Dairy-Free Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer

This Dairy-Free Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer is the perfect way to pump up your coffee without all the extra additives of the creamer you buy in the store.

Dairy-Free Homemade Coffee Creamer. Super easy, delicious, and only 15 calories per serving! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Ok, it’s no secret that I’m a coffee lover. Coffee is the first thing I consume when I wake up before most of the world is awake, and it doesn’t stop at just one mug. About 3-4 mugs in, and I’m finally feeling like I can conquer the world.

But when it comes to my coffee, I can’t just pour coffee in a mug and be good to go. It’s more like some stevia, about half a bottle (give or take) of store-bought froo-froo creamer, and only then is it to my liking. Okay, obviously half a bottle is an exaggeration, but the point is, I like my coffee doctored up so it doesn’t taste a whole lot like coffee. Oh the irony.

Here’s the thing though – I’ve actually started becoming acutely aware of each and every thing I put into my body and the effects they have on my physical health, well-being, and even my weight.

With this, I came to the realization that I was consuming 150-200 calories just in my morning coffee every day!

Dairy-Free Homemade Coffee Creamer. Super easy, delicious, and only 15 calories per serving! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

For someone trying to manage their weight through the pure science of calories in vs calories out, these 150+ calories were taking up way too much space in my allotment for the day, and something had to be done about it.

Besides, I have to say that it didn’t quite make sense for me to continue to use dairy-creamer when I don’t drink cow’s milk or eat cow’s yogurt anymore. I’ve been drinking almond and soy milk for almost 10 years and soy yogurt for the majority of the last 6 months.

Dairy-Free Homemade Coffee Creamer. Super easy, delicious, and only 15 calories per serving! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Coffee creamer has been one of the last things I’ve been hanging onto when it comes to dairy products. And I sure as heck wasn’t about to give up my beloved coffee.

And then there’s cheese, and well, I have quite an obsession with cheese, and I don’t see myself giving that up in this lifetime. Melty cheesy sandwiches. Cheese on my pizza. Cheesy quesadillas. Cheesy Nachos. All.the.cheese!

I digress.


Dairy-Free Homemade Coffee Creamer. Super easy, delicious, and only 15 calories per serving! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Once I realized how much coffee creamer was taking up space in my calorie count, I knew something had to be done. But it had to be something that was equally tasty. Equally sweet. Equally creamy. Equally chugg-able.

So I started experimenting. It took me about three tries.

I started with just almonds. Not creamy enough.

Just cashews. Not the flavor I was going for and definitely not sweet enough.

And then I found the sweet sweet combination that will forever be my base for exciting dairy-free creamer flavors to come!

Dairy-Free Homemade Coffee Creamer | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Half almonds. Half cashews. A splash of vanilla. Some dates and agave for sweetness. And there you have it. Nothing crazy. Nothing weird. Just pure real ingredients that take my 150+ calories to about 20.

That leaves so much room for more cheese!!

How do you take your coffee? Would you consider making your own creamer?

Dairy-Free Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 4 pitted dates
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons agave
  • pinch of salt
  1. In a small bowl, soak almonds, cashews, and dates in water. Be sure that the water is covering all the nuts and dates. Let sit for 8-12 hours.
  2. Once they're done soaking, drain the nuts and the dates and rinse with clean water.
  3. Place in a high-speed blender with 2 1/2 cups of water and blend for about a minute or two until everything is as smooth as possible.
  4. Pour mixture into a nut bag that's placed over a bowl or pitcher. Squeeze out all the liquid, reserving the remaining nut meal to use in recipes such as muffins, cookies, and quick-breads.
  5. Pour the drained liquid back into the blender, add vanilla, agave, and salt, and blend on medium speed until completely combined.
  6. Refrigerate in a pitcher or glass jar. Will keep for about 5-7 days stored in the refrigerator.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a picture, upload it to Instagram and tag me (@happyfoodholly) and use the hashtag #inspiredbyholly

Dairy-Free Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Looking for more dairy-free recipes?

Coconut Milk Strawberry Ice Cream – Happy Food Healthy Life
Homemade Coconut Milk
– Tried & Tasty
Lightened Up Coconut Coconut Caramel Ice Cream Pie – Happy Food Healthy Life
Whipped Coconut Cream – Tasty Yummies
3-Ingredient Strawberry Citrus Sorbet – Happy Food Healthy Life

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  1. says

    Oh sweet hell, Holly! You are a freaking genius!!! I love everything about this. I too am a coffee addict and by coffee addict I mean a totally doctored up caramel colored delicious sweet barely tastes like coffee addict. I use fat free half and half and stevia . . . I feel good about the stevia, but the fat free half and half . . . I mean, what’s even in that?? This sounds perfect and amazing! Pinning and telling everyone in the world about this.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      I know – how dare our coffee actually taste like coffee!
      That made me laugh about the half and half because xander asked me what half and half was the other day. I was all, “well, it’s half cream and half…. ummmm… no clue.” hahaha
      thank you so much for sharing!!

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