If you’re a coffee drinker, your mind is about to be blown. When I started doing the Whole30 challenge, I realized just how much crap was in a lot of the stuff that I ate and drank and thought were harmless. I’ve finished the challenge and reintroduced dairy to my life (hello cheese!) and thus, milk in my morning coffee.
I love flavored creamers, but with all of the random ingredients they contain, I thought I’d take a stab at making my own creamers. I started with a basic vanilla and worked my way to this maple cinnamon which I’ve been drinking all week and am quite happy about.
It’s literally one of the easiest recipes you’ll see and has only four ingredients. If you can boil water, you can make flavored creamers.
The basic recipe is cream, sweetener, and flavoring:
Maple Cinnamon Coffee Creamer
- 1 cup all natural half and half
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon & 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Mix all ingredients together in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer for 2 minutes. Add in the cinnamon stick, cover, and remove from heat to let the flavors meld for about 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and bottle! It’s that easy!
Bringing the cream to a boil helps it thicken a bit and helps the syrup melt enough to actually sweeten the cream rather than just mixing.
The basic recipe framework can be used for other varieties as well! For vanilla, scrape your vanilla beans into the simmering pot, adding the bean when you remove from the heat similar to how I’ve done with the cinnamon stick. For the vanilla version I would also back the maple syrup down to about 1 tablespoon and use 1 tablespoon of honey as well so the flavor isn’t too mapley.
See how easy it is?
My next adventure is going to be trying to make something peppermint mocha related… stay tuned!