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These 12 Homemade Coffee Creamers Are Totally Better Than Store-Bought

I don't know about you, but for me, I always look forward to my cup (or multiple cups-depending on the day) of coffee. There's really no better way than to start the day with coffee to stay energized and to make it through the day. There are so many ways you can take your coffee: straight up, light and sweet, or somewhere in between. I prefer mine somewhere in between - not too sweet or light.

Coffee creamer is a great way to add some sweetness and flavor to coffee if you're looking to change it up a bit. I love adding flavor to my coffee from time to time with creamer, but after reading the label on some of these products, I stopped buying them even though there are a bunch of interesting flavors out there.

Some brands of flavored creamers contain a long list of ingredients like hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors, which might be best to avoid if drinking coffee daily. That's why it's a great idea to start making homemade coffee creamer, so you know exact what is going into it. They're simple to make and easy to store away in mason jars. You can also make these recipes with the milk of your choice-dairy or non-dairy.

Check out these 12 homemade coffee creamer recipes that taste even better than a store bought creamer.

1. Vanilla Bean Creamer

I love anything flavored with vanilla. It's sweet and aromatic and tastes so good in coffee. This homemade creamer is extra fancy with the addition of vanilla extract and vanilla bean powder, turning your coffee into a vanilla bean coffee in minutes.

Vanilla products are definitely expensive, but a little goes a long way and they do last a long time. Just make sure to mix in the heavy cream last to avoid it turning into whipped cream.

Here's the recipe.

2. Gingerbread Creamer

This coffee creamer would be the perfect edition not only your coffee, but also to hot chocolate or tea. It's flavored with ginger, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and molasses, which are common flavors found in gingerbread cookies. This recipe can also be made with your choice of milk, including coconut milk. It's perfect for the holidays.

Here is the recipe.

3. Snickerdoodle Creamer

If you adore those soft cinnamon sugar cookies known as snickerdoodles, then you are going to love this flavored coffee creamer in your coffee. With only four ingredients, you'll be able to have this creamer ready in no time! And I'm sure you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen, letting you avoid a trip to the grocery store.

Here's the recipe.

4. Chocolate Raspberry Creamer

I love the decadent combination of raspberry and chocolate, especially when added into coffee. Half and half, milk, sugar, raspberry preserves, vanilla extract and cocoa powder are combined to make this rich and fruity creamer. The perfect way to indulge with a great flavor. Just make sure to shake well before using.

Here's the recipe.

5. Peppermint Mocha Creamer

If you're a fan of chocolate and peppermint you'll love this inexpensive homemade creamer added in your coffee. The peppermint extract will give a nice fresh flavor and is especially fitting for the holidays.

If you do not have peppermint extract on hand or you just don't like it, you can leave it out and make chocolate coffee creamer. Or even better, make an almond joy coffee by mixing the chocolate creamer with almond milk.

Here's the recipe.

6. Amaretto Creamer

Treat yourself with the amazing amaretto coffee creamer. It's flavored with almond extract and cinnamon  and gives just the right amount of nutty flavor to your coffee (this will even taste great in hot chocolate). Coffee drinkers might even think there's actual amaretto liquor in your coffee!

Here's the recipe.

7. Caramel Brulée Creamer

The Caramel Brulée Latte from Starbucks is a popular drink that is usually only available during the holidays . Well, you can have this drink at home whenever you want with this creamer recipe.

You start by making a caramel with butter and brown sugar. Half and half and vanilla extract are added in to the caramel and allowed to cool. This creamer is on the sweeter side, so if you prefer it less sweet just add in more half and half.

Here's the recipe.

8. Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Whether you like it or not, pumpkin spice flavored treats are a huge craze and trend, especially during the fall and winter seasons. People go crazy for anything that is labeled pumpkin spice, especially pumpkin spice coffee. Since there's such a hype about it, pumpkin spice products are literally everywhere. You really can't escape it!

This homemade pumpkin spice coffee creamer is made with just 5 ingredients: pumpkin puree, your choice of milk, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and maple syrup. Make sure to shake well before using.

Here is the recipe.

9. Vanilla Chai Creamer

I absolutely love this coffee creamer recipe, but I can't get over that glass bottle. How awesome is it?!

Back to the recipe: The creamy milk base is made with vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom and allspice and sweetened with a little honey. The combination of the spices give this coffee creamer a delicious robust taste that really resembles the flavors in a chai latte or chai tea.

If you find that the combination of cream and half and half are too heavy, you can definitely use any type of milk you prefer.

Here is the recipe.

10. Nutella Creamer

Nutella coffee creamer, can it get any better? Take your hazelnut coffee to the next level with the creamer. For this recipe, mix together the milk, condensed milk and Nutella in a small saucepan and heat until combined. That's it! No need for even a hazelnut extract. It's so simple and might just be the new addition to sweeten up your morning coffee.

 Here is the recipe.

11. Irish Coffee Creamer

Sorry guys, but there's no alcohol in this coffee creamer. However, it does taste very similar to Irish cream liqueur. This creamer is the perfect blend of creamy and nutty flavors. It is made with any type of milk you prefer, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla & almond extract.

Now that I think about it, a little splash of whiskey might be a great addition to this coffee creamer.

Here's the recipe.

12. Salted Caramel Creamer

Salted caramel is a wonderful mixture of sweet and salty. It's the best of both worlds. This DIY coffee creamer starts off by melting together the water and brown sugar to make a simple syrup.

For this recipe, you don't have to wait until the sugar mixture turns into a caramel, the brown sugar already has a natural caramel flavor to it. Vanilla extract, salt and half and half are added to finish off this homemade recipe. Perfect creamer all year round.

Here is the recipe.

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