Once you try homemade Coffee Creamer you won’t want storebought again. This recipe is easy with just 3 ingredients and you will feel good knowing exactly what went into your creamer (without a paragraph of ingredients you don’t recognize). Homemade creamer also keeps well in the refrigerator.

We love homemade condiments from Balsamic Glaze to Caramel Sauce. They are often tastier and fresher than store-bought. If you are a coffee lover this Coffee Creamer Recipe is a must-try!

Coffee Creamer pouring into coffee cup

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Why you should make your own creamer

The beauty of making your own coffee creamer is you know exactly what went into it and how fresh your ingredients are.

  • Additives – Store-bought coffee creamers tend to have long lists of ingredients, and often contain preservatives, additives, and artificial flavors that are not familiar. This homemade creamer has just 3 ingredients and you likely already have them on hand.
  • Sweetened just right – homemade creamer is not overly sweet like storebought creamers tend to be and you can even add the condensed milk to taste if you prefer less sweetness.
  • Delicious – sweetened condensed milk and real vanilla extract taste amazing with coffee. Adding half and half will produce a silky smooth and balanced cup of coffee.
Homemade coffee creamer in serving pitcher

Ingredients for Vanilla Coffee Creamer

You’ll have this combination memorized from the first time you make it. Just remember that it’s equal parts of the first two ingredients. Easy!

  • Half and Half – just the right amount of creaminess for a cup of coffee without creating an oily film. Half and half is essentially equal parts of milk and heavy cream so you can make your own half and half if you want to.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – use a standard 14 oz jar. It adds a milky sweetness.
  • Vanilla extract – this is optional, but definitely adds a nice layer of flavor to make it vanilla coffee creamer. Homemade vanilla extract is great but a storebought real vanilla extract will work here.

Pro Tip: For a lower-calorie creamer, you can substitute the half and half with milk.

3 ingredients for making coffee creamer

How to Make Coffee Creamer

  1. Combine half and half, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract to a quart-sized (32 oz) mason jar.
  2. Cover and shake – screw the lid on tightly and shake the creamer until well combined (you can also whisk it up).
  3. Store – keep the creamer covered and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
How to make coffee creamer shaking up in a mason jar

Common Questions

Is it cheaper to make your own coffee creamer?

It depends. If you are using all organic and great quality ingredients, it may cost you more, but you will ultimately have higher quality creamer.

Can I Substitute the half and half?

You can use anything from low-fat milk up to heavy cream if you want a very rich creamer. You could also use almond milk if you prefer.

Can I add different flavorings?

You can add different flavors and the easiest way to do that is to use a different extract such as Almond Extract, Hazelnut Extract, or even pumpkin spice extract.

Easy vanilla flavored coffee creamer in pitcher

Storing Coffee Creamer

  • To Refrigerate: Keep in a sealed jar for up to 2 weeks or until the “sell by” date on your half and half, so use a fresh container. Also, as with all dairy products, store the jar on the bottom shelf in the back of your refrigerator where your refrigerator is the coldest. Do not store on the door.
  • Freezing: Dairy doesn’t freeze well and it is not recommended to freeze this coffee creamer.
Cup of coffee with homemade coffee creamer

Homemade creamer is easy and will elevate your morning coffee. Have you tried any variations on homemade coffee creamer? Let me know in the comments below.

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Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipe

5 from 320 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Homemade coffee creamer poured into coffee
Once you try Homemade Coffee Creamer you won’t want store-bought. This easy Coffee Creamer recipe has just 3 ingredients and keeps well.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 52 servings (about 1 Tbsp per serving)

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to a quart-sized mason jar, cover with the lid and shake up (or you can whisk together until combined).
  • Cover and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator (or until the ‘sell by’ date on your half and half or milk carton)

Nutrition Per Serving

36kcal Calories5g Carbs1g Protein2g Fat1g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat1g Monounsaturated Fat6mg Cholesterol13mg Sodium39mg Potassium4g Sugar49IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C30mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
36
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
6
mg
2
%
Sodium
 
13
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
39
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
49
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
30
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade coffee creamer
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 36

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  • Courtney
    March 1, 2024

    Hi there! I tried this recipe and it’s so delicious! My question is if I want to add some extract for different flavoring how much should I add? (Almond, hazlenut, maple extract) and should I omit the vanilla when using different flavours? Thanks

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 1, 2024

      Hi Courtney! I haven’t tested any other flavors but it should be easy to experiment with. Start with a little and add more. You can omit the vanilla or use it in combination with other flavors because it is a nice base. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Leslie
    January 30, 2024

    I wanted to love this but can’t. Trying to find an alternative to the sugar free French vanilla creamer. I made the recipe exactly as stated but it’s really sweet, not creamy, and could not taste the vanilla which I’m pretty sensitive to. I saw suggestions to add less sweetened condensed milk but then it would be even less creamier and would end up having to use twice as much as traditional creamer. Not sure what to do here.

