Homemade Vanilla Creamer

I’m not gonna lie as this video about sums it up! lol

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a food post, but this one is worth it. About a year ago I went on a search for recipes for homemade creamer for a very specific reason. The hubby and I were making lifestyle changes, i.e., cutting out excess sugars and replacing what we could with natural sugars instead of overly processed sugars. And the number one big thing that I was giving up were my coffee Frappes…*gasp* I don’t know if you realize how big a deal this was for me, it was HUGE. 

You see, I love to blame this frappe addiction on my lovely sister-in-law, Kelli, with her “try it, you’ll like it” words I was almost instantly addicted! I was never a coffee drinker before her suggestion–notta even once. In general, I’m not a hot drink lover–at all. I’ve always had a tendency to burn my tongue with hot drinks and had to be pretty desperate to drink hot tea…very desperate like I was so sick and couldn’t stop coughing or out camping and I was freezing my butt off. I mean, even in the dead of winter with negative temperature numbers, I’d still have a cold drink. Crazy, I know. 

So I got hooked on Frappuccinos in my thirties and every day before I’d head off to work I’d stop and get one. That habit cost me $25 per week. You add that up for a year, and that’s $1,300! And you take that times seven years–a whopping $9,100!

Now granted I owned my own accounting business and was making a decent income, but I should have been wiser with my money–a lot wiser.

Then came the lovely decline in 2008 and I lost a lot of business which meant I had to cut back in a lot of areas, dining out for starters. I began making my own frappes at home with a mix I’d buy from Cash & Carry and even purchased the fancy cups and domed lids so I’d feel special. I saved a bundle considering a bag of the vanilla frappe mix would only cost me about $18 per month and the cups would last a good 2-3 months.

So I went from $1,300 a month in coffee drinks down to around $50. Makes me wish I’d done it sooner, lesson learned.

But then came the lesson about lifestyle changes and reading the package labeling to see how much added sugar I was putting in my body and there was a lot of extra sugar in my beloved Frappe.

So long story short, I didn’t like the creamer recipes on Pinterest because they used condensed sweetened mix which I will attest to that they don’t stay mixed with your milk product and the fact that it wasn’t a natural organic sugar kind of put me off.

So I’m going to share with you my go-to vanilla creamer recipe and let you taste the difference for yourself along with the cost savings instead of buying the prepackaged store creamers. 

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Vanilla Creamer
A delicious homemade vanilla creamer using organic sweeteners with a great taste.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 cups half & half*
  2. 1/2 - 3/4 cup organic maple syrup*
  3. 3-5 Tablespoons of a high quality vanilla*
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix on low for 60 seconds. Pour into a resealable container. Last about 1-2 weeks.
Notes
  1. *Meadow Gold and Darigold milk products are produced from cows that aren't treated with growth hormones or additives.
  2. *the amount of maple syrup you add will depend on your sweet tooth. I'd recommend starting with the lower amount and adjust to taste from there.
  3. *I purchase my vanilla from Amazon because I go through it way too fast. It's at a decent price and I'll provide affiliate links below so you can use the same if you wish.
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Pinning the wilderness of my imagination, one Pin at a time. I love hiking, camping, watching my boys fish, and taking long walks with my yellow labs, Taylor and Mandi. I enjoy cooking when the mood hits, and not only have I published novels, but I'm the master of redesigning just about anything. I’m the DIY author who has made Idaho her home for 27 years, and I can't wait to spend another 27 years here.

2 Comments
  • Pamela says:

    Thank you for sharing. I will try the maple syrup. My go to though is organic sugar and actual cream and milk. The half and half I’ve found still has one or two additives I don’t think I require.

    • Lisa says:

      It’s so hard to find things without extra additives. I too use organic sugar, but found the maple syrup mixes in better and doesn’t settle at the bottom.

Lisa Wiedmeier

Pinning the wilderness of my imagination, one Pin at a time. I love hiking, camping, watching my boys fish, and taking long walks with my yellow labs, Taylor and Mandi. I enjoy cooking when the mood hits, and not only have I published novels, but I'm the master of redesigning just about anything. I’m the DIY author who has made Idaho her home for 28 years, and I can't wait to spend another 28 years here.

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