DIY Coffee Creamer Powder: Vanilla
I’ve been experimenting with DIY coffee creamer powder for a while now. Made some mistakes, made some that were only marginally tolerable, and made a couple that I have repeated because they turned out great. Why would I bother? It’s that crazy partially hydrogenated oil again. Making your own eliminates that silliness and won’t cost you any extra. I splurged this time and bought some whole milk powder to mix with the skim milk powder. I just like a little fat in my coffee to help keep my coat thick and shiny. :)But, if you like fat free, the skim milk powder fits the bill and is half the price ($0.30/ounce vs $0.15/ounce). Coffeemate® French Vanilla powder will run about $0.25/ounce for comparison, and boasts a much larger ingredient list (but not necessarily one to be proud of).
Now, you may have seen coffee creamer recipes that include coconut oil. I have tried this repeatedly and it is basically just pretty gross. Weird clumps develop in the bottom of your coffee cup and unless you like a hint of coconut flavor in your coffee, I don’t recommend it. There are plenty of useful and logical places to use coconut oil. A coffee cup is not one of those places.
You will need to use a blender or food processor to combine this powder well. When you add the liquid extract to the powder, it will get clumpy and pretty much impossible to smooth out with a whisk. I tried. I failed. See picture on left. :(
You may also like my DIY Irish Cream coffee creamer.
THE RECIPE: DIY Vanilla Coffee Creamer
1 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup sugar* (see notes)
1 to 1.5 tsp Vanilla Extract (depends how much you like vanilla)
1. Combine all ingredients and mix/pulse in a blender or food processor until smooth. Store in an airtight jar.
You can alter the sugar:milk ratio as you like. I’m a 2 cream to 1 sugar girl.
This will last as long as the expiration date listed on the powdered milk. Probably longer since those dates are really just “best by”.