I have a confession – even though I went Paleo 5+ years ago, I still used Coffeemate in my coffee every day up until I tried the Ketogenic diet earlier this year and took absolutely all sugar out of my diet. Every time I poured myself more Coffeemate I felt a little more gross, because it is the opposite of what real food is. But, it was really tasty, they had so many fun flavors, and I am a sugar addict. The other problem was that my creamer of choice used to actually be heavy cream, until I found out that I was lactose intolerant. So, I had no clue what to replace it with.
Enter this coffee creamer.
This coffee creamer allowed me to replace my morning Coffeemate and, over the course of a week or so, I was able to drink my coffee with no sugar! That was a huge accomplishment for me. I’ve had friends test this creamer, and coworkers who were curious about my concoction, and they all love it!
But before we talk more about the creamer, let’s examine the ingredients in your typical French Vanilla Coffeemate.
First of all, the serving size of Coffeemate is one tablespoon. I don’t know about you but I’d venture to say I was typically using at least 2-3 tablespoons. At 2 tablespoons you are looking at 70 calories and 10 grams of sugar (2.5 tsps) and that is just for one cup of coffee.
Here are the ingredients:
Water, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, and Less than 2% of Sodium Caseinate (a Milk Derivative)**, Dipotassium Phosphate, Disodium Phosphate,Mono- and Diglycerides,Natural and Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Color Added.
Well, none of that sounds particularly wholesome. First, partially hydrogenated oils are created from a process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oils to make them more shelf stable, which leads to the creation of trans fats. Trans fats can wreak havoc on the body because they aren’t naturally occurring in nature and can raise your LDL cholesterol while decreasing HDL cholesterol and promoting inflammation.
The additional ingredients are all chemicals that I won’t go through one-by-one, but I can definitely say that they aren’t health-promoting.
The good news is, you can make an easy, healthy alternative! I’ve included a Vanilla Coffee Creamer here and a seasonal, Pumpkin Spice version as well.
If you stick to the base ingredients, the sky is the limit as far as flavors! One thing to note about this coffee creamer, I do find it works much better when blended. If you don’t blend it, the oil may rise to the top. However, when you blend it you get a creamy coffee that is frothy on top and almost latte-like. I typically blend mine with an immersion blender at home, and a mini-blender that I keep at work.
Recipe: Paleo Coffee Creamer – French Vanilla and Pumpkin Spice
- 1 Can of Full Fat Coconut Milk
- 1/2-1 Tbs Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbs Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup Almond milk
- Optional: 2 Tbs of Maple Syrup, or Stevia added to your taste
For the Pumpkin Spice Version, Also Add:
- 1/2 Tbs canned pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
- Combine all ingredients in saucepan, whisk together and then heat over medium heat
- Heat until the creamer comes to a simmer and is fragrant
- Blend the creamer, then put in a container and save up to 2 weeks.