Homemade Coffee Creamer

Making homemade is so easy- just 15 minutes and 3 ingredients to perfectly creamy deliciousness! Vanilla creamer instructions PLUS 10 of our most popular variations.

homemade coffee creamer


Like most anyone, I like to treat myself to Starbucks once in awhile. While being a mom of two little ones and having a business to run, caffeine is almost a necessity. 

However, Starbucks every day can be a little pricey, and I’m not always into the fancy “foo-foo” drinks. I much prefer a nice hot, strong cup of coffee with some vanilla creamer. And I can just as easily make that at home (and pay a lot less!)

This a great way to spruce up your morning coffee or matcha latte or hazelnut latte.

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Flavored Coffee Creamer

I swear they have every flavor under the sun now. Of course they have the traditional flavors like vanilla and hazelnut, but now they even have candy bar and ice cream flavors. It’s almost like turning your morning cup of coffee into a delectable dessert!

So why does bottled coffee creamer taste so good and so different than using plain cream or half & half? One simple ingredient and probably not what you were expecting. It is sweetened condensed milk

Yep, that thick, sweet nectar is what separates the mundane from the extraordinary. No wonder it tastes so good and no wonder it has so many more calories! 

Homemade coffee creamer with cup of coffee

Coffee Creamer Ingredients

So after years of buying the store bought stuff, I had the great idea to make my own at home. The ingredients are simple enough, and I go through it so much that I thought why not?

The basic ingredients for making homemade coffee creamer are nothing but equal parts sweetened condensed milk and whole milk or cream plus your favorite flavors.

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Whole Milk or Cream
  • Flavoring

For this homemade creamer I am making a basic vanilla. It seems to be the most popular. See other variations below.

Homemade creamer pouring into coffee

Vanilla Coffee Creamer

I used a pure vanilla extract because it is cheaper and I always have it in my cupboard, but you can use an actual vanilla bean, if you choose. 

PRO TIP: Vanilla bean insides are sometimes known as caviar and the outside as a pod. Pods are sometimes used in several recipes for creamer, ice cream and other recipes to get the most vanilla flavors out of them since they can sometimes tip the register at nearly $20 per pod. 

To make this vanilla coffee creamer with an actual vanilla bean, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and milk or creamer in a small saucepan and put on low.

Split the vanilla bean in half and allow to heat on low, without bringing to a simmer or a boil, for 15 minutes. Remove the bean pod and allow to cool before refrigerating or using. 

coffee creamer mixing into coffee

Creamer Variations

If you like trying new flavors, creamer is easily adaptable. Here are a few other flavored coffee creamer recipes to try with the basic 1:1 ratio (courtesy of AllRecipes). 

Chocolate: 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup + 1 teaspoon cocoa powder

Cinnamon: 2 teaspoons vanilla extract + 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Almond Joy: 1 teaspoon almond extract + 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup + 1 teaspoon coconut extract

Peppermint Mocha: 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup + 1 teaspoon cocoa powder + 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Nutella: 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup + 2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Chocolate Raspberry: 2 tablespoons raspberry syrup + 2 teaspoons cocoa powder

Pumpkin Spice: 2 tablespoons maple syrup + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice + ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Hazelnut: 2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Gingerbread: 1 tablespoon maple syrup + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Vanilla Chai: 2 tablespoons honey + 2 teaspoons vanilla extract + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + ½ teaspoon ground cardamom 

Note if you are adding ground ingredients, or anything other than extracts, you will want to use the technique of bringing the mixture to a low simmer (as stated above for adding a vanilla bean pod) to prevent having a gritty texture and allowing the flavors to fully marry.

Coffee creamer in coffee

Healthy Coffee Creamer

Store bought creamers contain a laundry list of ingredients you can’t even pronounce, so at the very least this one might have more sugar, but it doesn’t have all the other preservatives and unnatural ingredients.

Can I use other fat contents of milk? Sure you can, but the consistency might be slightly different. Feel free to use skim (or fat free) milk, 1% milk, 2% milk or even almond milk. 

Can I make dairy free coffee creamer? You can dairy free coffee creamer using almond milk or coconut milk, but it isn’t even the same recipe as this. Get the recipe HERE

Can I make sugar free coffee creamer? With this recipe from Sustainable Cooks, it’s actually really easy! She uses dates rather than sugar to make her sugar free coffee creamer.

Is homemade coffee creamer better for you? I would never classify coffee creamer as “good for you.” However, by making it at home, you control the amount of sugar and processed ingredients that go into it. So I suppose technically it is better for you, but by no means healthy.

Is this the same as Starbucks Sweet Cream Vanilla Cold Brew? No, this is slightly different. It doesn’t use a vanilla simple syrup.


How long does homemade creamer last? I suggest using it in a week if stored properly, but others state up to 2 weeks. 

How to store homemade coffee creamer? Simply put your creamer in an air tight container and store it in the refrigerator. You can keep it for about 1-2 weeks.

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Tools for making Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer:

Mixing Bowls– make sure to check out my article on Using the Right Mixing Bowl, you’d be surprised how many people aren’t!

Whisks– I buy whisks in multiple sizes. You never know which one you will need.

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Homemade creamer pouring into coffee

Homemade Coffee Creamer

4.34 from 21 votes
If you've ever wondered how to make coffee creamer, this easy Vanilla Homemade Coffee Creamer couldn't be easier! With only 3 ingredients, it's the best vanilla coffee creamer ever.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups


  • Whisk together all three ingredients, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk or cream and vanilla extract.
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  • Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was.


Calories: 907 kcal, Carbohydrates: 87 g, Protein: 15 g, Fat: 57 g, Saturated Fat: 36 g, Cholesterol: 215 mg, Sodium: 240 mg, Potassium: 657 mg, Sugar: 84 g, Vitamin A: 2160 IU, Vitamin C: 4.7 mg, Calcium: 512 mg, Iron: 0.3 mg
Calories: 907
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade coffee creamer
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Jessica the mom, wife and food lover behind Savory Experiments. She is obsessed with butter, salt and bacon and spends all her time in the kitchen and behind a camera. Jessica is a contributor to PopKitchen by Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal Food + Travel and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a fantastic post that I am pinning for future reference. You have a great recipe and wonderful options! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I Love making my own creamer, and I love all your tips! Can’t wait to try out that pumpkin spice variation in the fall, goodbye 5 dollar coffees at Starbucks!

  3. 5 stars
    I can’t believe that’s the secret. Sweetened condensed milk. I’m making this right away. Then I’ll try other flavors. Yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    I am so glad I found this recipe! We burn through coffee creamer in our home because we use it in our Italian Ice drinks. I’m excited to to try this and other flavors you have listed!