Let me rephrase that.
Who likes flavored creamers in their coffee? I sure do!
While I absolutely love my flavored creamers, I hate the fat and caloric content not to mention the price. Don't you? Four weeks ago I embarked on a healthier eating plan and I am seeing as well as feeling the results. But I want to enjoy my flavored creamers again sans the bad stuff like sugar, preservatives and fat.
So I found this great homemade creamer recipe at Farmers Wife Rambles which is so simple I yelled out "DOH" and did a head slap. Combine a can of sweetened condensed milk with milk and add your favorite flavorings. But I wanted a healthier alternative. Enter this recipe for homemade sweetened condensed milk at Creative Homemaking. But...I took this one step further and made it relatively sugar-free and fat free. Without further ado, I give you:
Skinny Coffee Creamer
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 T. cold water
1 1/4 c. dry nonfat milk powder
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. Splenda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. skim milk
In a small dish, combine cornstarch with the cold water. Set aside.
In a microwaveable bowl, stir together milk powder and water. Cover and heat in the microwave approximately 30-45 seconds until hot.
Stir in the cornstarch mixture and heat an additional 10-15 seconds until thick.
Stir in the Splenda and vanilla, mixing well. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before using.
When chilled, stir in 1/2 c. skim milk and mix thoroughly. Add any additional flavorings as desired. Pour into a container and keep refrigerated.
Nutritional information: 1 T. contains 12 calories, 0 gram fat, 3 grams carbohydrates, 1.5 grams sugar, 1 gram protein
This recipe is so simple, quick and easy to make. PLUS you can add in any of your favorite ingredients to create your very own flavored coffee creamer. Can you imagine the possibilities?
I did find that adding the flavorings to the creamer in a blender results in a smoother consistency. Or heat the creamer in a saucepan on low heat, add the flavorings and stir until dissolved.
Cinnamon Chocolate Creamer (a la Mexican hot chocolate)
Combine 1 T. cocoa powder and 1 tsp. cinnamon to the base creamer
Add 1 T. Torani caramel syrup
Peppermint Mocha Creamer (can you say liquid Thin Mint?)
Add 1 T. cocoa powder and 1/4 T. mint extract
Add 1-2 tsp. hazelnut extract
Add 1 T. cocoa powder and 1/2 T. almond extract
Chocolate Caramel Creamer (like my favorite Milky Way candy bar)
Add 1 T. cocoa powder and 1 T. Torani caramel syrup (or 1/2 tsp. caramel extract)
Add 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a sudden craving for a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee with Peppermint Mocha Creamer.
What's your favorite creamer flavor?
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