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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Homemade Coffee Creamer

My friends tell me the one thing they can't give up is their flavored coffee creamer. I can understand. Creamy, sweet, smooth, with all sorts of different flavors to choose from. The problem is the ingredients. Have you ever read what's in those bottles? They are full of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils. As far as I can tell, most of them don't even contain milk!

So if you're hooked on store-bought creamer then today's your day. I've developed several recipes so you can make your own creamer at home. Each recipe takes about 5-10 minutes to whip up. You can double or even triple them if you'd like to have enough creamer to last a little while.

Next time you have friends over for a gathering, make a few batches of homemade creamer, put them in cute bottles and have a coffee bar. You can include whipped cream, chocolate shavings, cinnamon sticks, etc. They are also fabulous poured over hot oatmeal at breakfast.

A great alternative to regular coffee is herbal coffee. Teeccino is an herbal coffee that tastes just like the real thing. I even put the herbal mixture in my espresso pot and brew herbal espresso. No caffeine or acidity and even the kids can have a cup!

Homemade Coffee Creamer
I prefer to strain each of the creamers through a fine mesh sieve to prevent any spices floating in my coffee. If this doesn't matter to you, then simply skip this step.
Each recipe makes 2 cups

Cinnamon Strudel Creamer

1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Whisk together milk, cream, maple syrup and cinnamon in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the mixture begins to steam, remove from the heat. Stir in extracts. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Almond

1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons cacao powder
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon almond extract

Whisk together milk, cream, cacao powder, and maple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When mixture begins to steam, remove from the heat and stir in almond extract. Pour in a glass container and store in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin Spice

1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together milk, cream, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and maple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When mixture begins to steam, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator.

French Vanilla

1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 vanilla bean

Whisk together milk, cream and maple syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cut vanilla bean in half, and scrape out seeds. Add seeds and vanilla bean to milk mixture. Turn off heat, cover the pot and steep for 30 minutes. After mixture has steeped, strain through a fine mesh sieve, pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator. (If you don't have a vanilla bean on hand, simply replace it with 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract)

Peppermint Mocha

1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons cacao
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Whisk together milk, cream, maple syrup, and cacao in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When mixture begins to steam, remove from the heat and stir in the peppermint extract. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator.

This post is linked to Simple Lives Tuesday

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Blogger Maria said...

All of your flavors sound amazing!

September 9, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

What a great idea - imagine having all the flavors out at a book club with coffee. Fun!

September 9, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger WillyP & me said...

I don't use flavored creamer but I might now! Great flavors - thank you. Also, I just cut caffeine and miss the taste of coffee... I'll try the teeccino!

September 9, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Anonymous allison [a for aubergine] said...

I'm totally trying the pumpkin spice one!

September 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

I typically drink my coffee unsweetened, but these all-natural creamer flavors sound fantastic! The pumpkin spice one would be especially nice this fall. Very creative recipes :).

September 9, 2010 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Chandelle said...

These sound wonderful! My one regular processed-food indulgence is Silk hazelnut creamer. I know it's not very healthy but I just love the flavor, and I make excuses for using it since it's such a small amount. I might have to try one of these, though!

September 9, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen said...

How exciting! We are huge coffee fans, and I don't buy that store stuff because they all have transfats. I will make several of these for my Bible study gals that come here each week. How about an eggnog creamer, using egg nog? Just found some canned eggnog at our store this week. We are eggnog latte fans!

September 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Angel Reuther said...

I usually just have black coffee from my french press in the morning. But occasionally later in the day I like to have a latte with a vanilla flavored syrup. Any ideas on how to replace that? I've been wanting them every once in awhile, but feeling guilty for how yuck the syrup is. Any idea you have would be really appreciated. Thanks so much for such wonderful ideas.

September 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Andie said...

Just wanted to throw in a request for Caramel Macciato flavoring. Also wanted to say thanks for the teeccino suggestion. I have been so enjoying it and pretty much cut out caffeine without really trying because I like the taste.

September 9, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I am wondering how long they can stay in the fridge before they go bad? Just made chocolate cookies with organic whole wheat pastry flour, kids love them!

September 9, 2010 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

I'm not a coffee drinker...but I love the smell of coffee and now I really want to be! I like the idea of the herbal coffee....that sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the tip!

