One side effect of switching to using Ultra Coffee concentrate to make your morning cup is having to figure out what to do with all the extra time you now have on your hands.
Since you don’t have to waste twenty minutes every morning dealing with yesterday’s messy grounds, grinding beans, prepping a new pot, and then waiting for that drip drip drip, the morning is your oyster.
Here’s an idea: Spend that bonus time upgrading your Ultra Coffee experience even more by making your own homemade coffee creamer. Hot water, a tablespoon of Ultra Coffee concentrate, and a glug of homemade French vanilla creamer, and you’re in business.
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5 reasons to make your own flavored coffee creamer
#1: It’s more natural.
I’m not even going to suggest that you go read the ingredient list on that bottle of grocery-store white chocolate-mocha-whatever stuff in your fridge. You don’t. Want. To know.
When you make your own homemade vanilla coffee creamer, though, it’s a different story. You really only need three ingredients, and they’re all things you probably have in your kitchen already. Which means you get to quit drinking an industrial chemistry experiment every time you have your morning Ultra Coffee.
#2: It’s less wasteful.
Is it just me or are store-bought flavored coffee creamer bottles HUGE? It seems like if you don’t chug the stuff it always ends up going bad.
When you make your own flavored coffee creamer at home, you can whip up just a small amount at a time, a few cups’ worth, so if all you want is a splash in your Ultra Coffee, you can do that. The rest won’t just go to waste.
#3: It’s more versatile.
A second problem of having to buy coffee creamer by the freaking jug is that if you happen to be the type of person who likes to enjoy a vanilla cold brew on a Monday but a hot peppermint latte on a Tuesday, then now, all of a sudden, you need to keep two jugs. Who’s got the fridge space?
Our easy coffee creamer recipe starts with making a plain, unflavored, coffee creamer base that you then add flavor to. So if you want to use part of it to whip up a homemade vanilla coffee creamer and then use the rest to make your own peppermint coffee creamer, you can. No extra fridge needed.
#4: It’s made for making your way.
With our Ultra Coffee concentrate, we want you to take your coffee however you like, so long as you take it easy. And this make-your-own coffee creamer recipe is exactly that. If you’re lactose-intolerant or vegan, we’ve made it super easy to adapt it to be a vegan creamer recipe.
All you need to do is first make our recipe for vegan sweetened condensed milk, then proceed with the regular recipe as is (substituting whatever type of non-dairy milk you like). Find the non-dairy condensed milk recipe below.
#5: It’s really good.
This recipe is rich and flavorful and just the right amount of sweet. It blends with Ultra Coffee concentrate perfectly, creamy without being thick. And it doesn’t have any of that weird aftertaste from the artificial flavors and sweeteners in store-bought coffee creamer.
You’re going to love it.
Here’s how to make homemade coffee creamer:
Homemade Flavored Coffee Creamer
- 1 3/4 cup milk (any kind)
- 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk (see below for how to make vegan sweetened condensed milk)
- 1 1/3 tbsp flavor extract of your choice
Make the base:
In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, whisk ingredients together until they come to a simmer. Remove from heat.
Add the flavor:
With milk mixture off the heat, whisk in flavor extracts of your choice. For a classic homemade vanilla coffee creamer, just use vanilla extract. Or, experiment with almond, hazelnut, peppermint, and so on. (Extra points for creativity: try a hazelnut-vanilla latte or use raspberry extract with cocoa powder or chocolate syrup for a raspberry mocha.)
Cool and store:
Allow your homemade creamer to cool, then store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
You can easily make this recipe non-dairy by simply substituting non-dairy condensed milk in the same quantity as above.
Here’s our favorite recipe for making vegan condensed milk at home:
Homemade Non-Dairy Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
- 2/3 cup sugar (or maple syrup or honey)
Warm ingredients and whisk until sugar is dissolved, then bring to a low simmer, without stirring, for 30–40 minutes or until milk has darkened and volume has reduced by half.
If you want more great ways to use your Jot Ultra Coffee concentrate, check out all our recipes.