Non Dairy and dairy free creamers are everywhere, but what’s in them?
When I had to quit dairy for OG I started using commercial non-dairy creamers for my coffee (the kind that you find in the health food section). I just can’t drink coffee without some sort of cream (anyone else?) so I thought I had found a good replacement.
Except it wasn’t.
Even the “healthy” dairy free coffee creamers I found had an ingredient called carrageenan in them. Carrageenan has been linked to gastrointestinal inflammation and colon cancer so; I’m not all that excited about consuming it.
FYI: a number of almond milk and coconut milk brands, not to mention a whole bunch of other organic foods, also have carrageenan in them. Here’s a list of ones to avoid.
So I’ve been looking for a homemade dairy free coffee creamer to replace the yucky commercial stuff. I finally stumbled upon this recipe, made a few changes and finally have a decent healthy dairy free coffee creamer! (If you’re looking for Dairy free yogurt, try this recipe)
Healthy Dairy Free Coffee Creamer
For those of you who don’t have time to make your own creamer from scratch, use canned coconut milk (instead of almonds and water) for a shortcut version that will last longer too.
- 1 cup of raw almonds or other nuts soaked overnight (find them here) (or use coconut milk)
- 3 cups of water (use distilled if you are worried about it “staying” in the fridge, otherwise tap is fine if you plan on using it within a few days)
- 3 T coconut oil
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 T sucanat
- Cheesecloth or fine sieve
After soaking, drain and rinse the almonds.
Combine almonds, coconut oil and water in a blender and blend well.
If using cheese cloth: strain the mixture through the cloth and squeeze the almond pulp to get the almond cream out.
If using a sieve: strain through the sieve and use a spoon to squish the almond cream out of the pulp. You might end up with some pulp in your cream but it will just sink to the bottom of your cup. No biggie :) (If using coconut milk you can skip these first steps and add coconut oil along with the rest of the ingredients)
Add extract and sweetener. You may need to heat the creamer to dissolve the sucanat.
Drink your yummy homemade creamer (with some coffee added maybe?).
Do you make your own dairy free creamer?