Changing some of the foods you routinely consume is one way to achieve a healthier lifestyle. For many, mornings start off with a cup of coffee, tinged light brown by a splash or two of cream, half and half or even powdered creamer. You can make your own coffee creamer by using similar ingredients; however, choose non-dairy, sugar-free and low-fat options to make a healthier version. Make a powdered, non-dairy creamer to store for later use or a liquid, non-dairy creamer to use immediately.
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Things you need
- 1 cup almond meal, rice milk powder or dairy-free powdered milk
- Milk substitutes such as almond, soy or rice milk
- Sugar-free sweetener
- Xanthan gum
- Cling film
- Storage container with airtight lid
Measure 1 cup of almond meal, rice milk powder or dairy-free powdered milk. Pour into a bowl.
Add 1/4 cup of sugar-free sweetener such as aspartame or stevia.
Stir with a fork to break up lumps. You may need to play with ratios depending on how sweet you want the creamer to be. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
Put 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp unflavored soy or almond milk in a blender.
Add 1 tbsp sugar-free sweetener of your choice such as stevia, aspartame or sucralose. Blend together on low.
Add 1/4 tsp xanthan gum, which will thicken the creamer.
Pour the creamer into a pitcher. Cover it loosely with cling film to store. Use within one week.
Tips and warnings
- Keep a notebook handy when creating new creamer flavours and make notes regarding which ingredients worked and which did not.
- Play around with different non-dairy milks such as rice, soy, almond or coconut.
- Play with different flavours to change your basic non-dairy, sugar-free, low-fat creamer. Though the basic blends, both liquid and powdered, will achieve similar results compared to dairy based creamer, you can add extra ingredients to create unique flavour combinations.
- Opt for ingredients that are both sugar- and fat-free to keep your creamer low-calorie. Choices include vanilla extract, sliced vanilla bean pods, almond extract or orange extract. Read all extract labels to verify the products are sugar-free.
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