How to Make French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Indulge in the luxurious taste of homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer that instantly transforms your regular coffee into a gourmet delight. The rich texture and flavor make it a perfect addition to your coffee routine, especially if you prefer flavored coffee.

Homemade French Vanilla coffee creamer in a small pitcher.

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French vanilla coffee creamer

I have often asked myself, “how do they make French Vanilla coffee creamer?”. I walk by those fancy creamers in the grocery store. I won’t put them in my basket because I feel like store-bought coffee creamers have artificial flavors and are filled with a lot of different chemicals.

I want fancy flavors in my coffee from time to time. When I have guests, I like to offer something unique. This homemade creamer is all of that and more.

What makes homemade French vanilla creamer so good?

The delicate sweetness of this creamer is sure to impress anyone who tries it. You can enjoy it in both hot and iced coffees.

It’s perfect for adding to a coffee bar when you have guests over, whether they’re just visiting or you’re hosting a party. Everyone loves the indulgent taste it adds to their coffee!

Some creamer recipes use half-and-half or even fresh milk. However, this one uses condensed and evaporated milk, which is the perfect consistency and doesn’t water your coffee down!

It is also easily adjustable if you want to try adding other flavored extracts, such as almond or maple.

Why you’ll love this recipe

You don’t need to cook this creamer on the stovetop; all you need is a blender to make it. It only takes 5 minutes to whip up. Now, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make your own creamer. After all, it saves money, too!

By using canned milk, the flavors you create will be rich and very satisfying.

Moreover, since the condensed milk is already sweetened, you don’t need to add any sugar. The vanilla extract perfectly complements it.


Here’s what you’ll need to make homemade vanilla coffee creamer:

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Vanilla extract

That’s it! Just 3 simple ingredients.

evaporated milk, vanilla, and more

How to make French vanilla creamer

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend until well combined, about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the mixture into a container or small pitcher.
Homemade French vanilla coffee creamer, cup of coffee, and muffins.

How to make it dairy-free

It’s pretty simple to make a dairy-free alternative to sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk.

To make dairy-free sweetened condensed milk, simmer the following ingredients on the stove until it is nice and thick:

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

Dairy-free evaporated milk is also really simple. Let your favorite milk alternative (oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk) simmer on the stove until it is reduced by half.

How to use this creamer

Stir this creamer in your preferred morning cup of coffee, such as homemade cold brew coffee or hot brewed coffee.

You can even include it in blended drinks like fruit smoothies, protein smoothies, or milkshakes to give them a sweeter and richer flavor! If you want to get creative, add a dash of it to your French toast custard mix, pancake mix, or oatmeal.

How to store homemade coffee creamer

Make sure to keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container, such as a sealed mason jar or a glass bottle with an airtight stopper.

How long will it last?

As long as you store it correctly in the fridge, this creamer will last up to 10 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of canned milk is best for homemade creamer?

You can choose to use the full-fat versions or the low-fat sweetened and condensed milk. I like to use the full-fat version because it adds a nice flavor. The coffee tastes perfectly sweet with the two types of milk.

Where to buy the best vanilla

I like to buy my vanilla extract at Costco, I think it is a great value. You can buy a large amount for under 10 dollars. You could even use homemade vanilla.

How much coffee creamer does this recipe make?

With this French Vanilla coffee creamer recipe, you can make just about 1 quart of creamer that will last for about 10 days. I like to make a batch of this creamer and take it to work.

How many calories in French vanilla creamer?

You’ll find different calories in each store-bought creamer. For my recipe, there are 62 calories in 1 ounce of creamer.

I hope you enjoy this easy to make coffee creamer recipe.

Homemade French vanilla coffee creamer in a small pitcher next to a cup of coffee.

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Homemade French Vanilla coffee creamer in a small pitcher.

