Saturday, September 17, 2011

Paleo Coffee Creamer

I have mentioned before my long time love of coffee, and more specifically, the anti-Paleo, chemical filled, coffee creamers that exist to accompany it.  Mmmmm... one of my favorite change of season activities was checking out the new creamy, syrup concoctions that filled the dairy section of my local grocery store.
Obviously, that is a thing of the past, but I still, after months and months of living Paleo, miss it.  I have tried several alternatives, and none of them really seem to give me the right texture or mouth-feel. Until now... this is delicious! I am so excited to use this recipe as we come into fall.  Canned Pumpkin has already been added to my grocery list so I can work on a Mock Pumpkin Spice Latte, mmmm! Here is the basic formula though, and some of the flavors I have used. HERE is where I got the wonderful idea!! 

*The original recipe is much sweeter than the version I made, due to me using much less date paste for the amount of coconut milk. After being off traditional creamer for so long, I prefer a less-sweet option. You can add more date paste if you want a sweeter product.

Basic Paleo Coffee Creamer
1 Can Coconut Milk
1/4 C Date Paste (See below)

Whisk milk and date paste together until combined. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove any chunks that may have remained in the date paste. That is it, and you can add in any combination of ingredients to make it flavored. Some may require heating in a saucepan to get them combined well.

 I have done French Vanilla by adding a couple tsp of Vanilla Extract, but I imagine it would be even better with Vanilla Beans simmered in the creamer, which I will be trying very soon. I have also made a Cinnamon Almond by adding 1 tsp Cinnamon and 1 tsp Pure Almond Extract, which was really yummy. 

Date Paste
Equal Parts Dates and Hot tap water

Pulse dates in the food processor to get them broken down. Add in water and puree dates and water till it become a liquid.


  1. I am just starting to investigate the paleo diet and I am wondering how I will sweeten my coffee. Any tips?

    1. Something that might work for you to transition is a whipped coconut milk cream with a bit of honey. My husband and I will do this from time to time when we want a latte but don't really want the crud that comes in the store bought. You just chill a can of full fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight, drain off all the water and whip the solids in the stand mixer with a bit of honey or maple syrup till it becomes fluffy(we add cinnamon with about a tsp of maple and it is delish). You can add as much or as little sweetener as you like, and it might help you adjust to step down the sweetness little by little. Hope that helps!

  2. Love these ideas!! How long can this be kept in the refrigerator?

    1. In general, a can of coconut milk will last open in the fridge for about a week. I would suspect the same to be true for this. It usually takes me a week- 10 days to get through a batch, and I have never had a problem with it going bad or anything. Hope that helps!

  3. OH MY GROK! I can finally be rid of dairy once and for all.

    I have toyed around with straight coconut milk, and blended coconut oil into my coffee. While I like the oil coffee emulsion its not quick, and who likes to pour hot coffee from jug to blender to mug at 6am in the morning? (not me)
    And im not overly fussed on straight up coconut milk in coffee, love it on its own or in everything else including my hair but not coffee.

    So I had a conundrum. How am I going to be rid of dairy and go completely primal and still enjoy my coffee that's creamy with out using cream?

    Answer: This delicious substance!

    Thank you for this simple yummy recipe, you GROK!