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How to make coffee creamer

Prep Time:

5 Minutes

Cook Time:

15 Minutes


4 cups



About the Recipe

Love coffee creamer, but hate all the chemicals and added sugar? Here’s how to make homemade coffee creamer that’s healthy and free of refined sugar plus how to make flavored coffee creamer with just 5 ingredients. Enjoy a cup of your favorite flavored coffee guilt-free plus I’ll share my top 5 Healthy Flavored Coffee Creamers!


For the Homemade Condensed Milk:

  • 2 cups milk of choice (I prefer almond milk, whole milk or coconut milk)

  • 1 cup raisins

For the Homemade Coffee Creamer:

  • 1 1/2 cups condensed milk (see recipe above)

  • 1 cup milk of choice

  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 1 tsp arrowroot starch

  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

For French Vanilla Creamer:

  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

For Peppermint Mocha Creamer:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder

  • 1/8 tsp espresso powder

  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

For Hazelnut Creamer:

  • 2 tsp hazelnut extract (can also use almond extract)

For Chocolate Creamer:

  • 2 tsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder

  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For Cinnamon Creamer:

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (or 1/2 tsp cinnamon extract)


Is Coffee Creamer Bad For You?

Unfortunately, most store-bought coffee creamers are very unhealthy for you. They contain high amounts of sugars, fats, and chemicals. Even the sugar-free and/or fat-free options contain bad stuff so they’re no better. Ideally, you want to get yourself into a position where you’re drinking clean coffee and creamer, both.

What’s in (Store-Bought) Coffee Creamer?

Here are the ingredients in what was my favorite brand (Coffee-Mate Hazelnut Creamer):

  • Water

  • Sugar

  • Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil

  • Sodium Caseinate (a Milk Derivative)

  • Phosphate

  • Disodium Phosphate

  • Mono- and Diglycerides

  • Cellulose Gel

  • Cellulose Gum

  • Color Added

  • Natural and Artificial Flavors

  • Carrageenan

Overall, not a very pretty picture. First off, there are way too many ingredients here for a very simple mixture. Second, there is partially hydrogenated oil which is very bad for you, along with a slew of very processed ingredients.

Now, here are the ingredients for my healthy homemade creamer recipe:

  • Almond milk (or any unsweetened milk of choice)

  • Raisins

  • Pure maple syrup

  • Arrowroot starch (or tapioca starch)

  • Pure vanilla extract

All the whole ingredients are way better for you. All just as tasty as the fake stuff you’ve been used to.

How to Make Homemade Coffee Creamer

You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make homemade coffee creamer. What once was a magical solution of sweet goodness is really just a few simple ingredients for coffee bliss.

Here are the easy steps for how to make homemade coffee creamer:

  • Prepare homemade condensed milk using raisins and milk

  • Combine condensed milk with more whole milk, pure maple syrup, arrowroot starch, and vanilla extract

  • Refrigerate

  • Enjoy!

That’s seriously it. Have it ready for your morning coffee or an afternoon iced coffee. So easy and so simple.

How to Make Different Flavors of Coffee Creamer

In this post, I share a base homemade coffee creamer and 5 other variations for homemade coffee creamers.  If you wanted to make your own homemade coffee creamer with your fave flavors, you could replace the vanilla extract with any of the following for more flavor options:

  • Hazelnut extract

  • Chocolate extract

  • Peppermint extract

  • Maple extract

  • Coconut extract

  • Almond extract

I think you get the idea – add any flavor you like or even combine flavors, like almond and chocolate or chocolate and peppermint. You can also not add any extract for a plain flavor, if you’d prefer. Check out below for some great options to get you started!


Homemade coffee creamers can last up to a week in the fridge if stored in an airtight container. I store mine in reusable milk bottles and mason jars and always make sure they’re properly tightened.  Then, I just grab them, give them a shake to mix all the flavors together, and then pour a little into my coffee. Perfect, right?

So, let’s get to the homemade coffee creamer recipes, shall we?

Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipes


Nothing goes better together than coffee and vanilla. It’s a good thing that making Healthy Homemade French Vanilla Creamer is super easy! (See recipe below!)


Once you try this Homemade Peppermint Mocha Creamer, you’ll never put another store-bought creamer in your coffee again!  (See recipe below!)


The rich flavor of hazelnut will make any cup of coffee taste like a treat. Good thing is making Homemade Hazelnut Creamer is crazy simple! (See recipe below!). 


How is it possible that your favorite chocolate flavored coffee drink tastes amazing and is also actually good for you?  This healthy Homemade Chocolate Creamer is so rich and chocolatey! (See recipe below!)


Spice up your coffee by adding some Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Creamer to your coffee. Yum! (See recipe below!)


For the Homemade Healthy Condensed Milk:

  1. In a sealable container or mixing bowl, combine the milk and raisins, and then place in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 4-5 hours. (You can also cook over medium-low heat on the stove-top, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes). Note: this process will work to naturally thicken and sweeten the milk. You can use soaked raisins as a topping for oatmeal or to sweeten smoothies so as not to waste, if you'd like).

  2. Strain the raisins from the milk using a fine mesh strainer; discard the raisins.

  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 1/2 cups of the homemade condensed milk, additional milk, pure maple syrup, and arrowroot starch.

  4. Cook the mixture for 6-8 minutes, or until the mixture stars to thicken and almost begins to bubble.

  5. Remove from heat and add in the pure vanilla extract, and stir to combine.

  6. You can transfer this base creamer recipe to a sealable container and store in the fridge until ready to use. As is, it keeps for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.  

French Vanilla Creamer:

  1. Add additional vanilla extract to base creamer recipe and stir to combine.

  2. Transfer this to a sealable container and store in the fridge until ready to use.

For Peppermint Mocha Creamer:

  1. Add cocoa powder, espresso powder, and peppermint extract to base creamer recipe and stir to combine.

  2. Transfer this to a sealable container and store in the fridge until ready to use.

For Hazelnut Creamer:

  1. Add hazelnut extract to base creamer recipe and stir to combine.

  2. Transfer this to a sealable container and store in the fridge until ready to use.

For Chocolate Creamer:

  1. Add vanilla extract and cocoa powder to base creamer recipe and stir to combine.

  2. Transfer this to a sealable container and store in the fridge until ready to use.

For Cinnamon Creamer:

  1. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon to base creamer recipe and stir to combine.

Transfer this to a sealable container and store in the fridge until ready to use.

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