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Have you ever had one of those mornings when, in your half asleep state, you reach for the creamer and realize you are out?! Seriously! Sure, you might say, “Just put some milk in it”, but I am just not a “milk in my coffee” kind of girl. I just like the rich creamy taste of creamer and not just any creamer, mind you, but French Vanilla Creamer. I then decided to try Homemade Coffee creamer.

Homemade Coffee creamer

I wanted to find a recipe for homemade creamer so I could try to make my own – preferably with materials I had on hand. So, I went scouring the World Wide Web and found a plethora of Coffee Creamer recipes, all of which are basically the same:

Sweetened Condensed Milk, 14 oz can
Milk (any variety), 14 oz
Flavoring of Your Choice

Mix together your ingredients and shake vigorously! That is it! PLEASE be sure to use a container that has a tight seal or you will have quite the mess on your hands (I’m guessing…).

The Attempt

Seems simple enough! I did try a few different variations to find the combination I preferred the most. I will tell you that I thought I would be clever and try to come up with a lower fat/lower calorie version of homemade creamer by using coconut milk instead of sweetened condensed milk.

In my opinion – utter failure. πŸ™ To me, it tasted too much like coconut and was not nearly as creamy as I like my creamer. I was quite disappointed. Now, if you like coconut milk, then this might be a viable option for you – it was just not for me.

homemade coffee creamer ingredients

The Result

What I did end up liking the BEST was the sweetened condensed milk (nice and sweet and creamy) with Almond Milk (instead of whole milk or 2% milk). Almond milk is actually healthier than whole or 2% milk so technically it is a tad better. πŸ˜‰

Since I like French Vanilla Creamer, I decided to try the Almond Milk with vanilla flavoring. On top of that I added 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and it was… perfect! Even better than my normal creamer because I did not need to add any extra sugar! Don’t judge me, but I like my coffee a nice light brown color and I like it sweet! So the fact that I did not have to add additional sugar is a good thing. This creamer was, if I haven’t said it before, perfect. πŸ™‚

It is saving you money.

Now, some of you may be saying, “Why should I make my own? Besides being in a pinch, what is in it for me to make my own?” Well, I have a cost break down for you that might help you make your mind up.

Liquid Coffee Creamer costs about $2 each. Now sometimes we can find a coupon (like now) for about $0.50 off, so let’s just say we can get a 16 ounce bottle of liquid creamer for $1.50 – that is $0.09 per ounce.

Here is the breakdown for making it yourself:

Sweetened Condensed Milk, 14 oz can – $1.29 (bought generic brand at Aldi) = $0.09 per ounce
Hiland Almond Milk, ½ Gallon – $1.50 (after coupon) = $0.02 per ounce

That comes to just $0.06 per ounce or $0.88 for a 16 oz bottle! Talk about a savings! (Plus don’t forget, we will get Sweetened Condensed milk even cheaper around the holidays!)

homemade coffe creamerYou can make different flavors.

If French Vanilla is not your flavor of choice, then you can always add different flavors to your base. I added vanilla because that is MY flavor of choice.

Here are a couple of the more popular choices:

1-2 tablespoons Hazelnut extract (instead of vanilla)

Irish Creme
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Make Homemade Coffee Creamer

You can simply leave the classic creamer base as is if you don’t care for flavors in your coffee. If you do this, you know your cost will be under $1 for a 16 oz container! That is a great price. Even if you decide to add different flavors to your creamer, you will not be adding very much cost, so you are still looking at quite a savings from buying the pre-made varieties at the market.

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So, what will you do? Will you try making your own creamer and saving yourself some money? I challenge you to commit to making your own and seeing how much money you will save over the course of a month… and a year! Who’s with me?

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  1. I’m difinitely going to try this! I’m a French Vanilla CoffeeMate person, too, and my day just isn’t right without it! This does sound like a healthier alternative because it’s not going to have trans-fats and stuff in it! I can’t wait to make it.

  2. I will certainly give it a try! I like vanilla caramel, my hubby likes Peppermint mocha. might try the peppermint extract in his. not sure how to accomplish the caramel part of the vanilla caramel. do they make caramel extract?! Lol!

  3. Found this site via Pinterest & couldn’t wait to try it out! I usually drink coffee every morning at work, so taking into account the cost of a 16 oz container being purchased every week-two weeks…it added up! I just tried this concoction out for the first time this evening so I would have it ready to go tomorrow. I had to read…and then re-read the directions. Two steps?! No way! Low and behold, pour, shake and done. I was a little hesitant to taste test it, as I couldn’t understand how something so cheap (and ridiculously easy) could taste like the real deal. However, I’m excited to say that it tasted just like the store name brand I usually buy! My flavor was vanilla extract, but I imagine any flavor (or lack thereof) would be just as good.
    Thanks so much for this cost-effective cheat! I’ll definitely be using it from here on out!

  4. You can make sweetened condensed coconut milk. It’s a can of coconut milk and about 2-3 tbsp honey. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 2 hours.. Super good!

  5. I wish there was ways to make creamer without using sweet and condensed milk. Could you figure out a way by just using milk sugar and vanilla extract? I’d very much appreciate it. Every attempt I make trying, it fails..miserably!

    1. What is your objection to sweetened condensed milk? Sweetened condensed milk is milk and sugar that is cooked until in is thickened (condensed))……. So,tis recipe contains EXACTLY what you are asking for….. MILK, SUGAR and VANILLA EXTRACT!

      1. I don’t have a problem with sweetened condensed milk, but it often can be expensive. We were were trying to save money and make it the cheapest.

  6. Bit confused as to where you got your numbers…
    $.09 oz condensed milk
    $.02 oz milk
    That is $.11 oz or $1.76 per 16oz

    1. The recipe is 14 oz condensed milk + 14 oz milk.

      Here’s how the math works out:

      For 16 oz of creamer you need 8oz of each,
      (0.09 * 8) + (0.02 * 8) = 0.88

      0.88 / 16 = 0.055 per oz, rounded to 0.06.

  7. I had not thought about making my own coffee creamer but that is a great idea. I have rice milk in the cupboard (that I got free with coupon)….wonder if it will be as good as almond milk. Great because you could make it different flavors based on what you want buy just splitting it into two containers too!!!

  8. Thanks! Got on your site to see your recipe on Homemade Cornbread Mix and got a bonus recipe with the homemade coffee creamer recipe.

  9. You can also use Coffee Flavor syrups to make the other flavors you like but your using the recipe as follows:

    1 14 oz. can condensed milk
    2 cup milk
    1/3 cup of torani/divinci coffee flavor syrups

    if your making a smaller batch:

    1 8oz. can condensed milk
    1- 1 1/2 cup milk
    1/8-1/4 cup coffee flavor syrup.

    Either way shake to enjoy. I use fat free milk so it does tend to lower the calories a bit.

  10. I prefer unflavored coffee lightened with powdered creamer. I stock, as a substitute, canned evaporated milk (cheaper than sweetened condensed milk). Sweeten with honey. Refrigerate leftover evaporated milk in covered glass or plastic to use (within a few days) in baking, scrambled eggs or white sauce.

  11. I looked up the nutritional label on sweetened condensed milk and it has a ton of calories from fat and sugar;trying to lose weight, is this better than coffee mate, a little milk and sugar?

  12. You can make it low sugar/sugar free by doing the following:

    1) Use sugar-free flavoring syrup. Both Davinci and Torani have sugar-free options using Splenda. Davinci in turn also has an all-natural line which utilizes natural ingredients (nothing artificial)…. their All-Natural northwest raspberry or turkish hazelnut flavorings are VERY good.

    2) Make your own sweetened condensed milk. Here’s a recipe I’ve used before:

    [Makes approx 8oz sweetened condensed milk]

    1-1/2 C. milk (whole or 2%)
    1/2 C. granulated sugar, Splenda, or honey
    1/4 tsp vanilla extract, if desired

    – Heat milk and sugar over medium heat until it’s just steaming, then lower the heat and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the mixture has thickened slightly.

    – When the mixture has reduced by about half, stir in the vanilla extract. Let it cool completely. Store in fridge up to 2 weeks.

    Making your own sweetened condensed milk rather than buying canned just adds to the savings- and it tastes better, too.