How to Make Homemade Coffee Creamer

If you’re serious about your coffee, you should be serious about everything you put in it.

Buying great beans, freshly roasted and perfectly ground. Using bottled or filtered water.

Getting your water to just the right temperature. Perfecting your brew time.

That’s why so many people are turning away from store bought solutions and making their own homemade coffee creamer.

But what’s wrong with regular creamer?

And isn’t making your own just too much of a bother?


What is Homemade Creamer, and Why Should You Make It?

As the name suggests, coffee creamer is what you add to coffee in place of cream. It gives the same mouth-feel as adding fresh cream, but without having to remember to go to the store every other day.

It comes in liquid, powder, dairy and nondairy variants and you can buy it from your local grocery store.

So why go through the bother of making your own?

You’ll know what goes in it.

If you buy pre-made you might be surprised by what goes into your creamer. Make your own and you’ll know exactly what ingredients were used. Want to use organic milk? No artificial sweeteners?

No problem. Just tweak the recipe until you’ve got what you want.

You can make it allergy friendly.

If there are certain foods that you must avoid, you can make sure they don’t get into your creamer.

Whether it’s avoiding dairy, gluten or making sure it’s fully vegan, there are creamer recipes that will suit you.

You can be happy with the ethics.

Choose organic ingredients, buy locally to spare food miles, or choose a brand that gives farmers a good deal. If you have issues with some of the business practices of large companies, you may want to let your wallet do the talking.

If you buy fair-trade beans, you’ll want to make sure your creamer is ethical too.


Homemade Coffee Creamer vs Store Bought

If you go to the store, you can pick up coffee creamer with very little effort. Reach up, put a hand around it and pop it in your basket. Depending on the brand, creamer is either liquid or powder.

The liquid kind is simply poured into your hot drink, while the powder needs a little more stirring to incorporate it.

As well as regular flavours, you can also buy flavoured creamer. Hazelnut, vanilla, chocolate and others are available.

We’ve already discussed some of the downsides of commercial creamer. As you know, freshness is important when it comes to coffee. Freshly roasted, ground and brewed is the best; so why put something into your coffee that’s been sitting around on the shelf for who knows how long?

With you own creamer, you can make it in small batches and keep it as fresh as you like.

There’s nothing to stop you experimenting with adding your own flavours. And you can make sure that nothing nasty goes into it.

That includes sugar! If you’re following a low or no sugar diet, then making your own sugar-free condensed milk is a great step for your health. Consider stevia as an alternative if you want the same sweetness.

It may cost a little more to make your own, if you’re choosy about what goes into it. But, if you’ve got a little spare time, there’s really no other downsides to making your own creamer.


How to Make Your Own Coffee Creamer

Coffee creamer is essentially a mixture of sweetened, condensed milk, and cream or milk.

If you’re vegan, or you want to avoid dairy products, then you can substitute coconut milk into the recipe.

While your local store may not carry this in stock, you should be able to order it via a health food store.

But, if you’re serious about what you put in your coffee, you’ll want to DIY all the way.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Fresh milk
  • Sugar
  • Flavourings

Step One – Making your own condensed milk

PRO TIP

PRO TIP: If you’re short on time you can buy store-bought condensed milk. Alternatively, you can quickly make your own using powdered milk. Making your own condensed milk is a simple matter of adding milk and sugar to a pan. You then warm the mixture gently to dissolve the sugar. Once no crystals are visible on the spoon when you lift it out, bring to a gentle simmer and leave until the milk has reduced to about half the volume.

You may need to remove frothy ‘scum’ from the surface occasionally, but after around 35 minutes you’ll have a creamy, thickened milk product to use.

Watch this video to see Gemma Stafford make 2 ingredient Condensed Milk:

Or watch this Vegan DIY with Revolution in Bloom:

PRO TIP

PRO TIP: You can leave out the sugar here if you need to watch your intake. If you’d like to replace it with a sweetener, make sure that it is heat stable. Stevia is a great option, but you can also use Splenda or similar. Check the packet to calculate quantities.

Step Two - Combine

When you have the condensed milk, mix it 1:1 with your choice of milk; full fat, half fat or soy all work fine. You can leave it like that, if all you want is something creamy. If you want to ring the changes, then try adding different flavours.

Step Three – Flavour

If you’re using essences or extracts, then mix about 1-2 tsp per cup of base. 

Here are some of our favourite ideas:

  • French vanilla: 50/50 mix of vanilla and hazelnut extracts.
  • Bitter Chocolate: Add chocolate syrup, or cocoa powder & sweeten to taste.
  • Sweet Chocolate: Add chocolate syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Caramel: Caramel Syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Cinnamon: 50/50 cinnamon powder and vanilla extract.
  • Almond: Almond extract.
  • Pumpkin Spice: 25/75 mix of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Add pumpkin puree to taste.
  • Peppermint Bark: 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder, 50/50 peppermint and vanilla extract.

Step Four - Store

Keep your creamer in a mason jar (if you’re not already using it for cold brew). It should keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Believe it or not, that’s really all there is to it. I bet you’re wondering why you ever bought creamer before, aren’t you? All it takes is a little time and effort, and you can be proudly drinking a brew with your own homemade coffee creamer.

Yum.


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