I’m not a coffee drinker but someone who I love very much and live with is.
Big time. One of those “I DESPERATELY NEED THIS BROWN LIQUID, GIVE IT TO ME NOW” types, in fact.
Now for a while, I was able to turn a blind eye to the coffee creamer housed in our fridge (after all, I don’t use it). Until one day my health-nuttiness finally overcame me and I snuck a peek at the ingredients label.
Partially hydrogenated soybean oil? Corn syrup solids? Carrageenan!? Oh, heck no.
Friends don’t let friends slowly kill themselves with crappy food.
So I did what any good friend would do: dumped it down the sink.
And of course I couldn’t leave the poor thing high and dry so I looked for a healthier version at the store. But they either still had mystery ingredients or a hefty price tag.
So I decided to make a homemade & healthy vanilla bean coffee creamer.
Just three ingredients and oh so yummy (I taste-tested, of course) — organic or raw half-and-half from grass-fed cows (in case you haven’t heard, ain’t nothin’ wrong with cholesterol!) or a non-dairy milk substitute*, vanilla extract, and liquid stevia extract.
Need a refresher on stevia?
Stevia is probably one of the most well-known and popular natural sweeteners. The sweet leaves have been used by humans for hundreds of years and by diabetic patients in Asia for decades.
While it is not a significant source of nutrition, the great thing about stevia is that it will not affect blood sugar levels at all, making it a great all-natural sugar alternative for diabetics. It is also calorie-free.
Homemade & Healthy Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer
- 1 pint organic or raw half-and-half from grass-fed cows*
- 4 tablespoons organic vanilla extract
- 90 drops organic liquid stevia (this one doesn’t have any funny fillers, which is very important)
*If you don’t consume dairy, certainly feel free to use a non-dairy milk substitute instead. Just remember to look for one that’s organic and made without carrageenan.
Add all ingredients in a mason jar. Shake it on up, and enjoy!