French Vanilla Coffee Creamer Recipe {+ Video}

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Want a homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer that isn’t full of junk? You can make a homemade creamer that is healthier and doesn’t have any additives. 

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s totally adjustable. You can make it thicker, thinner, sweeter or less sweet, you can even adjust the strength of the vanilla flavor as you see fit. You can also use dairy or dairy-free milk. Even whole milk or heavy cream will work here.

A pitcher full fo French vanilla coffee creamer.

Is French Vanilla Creamer Healthy?

Store bought French vanilla coffee creamer seems innocent enough sitting in the dairy case at the store. In fact, at first glance, even the nutrition label looks innocent enough.

Nutrition data label from a popular brand of store-bought French vanilla coffee creamer.
Nutrition data label for a popular brand of store-bought, French vanilla coffee creamer.

While the serving size is only 1 tablespoon, (and we all know we use a lot more than that), the data above looks pretty great!

What Is French Vanilla Coffee Creamer Made Of?

Rotate that bottle just a tiny bit more to the ingredient list, and we see a very different story unfold.

Ingredients list of a popular brand of French vanilla coffee creamer.
Ingredient list for a popular brand of store-bought, French vanilla coffee creamer.

Not exactly what I want to be putting into my morning cup of coffee, even it it does taste really good.

Why Make Your Own Creamers?

Because store-bought coffee creamers are a dietary disaster. That may sound a bit extreme to some of you. But that is my humble, non-medical opinion. Plus, you aren’t really getting a true vanilla flavor because they are full of artificial flavors. Just read the ingredient list above. Not a drop of real vanilla to be found!

So instead, I make my own. Is it a little different than the store-bought creamer? Of course! But that’s not a bad thing. In fact, this works really well in coffee. The final result isn’t quite as creamy (meaning, it doesn’t leave your tongue coated in unhealthy oils), but it adds wonderful flavor. And yes, it’s still creamy.

Pouring French vanilla coffee creamer into a mug of coffee.

What Kind Of Milk Is Best For Homemade French Vanilla Creamer?

I can’t speak for the recipes of other bloggers, but for this recipe, any type of milk will work. The only thing I would avoid (for obvious reasons) are things like sweetened condensed milk. Here’s a list of ideas.

  • Almond milk
  • Oat milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Hazelnut milk
  • Skim milk
  • Whole milk
  • Heavy whipping cream

Recipe Variations

If you want to try different flavors, you can certainly do that. Simply omit the vanilla bean and try one of the followings. Adding the vanilla extract is optional if you change the flavors.

  • Almond extract
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Peppermint extract
  • Orange extract
French vanilla coffee creamer pouring into a cup of coffee.

About The Ingredients

Arrowroot powder – This is a thickener, similar to cornstarch. You can use cornstarch if you prefer, but I find that arrowroot has a better consistency when I pour this creamer into my coffee. The choice is yours.

Water – Use a good, filtered water that you feel good about drinking.

Unsweetened almond milk – (for low carb) or unsweetened oat milk for regular

Vanilla bean – A medium sized bean that has not hardened is what you want.

Pure vanilla extract – This will intensify the vanilla flavor. Do not use vanilla flavoring (go ahead and google how that’s made, I dare you. Yuck!) The real stuff is what you want. I used a bourbon vanilla, but regular extract works just fine.

How Do You Make French Vanilla Creamer?

Adding water to arrowroot powder in a white bowl.
Whisking slurry in a white bowl.

Slurry

Make a slurry by mixing together the arrowroot powder and water. Whisk well. Note that it will settle as it sits, so you’ll want to mix it again before adding it to the pot.

Craping a vanilla bean.

Prep

Next, cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the vanilla inside. Set it aside.

Pouring milk into a pot.
Sweetener added to ingredients for coffee creamer in a pot.

Making The Creamer

Now pour the almond milk into a pot along with the vanilla (the insides you scraped as well as the outer bean), the vanilla extract, and the sweetener.

Pouring slurry into simmering coffee creamer.

Bring this to a gentle boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, then pour in the re-mixed slurry. Whisk quickly because the creamer will thicken quickly and you don’t want clumps in your creamer.

Removing the vanilla bean pod from a pot of coffee creamer.

Remove from the stove as soon as the creamer gels and let it cool, then remove the bean pod.

Whisking extra milk into a pot of just-made French vanilla coffee creamer.

If it’s too thick for you, simply add a bit more almond milk. If it’s too thin, you can reheat the creamer in a pot and add more slurry. But you shouldn’t need to do this.

Just-made French vanilla coffee creamer in a pitcher sitting next to a mug of coffee.

Pour the creamer into a container and store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

How To Store French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Keep this in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 5 or 6 days. A mason jar with a tight fitting lid will work well here. In some cases, it will last up to 7 days. Smell it to know for sure.

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French Vanilla Coffee Creamer Recipe

Delicious French vanilla creamer for your morning cup of Joe!
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Course: Base Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • cups unsweetened oat milk + extra to adjust consistency as needed
  • 1 medium vanilla bean
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • sweetener (any sweetener you are comfortable using, added to taste.)

Instructions

Slurry

  • Make a slurry by mixing together the arrowroot powder and water. Whisk well. Note that it will settle as it sits, so you'll want to mix it again before adding it to the pot.
    Adding water to arrowroot powder in a white bowl.

Prep

  • Next, cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the vanilla inside. Set it aside. Do not discard the pod.
    Craping a vanilla bean.

Making The Creamer

  • Now pour the almond milk into a pot along with the vanilla (the insides you scraped as well as the outer bean), the vanilla extract, and the sweetener.
    Sweetener added to ingredients for coffee creamer in a pot.
  • Bring this to a gentle boil, then pour in the re-mixed slurry. Whisk quickly because the creamer will thicken quickly.
    Pouring slurry into simmering coffee creamer.
  • Remove from the stove as soon as the creamer gels and let it cool, then remove the bean pod.
    Removing the vanilla bean pod from a pot of coffee creamer.
  • If it's too thick for you, simply add a bit more almond milk. If it's too thin, you can reheat the creamer in a pot and add more slurry. But you shouldn't need to do this.
    Whisking extra milk into a pot of just-made French vanilla coffee creamer.
  • Pour the creamer into a container and store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
    Just-made French vanilla coffee creamer in a pitcher sitting next to a mug of coffee.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Nutrition data does not include optional sweetener.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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2 Comments

  1. You say add sweetener, but it doesn’t say what or how much in the recipe. What do you recommend?

    1. Yosani – That depends on what you allow in your eating plan. Personally, I use stevia. But not everyone likes it. Use whatever sweetener you feel comfortable with and add it to taste. Some ideas for healthy sweeteners are stevia, monk fruit, Sucanat, or coconut sugar. I hope you enjoy it!

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