Saturday, June 25, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer

I have a confession to make  - I am addicted to fat-free french vanilla coffee creamer.  I don't know when this addiction started...I assume it was a few months ago when I bought my first bottle.

Now I cannot drink coffee without that sickeningly sweet, artificial vanilla flavor.  I have decided that the only way I can feel better about this is to make my own.

Now, I understand that making my own doesn't necessarily mean I am making a "healthy food," but I will feel a lot better drinking my concoction than drinking whatever is put in store bought vanilla creamer. 

I used an actual vanilla bean - they are a little costly, but the aroma and flavor is like nothing else.  I also used a little fat free sweetened condensed milk and some regular old skim milk and a dash of cinnamon.

The result is a flavorful, not too sweet, not chemical laden vanilla creamer that I can feel good about ingesting!

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer
1 vanilla bean
1 cup fat free milk
1/4 cup fat free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1. Slice the vanilla bean with a small knife and scrape out the insides.  This will take some patience, but the flavor is SO worth it!

2. Add 1 cup of fat free milk to a liquid measuring cup and put the vanilla bean contents into the milk.

3. Add 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk to the measuring cup and pour all into a blender.  Blend for about a minute.

4. Store in an air tight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.  Shake before using as the sweetened condensed milk will settle a little.

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