Homemade coffee creamer in two flavors with spices. Homemade coffee creamer in two flavors with spices. Israeli Kitchen Serving homemade coffee creamer is a great way to impress overnight guests. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Make your own coffee creamer with just 3 ingredients

Vegan? Avoiding sugar? Tired of cheap imitations? We've got a couple delicious versions of creamer to fit any diet.

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  • Yield: 2-3 cups creamer
  • Prep time: 5 minutes

It’s amazing how many homes (and offices) I’ve been to that have plenty of coffee and tea, but no creamer to be found. What – you want us to be happy with plain old milk? Or that nasty powdered substitute? I don’t think so. This recipe is for all those friends and family who’ve hosted me and dared to forget that if I’m going to have coffee, there'd better be something sweet, creamy and naturally flavored to turn that bitter drink into a hot sip of heaven.

We’re going to share with you two ways to make your own creamer – one dairy, the other vegan and sugar-free. Whichever way you choose, homemade coffee creamer gives you control over the things that matter – ingredients, flavor and sweetness. And to top it all off, you can drink easy knowing there are no chemicals or artificial ingredients in your morning joe.

Ingredients

    For vegan and sugar free:

  • 16 ounces coconut milk
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)
  • 4 tablespoons date syrup*
  • For dairy:

  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 ounces milk (2% works great)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • More flavor additions:

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract

Directions

Vegan/sugar-free creamer:

Pour coconut milk in a glass jar.

Slice vanilla bean down the center, and scrape the seeds into the jar. (You can stick the scraped vanilla bean into a separate jar of sugar to create your own vanilla sugar to use in baking – it’s wonderful!) Alternatively, add a tablespoon vanilla extract.

Add date syrup, and secure lid. Shake 20-30 seconds or until fully incorporated.

Dairy creamer:

Pour condensed milk into a jar. Add milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Shake for 20-30 seconds or until ingredients are fully incorporated. You can also use an immersion blender to blend the ingredients.

Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

*You can make your own date syrup by processing a cup of pitted, moist dates with a cup of hot water. Store extra syrup in the refrigerator. (If dates are dry, soak in warm water for 30 minutes first, discard water, and then proceed with instructions.)

Related Topics: Drinks and smoothies, Vegetarian

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