Yes Virginia, There IS a Homemade Liquid Creamer!

Flavored coffee creamers are sweet and smooth, with all sorts of different flavors from which to choose. They turn an ordinary cup of coffee into a tasty treat and iced coffee into a wonderful summertime refreshment.

The problem is the ingredients. They are full of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. Making coffee creamer at home will save you some change in your pocketbook and keep you from exposing your body to harmful synthetic ingredients.

I decided when the flavored creamers came out, spending $3 or more for a small bottle goes against my last frugal nerve. To add insult to my financial injury, when they used the marketing ploy such that some flavors could only be purchased seasonally, that was the final straw. I started making my own.

If, like my family, you are passionate about store-bought creamer but don’t want all the processed junk and the high prices, try some of these homemade recipes. Each recipe takes about 10-15 minutes to whip up. You can double or even triple them if you’d like to have enough to last a little while. They store well in the freezer.

You can use these in teas also. Additionally, when I want to add a special bit of something to my cooking/baking or breakfast cereals, I use these creamers.

When it comes to adding sweetener, please feel free to add whatever you like, adjusting for the sweetener’s properties and your own personal tastes. This is another PLUS in making your own!

About Storage Length: Use the “sell by” date on the milk product you use as a guide. Just remember that it is a SELL BY date, and it does not mean it is bad after that date. Stored properly it should be good for at LEAST a week after the pull date.

For those of you that dehydrate, you can use your fruit powders to flavor too. We love raspberry-chocolate and orange-cinnamon creamer!

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Basic Liquid Coffee Creamer

Yield: 5 cups (1.25 quarts or 40 ounces)

ALL of the recipes for flavored liquid creamers START with this base recipe.

I can make this base in 10 minutes, add flavorings and I am done. Quick and easy! I usually make several batches at once and freeze them.

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1/2 cup cool water

1/2 tablespoon cornstarch (helps keep the butter or oil from separating)

Step 1: Combine 1/2 tablespoon corn with 1/2 cup cool water and stir to dissolve.

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1 cup raw cane sugar (or other sweetener)
4 tablespoons UNSALTED butter or coconut oil
Dash of salt

Step 2: Making the Syrup. On medium-high heat, combine and bring the 1/2 cup of starch water, sugar, and butter or coconut oil to a boil. Add a dash of salt.

Stir the syrup every now and then. When it comes to a full rolling boil, cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Remove syrup from the heat and allow to cool.

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1-1/3 cups cool water

2 cups instant dry dairy milk‡

Step 3: Prepare 2 cups of instant dry milk powder with 1-1/3 cups of water in a blender or food processor.

Blend the milk well to dissolve the milk powder.

Let the milk mixture sit for 5 minutes and blend again. The protein in the milk powder combines most easily if it gets a chance to stand after mixing.

Step 4: Slowly add the syrup with the machine turned on. Process until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. (You now have the equivalent of one can of sweetened condensed milk and one can of whole condensed milk.)

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1 cup whole or 2% milk‡

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Last step: Add 1 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Process until everything is incorporated, smooth and frothy.

Pour into a container with a lid. Every time you use your creamer, make sure to give it a good shake first to distribute the flavors. It will keep refrigerated for 1-2 weeks. For longer storage, freeze in a freezer-safe container.

‡You may also use whole powdered milk. If you need dairy-free you can use soy, coconut, or almond milk powders. The same goes for the liquid milk added in the last step.

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French Vanilla Liquid Coffee Creamer

Yield: 2 cups (1 pint)

This is one of the most popular flavors in the world!

2 cups Basic Liquid Coffee Creamer
1 tablespoon vanilla

  1. Mix all ingredients in a container. A glass Mason jar works well.
  2. Remember to shake vigorously before pouring, as the heavier solids will settle to the bottom.
  3. This will keep for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator or can be frozen.

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Hazelnut Liquid Coffee Creamer

Yield: 2 cups (1 pint)

2 cups Basic Liquid Coffee Creamer
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Mix all ingredients in a container.  A glass Mason jar works well.
  2. Remember to shake vigorously before pouring, as the heavier solids will settle to the bottom.
  3. This will keep for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator or can be frozen.

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Dark Mocha Liquid Coffee Creamer

Yield: 2 cups

Mocha is a classic coffee treat. With this homemade creamer, you can have a mocha any time you want.

2 cups Basic Liquid Coffee Creamer
1/4 cup super-fine raw cane sugar (or to your taste)
1/2 cup cocoa powder

  1. Mix all ingredients in a container. A glass Mason jar works well.
  2. Remember to shake vigorously before pouring, as the heavier solids will settle to the bottom.
  3. This will keep for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator or can be frozen.

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Peppermint Mocha Liquid Coffee Creamer

Yield: 2 cups (1 pint)

This creamer recipe is one of my son’s favorites. He says it taste just like a peppermint patty. The commercial version is only available September through December.

2 cups Basic Liquid Coffee Creamer
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons super-fine raw cane sugar (or to your taste)
2 teaspoons peppermint extract

  1. Mix all ingredients in a container. A glass Mason jar works well.
  2. Remember to shake vigorously before pouring, as the heavier solids will settle to the bottom.
  3. This will keep for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator or can be frozen.

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Amaretto Liquid Coffee Creamer

Yield: 2 cups (1 pint)

2 cups Basic Liquid Coffee Creamer
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Mix all ingredients in a container. A glass Mason jar works well.
  2. Remember to shake vigorously before pouring, as the heavier solids will settle to the bottom.
  3. This will keep for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator or can be frozen.

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What other flavors of creamer are your favorites? Tell me what you would like to see for other recipes. Have you tried making your own liquid 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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2 thoughts on “Yes Virginia, There IS a Homemade Liquid Creamer!

  1. Katie B. says:

    Hooray! I love adding a flavored creamer to the decaf I sip at night while reading, but I really don’t like all of the weird ingredients. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes. I’m looking forward to trying the French Vanilla creamer and am pinning this so I can!

    1. cebohrer46@yahoo.com says:

      You are most welcome Katie! I like the Mocha over ice too…makes a great summertime drink.

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