Holy Alter-Ego, Batman! – The BEST Homemade Dairy-Free Creamer EVER!

Best Dairy Free Creamer

“Wait!”
“What?” I lowered my cup hastily, wondering if maybe there was a stray hair, or worse, a newly boiled bug inside my cup.
You got to smell it first. It’s the proper way to cup coffee.”
“Cup coffee?”
“Taste it.”
“What? Are you the coffee police or something?”
(Justina Chen, North of Beautiful)

I’m currently on the Autoimmune Protocol, a nutrient-rich elimination diet that removes foods that irritate the gut, cause gut imbalance and activate the immune system. You can read more about the protocol and why I’m doing this here.

The reintroduction stage of my autoimmune protocol adventure has finally arrived. That means I have started reintroducing foods that have previously been excluded. This is managed in a very systematic way – one food at a time, starting with things that are least likely to cause a problem (or that I miss the most!). I’m keeping a food journal and recording any unusual symptoms or changes in mood. Honestly? – it’s actually proving to be more work that strict AIP!

By far the BEST thing I have been able to reintroduce into my diet is coffee! I have missed my coffee like you wouldn’t believe. More than red wine, even. Truly.

And, when I say coffee, I mean the real deal. No Starbucks for this girl, thank you very much! We are serious about our coffee down here in this corner of the world.

And, my place is no exception to this regional ‘passionate about our coffee’ rule.

Want to know just how serious we are?

Here’s a pic’ of our particular brand of coffee machine here at JFC…

TSL Image of Bezerra coffee machine
The Bezerra Galatea Domus
We are THIS serious about coffee around here!
(Image from here)

My beloved Bezerra machine has been pretty neglected since February. Nine entire months! She has only seen action when David fires her up over the weekend for his espresso(s).

…and, I sit on the couch, with my nose in the air, to get my caffeine fix vicariously.

“To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.” – Hugh Jackman

The thing is, despite the fact that I adore my coffee, I can’t drink it black. Just can’t. And, before you say anything, I know this makes me a pseudo-coffee aficionado. I know purists drink their coffee black. Just not me.

So, what’s a flat white drinker to do?


flat white
noun
a type of coffee made with espresso and hot steamed milk, but without the froth characteristic of a cappuccino.


For a while there, before I started my autoimmune protocol adventure, I was drinking a long black with a healthy dollop of organic cream (raw if I could get it). YUM! And, occasionally, I had the odd bulletproof coffee.

But, any dairy is still off the menu here at my place. And, it may remain that way for a wee while. I’ve got a bad feeling about dairy. So…

…I tried coffee with almond milk. Meh. Too watery. And, there was the curdle factor.

…I tried coffee with coconut milk. Ughh. Too coconut-y.

And then, lying in bed one night, wondering just how I was going to manage being a coffee-free ‘Chief Barista’ during my parents’ impending visit to Sydney, I had a small epiphany. As you do.

What if I combined the almond milk and the coconut milk to make a dairy free coffee creamer?

So, I did. And I played around with the formula a little – tweaking it by adding a little maple syrup and vanilla for sweetness and balance. And the results were AMAZING! So amazing that I can honestly say that if I end up being off dairy forever, I can happily drink coffee with my special JFC coffee creamer. It’s THAT good!

I can’t express how happy that makes me. It’s quite difficult to limit myself to one cup a day!

And, here’s the recipe. Just for you.

Holy Alter-Ego, Batman! - The BEST Homemade Dairy-Free Creamer EVER!
 
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This recipe is a stage 2 reintroduction on the Autoimmune Protocol
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond Milk
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Method
  1. Combine all ingredients into a large jar. Secure the lid and shake vigorously.
  2. Pop in the fridge just like normal milk. It will last about 5 days. If your creamer separates, just give it a shake before pouring.
  3. That's it. Simples!

 

Here’s a link to my AWESOME Almond Milk recipe!

E N J O Y !


“If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.” – Mae West

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Comments (14)

Well explained! And I was very pleased to be present when you embarked on the testing of your now proved successful experiment. Well done.

Your Dad

Thanks, my Dad! – It was lovely to have you to visit in Sydney!

X

I’m with you TSL – I too worship at the altar of coffee and feel like an unholy wimp due to my inability to drink the stuff black. I can eat chillies that would make a grown man cry, but black coffee? Nup.

My coffee habit has been the single biggest hurdle for me since cleaning up my diet and ditching dairy for good. Maybe we are “super tasters” – genetically programmed to be more sensitive to bitter foods? It’s a possibility. I have always preferred milk chocolate over dark too, how about you? I’m getting used to it, but 70% dark is the most I can handle.
I’ve settled on almond milk at the moment but will definitely give your creamer a try – it’s got your dad’s approval!

Hi Cindy!

I’m going to have to disagree with you on chocolate – the darker the better for this girl! I am fond of hot and spicy foods, but unfortunately have not had many opportunities to indulge over the past few months while on AIP. Hopefully, that will change soon…

I’ve had a few ‘taste tester’ give the creamer a big tick, so please do let me know if you try it out (especially with success!)

Sounds phenomenal! Thanks Jo. What brand of coconut milk do you suggest?
Angela x

Hi lovely Angela! Thanks for stopping by…

My preference is Ayam (less additives) but I’m happy to learn if anyone has found a better option, other than homemade!

I’m so happy for you! I know you’ve been missing coffee for a long, long time. As you say, now the hard part is keeping it to one cup!

Hey lovely Petra – I’m travelling (in Melbourne) at the moment. First relapse in months – that’s restaurant eating for you. My brain understands and can rationalise that it could have been caused by so many things BUT it doesn’t stop the massive disappointment.

Back to the drawing board…

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I wish I was drinking coffee! It would be awesome with your super special creamer 🙂 <3

It’s what allows me to drink my coffee on this dairy-free caper, Sophie. SO good!

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