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Healthy Homemade Coffee Creamer (Replaces Coffeemate)

Healthy Coffee Creamer Recipe Elizabeth Rider

There’s only one time and place for store-bought coffee creamer: never and in the trash.

Seriously though, starting your day by drinking nasty chemical-filled coffee creamer sets you up for a terrible day. The sugar in store-bought coffee creamer will spike your blood sugar leaving you hungry all day, and the artificial ingredients can cause headaches, mood swings and lack of focus. Yuck.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients in Vanilla Coffeemate: water, sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, and less than 2% of sodium caseinate (a milk derivative)**, dipotassium phosphate, disodium phosphate, mono- and diglycerides, natural and artificial flavors, cellulose gel, cellulose gum, color added, carrageenan.

I don’t even know where to start! Nothing on this label is real food. A better name would be Cancer-In-A-Bottle.

I don’t like to send fear-based messages and I’m not going to breakdown each nasty ingredient here so we can move onto a way better alternative, but seriously, you have to stop drinking this asap. It’s not even a “treat” for every once in a while, it’s just poison.

I’m not just picking on the Coffeemate brand specifically, just about all store-bought coffee creamer is in the same boat.

Don’t fret, I have good news! There is a really easy and actually healthy way to make your own healthy coffee creamer. You’re essentially making homemade cashew milk and can adjust the consistency as you like it.

I like my coffee creamer plain and unsweetened. I recommend sticking to unsweetened to keep your blood sugar stable, but if you like the sweet stuff this is still a way healthier option than Coffeemate.

This healthy homemade coffee creamer is so delicious that you’ll never want to go back to the store-bought stuff again.

Be sure to use raw cashews (unsalted and not roasted) – you can usually find them in the bulk section of your grocery store or online. Roasted or salted cashews will give you a pretty funky tasting milk. Look for organic if possible. Some chefs will tell you to only buy whole raw cashews as the pieces can be dry, but whole raw cashews can get really pricey (especially the organic ones) so I usually buy the halves or pieces and haven’t noticed any differences.

Soak your cashews for at least two hours to soften them, I even prefer at least four hours. You can also soak them overnight – up to 12 hours – for an even easier recipe, just soak them before you go to bed and whip up your cashew milk in the morning. You can soak them at room temperature or in the refrigerator, if I soak longer than four hours I usually pop them into the fridge. You don’t have to tightly cover the container, but I usually put something over it to keep the dust out if I have it on the counter.

Make as much as you need for the week on Sunday, it will keep in the refrigerator in a mason jar for about a week. Twelve ounces is just about right in my house for two people to have a splash each morning. Double the recipe if you need more. Just like store-bought stuff, it might separate a little which is no big deal, just shake it up before using.

I prefer non-flavored and unsweetened creamer, but I gave you three variations below so you can get it exactly how you like it. Feel free to get creative! A pinch of cinnamon or 1/2 teaspoon of hazelnut extract would also make a great addition. You can add just about anything to flavor your healthy coffee creamer, just make sure whatever you add is whole food-based and low in sugar.

Healthy Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipe

Makes about 12 ounces
Total time: 5 minutes plus soaking time

Special Equipment: high speed blender*, such as a Vitamix or Blendtec

For plain & unsweetened (my preference):

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked at least two hours and up to 12
  • 1.5 cups purified water for blending, more for soaking
  • small pinch of sea salt

For plain & sweetened:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked at least two hours and up to 12
  • 1.5 cups purified water for blending, more for soaking
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey OR real maple syrup
  • small pinch of sea salt

For vanilla & sweetened
(most like Vanilla Coffeemate):

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked at least two hours and up to 12
  • 1.5 cups purified water for blending, more for soaking
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey OR real maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (preferably organic)
  • small pinch of sea salt

Method: Drain your soaked cashews and discard the soaking liquid. Rinse well. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Turn the blender to the lowest setting and turn on, then slowly work your way up to a higher setting. Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Bottoms up!

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  • wendystewart79

    What do you think about their Natural Bliss creamer? I believe there are only two or three ingredients. I moved on to that after opening my eyes to the sad truth of the ingredients in their Sugar Free French Vanilla liquid creamer. Thanks in advance and thanks for the recipes!

    • I haven’t ever tried that one 🙂

      • Tan

        I’m allergic to cashews. Is there anything else I can use to make my creamer. Thanks in advance.

  • Mary

    Under your Vanilla version you have 1/2 teaspoon and it’s blank. Would that be 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract ?

  • Tammy Strongitharm

    I tried this and oh my, Its my new cream! Im wondering though, do you know how many calories it is for the sweet one? Thanks

  • Robert Corser

    Any responses to the questions below? Have you tried other nuts? Almonds which are less in fat? Thanks!

    • Homemade almond milk is great, it just needs to be strained. I used cashews here because they blend so well, and when you use just a splash I don’t think the amount of fat matters since it’s a whole food 🙂

  • Rambette

    Awesome! Maybe I can finally get my Mom off that vanilla ‘cancer-in-a-bottle’ that she buys.

  • GoNatural

    I use coconut milk powder as my ‘coffee creamer’. I normally have it with raw Cocao powder for a hot pick-me-up drink instead of coffee.

  • AlienMom

    THANK YOU for this! I’ve long suspected that coffee creamer was causing canker sores in my mouth, and it’s helpful to see that more people out there also think this is poison. I can’t wait to try the cashew creamer!

  • Paul Herman

    I love drinking coffee, but I have to have my coffee with creamer. I know that the creamers that you get in the store and in coffee shops are so unhealthy for you and full of trans fats, but I don’t like the taste of black coffee. I didn’t know that you can make cashew milk to make coffee creamer. It seems like cashews would be best for creamer since it has a really creamy texture. This looks great! I’m excited to try it in my coffee in the morning.
    http://www.bestlifeint.com/#!healthy-coffee-creamer/c12ui

  • Amanda

    How long can this last in the refrigerator? Thanks for all the great recipes!!

    • Eva Gajda

      4-6 days

  • Eva Gajda

    Love cashew creamer, I do 1 cup soaked cashews to 4 cups water (for thicker use less water) I add a pinch of salt, and a tsp of raw coconut oil. It;s lovely.

  • Ziyanda

    I need to travel for a couple of days, please assist with a creamer recipe that I can take on the go because I will be in various locations. Thank you