When I had to quit dairy for Olive I started using commercial non-dairy creamers for my coffee (the kind that you find in the health food section). I just can’t drink coffee without some sort of cream (anyone else?) so I thought I had found a good replacement.
Except it wasn’t.
Even the “healthy” non-dairy creamers I found had an ingredient called carrageenan in them. Carrageenan has been linked to gastrointestinal inflammation and colon cancer so; I’m not all that excited about consuming it.
FYI: a number of almond milk and coconut milk brands, not to mention a whole bunch of other organic foods, also have carrageenan in them. Here’s a list of ones to avoid.
So I’ve been looking for a homemade creamer to replace the yucky commercial stuff. I finally stumbled upon this recipe, made a few changes and finally have a decent healthy non-dairy creamer!
Healthy Dairy Free Coffee Creamer
What you need:
1 cup of almonds (or other nut, cashews perhaps?), soaked overnight
3 cups of water (use distilled if you are worried about it “staying” in the fridge, otherwise tap is fine if you plan on using it within a few days)
3 T coconut oil
1 t vanilla extract
1 T sucanat or ¾ t stevia
Cheesecloth or fine sieve
What you do:
After soaking, drain and rinse the almonds.
Combine almonds, coconut oil and water in a blender and blend well.
If using cheese cloth: strain the mixture through the cloth and squeeze the almond pulp to get the almond cream out.
If using a sieve: strain through the sieve and use a spoon to squish the almond cream out of the pulp. You might end up with some pulp in your cream but it will just sink to the bottom of your cup. No biggie :)
Add extract and sweetener.
Drink your yummy homemade creamer (with some coffee added maybe?).
Have you ever tried to make your own almond cream?
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