9 Rich & Creamy Vegan Coffee Creamer Options
I’ve been experimenting with dairy-free coffee creamers for a couple of years now. At first, I was just looking for a healthier alternative to my formerly beloved half-and-half. Then, I learned that I am lactose intolerant, and finding true non-dairy creamer options (that I actually like) became a must.
I love, love, love my coffee, but my cuppa must have cream-a. And I’m not talking thin ol’ milk, either – I need rich and, well, yeah. Creamy.
When I have the time, I prefer to make my coffee creamer at home. That helps ensure it’s rich and creamy, the sweetness (just a touch or none at all) stays under control, and I know exactly what goes into it. But sometimes I’m too busy for homemade, so I have a few store-bought options in my back pocket, too. Well – one favorite in particular. Read on.
There are tons of store-bought non-dairy coffee creamers out there, but if you’re avoiding dairy, you need to be careful. “Non-dairy” doesn’t necessarily mean no dairy (check the ingredients). And then there are the actual non-dairy, vegan coffee creamers. But many of those are so full of mysterious ingredients and sugar (ugh, super sweet creamer, yuck) that, for me, they’re generally a no-go.
So, yeah! I’ve tried many, many, (many) options, and these nine vegan coffee creamer options are my favorite. They’re mostly whole-food, relatively healthy, yet utterly delicious options for super-creamy creamer with no dairy.
Here are the non-dairy/vegan creamers that I love!
Homemade Vegan Coffee Creamers
The best way to ensure your creamer is made with real ingredients is, of course, to create your own homemade dairy-free coffee creamers. Luckily, there are several options! My favorite homemade coffee creamers are made with either almonds, cashews, or coconut milk. I have tried oat milk, but found it too chalky (maybe it was just my formula, but I still cringe when I think about it!)
Cashew Milk Coffee Creamer – My favorite! Cashew coffee creamer is so easy to make. You just soak the nuts, blend, and done – no straining needed.
Lindsay from Pinch of Yum recently shared this cashew coffee recipe, which skips the process of making creamer entirely and just blends hot coffee with cashews. Pretty brilliant if you ask me, though blending piping-hot coffee in the blender personally makes me a bit nervous (then again I can be a bit of a klutz).
Almond Milk Coffee Creamer – Another terrific option, this version calls for extra soaking time and less water for super-duper creamy creamer.
Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer – this is a super simple way to get delicious coffee creamer on the quick. I whip up lite coconut milk, vanilla extract, and a dash of pure maple syrup, and that’s it!
And here are a couple of homemade options from other blogs:
Homemade Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer (sweetened with dates and made with coconut milk) from Deliciously Organic – tons of flavor combos available here. Cinnamon streusel, pumpkin spice … all real (for real).
Coconut Whipped Cream from Marla Meredith – this tutorial for coconut milk whipped cream includes several flavor variations (vanilla, chocolate, mocha … yum). Try a couple of dollops in your morning coffee for an extra-luxurious treat.
Store-Bought Vegan Coffee Creamer Ideas
Sometimes there’s no time to whip up your own coffee creamer goodness. Thankfully, there are a few (mostly) real-food options you can find in the store.
Canned Coconut Milk – Straight-up coconut milk makes a great coffee creamer in a pinch! A coconut milk with guar gum is going to be a smoother addition, otherwise, you may just have to give it a stir in the can before adding it to your coffee. I especially like Trader Joe’s lite coconut milk.
Nutpods Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer – My naturopath turned me on to this product and I love it. It’s made from almonds and coconut, and doesn’t have any cloying sweetness usually found in store-bought non-dairy creamers. You can also get it in vanilla and hazelnut – again, just flavor, no overwhelming sweetness. Basically, I’m totally obsessed.
Coconut Bliss Ice Cream – For a true dairy-free indulgence, how about a little ice cream? My favorite non-dairy brand, by far, is Luna and Larry’s. Their Vanilla Island ice cream is so rich and creamy in coffee, and contains only coconut milk, coconut cream, agave syrup, and vanilla extract. Their coconut milk does have guar gum in it, so if that gives you pause, you might want to look elsewhere.
Coconut Milk Powder – Basically, I need my morning coffee, or I’m a monster. And I can’t bear to drink it black. So I keep coconut milk powder in my pantry as an emergency provision. Bonus: it makes for an extremely rich, delicious coffee creamer. It is simply dried coconut milk, however, the ingredients do also include tapioca malodextrin and plant-based sugar esters. (Honestly, if it didn’t have quite so much fat, I’d probably use this most of the time!)
Pea Milk (added 1/23/2018): Yes, “pea milk!” I recently tried Ripple, made with a proprietary pea protein, sunflower oil, and a handful of other ingredients. It was very, very creamy and not sweet, which I loved! But I found the plain had a weird taste I couldn’t get past. The vanilla was better. Probably not something I’ll continue to seek out personally, but I do think it’s a very promising option for many.
That’s it! Now you can go forth and drink your coffee, no dairy needed.
What’s your favorite vegan coffee creamer option? Share in the comments below!