Upgrade Your Coffee Creamer With The Easiest Recipe Ever

August 4, 2015
by Michelle Pellizzon for Thrive Market
Upgrade Your Coffee Creamer With The Easiest Recipe Ever

When the largest coffee shop chain in the world announced the arrival of coconut milk lattes and creamers on its menus, health-conscious fans rejoiced. Something other than watered down milk or hormone-heavy cream! Good news, yes?

Hate to break it to you, but the "coconut milk" that you're opting for instead of dairy milk at that big chain? Its fourteen ingredient list is loaded with artificial additives, cane sugar, and carrageenan (a thickener) which doesn't make it a much better option if you're looking for a healthier coffee drink.

As gross as the ingredients on the suspicious coconut creamer may seem, typical non-dairy creamers that you find in the grocery store aren't much better. Most are loaded with artificial sweeteners and sugar, on top of preservatives that help them stay on the shelf (and in your fridge) for longer.

Avoid the nasty stuff and keep the benefits of coffee unadulterated by making your own vegan coffee creamer at home. With under five ingredients, it's simple and blends into coffee just like conventional creamer.

Homemade Vegan Coffee Creamer

1/2 cup raw cashews
1 1/2 cups purified water, plus more for soaking
Small pinch sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon raw honey, or more to taste

Place cashews in a large bowl, cover fully with purified water, put a lid on it, and soak overnight.

Drain soaked cashews and discard soaking liquid. Rinse well.

Place cashews, 1 1/2 cups water, and salt in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.

Line a strainer with cheesecloth and place over a bowl. Pour the cashew mixture into the strainer. Press all the cashew milk from the strainer, and discard the solids.

Return cashew milk to cleaned blender and combine with coconut oil, coconut milk, and honey. Blend until well incorporated.

Store in fridge up to 3 days.

Vanilla Creamer

For a vanilla flavored creamer, stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the finished creamer.

Hazelnut Creamer

For a hazelnut creamer, replace the cashews with the same amount of raw hazelnuts.

Chocolate Almond Creamer

For a chocolate-almond creamer, add a teaspoon or two of raw cacao to the blender at the same time as the coconut oil, coconut milk, and raw honey. Stir in 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract at the end.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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9 thoughts on “Upgrade Your Coffee Creamer With The Easiest Recipe Ever”

  • Grace Aldridge
    Grace Aldridge August 7, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Surprised this only lasts three days - why does it go bad so quickly?

    • Jenn

      It goes bad quickly because there aren't any preservatives in it. I make a batch of cashew or almond milk about every two days in my house.

  • Joe

    honey is NOT vegan Ms. Pellizzon... However agave syrup works well and the recipe is delish.

    • Jenn

      Agave syrup is even more processed than cane sugar. I agree, honey isn't completely vegan. But at that point, choosing either cane sugar or honey over agave syrup is much better. Calling it "Homemade non-dairy creamer" would have been a much better choice. Personally, I'm not a vegan, but I am completely dairy free. Searching for a vegan creamer is much easier to get a good web result than searching for "non dairy" because it brings back results with dairy in it as well.

    • Ann

      Agreed, honey is not vegan and this recipe should not be titled "vegan" for that reason. Agave is problematic too, as Jenn indicates in her reply, though I don't think cane sugar is any better. If you're going to sweeten, look for the least processed sweetener you can find, maybe organic maple syrup would work. I probably just won't include a sweetening agent in mine, I don't really like sweet coffee.

    • Michelle

      Hey Joe,

      Thanks for your comment! Some vegans do consider honey vegan, and because it contains valuable nutrients in raw form we used it in this recipe. But your point is well-taken, "dairy-free" would probably have been a better recipe title! If you want to avoid honey altogether, you can throw a few dates into the recipe in lieu of honey for added (vegan) sweetness. Keep on thriving!

  • Stella Jane

    I use only organic sucanat because it is DRIED and does not have crystal which prove it was cooked even if the "label" says "raw sugar" Dried sugar gives the mildest flavor of sweetness which I appreciate as I only learned to LOVE COFFEE once it was organic and free trade. But I can have goat milk which comes raw with cream on top.

  • Alex Stone

    The coffee company that I used to buy wholesale from recently switched from plain (albeit house made) almond milk to something similar to this recipe and it really was the best tasting creamer alternative I've ever had! I wanted to buy a gallon from them!

  • Vickie Fox

    This is a great alternative. I have stayed away from Starbucks anymore for making latte's because when asking to read the ingredients for their coconut milk or almond milk it had way to many ingredients including "sugar" and I am staying away from sugar or extra ingredients.

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