Do you love a little cream in your coffee but hate all of the unnatural ingredients you find in your favorite brand of non-dairy creamer, or all of the fat you get from things like half-and-half or cream? Additives like carrageenan, xantham gum, or lecithin are found in almost every non-dairy creamer brand out there. If you do not want these ingredients in your coffee, then there is an alternative: learn how to make your own!
This simple recipe is easy to use, is creamy and mildly sweet, and has no artificial ingredients. In fact, it only has three main ingredients: Coconut milk, coconut oil, and vanilla! You may already have these in your pantry, but if not, be sure that the brands you buy are organic and contain no artificial ingredients. Another bonus is that coconut milk and coconut oil contain the healthy fats that will give you an energy boost throughout your morning!
Next, choose your sweetener, if you like your coffee sweet: local honey, agave nectar, or stevia. Local honey has the added benefit of fighting seasonal allergies. Agave nectar is high in sugar, so if you are watching your sugar intake, this might not be the best choice for you. Stevia is a zero calorie sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant and is a great natural alternative to sugar. It tastes sweeter than sugar, so go sparingly with it until you find the right amount for your taste.
Here is the easy recipe:
2 cups coconut milk
1 – 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 – 2 tablespoons vanilla
choice of sweetener, to taste
Place all ingredients into a blender or smoothie maker and blend until well mixed and creamy. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. Shake well before using to remix ingredients.
You can also add a natural flavor to this recipe by adding a flavor syrup to taste, but again just read the label and be sure what you are adding has no artificial ingredients in it for the best and healthiest coffee creamer!