butter Coffee Blocks

My journey with butter cacao continues to evolve.

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My journey with butter cacao continues to evolve.

In the early stages (before going through the GAPS protocol last year), I relied on a dairy-free variation.  You can find the recipe here, if you’re curious.  And if you’re wanting a dairy-free option for these blocks BTW, simply leave out the ghee!

Thanks to GAPS and the continued power of a Paleo diet for healing my gut, I’m able to do ghee (and butter) without repercussions.  So you can bet the first thing I added it to was my morning Crio Bru!

Note: yes this is titled “Butter Coffee Blocks” but as I don’t drink coffee, I use brewed cacao instead!  I’ve heard various teas work well too so just pick your favorite hot beverage and experiment away!

This recipe evolved as a way to shortcut my way to that morning beverage.  I started exploring different flavor combos and add-ins and soon enough it was taking me much too long to add everything in.

I’ve listed the basic recipe that’s delicious as it is, with cinnamon and nutmeg for a great spicy combo (perfect for fall!).  Other mix-in options are listed at the bottom in the various ratios that I prefer.  I’ve tried so many combos that I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way.

They also work really well as a fat-filled fudgy snack.  On how to get the best texture for that purpose, see the note at the bottom of the recipe.

Mix-in Details

Maca is a pretty permanent player for me, both for the hormone impact and the light malty flavor that pairs so well with chocolate.

Lucuma is a recent favorite, it adds a slight sweetness and kind of a fruity flavor.

Cacao I add sometimes if I really want a chocolate punch (the first photo shown here has that variation, hence the darker brown color).

Turmeric = always.

Espresso powder = almost always.

And shilajit (a resin rich in fulvic acid) only occasionally for a smoky flavor.

Get a printable PDF of the recipe

Butter Coffee Blocks

Yields: 8 servings

1/2 c. MCT oil or coconut oil*

1/4 c. organic red palm oil

1/4 c. ghee (here’s a recipe for homemade)

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

2 tbsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. vanilla powder

1 tsp. sea salt

Optional mix-ins:

3 tbsp. gelatinized maca powder

2 tbsp. lucuma powder

2 tbsp. raw cacao powder

1 tbsp. ground turmeric

1/2 tsp. instant espresso powder

1 tsp. ground shilajit


Ensure none of the fats are cold or they will not mix well.

Whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Add from the mix-ins as you desire.  Pour into a large dish with a lid or individual molds, as shown above.  Refrigerate until solid.

To use in coffee, cacao, or tea:  add one serving of the chilled blocks to 12 oz. of your choice hot brewed beverage.  Blend well.  For a creamier texture, add grass-fed gelatin.  For more details (and a dairy-free version of this recipe), see here.

*I prefer MCT over coconut oil for the energy-boosting and gut-healing effects.  But it will make these blocks fairly soft (not a problem when scooping it directly into my hot Crio Bru).  If you want to make them more solid for a quick fat-filled snack, use coconut oil and store them in the freezer for the best texture.

  1. Rebecca Ratliff says:

    Discovering this recipe was such a game changer. I now make it every morning as well (I use coffee), and it’s the best way to start my day. Sometimes I’ll have it alone; sometimes with other food. Either way it keeps me fueled for hours, easy. Prepping the blocks ahead of time is what makes this totally easy and doable every morning. Everyone should try this!

    1. It’s so great to hear from someone who really *gets* this recipe! That something can be so healthful, delicious, and easily integrated is so HUGE. It has made Paleo so doable for me and I just want to share it with the whole world 😀

  2. Kathleen Dettlilng says:

    Angela, Would you consider changing your highlight color to something more readable than yellow for those of us with poor eyesight? It would really help. Thank you, Kathy

    1. Hey Kathleen! Thanks for the feedback. I can probably switch to a darker shade, yes.

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