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Homemade Healthy Coffee Cream Recipe (Paleo and Vegan) An easy 4-ingredient recipe that's healthier than store-bought creams!

A good friend once said to me, "Drinking tea is like receiving a friendly handshake, but drinking coffee is like receiving a warm hug." It's so true.

I look forward to the warm embrace of a good cup jo or Joe every morning with my breakfast. However, I do like a hint of sweetness and creaminess in my coffee (sorry for all black coffee purists)! That's where this healthy homemade coffee cream comes in!

I will use store bought non-dairy cream. However, one morning I went to pour a little into my cup and it "stuck" to my coffee. Yes, I used the word glod because I can't think of a better way to describe it! I was totally scared.

The cream hadn't expired (I bought it the day before!) And it didn't have a funky smell. But it's thick and gelatinous and … so it's not natural! That was the drop that filled the glass! I was determined to make my own dairy-free cream that tasted amazing but had no strange gloppy chemicals or properties.

If you are a cream user like me, you will love that this Paleo Vanilla Coffee cream is a little sweet but adds a wonderful, deep, complex and vanilla flavor to your coffee!

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How do you make a healthy coffee cream?

Let's see the steps to make this healthy vanilla coffee cream!

  1. Hot ingredients and smoothies. Make your coffee cream with coconut milk really super simple! Simply place the ingredients (except the vanilla beans) in a small saucepan and mix to combine.
  2. Look at it carefully. Then heat the mixture until it starts to boil, and then remove the pan from the heat. Be very careful not to let it boil, because it will result in a big mess!
  3. Add the vanilla beans and seeds. Then scrape the seeds and stir in the warm paleo coffee cream mixture. Then add the whole vanilla beans.
  4. Cover and let the flavors mix. After adding the pods and vanilla pods, cover the pot and let it sit for 30 minutes so that the flavor of the vanilla is really infused into the healthy coffee cream.
  5. Strain and store.Choose a large glass jar and put a Fine mesh metal sieve on it. Strain the vanilla coffee cream into the jar and discard the vanilla beans.

How are the seeds removed from a vanilla bean?

To remove the seeds from a vanilla bean, follow these instructions:

  1. Cut the bean in half (as shown below).
  2. Carefully cut each piece of vanilla bean lengthwise with a very sharp knife. Make shallow cuts that do not go through the sheath.
  3. Use a small spoon and scrape the seeds inside the beans.
  4. Stir the spoon with the vanilla beans into the coffee cream mixture and repeat with the remaining pod pieces.

What happens if I use vanilla extract instead of vanilla?

If you use vanilla extract instead of vanilla, I still recommend gently heating the ingredients on the stove and whisking until the mixture is smooth.

However, if you use vanilla extract, you do NOT need to use a strainer or let the mixture sit on the stove for 30 minutes to infuse! Just mix it up!

Can you use coconut milk as a coffee cream?

Absolutely! We use coconut milk or coconut cream in this recipe and it is incredibly creamy and ultra delicious! Coconut milk is my favorite base for coffee cream!

How is a healthy coffee cream stored?

  1. In the refridgerator. If you plan to use it within 1 week, store it in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator.
  2. In the freezer. I often freeze this healthy coffee cream to make it last longer. To do this, I recommend pouring the coffee cream into an ice cube tray and freezing it into cubes. Then you can simply remove one or two cubes at a time to use in your morning coffee! I recommend microwaving frozen vanilla coffee cream in your coffee mug before adding the coffee so it doesn't get too cold!

Is coffee cream bad for you?

If you're curious about the benefits of making your own coffee creamer, check out this article in Prevention magazine, where this recipe appeared, "5 worst things in your coffee creamer – and what to use instead."

While some store-bought varieties aren't good (at all), this homemade paleo coffee creamer IS totally healthy! It's dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and paleo! Add the perfect flavor and creaminess to your coffee without sacrificing health or flavor! PLUS, they are just 4 ingredients and it's crazy easy!

Paleo Vanilla Coffee Creamer: ingredients and substitutions

As always, I recommend making this recipe exactly as it is written! But here are some substitutions that are possible!

  • Coconut milk: For an even creamier result, use coconut cream with all the fat. I don't recommend replacing coconut milk with other non-dairy milks, because it has the highest fat content and is an important component of this recipe!
  • Almond milk. Almond milk is added to this recipe to ensure it doesn't solidify when stored and to keep it nice and smooth. In this case, any other non-dairy milk can be used instead of almond milk.
  • Coconut sugar: Maple syrup or honey can be used in place of some {or all} of the coconut sugar.
  • Vanilla beans: I have something for the vanilla beans. When I want to make something other than chocolate (gasp) I still want it to have a rich flavor. I believe vanilla beans impart depth of flavor that cannot be achieved with regular vanilla extract. I make vanilla cheesecake, vanilla ice cream and now … coffee cream with coconut milk and vanilla.
    • Readers have reported using 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract with excellent results! However, I recommend the beans! 😉

Homemade recipe for healthy coffee cream (paleo and vegan)

Homemade Healthy Coffee Creamer Recipe (Paleo and Vegan) An easy 4-ingredient recipe that's MUCH healthier than store-bought creams! Dairy-free, refined sugar, paleo and vegan! Preparation time: 5 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Break time 30 minutes Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 15 servings Calories: 51.4kcal


  • 1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk (without sugar, vanilla)
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ vanilla bean


  • Shake a can of coconut milk and then pour it into a small saucepan.
  • Add the almond milk and stir to combine.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar and a pinch of salt, beat to combine.
  • Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture begins to bubble and the sugar dissolves (don't let it boil or you'll have a coconut mess all over the stove)!
  • Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape the seeds. Add seeds to the milk mixture and stir.
  • Put all the vanilla bean in the pot and cover with a lid.
  • Let the mixture sit for at least 30 minutes, or until it cools down to room temperature.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the cream as you pour it into a glass jar. Discard the beans.
  • Store in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator! Shake it before adding it to your favorite coffee.


* If you don't plan to use the whole batch of healthy coffee creamer within a week after doing so, you can freeze it for later use! Simply pour the coffee cream into an ice cube tray and freeze. Then remove the cubes and store them in an airtight container / ziploc bag in the freezer. To use, place a cube of cream in your cup of coffee and microwave it. Then add your favorite brewed coffee and enjoy!


Serving: 1TBS | Calories :: 51.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.3g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 4.2g | Sugar: 2.7g

This post was originally published on June 30, 2016. It has been updated with new photos and a video!

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