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How to Make Your Own Coffee Creamer

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DIY Coffee Creamer?

Have a group of friends coming over, and you suddenly realize you’re out of creamer? Who says you have to leave your dessert and rush off to the store? With just a couple of simple ingredients, you can have homemade creamer in no time. 

Read on to see how you can make your own creamer and learn other coffee-enhancing tricks for a delightful kick to the palate.

What Is a Coffee Creamer?

Despite popular belief, coffee creamer is not the same as cream. Although cream (or milk) is one of the main ingredients in the authentic creamer recipe, the two are very different. If you’ve ever used both in your coffee, then you know what I am talking about.

Creamer is more than just the white stuff that mellows your coffee and gives it a pleasant mouthfeel. It is thick, rich, and beautifully packed with flavor that completely transforms your cup. 

Besides cream, condensed milk, flavors, and spices are also combined for this ultimately creamy coffee add-in.

How to Make Coffee Creamer at Home

To make coffee creamer, you don’t need fancy and hard-to-find ingredients. In fact, you probably already have everything you need to prepare a homemade version, in your pantry.

Recipe 1

The first version for coffee creamer is made with sweetened condensed milk.

You will need:

  1. 14 ounces canned Sweetened Condensed Milk
  2. 1 ½ – 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  3. 1 ¾ cups Skim Milk

The process is super simple. You just take a jar, dump all of the ingredients inside, seal it, give it a powerful shake, and store. You can use the creamer for as long as it is safe for you to consume the milk used.

Recipe 2

The second version is for those that do not like the sugary stuff (nor the condensed milk).

You will need:

  • 6 tbsp Butter
  • 2 2/3 cups dry Milk Powder
  • 1 cup Sweetener by choice
  • ¾ cup Boiling Water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Place the ingredients in the bowl of your blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a jar and store.

When Do You Add Creamer?

Whether you choose it to add it after you’ve poured your brew or before, there is no right or time. Most people do it at the end, just before consuming, so they can give an immediate stir and judge whether they’ve used the correct amount by the color of their Java.

11 Coffee Add-Ins That Are Not Coffee Creamer

Although nothing will make your coffee as creamy and thick, other ingredients can also seriously enhance your morning cup. Here are our top 11 coffee add-ins:

Butter – It may not be an obvious choice, but butter can add fat to make your Java richer.

Honey If you like your coffee sweet, then you might want to substitute the sugar for its healthier cousin.

Cacao Butter Love all things chocolate? How about a fatty, chocolate-flavored coffee? Add a dollop and see the difference.

Oil MCT and coconut oil are not only healthy, but they also taste great in your coffee.

PumpkinAdd a teaspoon or two of canned pumpkin puree and taste the difference.

Coconut CreamWhip it and add it on top of your brew for a desert-like coffee experience.

SpicesCinnamon, ginger, or even turmeric – whatever your seasoning of choice, you cannot go wrong.

IceA couple of ice cubes will take the edge of the strong roast and dilute the flavor.

Egg Yolks Don’t be disgusted by this and give it a try. These emulsifiers will bring silkiness to your cups that your taste buds will genuinely enjoy.

Collagen PowderAlthough the taste will not be that much different, collagen powder will give you a protein kick to start your day off well.

Better Roast If you want your coffee to taste great, don’t settle for cheap or stale coffee. Aim for high quality, and your palate will be grateful.

Does Coffee Creamer Last Longer than Half and Half?

Homemade coffee creamer has no artificial ingredients or preservatives to prolong its expiration date.

With that in mind, you can expect it to last about the same time as regular cream does in your fridge. Your homemade creamer will be safe to consume for a week, although you will probably be making a batch every couple of days or so.


And voila! That’s how easy it is to make your own creamer to spice up that black cup of morning Java. Now that you know how to make a homemade version, I bet creamer will never be found in your shopping cart again.

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