As any caffeine junkie knows, coffee isn’t something to be messed with. But that doesn’t mean you have to spring for a $6 latte every time you want something better than drip. There’s an easy middle ground, and it starts with making your own healthy coffee creamer. These homemade coffee creamers will add more flavor to your morning joe than a splash of milk or half-and-half, without weighing it down with syrup and tons of sugar. Add one (or a few!) to your Sunday meal-prep routine for better brews all week.
First of all, this creamer makes a macchiato pour look easy, so that’s a win. It’s also Whole30 approved, which is hard to come by. Whether you’re following the program or not, it’s comforting to know you’re putting only natural ingredients in your coffee. In this case, that’s coconut milk, almond milk, cinnamon, and a vanilla bean.
Unless you’re one of the crazy few who doesn’t like salted caramel, this creamer is good to have on hand when you’re craving something sweet in the morning. First you make a caramel sauce—feel free to save a little for other uses—then you mix it with coconut milk to make it nice and creamy.
Paleo and Snickers might seem like an impossible duo, but this coffee creamer makes it work. It uses coconut milk, water, cocoa powder, almond extract, and Medjool dates, which add to the flavor’s sweetness and nuttiness. You can store it in the fridge for seven to 10 days, so no need to rush getting through it… though you’ll probably want to.
If you just want something plain and simple, this creamer is pretty basic but still delicious. It’s also made with just three ingredients, so you can easily put it together in the morning. Add coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla in a jar; shake well; and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to use. It won’t overwhelm your coffee, but a splash does add some creaminess and flavor.
You can drink PSLs all year long with this easy pumpkin spice creamer. Cashew milk makes for a creamy base here, and pumpkin purée, cinnamon, and nutmeg give it that fall-in-a-cup taste we know you want to replicate.
If you prefer chocolate to vanilla or caramel, you’ll want to try out this peppermint mocha creamer. It’s obviously great for winter, but you can make it year-round whenever you’re craving something minty. It gets its sweetness from dates and cocoa powder, while peppermint extract amplifies the taste.
OK, now we’re talking super simple. This easy creamer has a longer does-not-include list than it does ingredients. There are only four of the latter—coconut milk, coconut sugar, salt, and vanilla bean—and it works for most special diets. You can drink it if you’re following a Paleo, vegan, or dairy-free diet.