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Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

I like coffee. A lot. This is no secret if you follow me on Facebook, where I always feel compelled to share my love for the taste, smell, and (of course) effects of coffee.

I have kind of gone back and forth about my coffee addiction. I mean, adoration. In the past, I occasionally felt too dependent on caffeine and tried hard to whittle myself down to a few-times-a-week drinker v. an every day drinker. When I got pregnant, I pretty much gave up coffee completely. And then I had a newborn and – WHAM! – I was back to my old ways. Hello, caffeine. I love you so hard. I need you in my life.

Homemade coffee creamer had intrigued me for a while. The hubs & I can easily go through two bottles of the stuff in a week (don’t judge us). At $3 a pop, that’s $24 per month on coffee creamer. No bueno. So, it’s no wonder I took a stab at making my own.

If you’re hooked on store-bought creamer, just looking to save a few bucks, or (like me when I was forced to stop contemplating & actually take a stab at it) have run out of coffee creamer and are either unable or too lazy to run to the store…then today’s your day. Here are over 2 dozen recipes using regular ingredients so you can make your own rich and affordable creamer from home.

Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

4 Sons 'R' Us: Easy French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

recipe (s) originally from Mrs. Happy Homemaker

14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 cup milk or cream (whole, lowfat, skim, almond, soy, heavy cream, half & half etc – whatever your preference, however the more fat, the more creaminess)
2 tsp vanilla extract


1. Pour into a large mason jar and shake, shake, shake until combined.

It’s literally THAT easy! Looking for a different flavor? I’ve got you covered. Make the ‘base’ recipe which is the condensed milk with the addition of the regular milk or cream. Then add in any of the following flavor combinations.

Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
(1 tsp vanilla extract, optional)
Chocolate Almond
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
Strudel 1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Vanilla Caramel
2 tablespoons  caramel ice cream topping
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate Raspberry
2 teaspoons cocoa powder 2 tablespoons raspberry syrup
Irish Cream
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons coconut extract

Haven’t found your flavor yet? Let’s keep going…

Samoa (like the Girl Scout Cookies)
2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut, heated & strained, for the milk/cream)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
Peppermint Patty
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Cinnamon Vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pumpkin Spice
3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Honey Vanilla
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

And there’s more!

Almond Joy
1-2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut if you heat it first, strained, in place of the milk & extract)
1 teaspoon almond extract 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Sweet Cream
Use 1 3/4 cups of heavy cream instead of the milk in the base recipe
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR the inside of a vanilla bean, scraped
1 teaspoon almond extract
Chocolate Orange
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1-2 teaspoons orange extract
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract
Chocolate Hazelnut
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract
Cinnamon Cake
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Salted Caramel
2-3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
1/2 teaspoon salt
Eggnog replace milk in base recipe with equal amount of heavy cream
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons rum extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Toasted Almond
2 teaspoons almond extract

In all these recipes, anything that has a dry or thick ingredient (like cinnamon, honey, etc..) should be heated up with a small amount of your milk/cream from the base recipe so it can dissolve properly. You don’t want grainy creamer! Then, add the rest of the milk/cream along with the sweetened condensed milk.

Your creamer will be good up til the expiration date on the milk or cream you used in your base recipe.


About 4 Sons 'R' Us

Hi! I’m Meaghan. Welcome to my virtual kitchen & craft corner. Pull up a chair, stay awhile and follow along with us and our 4 sons. Can I get you a glass of wine? Some coffee? Pretzels or cheese sticks? While I can’t actually give you these thing online, I can show you how to make them… on a budget!

11 responses »

  1. Love Love Love!!! I absolutely love homemade creamers! That way I KNOW how much sugar is in there and I can control the fat content as well! Also there is none of the nasty stuff like HFCS in there!! 🙂

  2. Oh boy I love this!! Thanks for posting it. I will have to try all those different flavors.

  3. What a brilliant idea, and love all the flavour ideas too, thanks!

  4. I’m also a biiig coffee drinker. I love all the variations you have here, can’t wait to try some!

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  6. Wow – first I was amazed to see how easy it was to make and then I saw your list of flavours and was blown away! Thanks for bringing these to the party – Happy Fiesta Friday to you!

  7. Nothing is more amazing than waking up to the smell of coffee! Agree, Meaghan? When I was a huge coffee drinker, it’s like my life depends on coffee. But a day came that coffee turned into teas. I completely stopped drinking coffee. 😐

    Coffee lovers would LOVE LOVE this homemade coffee creamer of yours! And you amaze me with all the flavors that you have provided. So brilliant, Meaghan!

    Have a fab weekend and happy FF to you! ❤

  8. Wow! What fun- so much better than store-bought 🙂

  9. Wow! I take my coffee black but so many of my readers LOVE cream and flavorings in theirs. I pinned it to my Coffee! pinterest board. Thanks so much for sharing this post at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Hope you’ll come back again!

  10. Wow, love all those variations!

  11. A great Coffee Creamer, I will love it! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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