I have been reading about the health benefits of gelatin in the diet for many months. “I need to do that” I kept telling myself. My options as I knew them were to just start drinking lots of bone broth, or make snacks like marshmallows and gummy snacks. Now, I know there are more options out there as far as gelatin rich foods. The bottom line is, I didn't want to have to make MORE snacks just to get extra gelatin in my body. And then one day, I read about someone adding gelatin to their coffee or tea. That's it! That is how I will get my gelatin!
So, one morning, I filled up a spoon full of my favorite gelatin and stirred it into my hot coffee. FAIL! Don't do this friends. While some of it may have dissolved, I had a big jelly ball at the bottom of my cup. Ick.
The next day I figured that I needed to add the gelatin very SLOWLY to my coffee. So, there I stood, at my counter slowly sprinkling gelatin and mixing it in. It took me 20 minutes, friends. AND, I still had gelatin balls. Sigh. There had to be an easier way.
There is! And it is super easy and doesn't take 20 minutes! In fact, you can prep your gelatin while your coffee or tea is brewing.
How to add gelatin to your coffee – the easy way
Add a spoonful of gelatin (however much you want), to a small bowl or directly to the mug you will be using.
Add cream to the gelatin and start mixing. I use a fork and start mashing it all together. Try your best to get most of the lumps out. The consistency of this mixture will vary depending on your gelatin/cream ratio. If you use a lot of gelatin, your mixture may resemble cottage cheese. Don't worry! Just mash and mix the best you can. If you don't put cream in your coffee or tea you can use room temperature water. Your coffee or tea may be a bit watered down, but you can compensate for this by increasing the strength of your brew.
Now, add your gelatin/cream mixture to the mug you will be drinking from. Pour your hot coffee or tea over the gelatin/cream and stir with a fork. The gelatin and cream will melt into your coffee evenly and completely.
Now, sit back and enjoy that hot beverage with the added benefit of gelatin! I find that the gelatin adds a fantastic silky texture to my coffee and I love it!
I now add Perfect Supplement's Hydrolyzed Collagen to my coffee! It dissolves in any liquid, no matter the temperature. I add it to so many things! Even my iced tea or coffee. YAY!
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So, why do you want to add gelatin to your coffee?
If you search the web for the benefits of gelatin, the results are vast. One of my favorite books, Nourishing Traditions, lists various benefits to gelatin. A few that I found relevant are:
- Gelatin is a great source of dietary collagen.
- Gelatin contains certain amino acids that are beneficial to muscle growth.
- Gelatin supports joints and can aid in recovery from a joint related injury.
- Gelatin helps hair, nail, and skin growth and can tighten up loose skin!!
- Gelatin is great for digestion and liver function
Gelatin is also good for strong, healthy fingernails!!
All good stuff, right? I dragged my feet so long on getting more gelatin into my diet because I didn't want to work too hard for it. Yep. I'm lazy.
Not anymore! Adding the gelatin to my coffee is hardly any trouble and I am really enjoying it! Now it is your turn! Give it a try and tell us how you like it! I don't think you will ever go back.
Source: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
I make bullet proof coffee in the morning so I add my gelatin, coconut oil and a few other things and blend it in my Vitamix. It’s so good and there are never any lumps.
Brilliant idea using the Vitamix!
Vitamix is by far the best way to do this (I’m sure any blender would work fine though.) I add a tbsp to coffee with heavy cream and MCT oil in the morning and a tbsp to hot green tea at night. Blend it up and it completely mixes with no taste or smell or goopiness. I recommend Bernard Jensen, grass fed, no smell, no taste, and is seems higher protein per tbsp than great lakes (12g 54cal 1tbps for Bernard Jensen.) It’s like a perfect protein powder and cheaper than grass fed whey. I’ve been taking about 2-3 tbsp a day for the past month and I’m already noticing that my skin feels better and the skin under my eyes is firmer and I see less dark circles. It may be in my head but I’ve had a rotator cuff issue for months and it seems to be feeling a bit better in the past couple weeks. I love this stuff, also you can use the Collagen Hydrolysate by Great Lakes in cold drinks. It dissolves without heat and won’t create jello. It’s suppose to absorb better too. Problem is it has half the amount of protein per tbsp compared to Bernard Jensen and it’s more money. Gram to gram the Collagen Hydrolysate is like $40 to $15 for the BJ gelatin.
I make a similar coffee drink but it turns to jello. How do you prevent it from thickening? I use Vital Proteins grass-fed gelatin.
How do you prevent it from thickening? My coffee turned to goopy jello. And how much do you use?
use great lakes gelatin hydrolysate, no lumps!
I make a version of bulletproof coffee – with coconut oil, grassfed butter, coconut palm sugar, and gelatin, and use my immersion blender to blend it – works GREAT!
becasue i dont drink coffee i put my gelatin in my hot milk,i use gelatin sheets with no flavour,i soak them in cold water for 2 min and then put them in my hot milk and i drink it.
How much do you need to consume in order to get results?
Are there recommended amounts to consume daily?
I would put the gelatin and my coconut sugar in my mug and pour in a tablespoon or two of hot coffee, whisk, then add the rest of the coffee and cream. Nothing but a tiny whisk to wash and I haven’t had a lump yet.
In further research, I think instead of gelatin, what I really need for my personal health issues is collagen. Great Lakes makes that as well, so I’m going to be trying that over the next month.
