One thing I am often asked by clients is what they can add to their coffee in place of highly processed coffee creamers or traditional dairy products. Most people are unwilling to quit coffee altogether, but you may want to give up the commercial creamers and find a healthier and more natural coffee creamer alternative.
If substituting with a non-dairy milk is not appealing to you, then I suggest you try making your own natural coffee creamer. I make mine from cashew nuts and organic vanilla extract, and I love it. It’s creamy and although not sweet, the vanilla gives it a really nice hint of flavor. It’s super easy to make and you can play around with flavors by trying different organic extracts. Give it a try and you may be surprised by how well it works.
Non-Dairy, Natural Coffee Creamer
If substituting with a non-dairy milk is not appealing to you, then make your own creamer. I make my own from cashew nuts and organic vanilla extract, and I love it.
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 3 cups water – 1 1/2 cup for soaking 1 1/2 cups for blending
- 1/2 to 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt optional
Soak the cashews in water, then cover and allow to sit at room temperature for about 6 hours.
Drain the water and add the cashews, remaining water, and vanilla to a blender. Process until smooth and creamy.
Store in a sealed jar or container in the refrigerator. It will last about 5 days.
Enjoy with either hot or iced coffee!
If you’re the only consumer, you can half the recipe. The servings of "10" on this recipe is totally dependent on how much "cream" you use, so make a batch and see how it goes.