If you are looking for a delicious dairy free creamer for your coffee or tea, my coconut milk creamer is both easy and yummy and can be customized according to your taste and preferences. Say no to clumpy, chunky, coconut and create this easy liquid creamer recipe in 5 minutes or less….
Why Coconut Milk?
Coconut milk is a powerhouse of good fats and vitamins. It contains vitamins C, E and B, as well as magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and iron. Coconut milk is also rich in lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that is abundant in mother’s milk. If you are looking for a dairy free creamer, coconut milk is a great choice!
As an avid coffee and tea drinker, I have used a variety of creamer options with varying degrees of success and satisfaction. Half-n-half or any cows milk creamers make my digestive system very unhappy, and almond milk typically is so watery that my morning cup of joe would be 50% coffee and 50% almond milk. I discovered that with my homemade almond milk recipe I could simply add less water to create a creamier liquid more suitable for coffee, but knowing the health benefits of coconut milk, I really wanted to create a coconut milk option that I loved.
Simplify your beverage preparation!
Prior to creating this creamer I would open a can of coconut milk and scoop the yummy cream from the top and add it to my hot beverage and wait for it to melt into my drink. I would then add in a dash of cinnamon, a drizzle of homemade vanilla extract, and my sweetener of choice (usually stevia). This was a lot of bottles to open, and considering how anal I have become about efficiency, I knew there had to be a better way! I also didn’t like dealing with storing a big blob of hardened coconut cream in my refrigerator. It was both unsightly and inconvenient. Creating this coconut milk in a liquid form is convenient, and adding in optional sweetener and flavorings can simplify your beverage preparation experience!
- 1 14oz can organic whole fat coconut milk like this
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 cinnamon
- 1/8 stevia (I currently am using this kind) or your favorite natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Sweeten to your desired taste.
Add the whole can of coconut milk (both the cream and watery liquid) and all other ingredients into a small saucepan and heat over low heat until simmered and heated through, but not boiling. If you have an immersion blender, use that to break up any remaining coconut chunks, or use a whisk or fork and make sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside and cool. Pour the cooled liquid into a glass jar or container with a lid to store in the refrigerator until ready to use. I am happy to say that this mixture STAYS LIQUID and is easy to add to your next hot beverage. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week, but if you are like me, you will use it up sooner than that.
If you skip the step of heating the coconut milk on the stove it will solidify when cooled. Trust me, I tried to make it without heating and it turned into a solid mass in my refrigerator.
What will you add to your coconut creamer?
Please share your favorite flavorings and sweeteners in the comments below!