I love coffee. I love the taste and the smell. I am a one cup in the morning type of gal, sometimes another in the afternoon if a social occasion promotes it. During the week the hubs just makes a pot of Folgers, he has a few cups (black) and takes one to go in the morning and before I leave for my hour commute I fill my tumbler (with creamer) and drink it on the way. It’s a ritual, it’s comforting and comfortable. On the weekends, it’s more special and more of an event for us. We like finding local coffees to be our weekend coffee brew. We grind the beans, brew it and savor it.
I have experimented a few times and made myself homemade coffee creamer. Pinterest is full of recipes and I have tried a few. Most people can agree that making basic food items, like this, are just better for you since you can control what goes in it.
Most recipes call for sweetened condensed milk, which I am not opposed to. Sometimes it’s just TOO sweet. The coffee creamer recipes I’ve played around, with using sweetened condensed milk, also call for you to heat the milk with whole milk and add your flavoring in a sauce pot which also takes time etc. It comes out pretty good but the flavoring usually separates in the bottle and requires a good amount of shaking before each use. My other issue with this type of recipe is it won’t last as long since your creamer is only as good as the expiration date of the whole milk or whatever you use.
My latest creamer adventure has me using evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. I think I like this better because I have much more control over the sweetness. You also don’t have to heat it up to combine all ingredients. You just add all ingredients into your jar, shake and go. I also used Almond milk because it lasts so much longer than cow milk. Guess what?!?! It actually tastes like the Starbucks Flat White Latte. Yeah I know I’m not doing fancy steamed milk and espresso but it really does taste similar!
Here is what I did:
Ingredients & Supplies:
• Low-Fat Evaporated Milk
• Almond Milk (I used original flavor but you could use the vanilla flavored almond milk, etc)
• Vanilla Extract
• Belgian Candied Sugar (this can be found at tea shops like Teavana but MUCH cheaper at homebrew shops)
• Bottle to store and pour creamer in
• Funnel (because of the type of bottle I was using)
- Shake the unopened can of evaporated milk really well and add the whole can into the jar using the funnel, if necessary.
- Add 1 Tablespoon on Vanilla Extract
- Add about 1-2 cups of the Almond Milk depending on your taste and how big your bottle is
- Add about 2 Tablespoons of candied sugar or more depending on your taste (those are the brown bits you see in the bottom on the jar in the photo)
- Screw on the jar lid and shake really well
- Taste and adjust sweetness to your liking
- Store in the refrigerator, shake before each use and enjoy!
*Also note that if you use a candied sugar like I did it will take a few hours for it to fully dissolve so it will eventually be sweeter once that happens.