    Reply

    • Melissa
      February 23, 2024

      Maybe try some heavy cream in place of some of the sweetened condensed milk? It has a neutral flavor and won’t overwhelm with sweetness while letting the vanilla come through.

      Reply

  • Allison
    January 30, 2024

    Ran out of my usual french vanilla coffee creamer, but I had all these ingredients on hand. Mixed up super quickly, tastes lovely! One of the comments mentioned using 2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond extract, which is what I did. A really good dupe for sweet italian cream flavor. I’ll probably stick to mixing up my own creamer from now on. Thanks!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2024

      Sounds perfect! I’m glad that you enjoyed our Homemade Coffee Creamer, Allison.

      Reply

  • Vickie
    January 28, 2024

    Hi! Thanks for this! No more “chemical” coffee creamers in my house! Yours was too sweet for my taste so I mix the 14oz can of sweentened condensed milk with a full 64oz of half and half and then add the vanilla flavoring, about 2 tablespoons.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 29, 2024

      Hi Vickie! Yes, this recipe can be adjusted. You can use more or less to sweetened condensed milk to get it to your preferred sweetness level.

      Reply

  • Sarah
    January 21, 2024

    Any way to make creamer without sweetened condensed milk? Is sweetened condensed milk better than corn syrup?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 22, 2024

      I think you could add Stevia in its place. I haven’t tested it but let us know how it turns out.

      Reply

  • Fivi Siordia
    January 20, 2024

    Hello, since I’ve switched to your vanilla and hazelnut homemade coffee creamer, I have not gone back to store-bought. I do miss drinking Italian sweet cream coffee creamer and I’ve been experimenting with it at home but I have not had success. Do you have a recipe for homemade Italian sweet cream coffee creamer?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 20, 2024

      Hi Fivi! I’m so glad you’re loving it. I do not have another recipe. You can use this as a base and experiment with different flavors/extracts.

      Reply

  • Rachel (Elaine) E Coloura
    January 7, 2024

    I like PLAIN coffee mate creamer with sweet and low. I want to DITCH both because of the toxins. How do I make just the PLAIN coffeemate creamer? Thanks

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 8, 2024

      I haven’t tried making modifications that way. Feel free to experiment.

      Reply

  • Amanda
    January 3, 2024

    Could cinnamon apple cider be added to make apple pie creamer? Thanks!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 3, 2024

      Hi Amanda! I haven’t tested any other flavors but feel free to experiment with extracts and spices.

      Reply

  • Sasha
    November 29, 2023

    Excellent recipe. I use 2 teas of vanilla and 1 teas almond and its like Italian cream! Love it!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 29, 2023

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Sasha!

      Reply

  • Elizabeth BBWGeneration
    November 26, 2023

    Soooo happy finding your recipe! I used half&half, condensed milk and skinny syrup in Hazelnut (all time favorite!)
    I added extra half&half to my taste and can’t wait to have it with my morning coffee tomorrow!
    P.S. Half&Half has the expiration date of February 2024 (toy is November 26 2023) I’m sure I’ll use this up by February BUT it’s nice it lasts long

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 27, 2023

      Great to hear that you enjoyed our recipe, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • Stephanie
    October 24, 2023

    Can you use Coconut Milk in order to make this Dairy Free? Meaning use the Coconut Milk when making the Sweetened Condensed Milk? And instead of the Half & Half, use maybe Almond/Macadamia Milk?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 24, 2023

      Hi Stephanie, while I haven’t tried this, I do like the idea of sweetened condensed coconut milk that someone suggested in the recipe comments. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

    • mike
      November 17, 2023

      Yes you can! After gradually messing with it for years, my go to non-dairy creamer recipe is 1 can of coconut milk, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, Vanilla, then whatever I feel like. It’s my favorite creamer right now.

      Reply

  • Diana Klingenberg
    October 13, 2023

    I have never used vanilla front the grocery store. My Mom always used Mexican vanilla. It has a richer flavor and is more intense in baking. So you can use less if desired. Your recipes are awesome. Thanks for posting…

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 14, 2023

      You’re welcome, Diana!

      Reply

  • Kyle
    September 17, 2023

    One 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk contains 215g of sugar. This is, by no means, a healthier alternative. The claim that this is not overly sweet is a false claim. I had one cup and my teeth hurt.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 18, 2023

      Hi Kyle! We do not feel like this is overly sweet like storebought creamers tend to but I did leave a note above that you can even add the condensed milk to taste if you prefer less sweetness.

      Reply

    • Paula
      January 20, 2024

      The 215 grams of sugar in a can of sweetened condensed milk is divided into 52 servings in this recipe. That is roughly 4 grams of sugar per serving. CoffeeMate French vanilla creamer has 5 grams of sugar per serving.

      Reply

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