Iâ€™m an avid coffee drinker. Itâ€™s not a secret. Iâ€™ve written many posts on the health benefits and controversies of coffee and have a podcast episode on my favorite mushroom coffee. And I have lots (and I do mean LOTS!) of recipes for my favorite coffee drinks, teas, and hot chocolates (check out the list near the bottom). So when I realized I could easily make my own festive peppermint coffee creamer, I was thrilled!
Store-bought coffee creamer comes in so many fun flavors that itâ€™s kind of a bummer theyâ€™re so full of ingredients I try to avoid. Ingredients like carrageenan, high-fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils.
Enter a much healthier homemade coffee creamer thatâ€™s simple and easy to make (and even more delicious)â€¦
What makes this coffee creamer paleo? Its coconut milk base. I like to use coconut milk for this because itâ€™s thick and creamy and I like to add healthy fats to my coffee anyway. If youâ€™d rather use a nut milk, feel free.
I add a little peppermint extract and maple syrup for sweetness. Both of those can be adjusted to suit your tastes. In fact, if you want to try a different flavor, it would be really simple to swap out the peppermint for another extract.
The most obvious is, of course, to stir it into a fresh cup of coffee. However, there are a lot of other tasty options as well. I like to use it in leftover chilled coffee or cold brew coffee. Itâ€™s also great in tea if youâ€™re more of a tea drinker.
My kids love it added to hot chocolate or just cold milk for a festive treat. It can also be added to homemade vanilla ice cream to make a shake.
A batch of this healthy creamer made with vanilla extract instead of peppermint would be great drizzled over hot Instant Pot steel-cut oats for breakfast. I bet this recipe for gingerbread creamer would be delicious that way too!
Dairy-free coffee creamer made with coconut milk, peppermint extract, and a little maple syrup.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Warm the can of coconut milk in a bowl of hot water for about 5 minutes to make it easier to pour.
In a pint-size mason jar, combine the coconut milk, peppermint extract, and maple syrup.
Put a lid on the mason jar and shake vigorously to mix.
Stir into coffee, hot chocolate, or milk for a festive treat.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Feel free to adjust the peppermint and syrup up or down to suit your tastes.
Serving: 2TBSP | Calories: 79.44kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.97g | Protein: 0.69g | Fat: 7.15g | Saturated Fat: 6.34g | Sodium: 4.84mg | Potassium: 86.4mg | Fiber: 0.66g | Sugar: 3.06g | Vitamin C: 0.84mg | Calcium: 8.43mg | Iron: 0.49mg
When youâ€™re longing for a hot and tasty beverage (that doesnâ€™t cost $5 or more!) try these:
Side note: Donâ€™t throw out your used coffee grounds â€” they have lots of uses!
Do you make your own coffee creamer? Whatâ€™s your favorite flavor?