Coffee creamer is widely used by coffee drinkers all over the world. Creamer is commonly added to coffees from Latin America’s cafe con leche to Vietnamese coffee. Coffee creamer, unlike milk, can add flavor and texture to coffee. After adding coffee creamer, the texture of the coffee will thicken and produce a milky flavor.
The fats in coffee creamer improve the “mouthfeel” of a cup of coffee. Coffee commonly has a small body, drinking it black therefore feels like just drinking water. Adding fats from coffee creamer to coffee changes the texture, making it thicker and, when done correctly, giving it a velvety smoothness.
You don’t have to go to the store to get a coffee creamer that adds texture to your coffee. You can now make coffee creamer in your kitchen with just three ingredients!
And once you’ve tried our homemade coffee creamer, you’ll never go back to store-bought. Another benefit is, knowing exactly what went into your coffee creamer will make you feel good. Homemade creamer can also be stored in the refrigerator.
Why should you make your own coffee creamer?
The benefit of making your own coffee creamer is that you know exactly what ingredients went into it and how fresh they are. Other benefits are:
- No additives – Store-bought coffee creamers often have long ingredient lists and contain unknown preservatives, additives, and artificial flavors. This homemade creamer requires only three ingredients, all of which you most likely already have in your kitchen.
- Sweetened just right – unlike store-bought creamers, homemade creamer is not overly sweet, and you can even add condensed milk to taste if you prefer less sweetness.
- Tastier – Sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract taste great with coffee. The addition of half and half results in a silky smooth and balanced cup of coffee.
Ingredients to make coffee creamer at home
- Half and Half (whole milk and heavy cream) – it adds creaminess for a cup of coffee without leaving an oily film. Half and half is essentially made from milk and heavy cream, so you can make your own if you prefer.
- Condensed milk – use a standard 14 oz jar. It adds a milky sweetness.
- Vanilla extract – This is optional, but it does add a nice layer of flavor by adding vanilla to your coffee creamer. If you do not have homemade vanilla extract, you can purchase it at a store.
How to make homemade coffee creamer
- Combine half and half, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract to a canning jar (32 oz is prefered).
- Cover and shake – screw the lid on tightly and shake the creamer until well combined (you can also whisk it up).
- Store – keep the creamer covered and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
- Remove – after 2 weeks from the refrigerator and your homemade coffee creamer is ready to be mixed with your favorite black coffee.
- How can I make my coffee creamer healthier?
If you want a low calorie coffee creamer you can substitute condensed milk with coconut cream.
- Is it cheaper to make your own coffee creamer than the store bought coffee creamer?
It depends. If you are using all organic and great quality ingredients, it may cost you more, but you will ultimately have higher quality creamer.
- Can I add different flavorings?
Aside from vanilla extract, you can use a different extract such as almond extract or hazelnut extract.