Homemade “French Vanilla” Coffee Creamer

Have you ever taken a look at how many ingredients are listed on the back of a store bought coffee creamer? Are you surprised at how many of them you can’t even pronounce? I make my own creamer now and it only uses 4 total ingredients and is oodles cheaper than the processed stuff at the store!

This is an incredibly easy recipe and I keep a batch on hand at all times for my daily coffee fixes!


All you need is:
1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk (save the other half in a sealed container in the fridge for next week’s batch of creamer!)

10 oz of milk – I use 2% because that’s what we have on hand

roughly 2 TBSP of vanilla extract – to be honest I just give the bottle a good squeeze and count it good πŸ˜‰

and just a touch of peppermint extract, roughly 1/4 tsp but don’t over do it!! A little goes a LONG way with peppermint!

Mix all these together really well, you don’t want the condensed milk to be a dense sludge on the bottom. Get your whisk out and give yourself a quick workout!Β  Then pour it into any sort of container you like and store it in the fridge. It will stay fresh as long as the milk you added hasn’t met its expiration date yet.

If you like this recipe, you may like:

‘Bailey’s’ Irish Coffee Creamer

Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer


Homemade Salted Caramel Coffee Creamer

Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Creamer


25 responses to “Homemade “French Vanilla” Coffee Creamer

  1. Guin R

    February 25, 2013 at 3:22 am

    I will have to do this today, since I love flavored coffee creamers. I have everything needed on hand so I will definitely make a batch.

  2. Kim

    February 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Have you tried any other flavors ?

    • offthecuttingboard

      February 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      I personally have not, though another follower said she tried using a 1/2 tsp of hazelnut extract instead of the peppermint and made a nice hazelnut creamer that she really enjoyed.

  3. Jean Manns

    March 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    May be a dumb question, but are you talking about sweetened condensed milk for this, and if so is this on the sweet side…sound’s really delicious though.

    • offthecuttingboard

      March 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Never a dumb question! Yes, it is sweetened condensed milk. It is a bit on the sweet side, much more so than just adding regular straight milk or anything like that. But of course, it’s a less-is-more sort of situation where you can only add small amounts to your coffee to not over sweeten it.

  4. Lisa

    April 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Wow I have to try this. Has anyone tried to make a vanilla caramel creamer?????? Thats what the Hubby likes. We go through a qt. in 5 days. So I tried Baileys when it was on sale. It lasted 9 days.
    So this would be a lot cheaper!!!!!

    • offthecuttingboard

      April 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

      I haven’t tried the vanilla caramel, but I do know they sell caramel extracts. I think William Sonoma even sells a salty caramel extract that would be nice. I would take out the peppermint from my recipe, and add a small bit of the caramel extract, maybe a tsp to start, and it ought to work out just fine. If you try it, please let me know how it comes out!

  5. Liz Stumpf

    May 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    why the peppermint?

    • offthecuttingboard

      May 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      It’s not absolutely needed, but I find that a tiny splash of it brings out some more of the vanilla flavor instead of it tasting more like just a cream based creamer.

      • Donna Bailey

        April 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        How clever…that’s like adding a dash of cayenne pepper to hot chocolate. It just enhances the flavor without taking it over. Good Job

  6. Liz Stumpf

    May 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    πŸ™‚ thanks can’t wait to try it out

  7. Carli

    May 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Great idea – I’ve been wondering if I could make a healthier alternative! I was just wondering how it would taste without the peppermint? Do you add that as a type of preservative or something? I have all the ingredients except the peppermint…

    • offthecuttingboard

      May 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      πŸ™‚ It works just fine without the peppermint. It’s not necessary, it just sharpens the overall taste a little. I make it at home without the peppermint all the time, it just tastes better if you put a dash in there.

  8. Luisa

    May 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Could I add different flavored extracts like banana or coconut instead of peppermint?? What a nifty way of making a coffee creamer? What about a low cal/fa version? Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Luisa

      May 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      The second question mark should have been a ! πŸ™‚

    • offthecuttingboard

      May 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Feel free to experiment away! I know you can substitute in hazelnut with good results, I haven’t played around with the rest yet because I really like the one I have already πŸ™‚ I don’t want to mess with my morning coffee to experiment! But if you try a new flavor, please come back and let me know how it worked out for you! I’d be interested to hear.

  9. Jaine

    May 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    How long does this last in the fridge? Sounds great!

    • offthecuttingboard

      May 29, 2013 at 6:54 am

      I tend to go by the expiration date on the milk that I add to the mix. I hope you like it!

  10. kendra

    January 2, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Could you use a Almond, Rice, Hemp, Coconut milk, etc.? Cant wait to try, but don’t want the dairy.

    • offthecuttingboard

      January 2, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Hello. I haven’t experimented with any of the alternate milks, but I can’t see that it would affect the overall flavor much. I’m not sure if you could easily substitute out the sweetened condensed milk though. that would take a bit more work, maybe adding in some heavy cream and such, but again, to go with an alt-milk…..That might be a tricky one to go all the way on.

  11. Becky @ A Calculated Whisk

    February 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing with me on Facebook πŸ™‚


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