Shaken Not Stirred - DIY Coffee Creamer

Just like your favorite piece of jewelry, coffee is the ultimate accessory in life for many of us, leaving us that feeling that something is missing when we don't have it.  Just like your best friend, its a necessity to have around as well as a fabulous treat.  Coffee is an art form.  Theres something magic about the methodical ritual of pouring a cup and adding what you may, packs of sugar, thick cream, a shimmy of chocolate powder, cinnamon, blended, shaken, or maybe you're the kind of person who likes it black as night. But for me, its always been about the cream.  Theres just something so sexy about the white cream uncurling into the beautiful blackness.

Over the years I found that I was putting more and more "fake" creamer into my coffee.   I say fake because it apparently takes 25 ingredients I can't pronounce to make French Vanilla Creamer.  But I was totally hooked on this creamer and it started looking like I was adding coffee to my creamer.  

I knew that this was one of those habits that I had to change, if not for my health, it was time to stop betraying my dear delicious companion: Coffee. 

So I sought out far and wide to find a homemade creamer that would be just as delish, and better for me as well as convenient for those early morning hours. 

Well folks I did it.  I mastered this creamer challenge.  I have been making this same recipe for three years now and it's still a constant. It's a favorite amongst my coffee date friends and its made for a very much appreciated gift on occasion.  Even better, I taught my husband to make it and we are never without a fresh batch of sweet, sweet coffee creamer. 

Without further ado, here is what you will need:  

That's right my friends, 3 ingredients and a fancy jar: Milk, Sweetened Condensed Milk & Vanilla Extract

Now we begin.

Pour the milk. 

This is the messy part:  One can of sweetened condensed milk, which, for the record, has only two very pronounceable ingredients (Milk & Sugar).  

2/3 of the way done!   You will notice that the condensed milk settles on the bottom quite quickly, and thats okay, we will deal with that in minute.

Now comes the magic. The Vanilla Extract.  How much you ask? Well I ask you how much do you love vanilla? 3 teaspoons will give it a nice hint of flavor amidst the sweetness.  But for my husband, who loves vanilla we might get crazy, throw in a few tablespoons and it is still really tasty. 

I also have these fun combinations of extracts that I do from time to time:

  • Almond & Coconut
  • Just Almond
  • Just Coconut
  • Peppermint
  • Almond Vanilla
  • Vanilla Coconut
  • Hazelnut

Do you see where I’m going with this? Vanilla is the overall winner and you can get a nice sized bottle at costco for under $10, which will last you a long time.  

Now shake, vigorously. 

Wallah!  Crazy good creamer.  

Practical tip:  It took me a year to figure out that while mason jars are super hip, they are kinda sloppy for that a.m. coffee pour.  This practical little container was $3.00 at the local grocery store and has helpful measurements.

KINIMAMA's COFFEE CREAMER

  •     16 oz milk of choice
  •     14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  •     Vanilla Extract, to taste

Add all of the ingredients to your jar of choice and shake it up really good. I have found that adding the milk before the condensed milk makes for an easier blending process. 

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Recipe contributed by Kelly Estrella, KiniMama