I’m a bit of a late bloomer, at least where coffee is concerned. I remember the morning after my senior prom, when everyone was gathered at my house after a night of staying up until 4. All my friends were downing giant cups o’ Joe while I sipped on tea and most likely ate a waffle. Coffee was just never my thing.
I credit my best friend for my coffee habit. During my second year of college, I’d hang out at her house between classes. We’d grab some coffees from Wawa, often with a splash of hot chocolate, and gossip and discuss Grey’s Anatomy in great detail. She now drinks black coffee and it kind of makes me feel sad… Because I still load my coffee up with lots of creamer and sometimes, a splash of hot chocolate. She has clearly grown up and I am still a child. I’m half ok with this fact.
Either way, I hate spending a fortune on fancy flavored creamer. I do, but I cringe every time. So instead, I’ve started testing out some homemade flavors. Here, you have two. One is vanilla spice. I didn’t have cardamom so you can’t exactly call it chai. But it has just the right amount of spicy sweet flavor. A little splash of vanilla and it is perfect in morning coffee. The second is vanilla almond. This one is definitely sweeter, more of a dessert coffee creamer. The almond extract is fun flavor for coffee and I’ve been using it liberally for the past week.
If you’re into coffee, give these a whirl! It’ll save you a few bucks.
- For creamer base:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
- For spice:
- 1 tsp. allspice
- 1 tsp. ginger
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- For vanilla almond:
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- Mix the spice ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a sauce pan over medium, combine milk, heavy cream and syrup. Stir to combine and head until warm but not scalded. Pour evenly into two containers.
- In one container, combine 1 to 2 heaping teaspoons of spice mix. Put the lid on the container and shake well.
- In the second container, add vanilla and almond, cover and shake well.