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.

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Dani August 1, 2012 at 7:04 am

This sounds delish!! Can’t wait to try the peppermint mocha version.

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Dani August 1, 2012 at 7:04 am

This sounds delish!! Can’t wait to try the peppermint mocha version. And where is that adorable container from?

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Emilie August 1, 2012 at 7:38 am
Melody August 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Exactly where I got it. I fell in love!

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Nicole August 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

Thanks for sharing this! Coffee creamer is something I hate buying at the store but haven’t figured out how to change. I’m excited to try this!

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Tiffany Ward September 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I also make my own creamer. I can definitely tell the difference between processed creamers and the good stuff. Even the coffee mate liquid stuff tastes like chemicals. I use one can of sweetened condensed milk, equal parts skim milk, and extract of choice (I never measure). It’s delish! Sometimes I add unsweetened cocoa.

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bethany January 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm

how do you store this? how long does is last in the fridge? can you freeze it?

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Melody January 31, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I store mine in the jar shown in the picture above in the fridge. It lasts for about a week to a week and a half for me. I’ve never tried freezing it. I’m sure it would be okay, but the texture might be a bit off, especially with the half and half in there. Honestly, it’s so quick to whip up a batch that I’ve never needed to make it ahead like that. I just start it cooking while I’m making dinner in the evening and it’s done when we are done eating. Super easy!

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