Drinks, Homemade Ingredients

Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

4.59 from 107 votes
Rich and creamy with that hint of aromatic sweetness, my Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer is so easy to make you'll wonder how you ever went with out it.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Is there anything more classic than french vanilla? Vanilla flavor is something I think the whole world can agree on, and this Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer is here to prove it.

Whether you’re an everyday coffee drinker or not, you will love adding this rich french vanilla flavored creamer to your cup of joe. Rich and creamy with that hint of aromatic sweetness, this is so easy to make you’ll wonder how you ever went with out it.

What is “French Vanilla?”

French vanilla refers to where the vanilla came from, so it is most literally vanilla pods that were grown in France.

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However, in the baking world, french vanilla speaks to the strong and sweet flavor of vanilla. In order to make french vanilla coffee creamer, you do not need to order vanilla beans all the way from France, but you will need good quality vanilla extract and a vanilla pod. If you can’t find vanilla extract I suggest you check out my Bold Baking Basic recipe for How To Make Homemade Extracts, as they are easy to make and will save you money down the line!

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How to make French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

French vanilla coffee creamer is not something you’re limited to buying at the store. I much prefer to make my own coffee creamer at home, as then I know there are no artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Making my homemade french vanilla coffee creamer is simply a matter of whisking together sweetened condensed milk, milk or cream, vanilla extract and a french vanilla pod. Once the milk is infused with the vanilla, the flavor is unmatched to the store bought stuff. I love to add this to more than coffee, it does wonders for “adult” hot chocolates and lattes, milk shakes, and more!

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Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

4.59 from 107 votes
Rich and creamy with that hint of aromatic sweetness, this is so easy to make, and once you do you'll wonder how you ever went with out it.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Rich and creamy with that hint of aromatic sweetness, this is so easy to make, and once you do you'll wonder how you ever went with out it.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup (14floz/395ml) milk, of your choice
  • 1 can (14oz/395g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 vanilla pod, sliced in half and seeds scraped out
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat, whisk together the condensed milk, milk, vanilla pod and seeds. 
  • Once this mixture starts to come to a simmer,  remove from the heat and add in the vanilla extract. 
  • Cool, then cover and store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for 6-7 days.

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Yvonne Martinez
Yvonne Martinez
1 year ago

Hi Gemma
I made the vanilla creamer without the vanilla beans, as I couldn’t find them locally, it’s really yummy just with vanilla extract!! Thank you!

John M Crenshaw
John M Crenshaw
5 months ago

Excuse me but French vanilla does not refer to where the bean is grown, Vanilla beans are tropically grown ie Mexico, Madagascar, Tahitian, or West Indian. It’s called French Vanilla because the base of the ice cream contains egg yolks, while the base of regular vanilla ice cream does not.

Rhonda
Rhonda
1 year ago

Do you have a recipe for homemade Italian sweet cream flavor coffee creamer??

Carolyn
Carolyn
8 months ago

Can you substitute the milk for heavy cream or half & half? Or would that be too thick? I love a thick creamer with a dense flavor.

Andrew Soames
Andrew Soames
3 months ago

This is a good really simple recipe, what I’d love to work out is how to make it and have a batch last about a month as I don’t want to cook this every week. The only thing I can think of is ice cube trays and freezing it. The product may degrade, haven’t tried it yet. That’s also a bit of a pain. Anyone else thought of a way?

10 months ago

Gemma, could I use sweetened coconut condensed milk with cream and a little milk instead of just straight milk? Do you think the coconut condensed milk would affect the flavor to much?

Kristin Bartenhagen
Kristin Bartenhagen
14 days ago

I’m glad I made a double batch since I ate most of it like soup while I was making it. Yum!!

Axa
1 month ago

Can you tell what can I use instead of condensed milk

Mary
Mary
1 month ago

Came across your website accidentally and so happy I did!

I loved the Hill’s Bro’s flavor of coffee called Cinnamon Vanilla Nut. I’ve searched for it extensively and can only conclude that they don’t make it anymore.

Sooooo, I’ve considered trying to use your recipe for French Vanilla coffee creamer as a basis and adding cinnamon to it. However, I’ve no idea what to use for the “nut” part of the trio. Any ideas?

Appreciate any insights you might have. Thanks!!

Ron Silvestre
Ron Silvestre
2 months ago

Hi Gemma! I just want to ask if I can sterilize the bottles or jars so that it may have a longer life storage? If so, how long it will last? Thank you so much and wish you more success in life.

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