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Homemade Sugar-Free Coffee Creamer {Paleo Coffee Creamer}

A tasty and healthy Homemade Sugar-Free Coffee Creamer that is low-carb and made with just three simple ingredients. This clean-eating paleo and keto vanilla coffee creamer is an easy DIY alternative to store bought.

sugar-free coffee creamer in a glass pitcher with flowers and ice coffee

Caffeine and I are not the best of friends, but a lifetime of being a terrible sleeper has me finally starting to embrace a glass of cold brew in the mornings. Getting up between 4 and 5 am 358 days a year may have something to do with it.

Or it could be that I’m almost 37, so I guess my natural annoying and bouncing energy supply is starting to dwindle. Allegedly.

Sugar and I have a complicated relationship and I need to keep myself in constant check around the delicious, delicious white dragon. Since black coffee is absolutely disgusting, I needed to find an alternative coffee creamer that was a) healthy b) naturally sweetened without added sugar c) didn’t taste like Sasquatches butt.

What is In Sugar-Free Coffee Creamer?

If we’re talking store-bought creamer, it’s full of words that you can’t pronounce that can come with some creepy side effects. From the CoffeeMate site:

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Coconut and/or Palm Kernel and/or Soybean), Corn Syrup Solids**, Sodium Caseinate (a Milk Derivative)***, Natural and Artificial Flavors, and Less than 2% of Dipotassium Phosphates, Mono- and Diglycerides, Salt, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium (Non-Nutritive Sweetener), Yeast. **Adds a Trivial Amount of Sugar. ***Not a Source of Lactose.

So um, quick show of hands – when you’re making coffee at home, who here is reaching for some hydrogenated vegetable oil? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Sure, people make and drink bulletproof coffee, but the ingredients above most certainly are not for that.

How Can I Sweeten My Coffee Without Sugar

My recipe has just three simple ingredients – milk, vanilla, and dates. While I use heavy cream for my own consumption, you are welcome to choose any milk that you like to drink.

To make this paleo: use a non-dairy milk with some creaminess to it like coconut or cashew.

As this is already really low carb, leaving the heavy cream in would make this keto-friendly. All the powdered sugar substitutes that the keto diet uses do really weird things to my sensitive teeth, so this is an alternative that may work better for some keto followers.

sugar-free coffee creamer in a pitcher on a blue cloth with flowers and iced coffee

Do you love healthier drinks that taste amazing? Check out my Virgin Mojito recipe and Mocktails For Kids and Grown Ups!

Is This a Whole30 Coffee Creamer?

In a word: no. Sure, leaving out the vanilla extract would technically mean the ingredients are Whole30 compliant. But one of the main tenants of Whole30 is not using “compliant” ingredients to create banned foods. The idea is the Whole30 is about a mindset shift instead of just finding workarounds to still basically eat what you want.

I am the first to admit that at face value, some of the Whole30 rules seem a bit arbitrary, and this is one of them. You can’t buy healthy potato chips, but you can make them. You can’t buy french fries, but you can make them. But they specifically call out not making coffee creamer as an alternative, so it’s basically a bag full of “huhs” from me.

Bottom line – if you’re on the Whole30 this creamer is not for you. Nut Pods creamer is allowed and I have to say pretty darn tasty.

But when you are coming off a Whole30 round AND are looking for a real food alternative, this sugar-free coffee creamer is totally your jam.

Here’s How to Make It:

  1. Combine cream, dates, and vanilla in a saucepan and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Stir often.
  2. Transfer to a high-powered blender (like Vitamix), and blend until the dates are fully incorporated into the mixture. If you have a conventional blender, blend on high for 2-3 minutes.process shots for making homemade sugar-free coffee creamer
  3. Then using a metal sieve, a piece of cheesecloth, or even a colander fitted with a tea towel (or paper towel), strain the mixture to remove any date particles that may remain.

