Tea & Coffee – Homemade Coffee Creamer

irishcreameMaking Your Own Creamer ~

I’ve mentioned before I’m a diabetic. Finding a flavored creamer that is diabetic friendly isn’t easy. And when you do, you still have to be careful what the makers version of “sugar” might be.

Are they sweetened with Splenda? Which can still raise sugar levels in diabetics? Or could they be sweetened with something like Stevia, which is a little more diabetic friendly?(Stevia in the Raw is my sweetener of choice).

It’s a hard and laborious process to find the right product. Then I thought, hey, what about homemade where I can sweeten with my own sweetener?! And thus a new search ensued.

I found a lot of versions of homemade creamer and all have their own tweaks and variations. It’s not at all hard. And nearly all start with a base of condensed sweetened milk. That sweetened part is a problem again for diabetics. But the base is flavored from there. So everything begins with the base, how about going the other way to find the flavor and add what you require on the back-end.

My favorite coffee flavoring is Irish Creme. Coffee Mate makes the version I fell in love with. But their creamer is seasonal and rarely comes in sugar-free. There have been a few store brands that offer a sugar-free version that I’ve tried. But they fall short of that rich flavoring. Back to the drawing board.

I finally came across an option that I’ve been pleased with and that’s ok for a diabetic morning cup of coffee.

It begins with your normal cup of coffee and your favorite creamer. No matter what that is, you can sweeten with what you like most and maintain a diet that fits your life and life-style. For the flavoring, simply add a dab of Torani flavored syrup. In my case that’s the Torani Sugar Free Irish Cream Syrup.

Sugar Free Irish Cream Brewed Coffee ingredients:     

  • 2 tbsp (1 oz) Torani Sugar Free Irish Cream Syrup    
  • 1 cup (8oz) brewed coffee 

Instructions: 

  • In a glass or mug, add Torani to brewed coffee and stir gently.
  • Add you favorite milk, cream or milk substitute to taste.
  • Add your favorite sweetener to taste.

Homemade Base
Now if you want to make your own from scratch creamer, here are some recipes you might like. This makes a container of liquid creamer. You can re-use the bottle of your store bought creamer, a mason ar, or anything that will hold about 18 to 20oz of liquid.

Regardless of the flavor of creamer you want, you’ll start with the same recipe for the base creamer.

  • 14oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 3/4 cup milk

You can switch out any thing you like as an alternative to these. From 2% or low fat milk, to almond milk or powered milk. As long as it’s the same measurement of liquid. Add these to a large mixing bowl to make mixing easier. Blend together with a mixer, on low for 2 minutes.

Flavors
Adding Your Favorite Flavor only requires a few additional ingredients. Add these to the base mixture and mix on medium for 3 to 4 minutes, until the mixture is smooth.

For anything that has a dry or thickening ingredient (such as caramel, honey, nutmeg or a powder) try heating 1/2 cup of your milk from the base recipe and dissolve the item over medium heat before adding it to your recipe.

Caramel

  • 2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping    
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

caramelcoffeeChocolate

  • 2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup/chocolate powder mix   
  • (1 tsp vanilla extract, optional)

Chocolate Almond

  • 2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup/chocolate powder mix   
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Chocolate Orange     

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup    
  • 1-2 teaspoons orange extract

Chocolate Raspberry

  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder    
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry syrup

Eggnog     

  • Replace milk in base recipe with equal amount of heavy cream    
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract    
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

French Vanilla

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Hazelnut     

  • 2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

pumpkincoffeeIrish Creme

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract    
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee    

Peppermint

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup    
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Pumpkin Spice

  • 3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin    
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice    
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup    
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon    
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Vanilla Honey

  • 1/4 cup honey    
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Some Tips:

  • Use a label with the expiration date from the milk on your container.
  • Using a heavy cream instead of milk in your base recipe, will give you a rich creamier cream.

Enjoy.


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One thought on “Tea & Coffee – Homemade Coffee Creamer

  1. From what I have read u don’t have to use sweetened condensed milk. Half n half can be used as well as heavy cream and table cream along with any milk. From experiments I have done a combo of any two can be used and u can heat up part of the base to dissolve the sweetener. Then u add ur flavor. Ur sweetener can be used to make simple syrup but for coffee the sweetener will have to be reduced in half. Add ur flavoring to the syrup while on the heat to incorporate. Once cool add the syrup to the base of what ever u decided to use. Not all of the syrup just enough. Experiment and see. But this gives u a bit more options and u control the sugar. U can have it creamy or not. What ever u like. Find what u like best. Hope this helps someone.

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