This guest post was written by our February featured sponsor, Gina of Acute Designs.
I am a self-professed coffee addict. Every morning, before I walk and feed my dogs, I start the coffee maker. When I return from walking my dogs, I enjoy one too many cups of coffee...always laced with some sort of sweet creamer.
When I have the time, I love to make my own coffee creamer. The end result is subtly sweet and the flavor is so much better than store bought.
- one vanilla bean
- cinnamon and sugar - a mix of 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 3 cups of milk or cream - I used low fat milk, but vitamin d milk, heavy cream, or half and half will work too
If you have never had nutella in your coffee, prepare yourself for a little cup of amazing goodness. It tastes like a mocha, but so much better.
In a small saucepan, stir together one cup of milk and two heaping tablespoons of nutella. Keep the heat low so that the milk does not begin to boil and stir until all is combined. Pour into an airtight jar or plastic container and allow to cool. This creamer will last about a week in the refrigerator but it will begin to separate, so be sure to give it a good shake before adding to your coffee.
HONEY VANILLA CREAMER
You can use vanilla extract in the recipe but the flavor from a full vanilla bean is so delicious and totally worth the extra cost.
Pour one cup of milk in a small saucepan, add a heaping tablespoon of honey, and warm over low heat. Split the vanilla bean, lengthwise and add to the pan. Continue to heat the milk for about five minutes and pour into an airtight jar or plastic container. Leave the vanilla bean in the milk so that the flavor continues to infuse the milk as it sits in the refrigerator.
CINNAMON SUGAR CREAMER
When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch. This creamer tastes a lot like the sweet milk that was left after a bowl of the sugary cereal. Sweet and cinnamon-y and a little nostalgic. Perfect.
In a small saucepan, stir together one cup of milk, two tablespoons sugar, and one tablespoon cinnamon. Keep the heat low so that the milk does not begin to boil and stir until all is combined and the sugar is melted, about 3 minutes. Pour into an airtight jar or plastic container and allow to cool. This creamer will last about a week in the refrigerator but it will begin to separate, so be sure to give it a good shake before adding to your coffee.
Do you have a favorite flavor that you add to your coffee? If so, please share, I am always looking for new sweet coffee ideas :).
Many thanks to Gina for sharing these recipes and for being such a wonderful featured sponsor. Make sure you pay a visit to her blog and shop. She makes some truly gorgeous jewelry and hair accessories! You can also find Gina on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. xo, melissa