Not gonna lie. One of the things we love the most about fall and winter is when all of those super-yummy seasonal coffee creamers start hitting shelves. And even when summer rolls around, you know we're into adding in a little French vanilla. We love, love, love flavored coffee creamers, but they do have their downsides — which is why we're totally digging making our own homemade coffee creamers now.

Preservatives are the big bummer of processed foods, and most store-bought creamers are chock-full of chemicals. This DIY creamer has a simple base recipe that can be turned into five different flavored creamers. It's more natural than what you get at the grocery, and it's also a lot less expensive.

Homemade flavored coffee creamer base recipe

This is the perfect sweetened base for your flavored coffee creamer.

Serving size 1 container

Ingredients:

  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 ounces whole milk

Directions:

  1. Whisk together both ingredients until combined.
  2. Store in refrigerator.

Peppermint mocha coffee creamer recipe

This flavor is perfect for Christmas and all winter long. It's perfectly sweet, chocolaty and full of mint flavor.

Serving size 1 container

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch homemade coffee creamer base
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Directions:

  1. Add coffee creamer base and cocoa powder to saucepan.
  2. Heat on low until cocoa powder has dissolved into creamer base.
  3. Add peppermint extract, stir and store in refrigerator.
Note: Mint extract strength can vary brand to brand. Start off by adding a little and taste test before adding more.

Vanilla bean coffee creamer recipe

Who doesn't love the flavor of vanilla bean in a cup of coffee? I like using vanilla bean paste instead of extract because it adds a really intense vanilla flavor.

Serving size 1 container

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch homemade coffee creamer base
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Directions:

  1. Stir together coffee creamer base and vanilla bean paste.
  2. Store in the refrigerator.
Up next: Chocolate coffee creamer recipe

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Originally published February 2012. Updated May 2017.

Chocolate coffee creamer recipe

A mocha is a classic coffee treat. With this homemade creamer, you can have a mocha any time you want!

Serving size 1 container

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch homemade coffee creamer base
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, add homemade coffee creamer and cocoa powder.
  2. Simmer on low until cocoa powder is dissolved.
  3. Store in the refrigerator.

Hazelnut coffee creamer recipe

Hazelnut is one of the most popular coffee flavors. This homemade hazelnut coffee creamer recipe can be customized to take on as much or little flavor as your desire.

Serving size 1 container

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch homemade coffee creamer base
  • 1-2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Directions:

  1. Stir together coffee creamer base and hazelnut extract.
  2. Store in the refrigerator.

Toasted almond coffee creamer recipe

No need to go to a big chain coffee store to get your toasted almond flavor. It's easy and perfectly nutty!

Serving size 1 container

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch homemade coffee creamer base
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

Directions:

  1. Stir together coffee creamer base and almond extract.
  2. Store in the refrigerator

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