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.
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.
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.