Homemade Pantry Staples: Chocolate Almond Coffee Creamer

by Melody on July 31, 2012

For the past few years, our family has been working hard to eliminate all processed foods from our diet.  I drink coffee creamer every day, so I knew this was a big one to address.  My coffee is my refuge and I want to enjoy it, I don’t want to feel like I’m sacrificing in the name of health.  So I got to work. Apparently, homemade coffee creamer is pretty easy and economical.  I’m not convinced that it’s even easier to go to the store and buy it pre-made.  That requires driving.  And hauling my children through the store.

I used a little bit of store-bought coffee creamer at my parents recently and it was too sweet.  After I drank it, I could almost feel it settling in my stomach.  It’s crazy how your body adapts to what you put in it!  I will never go back.

Chocolate Almond Coffee Creamer
*Adapted from Deliciously Organic

Ingredients:

4 cups half and half
4 T. maple syrup
4 T. cacao powder
1 T. honey (I use organic raw honey from Tropical Traditions)
2 T. almond extract

Directions:

Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium sauce pan.  Bring to a low simmer over medium-low heat (usually takes 5-7 minutes).  As soon as it starts to simmer, remove from heat and add almond extract.

Pour through a fine mesh sieve into container of your choice and immediately refrigerate.

You can mix and match ingredients to your heart’s content.  I generally keep the maple syrup or replace with an equal amount of honey for sweetness. I have swapped out vanilla extract for the almond or used peppermint to make a Peppermint Mocha-type creamer (be very judicious with peppermint, it can be super strong).

I generally pick up my half and half at Costco for about $2.75/half gallon.  They also have great prices on maple syrup and honey, if you’re looking to buy in a larger amount.  You can find cacao powder through Amazon or check your local health food store.

Don’t miss my Homemade Date Caramel and Vanilla Coffee Creamer recipe if you are looking for something a little sweeter.

Please share with us if you have tried something similar or have a favorite recipe!

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