If you use Great Lakes gelatin hydrolysate (water soluble) you can put it in anything and it will dissolve immediately. I put it in my coffee every morning but one night I put it in a glass of wine and I couldn’t even tell it was there.
That’s a neat twist! Gelatin in wine 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!
For those of you who are using Great Lakes products, just know that their source is not grass-fed bovine or porcine, and they don’t list antibiotics and/or hormone free. If you ask them, they’ll tell you yes to everything but if you look at their website or on their products, there’s no mention of it at all. Their lack of transparency troubled me a little. Just some added info for those who care about this sort of thing. 🙂
I would say that saying Great Lakes products aren’t grass-fed isn’t entirely true. I did look at my container and, true, there was no mention of grass-fed. However, their website FAQ’s state that their bovine gelatin comes from grass-fed cows and they say they test for antibiotics, etc. : http://www.greatlakesgelatin.com/consumer/FAQs.php . The Bernard Jensen site states that their bovine gelatin comes from cows that are grain and grass-fed but no mention of antibiotics, etc. that I could find in a quick search: http://www.bernardjensen.com/14-oz-GELATIN-POWDER–100-BOVINE_p_50.html . But thanks for the heads-up — we each have to decide what’s the most important in our health motivations.
Thanks for this info!
Doesn’t it say on the box that the gelatin must first be mixed with a cold liquid and then you add the warm liquid?
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I place1 TBSP into my mug while the water is boiling, I then pour about 1/4c of hot water over the gelatin and stir it once or twice while my teabag steeps-3min, its blended and melted by the time I pour the tea into the mug.
Thanks for posting this! I already have to make my food from scratch because of allergies and the last thing I need is more cooking! A simple way to add gelatin every day, yay! 🙂
I mix my gelatin with cold heavy cream then pour the coffee in…I also add coconut oil. Yum
I use NOW foods beef gelatin powder
Thank you! I have been doing everything minus getting out the blender to smoothly get my daily ration of gelatin into my coffee but always had that big lump that wouldn’t melt. I just used your method and it worked perfectly with no waiting, no mess and no breaking out the big blender either. Thanks so much for sharing!!
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All you have to do is get some cold water in a little bowl about 1/4 cup and sprinkle the amount of gelatin you normally use and give it a quick stir before it soaks up all the water let it sit for 3-5 minutes or while your coffee is brewing or tea is steeping, so what your doing is allowing your gelatin to bloom and then you can melt it in the microwave for a few seconds and or in a pot, and now you can pour it into your tea or coffee and you’ll never have lumps and can avoid smashing and blending and all that.. Simple and easy and it will ensure a smooth texture every time…
Allie, would that method work well with cream?
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Yes! I add collagen/gelatin to my coffee every morning! 1TBS per cup. We also add extra gelatin to things like: jello made with kombucha, cooking rice, mashed potatoes, smoothies, etc. of course any soups, stews or saucy things get extra gelatin, as well!
Can collagen/gelatin be added to iced coffee? If so any recommendations on making it smooth & not turn into jello? I don’t really drink hot coffee but do drink plenty of iced & would love to be able to add both to my diet. I’m going through some health issues where conventional medicine has failed me time & again so I’ve taken it upon myself to try & heal myself naturally.
I prefer Hydrolyzed Collagen to Gelatin in my coffee- dissolves instantly and I believe the health benefits are the same. I use Perfect Supplements brand like the one linked in the article.
I am loving Perfect Supplement’s Hydrolyzed Collagen as well. Dissolves easily in anything! I add it to so many things.
One other way is… I’ve been adding gelatin to cranberry juice (5 calorie diet) for a low calorie, deliciously filling drink. If you just sprinkle gelatin over any room temperature liquid (except pineapple juice) it will dissolve on its own instead of mashing it with a fork. It take up to maybe 10 minutes to dissolve. Then I put the drink in the microwave till hot. It’s pretty tasty. FYI drinking the mixture before heating it is pretty horrendous.
If anyone is still having troublesome gelatin lumps in your coffee or tea you can add just a little of room temperature water to the bottom of your cup first then add some gelatin, let it absorb the gelatin then add coffee.
I save 1/2 of a cup of coffee from the previous day, add 2 tablespoons creamer and let the gelatin “bloom” in that. I then pour freshly brewed coffee over that, and I have a ready to drink, lump free cup of coffee at just the right temperature.
Take 8 Tbs gelatin powder, add it to 1 cup of room temperature water and give a stir.
Let sit 25 minutes, cover and put in refrigerator.
You will have 8 portions.
Put your daily usage in your cup, boil your water and add to gelatin…
If you use a mixer or any other appliance then you will have clean-up and it can be a chore. I found the best way and easiest is to add the powder to your cup with about three tablespoons of warm water and mix until it is an even consistency. Then add your coffee and mix. Simple easy and without a lot of clean-up.
I added a teaspoon of gelatin and honey to my green tea and it was delicious.
Soaked my green tea for about 5mins before adding gelatin and honey.
I missed the afternoon fatigue today. ?
Awesome! That sounds so yummy!
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The suggestion of using 8 tbsp to 1 cup of water from above created a total fiasco for me. Not enough water and it congealed into one big one ball that you cannot break apart, even with a Nutribullet. Boiling it in water will dissolve it, but then you’ve a lot of stuff to work with so I made different flavored gelatins. But yeah, don’t do it.
I have cholesterol of 7.2 can i use gelatine in my tea, coffee, food, as I am looking for a natural aid for my arthritisand joint and bone pain.