Homemade Vanilla Powdered Coffee Creamer

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Homemade Powdered Coffee Creamer

I have been sitting on this recipe for like a year now.

A while ago (long before Mike and I moved to Kuwait), I was rumaging through cleaning my pantry and came across a gigantic box of nonfat instant powdered milk way in the back. Don’t ask.

I was almost hoping it would be past its expiration date so I wouldn’t have to think of some way to use it, but alas, fate had other plans for me.

Wondering what on earth to do with it, I mentioned it to a friend and she suggested I try making a powdered coffee creamer. (Side Note: If you’re interested, you can check out my recipe for liquid Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee Creamer with several variations here. P.S. It’s vegan and paleo…and so good!) I loved her idea, and immediately did a quick search on Google.


I came across a recipe for Homemade Powdered Coffee Creamer on a blog called Christmas Spirit All Year Long that looked like it was exactly what I was looking for. Ironically, Joy (the author of that blog) also got the inspiration for the recipe from Google, but couldn’t remember the source. (Where would we be without Google these days, right?)

Her recipe was unflavored and called for powdered sugar, so I immediately knew I wanted to make a couple adjustments. I added a bit of powdered vanilla for flavor (which is optional; you don’t have to add it if you prefer unflavored), and used stevia instead of powdered sugar. I’ve made this recipe a few more times to experiment with the flavors, and I listed a few of my favorites in the notes below the recipe.

I know you’re wondering how this tastes. Well, let me first say that I use 1 tablespoon for a 12-ounce cup of coffee (but I like my coffee just shy of black). The photos show coffee with more creamer added, so you can see the full effect. This creamer gives coffee a creamy, rich mouthfeel because of the coconut oil and a subtle hint of coconut flavor, which I love. If you’re wondering about clumping, this creamer dissolves fully in warm coffee, but just be sure you process the creamer in a blender or food processor like the recipe below says.


I’m glad I waited until now to share this post because it really is perfect timing. If you’re looking for a great last-minute gift for a neighbor or co-worker, whip up some of this, put it in a festive jar, and it’s a lovely thing to give. Or make a few batches and package them up in small jars, tie them with pretty ribbons, and give them out as favors for a holiday party (see the note below on the chocolate peppermint flavor variation – that would be perfect!).

Do you have the perfect last-minute gift idea that is gorgeous, but easy to put together? If so, please feel free to share in the comments below…I’m always looking for new ideas!

P.S. If you generally steer clear of using powdered milk because of the issue regarding oxidized cholesterol, head over to Kitchen Stewardship’s post on this topic because she discusses it so much more eloquently than I could! (And please be sure to use nonfat dry milk like the recipe below calls for.)


Homemade Vanilla Powdered Coffee Creamer
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Yield: 1 cup of powdered creamer, or about 16 servings
  • 1 cup (70 g) nonfat instant dry milk
  • 3 stevia packets (about 1½ teaspoons stevia)
  • 1½ teaspoons powdered vanilla (not liquid vanilla extract), optional
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  1. Pulse together the powdered milk, stevia, and vanilla in a blender or food processor until powdery, about 1 minute.
  2. While processing, pulse in the coconut oil through the feed tube; pulse a few more times to combine.
  3. Transfer to an airtight jar and store in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.
Liquid vs. Powdered Flavorings: I’ve found that using powdered flavorings works better than liquid flavorings for this recipe.

Sourcing Powdered Flavorings: For sourcing powdered flavorings, do a quick Google search or ask at your local health food store or gourmet food store.

Other Flavor Ideas: (Note that with all of the flavor variations listed below, I still include the amount of powdered vanilla that is mentioned in the recipe above.)

Almond: Add 1 teaspoon natural almond powder (this is not the same thing as almond meal or almond flour).

Chocolate: Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and increase sweetener as desired.

Chocolate Peppermint: Add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon natural peppermint flavor powder, and increase sweetener as desired.

Cinnamon: Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Peppermint: Add 1 teaspoon natural peppermint flavor powder.

Pumpkin Spice: Add 1½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice mix.

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  1. LS Gourmet says

    Do you have to use a sugar substitute, I absolutely hate the stuff. Would regular sugar or powdered sugar work as well? This idea is perfect – doesn’t everyone have a huge box of that stuff in the pantry? I bought mine last year in anticipation of Superstorm Sandy here in New Jersey and then never used it.

    • says

      LS Gourmet, I would go with powdered sugar if you don’t want to use stevia, starting with a couple tablespoons and adding more to taste. Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try!

  2. Shannon Younger says

    Love this idea as per how to use the powdered milk (and healthier than the flavoured coffee creamers from the grocer’s)!I too have that mysterious container of powdered milk in the pantry. We live in the country (trust me I hear the music of cows mooing of the morning and there is a dairy on our road).I feel compelled to keep canned and powdered milk in the pantry because of “possible weather related emergencies”…thinking back to an ice storm where we had no electric for 7 to 10 days. Never know what to do with the powdered milk in order to use it up when the expiration date is close at hand.Adventures in pantry stocking…As for attractive, last minute gifts…hmmm if you have scrapbooking supplies and photos to hand:How about a squashbook? Or how about a French style savoury quick bread (cake sale…accent over the e in sale)? Easy to make, quick and very decadent in the use of cheeses, vegetables, meats or seafoods, herbs and spices. Nicely presented as a hostess gift if wrapped attractively in colored cellophane with pretty ribbons or bows.

  3. Shelley says

    I just happened upin this recipe about a month ago and finally got around to making it this morning and it’s FANTASTIC! I can’t thank you enough for such a delicious and easy recipe with no sugar, and a healthier fat. Much appreciated!

  4. Chrysti says

    This isn’t bad recipe but I’m extra picky & can taste the powdered milk taste….any suggestions?

    • says

      Chrysti, You could add more vanilla or another flavoring of your choice (also be aware that the coconut oil gives a little bit of flavor to the creamer). Be sure to use a good quality brand of nonfat powdered milk because it will affect the flavor. Hope this helps!

  5. Stephanie Christon says

    I really enjoy this creamer recipe. I have made it several times and I like it much better than store bought creamer. I usually make a double or triple batch. The only difference is I don’t have powdered vanilla so I use part of a vanilla bean. This is the only one I have found that is powdered with stevia instead of sugar which is exactly what I wanted. Thanks for the great recipe.

  6. says

    Sounds really good. Except the stevia can’t stand the stuff. Where are you getting the powdered vanilla? .
    I will have to give this a try.
    I read someone else used french vanilla pudding. Can’t find the recipe. But yours sounds really good.

    Thanks for sharing it.

    • says

      Glenda, Thanks so much! I get my powdered vanilla from a local spice vendor at a farmers market in my area. I’ve also seen it at kitchen supply shops and gourmet food stores, and if all else fails, I know you can find it on Amazon – I’ve seen the Nielsen-Massey brand there, which I love. I hope this helps and I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try!

  7. Abbie says

    Thank You!
    I was mixing creamer with powered milk to reduce the
    partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
    But this recipe is a better solution eliminating commercial creamer completely.
    I might add some tasteless fiber to blend.
    Thank You!

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