Love coffee creamer, but hate all the chemicals and added sugar? Here’s how to make homemade coffee creamer that’s healthy and free of refined sugar plus how to make flavored coffee creamer with just 5 ingredients. This post is sponsored by Horizon Organic.
If you asked me what food I’ve had the hardest time giving up since choosing a clean eating lifestyle, without a doubt, it would be coffee creamer.
Before giving up sugar, I would indulge daily in a thick, creamy, flavored coffee. And I LOVED it. (More on that here!)
In fact, I loved it so much I didn’t want to give it up. Slowly, but surely, I was able to reduce my dependence on it by learning to enjoy coffee with just a little coconut milk or some pure maple syrup.
But that warm cozy feeling of watching the thick, sweet creamer swirl around gorgeously in my coffee never really goes away – it’s just less of a need.
Is Coffee Creamer Bad For You?
Unfortunately, most store-bought coffee creamers are very unhealthy for you. They contain high amounts of sugars, fats, and chemicals. Even the sugar-free and/or fat-free options contain bad stuff so they’re no better.
What’s in Coffee Creamer?
Here are the ingredients in what was my favorite brand (Coffee-Mate Hazelnut Creamer):
- Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil
- Sodium Caseinate (a Milk Derivative)
- Disodium Phosphate
- Mono- and Diglycerides
- Cellulose Gel
- Cellulose Gum
- Color Added
- Natural and Artificial Flavors
Overall, not a very pretty picture. First off, there are waaaaay too many ingredients here for a very simple mixture (you can read more about that here). Second, there is partially hydrogenated oil which is very bad for you, along with a slew of very processed ingredients.
Rather, here are the ingredients for my healthy homemade creamer recipe:
- Horizon Organic whole milk <– LOVE
- Pure maple syrup
- Arrowroot starch
- Pure vanilla extract
All whole ingredients, all waaaaay better for you. All just as tasty as the fake stuff you’ve been used to.
How to Make Homemade Coffee Creamer
You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make homemade coffee creamer. What once was a magical solution of sweet goodness is really just a few simple ingredients for coffee bliss.
Here are the easy steps for how to make homemade coffee creamer:
- Prepare homemade condensed milk using raisins and whole milk
- Combine condensed milk with more whole milk, pure maple syrup, arrowroot starch, and vanilla extract
That’s seriously it. Have it ready for your morning coffee or an afternoon iced coffee. So easy and so simple.
How to Make Different Flavors of Coffee Creamer
This homemade coffee creamer makes a great base recipe for adding different types of flavors to your creamer. As written, this recipe is a vanilla flavored coffee creamer, but you could replace the vanilla extract with any of the following for more flavor options:
- Hazelnut extract
- Chocolate extract
- Peppermint extract
- Maple extract
- Coconut extract
- Almond extract
I think you get the idea – add any flavor you like or even combine flavors, like almond and chocolate or chocolate and peppermint. You can also not add any extract for a plain flavor, if you’d prefer.
Also, can we talk about this homemade condensed milk? Like: hello! This simple CLEAN condensed milk recipe can be used in any recipe that calls for condensed milk. It’s a game changer just by itself 🙂
What’s your favorite flavor of coffee creamer? Let me know in the comments below!
- 2 cups Horizon Organic whole milk
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 1/2 cups condensed milk (see recipe above)
- 1 cup Horizon Organic whole milk
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp arrowroot starch
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract*
Strain the raisins from the milk using a fine mesh strainer; discard the raisins.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 1/2 cups of the homemade condensed milk, Horizon Organic whole milk, pure maple syrup, and arrowroot starch.
Cook the mixture for 6-8 minutes, or until the mixture stars to thicken and almost begins to bubble.
Remove from heat and add in the pure vanilla extract, and stir to combine.
Transfer to a sealable container and store in the fridge until ready to use. Keeps for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
* You can add whatever flavor you like at this point. Options include hazelnut extract, chocolate extract, maple syrup extract, almond extract, and peppermint extract.
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