Homemade Coffee Creamer: Vanilla Almond and Chocolate

Homemade Coffee Creamer

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in coffee creamers? I recently did and it kind of freaked me out. So many weird chemicals and loads of trans fats. Despite the fact that they are yummy, it grossed me out and I have started making my own at home.

Homemade Coffee Creamer

I’ve seen a lot of people use heavy cream or condensed milk which while I know it adds a nice creamy texture, I don’t want the fat that comes along with it. So my base for my homemade creamers is..you ready? It’s really complicated. Ok, it’s fat free half and half. Yup, that’s it. Fat free half and half and then you just mix in whatever flavors you want! It takes no time to make and you’ll feel much better knowing you aren’t drinking tons of weird ingredients!

Today I am sharing my two favorite flavor combos I have created thus far: Vanilla Almond and Chocolate. The flavor combos and possibilities are really endless here though. Just stir in your favorite extracts and sweeten however you like (if at all!)! It shouldn’t be any surprise to you guys that the chocolate is my favorite. Though, the vanilla almond is also really addicting and I love the nutty flavor it adds to my coffee!

Homemade Coffee Creamer

Homemade Coffee Creamer: Vanilla Almond and Chocolate

Ingredients:

Chocolate Coffee Creamer:

  • 2 cups fat free half and half
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Agave nectar, stevia, or sugar to sweeten (optional; sweeten to taste)

Vanilla Almond Creamer:

  • 2 cups fat free half and half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Agave nectar, stevia, or sugar to sweeten (optional; sweeten to taste)

Directions:

  1. To make the chocolate creamer, add the half and half to a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until heated through. Whisk in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract until well-combined. Stir in sweetener to taste if desired. Let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Shake well before each use.
  1. To make the vanilla almond creamer, add the half and half to a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until heated through. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Stir in sweetener to taste if desired. Remove from the heat. Let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Shake well before each use.

Nutrition (without sweeteners); Serving Size: 1 Tbs:

Chocolate- Calories: 9.6; Fat: .2 g; Carbs: 1.5 g; Sugars: .8 g; Protein: .4 g; WW Points Plus: 0

Vanilla Almond – Calories: 9.7; Fat: .2 g; Carbs: 1.4 g; Sugars: .8 g; Protein: .4 g; WW Points Plus: 0

Note: As far as how long the creamer will last in your fridge, I would stick with the expiration date marked on the bottle/carton of the half and half.

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28 comments

  1. This is such a good idea, the chemicals in those things are disgusting – it’s always grossed me out how they basically never expire :P And this is so simple and perfect!

  2. Okay, so at work we have this powdered creamer for the coffee, and the other day I made the mistake of looking at the ingredients…Oyyyy. Also I love fate free half & half–I use it all the time, and I’m loving this short ingredients list and how much healthier these are than the store-bought varieties!

  3. Oh, love the vanilla almond flavor! I have some experimenting to do!

  4. About how long will this creamer last in the fridge?

  5. The same thing happened to me a year or two ago … I freaked when I realized what is in those creamers and started making them at home instead! I love the vanilla almond one! I usually just make vanilla but I am soooo adding almond next time!

  6. I love this idea of the chocolate creamer but leaving the fat to the side. I must try this, going to be great! Pinning now.

  7. I completely agree about the gross ingredients in the store bought kind and all the DIY recipes I’ve seen use high calorie and fat ingredients. I love this idea and had no idea there was even such a thing as fat free half and half. Going to have to go on a search for some so I can make these flavor combos!

  8. Love this idea! I just recenlty did the same thing and made caramel macchiato. Not as healthy as yours, but delicious.

  9. Homemade coffee creamer! Wow now I know what’s in the coffee creamer and kind of shocked how easy it is to make it at home, and no preservative or anything additional in my own creamer! LOVE THIS! Definitely need to make this for my own use!

  10. Oh, love the vanilla almond flavor! I have some experimenting to do! nice blog

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  12. Do a search on the dubious health benefits of fat free half & half and you may be surprised that fat free dairy is not the healthier choice.

    “No one’s health is improved by swapping out natural saturated or monounsaturated fats for skim milk, sugars or processed grains. So if you encounter misbegotten products such as fat-free half-and-half, do what I do — leave them on the shelf.”
    Andrew Weil MD

    • I think it depends on the person and what you are trying to leave out of your diet. Non-dairy creamers have a lot of trans fats and are more processed than half and half. That being said, if that’s your concern, you can always just use regular half and half for this recipe.

  13. If you can ever duplicate or find one for Carmel macchiato, please. .please. .please share. Thanks

  14. Hi,what is fat free half and a half ? Is it milk ? Cream? condensed milk? I live in Belgium and I have never heard of that.

  15. Just found your recipe – last time I made my creamer I didn’t heat the half and half – and never got the taste of the almonds. Is heating the trick?

  16. thanks – I’ll try that – as 1 tbsp of extract doesn’t show up at all in the taste

  17. I WOULD USE REGULAR HALF N HALF.  CHECK THE LABEL ON THE FAT FREE…CORN SYRUP, ETC.

  18. I love this idea.
    What about butter pecan flavor?

    • Sounds yummy! They do make butter extract, but I’m not sure about the pecan flavor. A baking store or Amazon may have some sort of pecan oil or extract, but I’ve never tried it!

  19. Do you think almond milk would work in place of the half & half?

  20. Why does the half-and-half need to be heated? Why couldn’t I just mix it all up cold?

    • Hi Kristie, heating helps everything blend together better, especially for the chocolate one. You can try just mixing everything cold though!

  21. Thank you so much! I wanted to make my own but didn’t have any idea how much extract to add and you’ve resolved my problem, plus given me a great chocolate coffee creamer recipe, as well as the vanilla almond creamer recipe. I really appreciate it and would never have thought to heat it had I not found your recipe and the reason for heating! This is terrific. I just bought 64 oz of half and half, pure almond extract (I had vanilla) and stevia so now I can make my jars of creamer, knowing I’m not getting sugar, aspartame, hydrogenated vegetable fats, etc, etc! You’re the best!

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