Vegan Coffee Creamer Recipe

Searching for the best vegan coffee creamer to add to your morning cup of coffee or tea? Well, you've found it! This recipe is a lovely creamy blend made from plant-based ingredients and is easy to make at home!
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Say goodbye to store-bought vegan coffee creamers loaded with artificial ingredients and hello to a dairy-free alternative made right at home! This simple vegan coffee creamer recipe uses nuts, water, and a touch of sweetener to create a creamy and delicious creamer that’s perfect for adding to your morning cup of coffee. Once you discover the versatility and flavor of coffee creamer without dairy, you may never want to buy from the store again!

This homemade creamer is the perfect addition to your food pep routine. Once a week, soak and blend for a week’s worth of yummy flavor! With just a few easy steps, you can enjoy a personalized coffee experience that’s both satisfying and free of dairy.

You’re going to love this recipe a latte!

Why This Vegan Coffee Creamer Recipe is So Awesome

Discover the magic of homemade dairy-free coffee creamer! Making your own creamer using nuts is not only easy, but also fun to make. From its scrumptious taste to the convenience of whipping up a batch in minutes, homemade vegan coffee creamer is a game-changer for your coffee routine. Once you try it in your favorite morning cup of joe (or tasty tea), you’ll be in love!

  • Downright Delicious: Dairy-free creamers can have a rich and creamy taste that enhances the flavor of your coffee without the need for dairy.
  • Freshly Homemade: Making your own dairy-free creamer using nuts, like almonds or cashews, allows you to control the ingredients and customize the flavor to your liking.
  • Quick and Easy: Homemade dairy-free creamer recipes often require just a few ingredients and can be prepared in minutes, providing a quick and easy way to enjoy your coffee with a creamy touch.
  • Long Shelf Life: Dairy-free creamer ingredients have a long shelf life in the pantry, so there’s less worry about spoiling. For extra insurance, keep all raw nuts (and fresh dates) in the freezer until ready to use and your ingredients will last even longer.
  • Customizable Sweetness: You can easily customize the taste and sweetness of your coffee by adding more or less vegan coffee creamer, giving you more control over your coffee’s flavor.
  • Create Your Own Creaminess: The texture and thickness of this hazelnut coffee creamer recipe is entirely up to you. If you like it a little thicker, add less water. If you like it thinner, use more water. So simple to adapt to your liking.

Key Ingredients and Substitutions

You only need 5 simple ingredients to make delicious vegan coffee creamer!

Gathered ingredients for the vegan coffee creamer recipe in individual bowls with labels.
  • Raw Unsalted Hazelnuts: Or any nut of your choosing! The beauty of this vegan coffee creamer is it can be made with almost any nut. We like to use hazelnuts for their rich flavor and creamy texture but cashews, almonds, walnuts, or even pecans work well.
  • Sweetener: Choose your preferred sweetener to add a touch of sweetness to the coffee creamer. Maple syrup, sugar, agave nectar, or a pitted medjool date all work well.
  • Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the flavor and adds a subtle hint of sweetness and depth. Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor. Feel free to mix up the flavors and try almond extract or even hazelnut extract to amp up the hazelnut flavor.
  • Salt: It may seem odd to add salt to coffee creamer, but trust us, a pinch of salt helps to balance the sweetness and enhance the overall flavor of the creamer.

See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for exact amounts.

Nut Soaking Guide

Soaking nuts for cooking is a technique that can transform your everyday recipes into something extra special. This comprehensive nut soaking guide explores the benefits of soaking nuts, from improved digestibility to enhanced flavor, and texture.

Here’s how to soaking nuts the right way to maximize their nutritional value and elevate your dishes (and beverages!):

Nut Soaking Time chart from Ellie's Best Nut Milk Bag
Ellie’s Best Nut Soaking Times Chart

How To Make The Best Vegan Creamer for Coffee

Making this coffee creamer recipe without dairy is incredibly simple and easy. It will soon become a food (or, in this case, beverage) prep favorite. If you always keep a stock of nuts and maple syrup on hand, you can make this vegan coffee creamer any time you need it. Here’s what to do:

Step 1: Place the nuts in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them soak overnight or for at least 4-6 hours.

