I love getting flavored coffee from Starbucks any time I’m there, but it gets expensive after a while. I know you can find flavored coffee creamers at the grocery store and make your own flavored coffee at home, but that also gets expensive, plus if you look at the ingredients in commercial coffee creamers there’s a ton of weird stuff in there. So I figured I could make my own coffee creamer at home; it’s less expensive than buying coffee from Starbucks or coffee creamer from the store, plus I know exactly what goes into it! Today I’m sharing my homemade french vanilla coffee creamer recipe; it’s super delicious and it only has three ingredients!
Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer Recipe
- 2 C half and half
- 2 whole vanilla beans
- ⅓ C sugar
- ⅓ C water
Add the half and half to a small saucepan and put it on the stove over medium heat.
Using a sharp knife, slice down the length of the vanilla beans to split them open.
Then run your thumbnail along the inside of the bean to scrape out the seeds into the saucepan with the half and half. The seeds are very tiny and slightly sticky, so the thumbnail trick is the best way I’ve found to get them out of the pod and into the pan without wasting any. 🙂
Do the same for the other vanilla bean and add the now empty pods to the saucepan as well.
Cook over medium heat until the mixture starts to steam, then turn it off. Leave the pan on the stove and let it sit and steep for thirty minutes.
After thirty minutes, strain the mixture through a few layers of cheesecloth on top of a small strainer to remove the pods and the seeds.
Set the strained mixture aside. Rinse the saucepan you used for the half and half, then add the sugar and water to it and put it back on the stove over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved and the liquid turns clear.
Pour the strained half and half back into the saucepan and stir to combine. And you’re done!
Let the coffee creamer cool down to room temperature, then pour it into an airtight container and store it in the fridge. It will keep for about two weeks in the fridge.
Remember to shake it well before using!
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