Homemade Coffee Creamer {3 ingredients}

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Hope you are all nice and toasty…It’s freezing here and I am snowed in!  Still waiting for Mr. Kriegerchick to make it home to plow the drive.  It snowed 10 inches yesterday, which is a record for our area this time of year.

Not sure about you, but when it’s cold (or even if it is hot) I love to curl up on the sofa with a good read and a hot cup of coffee.  During my teaching days (before children) that is how I spent many a snow day afternoon…

Ahhh…pause while I reminisce…

Everyone takes their coffee differently…I prefer mine black.  Boring, I know.  That’s only in the morning…If I have a cup (or 2) in the afternoon or evening, I like a yummy flavored creamer…Let’s just call it dessert!

Creamer is expensive and I use quite a bit per cup…maybe more than a serving according to the bottle.  So, I decided to make my own.  Who knew it is sooo easy and inexpensive and uses ingredients most of us keep on hand! Yeah. Yeah. Yeah!

{3 ingredient} Homemade Coffee Creamer I onekriegerchick.wordpress.com

Homemade Coffee Creamer

{3 ingredients}

1 cup Skim Milk

1/3 – 1/2 can Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 tsp. Pure Vanilla or Peppermint

Pour all ingredients into a sealed jar or bottle and shake to combine.

Note: The first time I made this it was way too sweet, so I adjusted the measurements to my liking.  If you want it sweeter, just add more Sweetened Condensed Milk.  I have made both the vanilla and peppermint versions…YUM!  I used Pure Mexican Vanilla and Pure Peppermint extract, which have a stronger flavor than extracts.  Keep that in mind when you make yours.  I am sure there are many other flavor combinations…Love to hear what you come up with!


I shake mine with each use and only keep until the expiration date on the milk.  It may keep longer, but made in a small batch,= mine will never last that long! :)


Cost breakdown: 1 cup Milk = $.20, 1/2 can Sweetened Condensed Milk = $.64 …Add in pennies for the flavoring and it is under $1.00 to make the same amount as a small creamer from the grocery store.


This is also a great way to re-purpose a bottle…I used a small Shatto milk bottle…A double batch of creamer fits perfectly in a large Shatto milk bottle, but makes too much for me.


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Happy Weekend!


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    Tracey says

    Another thing I have done to add more nutrition/protein/calcium is to add a tablespoon or so of powdered milk. I’m like you….I like a little coffee with my creamer!

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    What an awesome recipe!! Easy and I’m sure a better value… Thanks so much for coming to party at Super Saturday Show & Tell :) I hope you’ll come again next week. xoxo~ Ruthie

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    Fantastic! I splurge on coffee creamer and rarely think of whether I need to. I’ll be whipping up a batch of this in the morning, as I luckily have these ingredients :)

    Visiting you from The Domestic Fringe’s Linkup~ Nice to meet you!

    xo Kristin

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    I love this idea!

    I use coffee creamer every day and I actually make my own vanilla extract, so this is perfect for me. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I also wanted to Thank You for linking to Saturday Night Stars. This is the very first linky party, so I know it will take a few weeks to really catch on, but I appreciate you being a pioneer star. :-)
    I hope you’ll link again next Saturday night. The linky will also be open all day Sunday. If you’d like a button for your sidebar, just let me know. Thank you again.

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    I’ve made this before and love it. I keep meaning to get some of the vanilla syrup from the coffee shop down the street to do this with, or other flavours too!

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    I love a little coffee with my creamer and so glad to meet someone else like me. I will be sure to introduce you to my husband who is forever yelling at me! He will appreciate this recipe and a few less dollars spent on the grocery bill. Thanks!

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    This is awesome! My mom is always lecturing me about using store bought creamer because of all the strange ingredients in it… I’ll have to try this instead! Thanks for the recipe. :)

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    Yes! I love that you can control the ingredients. Some of the store-bought creamers have a lot of yuck ingredients. I may never buy creamer again! :) I’m so glad to have found your lovely blog!

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        It really is! Thanks for the great idea. I even called my mom and told her she HAS to make some for herself. I used about 1/4 of the sweetened milk because I like more cream and less sweetness in mine. That is why I would prefer not to use store bought, it is always too sweet.

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      onekriegerchick says

      You’ll have to let me know how you like it and what flavor combinations you try. So nice to meet you this weekend!

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        melissa says

        Hey Ariean – I’m finally getting around to making your creamer. What do you do with the rest of your can of sweetened condensed milk?

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        onekriegerchick says

        Hi! I just save it in the fridge in a sealed container. You’ll have to let me know how you like it!

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      onekriegerchick says

      Sure! I think you could try any milk you are accustomed to drinking. I bet the 2% would give it an even richer flavor. Enjoy!


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