Vanilla Homemade Coffee Creamer

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    Making your own Vanilla Homemade Coffee Creamer is so easy! You only need 3 ingredients and 15 minutes to make this recipe. Plus, I also include other flavor variations, too!

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    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.

    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!)

    If you are a coffee drinker too, you know that the store bought coffee creamer is often highly overpriced. But it just tastes so darn good!

    Overhead of homemade 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

    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.

    For this homemade creamer I am making a basic vanilla. 

    Homemade creamer pouring into coffee

    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

    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

    Questions you might have about how to make coffee creamer: 

    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. 

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Homemade Coffee Creamer for Pinterest

    Here are some coffee cake and muffin recipes to enjoy it with:

    Classic Blueberry Muffins
    Classic Blueberry Muffins with a Streusel Crumble Topping - super easy recipe for super soft muffins. Perfect for any breakfast or brunch.
    Classic Blueberry Muffins with a Streusel Crumble Topping – super easy recipe for super soft muffins. Perfect for any breakfast or brunch.
    Carrot Cake Muffins
    Carrot Cake Muffins are muffins loaded with carrots and stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack. Also freezer-friendly! 

    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 Vanilla Coffee Creamer

    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 Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Condiment
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: homemade coffee creamer
    Servings: 2 cups
    Calories: 907kcal


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


    Calories: 907kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 657mg | Sugar: 84g | Vitamin A: 2160IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 512mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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