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the clean, dairy-free creamer to get obsessed about.

the clean, dairy-free creamer to get obsessed about.

It doesn't matter if you're lactose intolerant, allergic to dairy, vegan or just dairy-free by choice; there's a serious demand for creamer without the dairy. We peruse grocery store shelves stocked with soy, almond and coconut milk variations—just like most other health nuts—but we're still not satisfied.

If the creamer is affordable, it typically contains carrageenan, dextrose, cane sugar (which is still sugar) or some other ingredient we find less than desirable. If there's a creamer that's strictly cream plus milk and has no sugar, it's usually expensive, small and not very practical to budget for.

This has not only been my experience, but it's been a topic that seems to keep coming up. And, the other night, my good friend and fellow blogger Elisabeth from The Girl Who Couldn't Eat Anything told me she came up with her own delicious creamer recipe. (Oh, you know I jumped on that.)

Elisabeth has had the same creamer issues as the rest of us. She even ordered a dairy-free creamer to try, and then found it in a local health food store only to be disappointed at the price tag.

"Of course I was shocked by the price, and then when I went back, it was not in stock and that happened several times," she said. "So I thought: regular half and half is made with half cream and half milk. What would be the diary-free equivalent?"

That's when she came up with the simplest, cleanest creamer recipe ever. But, here's the kicker: It's completely customizable—meaning, yes, you can create your own favorite flavors.

diy dairy-free creamer

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You just need two main ingredients: full-fat canned coconut milk and almond or cashew milk. You can take it a step further by making your own nut milk, too. (Here's an easy guide.) Elisabeth had used half canned coconut milk and half almond milk in so many cream soups and sauces, and she thought using this combo to make creamer was definitely worth a shot.

"I also loved this idea because I could control the sugar—so many diary-free creamers had tons of sugar in them," Elisabeth told me. "So, I tried it and fell in love!"

original creamer recipe

This is Elisabeth's original dairy-free creamer recipe:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 1 cup canned full-fat coconut milk (at room temp or if making in the winter when the coconut has gotten solid, warm it up in a saucepan first)

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, grade B is best (totally optional!)

Pour the milks into a container with a tight lid. Add the maple syrup, if using. Close the lid and SHAKE WELL. Add to coffee and enjoy! Should keep in the fridge for at least a week, maybe a bit longer. Shake before using EVERY TIME.

variations

These flavors were cooked up and sent over especially for you. Feel special. ;)

vanilla

  • 8 oz vanilla almond milk (Vanilla cashew milk is good, too!)

  • 8 oz full-fat canned coconut milk

  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (Homemade is awesome!)

almond

  • 8 oz vanilla almond or cashew milk

  • 8 oz full-fat canned coconut milk

  • 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon almond extract (The one I used had alcohol in it, and that's why there's a variation in amounts.)

pumpkin spice

  • 8 oz vanilla almond or cashew milk

  • 8 oz full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger, cloves

  • Nutmeg to taste (I use freshly grated nutmeg, and that tends to have a stronger flavor. I just used a couple of scraps.)

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Don't forget to check out Elisabeth's blog. She puts together tasty meal plans—especially for those of you with gluten allergies or intolerances—and she's quite the planner and crafter.

Off to make my next batch of creamer... I can't wait to hear what you think. Let me know in the comments. :)  

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