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…).
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. 🙁 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.
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. 😉
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. 🙂
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!)
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)
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.
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?
Will You Make Your Own Coffee Creamer?
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