September 9, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger High Heels and a Sippy Cup said...

i love this! i'm thinking it is going to make our morning hot porridge a lot more appealing to my 3 little boys. thanks!

September 9, 2010 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Liz Thompson said...

Hi Carrie, can't wait to whip up a coffee creamer and have to try Teeccino. Which one is best?

September 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Alisa said...

I cant wait to try this!

September 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Amazing post! I LOVE flavored processed terrible coffee creamer, but I don't drink it often b/c I know how bad it is. Ding Dang I can't tell you how excited I am to make some of these flavors!

September 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Anonymous marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Your homemade coffee creamers are bound to be a hit in any steamy cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing these all natural, organic alternatives to the processed artificial ones. xo

September 10, 2010 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

I am so excited about these recipes! Thank you for figuring this out for all of us flavored creamer lovers!

September 10, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Oh I am so bookmarking this. Yum! My hubby is addicted to these are a must have! Thank you!

September 10, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Liz: I really like the french roast flavor. I love strong coffee so this one fits the bill!

September 10, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Jane: Yes, I'm already thinking about that one. I'll post it as the holiday season approaches.

Andie: My kids had the same request. :) I'll post that one will be a bit more involved b/c you'll have to make a small pot a caramel, but I think it will taste amazing!

September 10, 2010 at 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly I am addicted to Coffee Mate French Vanilla Creamer, but would love to steer clear of the corn syrup…thank you for this recipe. How long will the creamer last under refrigeration?

September 10, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Ranee @ Arabian Knits said...

Could you use honey in place of maple syrup? We have bees and lots of honey.

September 10, 2010 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Abaliss: It should last about 10 days.

September 10, 2010 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet said...

I am so glad you posted this! They all sound wonderful. I am not a coffee drinker, but many people have mentioned that they have a hard time giving up coffee creamers. I now know where to send them!

September 10, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Peppermint Mocha has no cocoa?

September 10, 2010 at 6:16 PM  
Anonymous application development said...

Yummy! Looks so delicious coffee. Thanks for sharing such great recipe. Keep posting. I will keep visiting this site often to learn more recipes.

September 11, 2010 at 4:48 AM  
Blogger The Urban Baker said...

can I come over right now. this warms my tummy just reading about it! can't wait to see you wednesday night. xx

September 11, 2010 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger theknowlans said...

I was so excited to see these recipes! Hubby is set on using the fake stuff, so now I can offer him something else! How long do you think these will stay fresh?

September 11, 2010 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Anonymous: Thanks for the head-up! I made the change. :)

September 11, 2010 at 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over a year ago, I gave up flavored coffee creamers...hard!! The reason was that Coffee Mate had changed its formula and they had started to leave a bitter, chemical-like taste in my mouth; when I read the label (which I had never done before) I was shocked to find out that they were literally made of chemicals!! Have been drinking black coffe ever since...just not the same! So, so happy to find your recipes and can't wait to try them all!!! Made Cinnamon Struedle this morning and LOVED it! Thank you so much!!

September 11, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

What a delicious batch of creamers! I'd like to try some of them, they sound yummy...and I drink my coffee black! Thanks for the note about the teeccino..I've never heard of it, but will definitely check it out!

September 11, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Ranee: Yes, honey would be a good replacement for the maple syrup. I'd use a light honey if possible so the flavors don't compete.

September 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Angel: You could make your own caramel sauce and store it in the fridge. It keeps for about a month in the fridge. Ina Garten's recipe is great:

but substitute the white sugar with organic whole cane sugar.

September 12, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Uh Brilliant! And I bet if you bottled the stuff and sold it at Whole Foods you'd make a bundle!

September 12, 2010 at 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Paola said...

This is so neat! Great idea, sometimes it is just about taking a minute to plan ahead, certainly worth the little-work for the much better quality. Thanks for sharing, will definitely be giving these a try.

September 13, 2010 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Nikki Moore said...

I just used that caramel recipe from Ina Garten (although I used plain white sugar) and it was a HUGE hit with my husband and our friends. Sadly it got eaten before we could try it in coffee! But I just wanted to confirm that it's a great recipe.

September 13, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

These sound delicious! Do you have any recipes for a non-flavored creamer??

