Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

Got 5 minutes?

Let’s make some coffee creamer!

Most mornings, I take my coffee with just a splash of milk or cream. No flavors, no sugar. Good coffee doesn’t need much of anything.

But sometimes, I do like having a bit of flavor in my cup of joe – it just can’t be too much. I still want to taste the coffee itself, so it can’t be too strong or too sweet.

I usually stick with plain milk or half and half at home, but now that I know how easy it is to mix up my own coffee creamer, I’ll be making them more often.

Bonus! No strange ingredients or artificial colors or words you can’t pronounce. Just milk + cream + agave + vanilla in this mix.

Let’s get started!

Add your milk and cream to a microwave safe dish (or you can heat all this together on the stove top).

Heat it up together with the agave syrup until the agave is dissolved into the milk.

Stir in your vanilla bean paste, pour into a container (with a lid) and chill before serving.

Add as much – or as little – as you want to your coffee or tea or bread pudding custard.

New flavor coming soon!

Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer

Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/3 cups milk (I used skim; you can use whatever milk you like)
  • 2/3 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract or the beans from 1 whole vanilla bean, scraped from the center

Directions:

  1. Heat milk, cream, and agave in microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes or heat on stovetop until bubbles form around the edges and the agave is melted and combined into the milk.
  2. Stir in the vanilla beans.
  3. Pour into a container and cool before serving. Will keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

18 Responses to “Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer”

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — January 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    How clever! Love it :)

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — January 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    very cool! never knew it was so easy!

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    Leslie — January 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Love this! What a great idea!

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    Jenny — January 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    great idea, Brand! this is way more cost efficient than the pre-made ones (that I’ve had to neglect now that I’m trying to be more budget conscious). I love how you can alter the recipe for different flavors too. You’re wonderful :)!

    • admin replied: — January 24th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks Jenny! I have a feeling this will be a problem now – i’m going to have WAY too many flavors in my fridge!

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    Life's a Bowl — January 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Awesome DIY recipe!

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — January 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I’m normally just a plain ol’ black coffee person, but on occasion I like to spice it up and order either a vanilla iced coffee with cream or a seasonal flavored coffee at Starbucks or Dunkin’. Now I don’t have to, though! Thanks!

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    Teacher Girl — January 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    This is awesome! Will totally be adding this to my weekend cup of coffee.

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal — January 25, 2012 at 1:04 am

    This has me written all over it! I can almost smell it through the screen. I love a nice, heavy, half and half – and this looks like the motherload.

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