Thursday, June 11, 2015

How To Make Homemade Coffee Creamer (And Ditch the Additives)

Adding some delicious coffee creamer is every coffee drinker's right. What is not right is adding in expensive coffee creamer that is loaded with additives. That leaves a bitter taste in my mouth and it's not from the gas station coffee I got the other day. So how can we make our own coffee creamer? Let's get started. 

The base ingredients: 
  • 3 cups of any combo of milk (your choice of milk)
  • 4 tbsp of your favorite sugar for sweet cream
  • Milk:
    • Choose a milk that does not have any hormones, antibiotics, and GMO-fed dairy in it
    • You can also use soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk. 
  • Sweetener:
    • Less processed sugar, the better. You can also use substitutes like Stevia or raw/organic honey. 
  • Flavor: Chose any of the flavors listed below. Mix them into the base of 1.5 cups of milk and 1.5 cups of cream. 
    • Mocha java: 2 tbsp of cocoa powder, 4 tbsp of brown sugar
    • Mexican mocha java: 2 tbsp of cocoa, 4 tbsp of brown sugar, and 1 tsp of cinnamon
    • Gingerbread: 2 tsp of molasses, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, 1/2 tsp ginger, clove, and cinnamon
    • Almond toffee: 5 tbsp of sugar, 1 tsp of almond extract
    • Vanilla latte: 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 4 tbsp of sugar
    • Mocha mint: 2 tbsp of cocoa, 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract, 4 tbsp of sugar
    • Cinnamon roll: 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 4 tbsp of brown sugar, and a pinch of salt
    • Cherry amaretto: 1 tbsp of almond extract, 4 tbsp of sugar, and 1 tsp of cherry extract
    • Chocolate raspberry: 4 tbsp of seedless raspberry jelly, 2 tbsp of sugar
    • Salted caramel: 6 tbsp brown sugar, pinch of salt
  • Bring it all to a slow simmer- mix in the sweetener and the flavoring into your milk and slowly bring the mixture to a simmer and steams slightly (do not let it come to a boil). Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool. Once it is cool, place it in the fridge. 
Enjoy your K-Cup coffee or fresh ground coffee with some homemade, delicious coffee creamer! 

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