How to Make Low-Fat, Sugar-Free, Non-Dairy Creamer

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How to Make Low-Fat, Sugar-Free, Non-Dairy Creamer
Using a healthier, homemade creamer for your coffee helps you cut fat and calories form your diet. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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
  • Blender
  • Cling film
  • Storage container with airtight lid

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    Powdered Creamer

  1. 1

    Measure 1 cup of almond meal, rice milk powder or dairy-free powdered milk. Pour into a bowl.

  2. 2

    Add 1/4 cup of sugar-free sweetener such as aspartame or stevia.

  3. 3

    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.

    Liquid Creamer

  1. 1

    Put 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp unflavored soy or almond milk in a blender.

  2. 2

    Add 1 tbsp sugar-free sweetener of your choice such as stevia, aspartame or sucralose. Blend together on low.

  3. 3

    Add 1/4 tsp xanthan gum, which will thicken the creamer.

  4. 4

    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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