Coffee and cream is a classic duo. But I’m not talking about the powdered creamer you can buy at the store — I’m talking about making your own!

With just a few ingredients and a little time, you can whip up a batch of your very own homemade French vanilla creamer.

It’ll leave you with a caffeinated taste that’s completely customized to your liking!

What is French vanilla creamer?

French vanilla creamer is a delicious homemade coffee creamer that uses whole milk, condensed milk, and vanilla extract to create a delicious add-in for your daily coffee.

A batch of reshly made French vanilla creamer.

If you’re looking to save money and cut back on the amount of sugar you add to your coffee, then this homemade French vanilla creamer recipe is just what you need to try.

The ease of making this coffee creamer is what sets it apart from the store-bought versions. Because it uses just three ingredients that you probably already have at home, you can make some today!

What ingredients are used in this recipe?

The ingredient list for this coffee creamer isn’t that long. You’ll need the following components to get started:

  • Whole milk
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Vanilla extract
All ingredients that are used to make French vanilla creamer at home.

I like to use whole milk to make this add-in creamer as it gives it an amazing full flavor. You can also use lower-fat milk if you have this at home or just prefer its flavor.

The condensed milk in this recipe will make for that sweet and amazing flavor that makes coffee creamers so amazing.

What is the best vanilla to use?

As this is an easy-to-make recipe, the best way to incorporate the vanilla flavor is by using a vanilla extract.

These potent extracts add a huge amount of flavor by using just a little bit. You can also substitute it for the following ingredients:

  • A vanilla bean
  • A tiny bit of vanilla paste

Using one of the above-listed vanilla flavorings can make your French vanilla creamer taste a bit different than using a vanilla extract.

The most flavorful option is using a fresh vanilla bean and infusing it with the whole milk and condensed milk on the stove.

This is also true when using vanilla paste. Both options give a better flavor when infused.

To do so, you can follow the steps listed below:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and place it on the stove.
  2. Heat it until it summers and turn the heat to low.
  3. Let it infuse for just a few minutes, and then remove it from the heat.
  4. Let it cool completely and transfer it into a resealable jar for easy pouring.

That’s it! After cooling, you can use it just like you’d when using the cold mixing method. It’s a really easy way to infuse those delicious flavors from vanilla!

To what coffees can I add this French vanilla creamer?

Most of us love coffee, and we love cream with it. But, not all creamers are created equal, and sadly, most of them come in a plastic bottle. Homemade French vanilla creamer is a delicious treat and will make your mornings happier.

You can add this coffee creamer to any coffee you like to drink. I personally like to add it to a cup of black coffee, as this isn’t sweetened yet.

"Pouring French press coffee in a glass.":

The coffee creamer will give it a fantastic flavor that will transform your daily cup of coffee into something a little more special.

You can also add it to all kinds of iced coffees. My favorite is adding it to a plain iced coffee, so you have given it a sweeter taste that is refreshing and it also looks amazing!

Tip: If you want to learn how to make an easy 5-minute iced coffee, you can check out the recipe for it here.

Yield: 16 servings

Homemade French Vanilla Creamer

French vanilla creamer.

This homemade French vanilla creamer will make your daily coffee taste even better!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (0.12 l) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp (15 grams) of vanilla extract


Homemade creamers are a lot easier to make than you might think. In fact, if you have the items listed above, then you have everything you need to make your own homemade French vanilla creamer from scratch. Here's how!

  1. To make this creamer at home, you'll need to mix the ingredients, so all the flavors are well-combined.
  2. You can do so by adding all the ingredients into a bowl and mixing it with a whisk, or you can add it all to a mason jar and give it a good shake.
  3. You can also add all the ingredients to a blender cup and blend it until a bit frothy, which will take just 30 seconds.
  4. After mixing all the ingredients, using one of the options above, I suggest storing it in a resealable flask or container.
  5. Place it in the fridge until you're ready to use it!

You can keep your homemade French vanilla creamer well in the fridge for a few days. Make sure to use milk that keeps well for a few days, so you can keep your creamer fresher for longer!


Remember, you can substitute the vanilla extract with a vanilla bean if you prefer using this instead.

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 1.5gSaturated Fat: 1.2gUnsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 11.6gSugar: 11.8gProtein: 1.5g

The number of calories is calculated for a serving (two tablespoons) of French vanilla creamer.

How many calories are in this French vanilla creamer?

The number of calories you’ll add to your coffee depends on the amount of French vanilla creamer you’ll add.

I like to use two tablespoons per cup of coffee (0.24 l). I find that this makes the coffee taste just sweet enough and with the right amount of vanilla flavor.

If you like your coffee on the sweeter side, you might want to add a bit more creamer to your coffee. A tablespoon of this French vanilla creamer has a total of 37 calories.

A cup of coffee with two tablespoons of this French vanilla creamer added will have a total of 74 calories.

How to make French vanilla creamer without condensed milk

Condensed milk is high in calories and can be why you prefer to replace it with something different.

A great way to substitute the condensed milk is by using heavy cream instead. Heavy cream will still make your French vanilla creamer have that amazing taste without adding condensed milk.

This is a great way if you don’t have condensed milk at home, so you can still make this delicious recipe without needing to go to your local supermarket!


French vanilla creamer is a delicious add-in that you can use to level up your daily coffee. It’s the perfect add-in for your hot cup of coffee and iced coffees alike.

You now know that it’s super easy to make, with just a few ingredients. Although the ingredients used may look simple, you’ll know why it’s such a great way to sweeten your coffee once you try this recipe yourself!

If you’d like to try a few coffee recipes where you can use this French vanilla creamer, you can have a look at the recipes I’ve listed below.

Do you like to add creamer to your coffee? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!

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