Soaking hazelnuts with water for vegan coffee creamer.

Step 2: Drain the soaked nuts and rinse them thoroughly under cold water.

Step 3: In a blender, combine the soaked nuts with 2 cups of fresh water. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy.

Vegan coffee creamer in a blender pitcher, blending smooth.

Step 4: Pour the blended mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth into a bowl. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

Straining vegan coffee creamer with a nut milk bag to remove the solids.

Step 5: Pour the strained nut milk back into the blender and add your sweetener of choice, vanilla extract and salt. Blend again until the sweetener is fully incorporated.

Step 6: Transfer the homemade coffee creamer to a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator. Shake well before using. Use within a week.

Vegan coffee creamer being poured into a sealer container.

Helpful Tips and Serving Suggestions

You’ll be absolutely delighted with this recipe after a single taste! Serve this dairy-free coffee creamer in your favorite coffee or tea for the most heavenly homemade experience. You can easily adjust the sweetness and flavorings to suit your taste, as well. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • Know Your Nuts: You can also use nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios, coconut, etc. as the base for your creamer. They provide a creamy texture and a subtle nutty flavor. Hazelnut seems to have the best flavor, though.
  • Soak Your Nuts: Soaking nuts overnight before blending can help them soften, making them easier to blend into a smooth cream. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a high-speed blender.
  • Meet Your Sweet: Add natural sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar, or soaked dates to sweeten your creamer. Start with a small amount and adjust to your taste.
  • Flourish with Flavor: Enhance your creamer with flavors like vanilla extract, cinnamon, cocoa powder, or orange/lemon extract. These additions can give the taste of your coffee a little extra boost.
  • Boldly Blend: Use a high-speed blender (an essential kitchen tool!) to ensure your creamer is smooth and creamy. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth for an even smoother texture.
  • Keep It Cool: Store your homemade vegan creamer for coffee in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It will keep for about a week, so make sure to use it up within that time frame.
Pouring vegan coffee creamer into a mug filled with coffee.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this dairy-free coffee creamer using cashews instead?

Sure! A vegan cashew coffee creamer recipe would be exactly the same. Just swap the cashews for hazelnuts. You can also use this cashew milk recipe and reduce the water amount to 2 cups. Easy-peasy!

Is it possible to make this vegan coffee creamer recipe without sugar?

Yes, it is! Instead of sugar, try adding a single soaked date to the full recipe and blending smooth. Taste and add another date if it’s not sweet enough. When adding any other sweetener, start with small amounts. You can always add more, but it’s harder to take away.

Which coffee creamers are vegan?

You’re in luck! Check out our vegan coffee creamer guide for the best brands and creative uses for non-dairy coffee creamer.

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Easy Hazelnut Vegan Coffee Creamer

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You'll never miss out on luscious creamy coffee with this homemade vegan coffee creamer, crafted from rich hazelnuts. Perfectly creamy and utterly satisfying, it's the ideal addition to your morning brew!
Vegan coffee creamer being poured into a mug of coffee.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 Cups

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw unsalted hazelnuts, soaked at least 4 hours, and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or sugar, agave nectar, or a pitted medjool date
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  • In a blender on the highest speed, add the soaked hazelnuts, water, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt, and blend on high for 1-3 minutes until creamy.
  • Strain by holding a nut milk bag over a big bowl, and pouring the freshly blended milk through it. Gently but firmly squeeze the nut milk bag until all the liquid milk has passed through and the pulp remains in the bag.
  • Refrigerate, and use within 3 days.

Notes

  • For sweeter creamer: Use more maple syrup or sweetener of choice.
  • For the simplest creamer: Simply use nuts and water in a 1:2 ratio.
  • Nut Options: Other nuts may be used in place of hazelnuts, such as almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, pecans, peanuts, and beyond. We’ve tested them all and found that hazelnuts have the best flavor for coffee creamer, though!
One serving is equivalent to about 2 tablespoons of coffee creamer.

Nutrition

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course — Beverage, Dairy, Drinks, Ingredient
Cuisine — American
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