Got coffee addiction?
coofEven for those of us who chose not to consume dairy products, there’s nothing that can compare to starting the day with a caramel-brown cup of coffee that’s sweetened with the perfect amount of creamer.
I’m a bear in the morning before I’ve had my first dose of caffeine, and adopting a vegan diet didn’t change that for me. I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect vegan coffee creamer when I made the lifestyle switch, but all the options I found on store shelves seemed to be lacking.
The good news? Making homemade vegan coffee creamer is simpler, cheaper, and more delicious than you’d ever expect.
Best of all, you get to control exactly what winds up in every batch, ensuring you can keep those questionable artificial ingredients far away from your body.
And for the culinary creative, there are so many ways to tweak each recipe that you can make your creamer taste exactly how you prefer it.
Once you start making your vegan creamer, you’ll never want to go back to premade versions, so check out my personal recipe suggestions to get started!
Steps for Making Your Own Vegan Creamer
Making homemade vegan creamer is so easy that I hardly follow a recipe. Instead, I tweak each batch depending on my personal preferences for the milk, sweetening agent and flavoring I’m feeling that day. It’s that easy!
1. Choose Your Milk
Milk is the foundational ingredient for any creamer, and vegan varieties are no exception. Below are some of the types of ‘milk’ that make for great creamers, and the positives of each one.
Condensed Coconut Milk: Sweet, thick, and oh-so-creamy, this creamer base can be a little overwhelming for anyone that isn’t partial to coconut flavoring. Personally, I can’t get enough of it!
Almond Milk: Thinner in consistency than coconut milk, almond milk is also milder in flavor and less sweet. Sometimes I mix it with dried dates to enhance the flavor.
Cashew Milk: Creamy and easy to make, cashew milk tastes the most like nonvegan creamer to me.
Coconut Milk Powder: For an instant coffee creamer that doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge, coconut milk powder can’t be beat! Just keep in mind that it tends to be high in fat.
2. Choose Your Sweetener
While it’s technically possible to enjoy coffee without sugar, I don’t understand why anyone would do that to themselves. Vegans aren’t all that limited by the kinds of sweeteners they can use, (though most stay away from honey), but I prefer the following options.
Maple Sugar/Syrup: This thin syrup adds a subtle level of sweetness to any creamer recipe, and it’s especially appropriate for the fall and winter months.
Unsweetened Cocoa: if you don’t want to add unnecessary calories to your coffee, this natural chocolate ingredient adds a hint of flavor without added sugar.
Stevia: This plant is 20 times sweeter than table sugar but without the calories, meaning it’s an ideal for adding a subtle sweetness to any vegan creamer.
Table Sugar: Why mess with what works? If you enjoy table sugar, feel free to add a few tablespoons to your creamer recipe to enhance the flavor.
3. Choose your Flavoring
And now for my favorite part- finding ways to make my vegan creamer different than everything in the grocery store! I love to experiment with various flavor combinations, and I invite you to unleash your creativity for this step.
Feel free to store your creamer in separate tiny bottles so that you can create a collection of flavors that reflect your different cravings throughout the week.
Some of my favorite creamer flavor ideas include the following:
French Vanilla: Whether you chose to go back to the source with a vanilla bean itself or merely use a few teaspoons of vanilla extract, it’s hard to go wrong with this classic creamer flavor.
Chocolate Almond: A scoop or two of cocoa powder with a teaspoon of almond extract makes for a satisfying creamer recipe.
Strudel: Craving baked goods? Try adding a dash each of cinnamon, vanilla, and almond extract to your creamer to get you up in the morning without turning to cinnamon rolls.
Irish Crème: I love how much this creamer recipe tastes like a warm hug, and it’s one of my go-to flavors for chilly mornings. To make it, mix two tablespoons of chocolate syrup with a pinch of instant coffee, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Yummmmm!
4. Mix Together and Enjoy
Now, I’m going to share with you how I make my creamer and use it every morning! You can premix your ingredients ahead of time, or make them fresh for every cup. For one cup of coffee, my general rule of thumb is to add 2 to 4tbsp of milk, 1 to 2tbsp of chosen sweetener, and flavoring to taste.
Of, course, this recipe can change depending on the mix I’m going with, but that’s the beauty of it; you can mix and match to find what you like. Yummy and healthy, just the way I like it.
Once assembled, your homemade vegan coffee creamer should last for several weeks in the fridge. Most likely, though, it will be gone long before then, and you’ll be making a new batch sooner than you expect.
Trust me, that’s a good thing.
About the Author
Ashley Woodward is a nutritionist, fitness buff and the founder of VeganCookbook.com. Her goal is to help as many people as possible learn about the benefits of eating vegan, and to share her passion with other people who also have a love for cooking and trying new recipes. And if there’s something you want to see or ask, don’t hesitate to reach out, she’ll be happy to help!