Upgrade Your Coffee Creamer With The Easiest Recipe Ever

Photo: Courtesy of Paul Delmont/Thrive Market.
When the largest coffee-shop chain in the world announced the arrival of coconut milk lattes and creamers on its menus, health-conscious fans rejoiced. Something other than watered-down milk or hormone-heavy cream! Good news, yes?

We hate to break it to you, but the "coconut milk" you're opting for instead of dairy milk at that big chain boasts a 14-ingredient list that's loaded with artificial additives, cane sugar, and carrageenan (a thickener). None of these things make for a healthier coffee drink.

As gross as the ingredients on that suspicious coconut "creamer" may seem, typical non-dairy creamers that you find in the grocery store aren't much better. Most are loaded with artificial sweeteners and sugar, on top of preservatives that help them stay on the shelf (and in your fridge) for longer.

Avoid the nasty stuff and keep the benefits of coffee unadulterated by making your own vegan coffee creamer at home. With under five ingredients, it's simple and blends into coffee just like conventional creamer.

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Homemade Vegan Coffee Creamer

Ingredients
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 1/2 cups purified water, plus more for soaking
Small pinch sea salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp full-fat coconut milk
1 tbsp raw honey, or more to taste

Instructions
1. Place cashews in a large bowl, cover fully with purified water, put a lid on it, and soak overnight.

2. Drain soaked cashews and discard soaking liquid. Rinse well.

3. Place cashews, 1 1/2 cups water, and salt in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.

4. Line a strainer with cheesecloth and place over a bowl. Pour the cashew mixture into the strainer. Press all the cashew milk from the strainer and discard the solids.

5. Return cashew milk to cleaned blender and combine with coconut oil, coconut milk, and honey. Blend until well incorporated. Store in fridge up to 3 days.

Vanilla Creamer:
For a vanilla-flavored creamer, stir 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the finished creamer.

Hazelnut Creamer:
For a hazelnut-flavored creamer, replace the cashews with the same amount of raw hazelnuts.

Chocolate-Almond Creamer:
For a chocolate-almond creamer, add a teaspoon or two of raw cacao to the blender at the same time as the coconut oil, coconut milk, and raw honey. Stir in 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract at the end.

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