I may have mentioned it before – C is addicted to coffee. But she likes it sweet and milky.
We tried adding butter and coconut oil as an alternative as seen in this post on Bulletproof Coffee but she didn’t like it. We then tried adding an egg based on this post from Marks Daily Apple. Again, she did not like the taste even with sugar added.
So I came up with a paleo, sugar-free version of a coffee creamer for her to use as I was not happy with all the sugar that she was consuming. Dates provide a small amount of sweetness and coconut milk makes it creamy and provides some healthy fats. The other wonderful thing about this recipe is that it is simple enough for C to make by herself whenever she needs to….
Paleo Coffee Creamer
2 oz date puree or stoneless whole dates
1/2 cup boiling water
1 can coconut milk
1 pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
You can use either whole stoneless dates or a date puree to make this. I used a date puree because that is what I have. Make sure that your date puree is not sweetened with extra sugar – dates are sweet enough as they are!
Put the date puree, along with 1/2 cup of boiling water into your blender and blend until it is fairly smooth. A few bits of dates is OK.
Add the remaining ingredients and blend until it is smooth and uniform in texture
Finally transfer to your jar and use in your coffee.
I store this in a small mason jar in the fridge. This amount easily fills the jar and leaves just enough over to make a cup of coffee. It will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days, but in our house it never lasts that long before it is all used up.
To use, you simply add the required amount to your coffee. Depending on the temperature your fridge is set at it may become solid…. if this happens, just spoon the creamer on top of your coffee and stir in – it won’t affect the taste.
This is a pale creamy brown colour, with a subtle taste of cinnamon and vanilla. You don’t taste the dates or the coconut. They just add creaminess and a little sweetness.
This is the brand of coconut milk I most often use. It is preservative free and contains nothing but coconut and water.