Posted on: March 2, 2016 at 5:46 pm
Last updated: September 22, 2017 at 1:58 pm

Ever woken up and felt like you just don’t want coffee today but still need a comforting, warm beverage? Well this recipe is exactly that! Also, its ingredients have some excellent health benefits as well.


MCT, otherwise known as medium-chain triglycerides, are partially man-made fats that provide a variety of digestive and otherwise healthy benefits.

MCT oil is great for people who have trouble digesting foods that are high in fat, and for those who are experiencing any other types of food-absorption disorders, such as celiac disease, liver disease or digestion problems due to surgery. MCT’s are often used as an alternative source of fat for people who have trouble digesting typical types of fat.

MCT has also been used to treat gallbladder disease, AIDS, cystic fibrosis and has been found to be effective at treating certain types of seizures in children and Alzheimer’s disease.


Researchers have found that using MCT to treat Alzheimer’s can help provide extra energy for the brain and also protects the brain from the plaque build-up that causes Alzheimer’s. In some people who have a specific gene make-up, a single dose of an MCT product has been found to help improve their cognitive thinking skills.


The use of cinnamon adds another spectrum of health benefits to this latte. Cassia cinnamon has been found to effectively lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Cinnamon is also used to lower cholesterol and treat yeast infections.

Lab studies have also found that cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with any issues ranging from joint pain to heart disease. Cinnamon is also full of anti-oxidants and has antibacterial effects, making it a good supplement for staying healthy and avoiding sicknesses.

Non-Coffee Vanilla Latte

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This delicious latte, inspired by my friend, Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof®, is the perfect warm beverage to enjoy when you’ve given up coffee or just need a little break from caffeine. It features the amazing MCT oil which I’ve featured in this week’s blog post. Consider MCT oil as a super fuel for your cells, because it boosts fat burning and increases mental clarity. Click here to view the PDF version.

You can find more delicious recipes like this in my new book, Eat Fat, Get Thin, on sale now! 

Serves: 1-2 

Prep time: 5 minutes




  • 2 cups hot filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 2 tablespoons MCT oil (you can substitute with organic coconut oil – such as Dr. Bronner’s – if you don’t have MCT oil)
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened vanilla powder
  • ½ teaspoon organic cinnamon (optional) and ¼ teaspoon of cardamom OR 1 teaspoon of organic cocoa powder (optional)


Add all ingredients to a blender and process until all ingredients are incorporated. Enjoy!

Nutritional analysis per serving (1 cup)

Calories 520, • Fat 54 g • Saturated fat 44 g, • Cholesterol 0 mg • Fiber 1 g • Protein 1 g • Carbohydrate 2 g • Sodium 0 mg



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Mark Hyman
Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, a nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field.

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