September 14, 2010 at 5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I just googled all natural creamers and came upon your site. We've been using the International Delight Chocolate Caramel which we love but I do feel guilty about the ingredient list. Can't wait to try this and see the other recipes you plan to post later! :)

September 14, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Oh I can't thank you enough! I was a diehard CoffeeMate fan until I by chance read the label and gave it up cold turkey. But I admit that I really do miss all the flavors. I have printed your recipes and am going to stop at the store on the way home from work - and will skip all the way home!

September 15, 2010 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

just made the french vanilla-yum! thanks!

September 15, 2010 at 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Amanda@EasyPeasyOrganic said...

Oh you are a clever girl!! Nice work :)

September 16, 2010 at 2:25 AM  
Anonymous Deliciously Organic said...

The Bishops: 1 cup cream + 1 cup milk + 4 tablespoons maple syrup. Whisk and heat over medium until blended. Pour into a glass container and store in the fridge.

If you don't want a sweet creamer you can use a combination of the two milks above or just heavy cream.

September 16, 2010 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Diana Bauman said...

Carrie, Can I just say how excited I am that you posted to the Simple Lives blog hop. What a wonderful contribution :) I usually use raw milk, but would love to try making one of your flavored creams especially the pumpkin spice. Also, thanks for the info on teecino, I'm anxious to try it. Thanks again Carrie and have a wonderful week!

September 16, 2010 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I just made the peppermint mocha last night and it is delicious!! Next up, vanilla.

September 18, 2010 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Chandelle said...

I made the cinnamon streusel flavor this morning. I used hazelnut instead of almond and couldn't taste the flavor. I'll definitely use almond next time. But the cinnamon + maple syrup was an awesome combination! I used whole raw goat's milk instead of cow's milk or cream and the consistency was perfect. No more Silk creamer for me!

September 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

How ingenious of you! I rarely buy commercial creamers because of the unwholesome ingredients in it, but sometimes want that little extra something to flavor my coffee. I'm definitely going to try these ... if only I could decide which one to try first...

September 19, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I loved this post. I am not a coffee drinker but I like to make my own lattes, frappacino, and ice capps and these are great flavor ideas. I usually just use milk and vanilla and a tiny bit of instant coffee with honey as a sweetener. Its better than anything Starbucks makes :) I am definitely going to try the pumpkin spice one soon.

September 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is BRILLIANT!! I'm a huge coffee lover and creamer lover, and I can't wait to try all of these. My sisters are going to go wild when I share the love with them . . .

September 23, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can not wait to try this....I found your blog through tasty kitchen and I am looking forward to looking through you recipes...again, I can't wait to try the creamer!!--Susan

September 24, 2010 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Brad and Rachel said...

This all sounds delicious!! I can't wait to try them out. The pumpkin is first on the list. I lead a sewing/quilting group at church and I always try to have great new things for refreshments and your creamer will be making an appearance next week.

September 25, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

Perfect, I will be trying all of these!

September 26, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Kristina said...

Is there any trick to use so that the chocolate doesn't settle out so much in the Chocolate Almond Creamer?

September 30, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Kristina: Like most chocolate drinks the chocolate settles to the bottom when it sits. You can simply shake the creamer before serving.

October 1, 2010 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Brad and Rachel said...

This is perfect!!! Thank you so much for sharing these recipes. I made the pumpkin the other day and LOVED it. So today I whipped up the chocolate to take and share with the girls at work.
I love flavored creamer but worry about the crazy ingredients....what a wonderful simple solution this is!

October 7, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I've been meaning to let you know--my husband and I are LOVING these! We've tried the vanilla, peppermint and almond and loved them all! Although I LOVE most things pumpkin, for some reason I am not a fan of it in coffee--such a strange girl, I am! :) But thanks so much for sharing these--they will be a household staple now.

October 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Bamboo said...

Wonderful recipes - will be linking you in my blog! Have you tried it without heating the milk/cream? Does that thicken the consistency or is it to help the flavors infuse?

Any thoughts on making a replacement for plain powdered creamers that tend to thicken the coffee just a bit?


October 13, 2010 at 5:45 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

I noticed you used whole milk in your creamers; is there a substitute that can be used that has less fat? I would love to try one of these recipes, especially if I could use a different kind of milk.

October 14, 2010 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Tricia: You could use milk, but the creamer won't be as creamy. I like my creamer super creamy so that's why I chose these milks. If you're wondering why I use so much fat I wrote a post recently explaining:

October 19, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

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