Make your favorite cup of coffee even better with our delicious and simple homemade Paleo Vanilla Coffee Creamer that’s completely vegan and keto-friendly! This might be the best paleo coffee creamer you make, and it’s easy to customize to fit your tastes.
I am picky about my coffee, just like I’m picky about the jeans I wear. It takes me a while to find the right pair of jeans, sometimes I’ll try on 20 pairs before I find the pair that fits me just right.
Coffee and creamers are about the same way for me. I was not a big coffee drinker until recent years, but I have grown to be quite particular about my coffee and dairy free coffee creamer and milk.
Nothing ruins a good cup of joe like icky dairy-free milk that’s too sugary or watery, so I am pretty picky about my milk and creamer. I usually use unsweetened almond milk in my coffee along with a great naturally sugar free creamer.
I love brewing my own high quality low-acid coffee and adding a great sugar free and dairy free Vanilla Coffee Creamer. Give me some homemade cold-brew coffee or fresh roasted Dark Canyon Coffee with dairy free milk and creamer and I’m set!
For me, taste matters when it comes to coffee. It’s not just about the caffeine buzz (I drink decaf these days anyway). It’s about enjoying the flavor, so I make sure that what I add to my coffee is just as high quality as the coffee itself.
Food allergy notes for this creamer:
- Dairy free
- Grain free and paleo
- Peanut free
- No added sugar or cane sugar
Why we love this healthy coffee creamer recipe
A great quality coconut milk can make coffee taste pretty awesome, so I whipped up some homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer made with just a few ingredients and canned coconut cream.
This coffee creamer is keto friendly, paleo, dairy free, vegan, all natural, has only 4 ingredients, and can be made in 5 minutes.
If you’re looking for something that is okay for Whole30, just use this recipe and leave out the stevia (the vanilla extract should still be fine).
How to make homemade coffee creamer
For this recipe, I used canned coconut cream (not to be confused with cream of coconut, which is sweetened), but if you don’t have access to canned coconut cream, you can use a can of coconut milk that has separated and use the solid cream at the top of the can.
Here are the steps to make this creamer (this is just an overview of steps, the full recipe is at the end of the post):
- Open your can of coconut cream, ideally, it will be unshaken and separated slightly. You want the thickest cream at the top of the can.
- Add your coconut cream, room temperature or warm water, vanilla, and stevia drops to a small blender and pulse until everything is smooth.
- Taste test to see if you want it to be any thicker or sweeter. If you need it thicker, add a little more coconut cream.
- Store in a jar or bottle in the fridge. It may need to be shaken up before each use.
Using room temperature or warm water is best to make sure that everything blends well. Coconut cream has a lot of fat in it that won’t blend well with cold water, so everything will blend together best when the water is warmer.
Use room temperature or warm coconut cream and water to help everything mix together well, cold coconut cream might separate and appear to curdle.
I like blending the cream and water (or non-dairy milk if you choose) because it lets me adjust the thickness of the creamer, but if you’re in a hurry you can just use full-fat canned coconut milk that hasn’t separated and add your vanilla and stevia drops to it. It just might not be as thick as you like.
Why make your own coffee creamer?
Making your own allergy friendly and low carb kitchen staples is great so you don’t have to go searching for them in stores (we live in a smaller town and don’t always have a great variety of allergy friendly products here).
Plus, when you make your own dairy-free coffee creamer, you can control exactly what goes into it! Your own homemade creamer won’t have thickeners or anything artificial unless you choose to add it yourself.
These days I even bring my cold brew coffee and non-dairy creamer with me on trips. I add my cold brew coffee to a big Nalgene water bottle and make sure our hotel has a fridge. Much tastier, more allergy friendly, and less expensive than buying coffee each day!
Variations for our dairy free creamer
The awesome thing about this vegan coffee creamer recipe is that you can make flavor and texture adjustments to this recipe to fit your preferences! You can replace water with other dairy free milks such as almond milk, hemp, oat milk in this instead of water to make it a bit thicker if you like as well (just be aware that adding things like oat milk will make this recipe no longer paleo).
You can also play around with flavor variations, too, besides vanilla. Try adding cinnamon, or different flavored extracts instead of vanilla, such as chocolate, orange, maple, or rum flavor.
We also made a delicious pumpkin spice version of this paleo creamer recipe, too, if you’re looking for a fall variation, it’s still sugar free!
Options for brands of coconut cream
I typically use the Thai Kitchen canned coconut cream for my creamer, but there are other options available. The Thai Kitchen brand has guar gum added to it that acts as a stabilizer, which I don’t usually avoid.
But there are several other brands available that don’t use any thickeners or stabilizers if you’re avoiding those or are looking for different brand options if you don’t have access to some brands.
One thing to keep in mind when choosing a coconut cream is to look for brands that taste good and don’t have any odd flavors. Some brands of coconut milk or cream do tend to have different aftertastes, so do a taste test to make sure the one you pick for your creamer is going to enhance your coffee, not make it taste weird.
I’ll include some of the brands that seemed more popular, have better ratings, or are from reputable brands. Many of these are brands I have not tried personally, so I can’t vouch for their taste.
- Thai Kitchen canned coconut cream (what we usually use, it does have guar gum)
- Nature’s Greatest Foods organic coconut cream (only contains coconut and water, no stabilizers)
- Let’s Do Organic heavy coconut cream (no stabilizers/thickeners)
- Native Forest organic coconut cream
- Native Forest Simple organic coconut cream (no stabilizers or thickeners)
- Trader Joe’s organic coconut cream
- CocoGoods organic coconut cream
- Thai Coco organic coconut cream
- Natural Value pure coconut cream (no stabilizers or thickeners)
- Mike’s Biodynamic organic coconut cream (no stabilizers)
Vanilla Coffee Creamer (Dairy Free)
- In a small blender or NutriBullet, blend together the solid coconut cream, water, vanilla, and stevia until well blended.
- Add more or less stevia to taste, and add more or less cream for thickness
- Store this in a sealed container or jar in the fridge and stir as needed to address any separation
I recently re-did the photos on this blog post from May 2015, here’s one of the old photos:
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist