Homemade Powdered Creamers WITHOUT the Weird Ingredients

Do you wish you didn’t have to shell out big bucks for those flavored creamers at the grocery store that always seem to taste like weird chemicals? Want a little flavor in your coffee but your teenager just used the last of the coffee creamer and didn’t tell you? Or maybe you forgot to buy it?

Powdered creamers are far more potent than liquid creamers. Only one teaspoon of a powdered creamer equals a couple of tablespoons of liquid creamer. Powdered creamers also last longer than liquid creamers, especially the liquid creamers that need to be refrigerated after opening. So for those who do not consume large quantities of coffee with creamer a day, keeping a powdered creamer may be the most cost-effective way to go. Making your own creamers and storing them in your pantry is, by far, the cheapest way to go.

Do you like to bake with creamers? Yes, the French Vanilla coffee creamer can be used in numerous recipes as either a flavoring agent or as a substitute for vanilla extract. Many connoisseurs swear by using creamer in recipes, and these recipes require powdered creamer. If you cook with creamer as well as add it to your daily coffee, the powdered creamer is the way for you.

It’s very easy to make a good powdered creamer. The secret is to add some fat to get the same mouth- feel you expect from, say, half and half or cream. This is healthier; a good substitute if you run out, shelf-stable and versatile. Use it also for making cocoa, chai, and other mixes.

For   the   following   recipes,   you   will   start   with   the   Basic Powdered Coffee Creamer recipe and go from there. These are  so  easy  and  delicious;  you  won’t  want  to  go  back  to  store- bought creamers. I have not added in sugar unless it is part of the flavor of the recipe. Add your own sweetener to taste, but I actually find the amount of sugar in the basic creamer recipe to be enough for myself. Here are five of the more popular flavors for your enjoyment.

Basic Powdered Coffee Creamer

Yield: 2 cups

I usually double this recipe so that I have it on hand. You will find many uses for it.

2 cups dry non-fat dry milk powder*
1/4 cup super-fine raw cane sugar OR powdered sugar (there is a little sweetness in natural cream)
2 tablespoons virgin unprocessed coconut oil, melted

  1. Heat the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds, just until melted.
  2. Combine the milk powder and sugar in a blender or food processor, blending into powder form.
  3. Slowly add coconut oil, drizzling it into the tube with a spoon while the machine is running. Mix well. There should be no clumps.
  4. Store in a jar with a lid in the pantry.

*You may also use whole powdered milk. If you need dairy-free you can use soy, coconut, or almond milk powders.

To use the basic powdered coffee creamer:

  • Try a few spoonfuls in a cup of coffee while stirring until you get the color/flavor you want.
  • The oil adds the mouth-feel that you expect from cream. Coconut oil is a healthy fat as well. It stays solid in the powder mix but will melt into your coffee as soon as you pour it.
  • In addition, I have been using the basic powdered coffee creamer in a number of things that call for milk. I use it dry and add the amount of water in place of milk; works beautifully.
  • You can use it in place of milk, just mixed with water in: mashed potatoes, creamed soups, homemade bread, scrambled eggs, casseroles, gravies, and macaroni and cheese. Or you can use it in almost any baking item, even cookies, brownies and cakes.
  • Shelf Life depends on the shelf life of the type of milk you use, but 6 months is usually the standard.

Conversion Chart

Use the following chart as a guide to help you with the conversion of your powdered creamer-to-milk ratio for recipes. This chart shows how to replace milk with the powdered creamer and water.

Dry Creamer to Milk Ratio

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French Vanilla Powdered Creamer

Yield: 1 cup

1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Combine all ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well to blend and store in airtight container.
  2. Shake well before using and add 1-2 teaspoon per cup of coffee (or to taste).

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Hazelnut Powdered Creamer

Yield: 1 cup

1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1 tablespoon hazelnut extract

  1. Combine all ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well to blend and store in airtight container.

  2. Shake well before using and add 1-2 tsp per cup of coffee (or to taste).

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Swiss Mocha Powdered Creamer

Yield: 1-1/2 cups

1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1/2 cup powdered unsweetened cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  1. Combine all ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well to blend and store in airtight container.
  2. Shake well before using and add 1-2 teaspoon per cup of coffee (or to taste).

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Bavarian Mint Powdered Creamer

Yield: 1-1/2 cups

cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons peppermint extract

  1. Combine all ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well to blend and store in airtight container.
  2. Shake well before using and add 1-2 tsp per cup of coffee (or to taste).

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Amaretto Powdered Creamer

Yield: 1 cup

1 cup basic powdered coffee creamer
1-1/4 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Combine all ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well to blend and store in airtight container.
  2. Shake well before using and add 1-2 tsp per cup of coffee (or to taste).

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What other flavors of creamer are your favorites? Tell me what you would like to see. Have you tried making your own powdered creamers yet?

Do you want to save even more money and have a healthier product? You can make your own extracts too! Check out the How-To here.


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