Variations on Homemade Sugar-Free Coffee Creamer:

  • Almond flavored: Add almond extract (yum) instead of the vanilla.
  • Hazelnut: replace the vanilla with hazelnut extract.
  • Chocolate Hazelnut (hold me): hazelnut extract and 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder.
  • Cinnamon Roll creamer: add 2 tsp of ground cinnamon along with the vanilla extract.
  • Chocolate Mint: 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder, and 1/2 tsp mint extract. (related: try homemade)

Be healthy, drink delicious things, and stay caffeinated.

someone pouring sugar-free coffee creamer into an iced coffee

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Homemade Sugar-Free Coffee Creamer {Paleo Coffee Creamer}

A tasty and healthy homemade sugar-free coffee creamer that is low-carb and made with just three simple ingredients. 

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Sugar-Free Coffee Creamer
Servings: 32 tbsp
Calories: 56 kcal
Author: Sarah
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all three ingredients in a small saucepan, and heat on medium for 15 minutes, stirring often.

  2. Transfer to a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix), and blend until the dates are fully incorporated into the mixture. If you have a conventional blender, blend on high for 2-3 minutes. Then using a metal sieve, a piece of cheesecloth, or even a colander fitted with a tea towel (or paper towel), strain the mixture to remove any date particles that may remain.

  3. Transfer the finished creamer to an air-tight container (a mason jar or old salad dressing jar would be great).

Recipe Notes

Using a heavy cream that is 40% milkfat will allow this to freeze without getting icy.

If you won't use the creamer before the expiration date on the cream, freeze in ice cube trays. Most ice cube trays have 2 tbsp portions.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Sugar-Free Coffee Creamer {Paleo Coffee Creamer}
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 4.4%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 1%
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in June 2017. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post:

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14 comments on “Homemade Sugar-Free Coffee Creamer {Paleo Coffee Creamer}”

  1. That actually sounds pretty good! I too drink only decaf, and my children are fiends for coffee, also only decaf.. but I hardly drink it and usually only let them have it on the weekends. We use heavy cream and those flavored syrups but this sounds nicer to be sugar free!

  2. Does it look curdled and separate after it’s been frozen? If you’ve ever frozen half and half, it’s chunky in coffee when thawed.

    • It gets a little grainy, but not curdled. Half and half doesn’t have enough milkfat to freeze “cleanly”, which is why I recommend a cream with at least 40% milkfat.

  3. So much yes here! I drink 1-2 cups of coffee per day but I don’t like throwing table sugar in things and artificial sweeteners aren’t my favorite either. Plus dates have so many vitamins. I love this and I will have to try it out! <3

  4. Dates have sugar in them……
    Weight Gain: Dates should be included as a part of a healthy diet. They consist of sugar, proteins and many essential vitamins. If dates are consumed with cucumber paste, you can keep your weight at a normal, balanced level, rather than over-slimming. One kilogram of dates contains almost 3,000 calories, and the calories in them are sufficient to meet the daily requirements for a human body. Of course, you should not eat just dates throughout the day. If you are thin and slim and want to increase your weight, or if you are trying to build your muscles to impress some girl, or you have become weak due to a serious medical problem – you need to eat dates!

  5. So I read on the back of my coconut oil (the kind that actually tastes like coconut-  unrefined???) that it can be used as coffee creamer. Have you tried it in any creamer recipe? Sounds yuckie though I like green mountain island coconut coffee. 

  6. why don’t you just drink your coffee with ordinary milk ? fullfat, half, I don’t see any reason to produce a substitute?
    Angela

    • Good question Angela! It is because coffee is like anything in life – what works for one person may not work for another. Giving people options and letting them choose what they prefer is my favorite thing. If you like regular milk then keep on keeping on. But a lot of my readers are dairy-free, vegan, etc., and like fun alternatives that work for them.

  7. Yum! This is soooooo good! I had to stop myself from eating it straight out of the jar. Can’t wait to try it in my coffee tomorrow!

  8. I too am fall for the white dragon and have ditched all daily refined sugars except in my coffee. I considered just not drinking coffee but being my last vice it’s so hard to say goodbye.
    I wanted to try something like this without the dates. Hoping flavor and cream will be enough. If you come up with a rich flavor combo or something with no sweet added please share. I’d love to try it!

    • Shirley, have you tried Nutpods? It is non-sweet dairy-free creamer that is actually really delicious. I don’t have a problem with dairy but I love the consistency and taste of Nutpods. I know the name is insanely weird.

      They can be harder to find but are in the coffee creamer section at my local grocery store.