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

It’s so easy to make vanilla coffee creamer at home. 
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coffee Creamer, Vanilla Creamer
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 62kcal


  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 15 ounces evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Place all three ingredients into a blender, and blend for about 30 seconds.
  • The mixer will be uniform.
  • Store creamer in an air-tight container.
  • Pour into coffee as desired.



Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 92mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Suzanne

    I am making this creamer for my daughter, she loves French Vanilla Creamer, Will let you know what she thinks. Thank you again for this

  2. Diana

    5 stars
    I made this and taste delicious but when I add to hot coffee it has a bad flavor. I made it up recipe and put in refrigerator, was that correct? I’m just disappointed cause it taste so good by itself. Thank you

  3. N

    Well, I ran out of International Delight French Vanilla and I had bought SCMilk because I was going to try making this but I didn’t have Evap Milk so I used Coconut Milk and my extremely expensive vanilla bean paste. Well, I can’t wait to have some evap milk or some heavy cream around because the coconut milk version was one of the most disgusting things ive ever taste in my coffee. It was so bad I wanted to run my fingernails down a chalk board just to get the taste out of my mouth and distract myself by doing something slightly more annoying than having to drink this. I’m hoping and praying that it’s somewhat better and I’ll definitely be trying the hazelnut as the “french” part because I really need IDFV in my coffee or I become extremely irritated like I’m having dental work done or something, yes it’s that bad. I must be an addi ct of it or something. I know companies can do that to us.

  4. Ivy

    Hi, can you tell me the measurement for 25 servings? I’m on weight watchers and need to calculate. I love the concept of making homemade food to eliminate some of the additives. Thank you!

  5. Diane Mandt

    Dear Stephanie,

    Do you think you could reproduce the Charleston Restaurant dessert, Bread Pudding. It’s divine, think there is a touch of Grand Marnier in there. Hope this chain has a spot near you.

    Thanks, love your offerings for us!
    Diane Mandt

  6. Mark Mcdougal

    Not sure why, but it seems so hard to pin down what actually makes up a “french vanilla” coffee creamer. In the ice cream, the differentiation between vanilla and french vanilla seems to be a (for french vanilla) custard (egg yolks base) . Here’s how it’s defined by Mauricio Poulsen, director of creation and application flavors for International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.: “Today, in sensory terms, when we refer to French vanilla, it is when the vanilla flavor is caramelized, custard-like, cooked, egg yolk-like, slightly floral.” Hard to reproduce in a coffee creamer, but I so love my coffee, I’m going to try. Not being much of a chef, my chief question is how to include the yokes with out ending up with scrambled eggs in my coffee 🙂 . I’m going to experiment with various ingredients, such as caramel, egg yolks, brown sugar, quality vanella, maple syrup, salt, and whipping cream and try to get something “floral” in there. 🙂 . Should be interesting. 🙂

  7. Yolanda Scott

    I had been trying to make this, but had been using just milk, I just made it with the listed ingredients and I am so HAPPY!!! My budget is super tight, and I remembered I had the condensed milk and the evaporated milk left over from baking for the holidays.

    This will be my go to for creamer from now on! I’m not into all the other flavors, but must have French vanilla cream with my morning coffee, you made this poor church mouse very happy!! ????????

  8. Chris Hanscom

    Haven’t tried it and probably won’t after price checking. I may not like the additives, but I can get a 32oz French Vanilla for about $2.30. The 15oz of Evaporated milk alone would be $2.82 plus the $1.33 for the sweet condensed milk and don’t forget the vanilla at $0.33 per teaspoon. It may be healthier but it is definitely not cheaper.

    To make according to directions 29.6 oz = $4.81 or $0.164 per ounce.
    Pre-made generic is 32 oz = $2.30 or $0.072 per ounce.
    Nestle is $0.088 per ounce
    International Delight is $0.082 per ounce

    It is more than double what I can buy it for. So other than not having additives it is cost effective to purchase the pre-made.

    • Stephanie

      You have a great point, some folks prefer less preservatives or may want to use what they have at home instead of going out and buying new items. Thank you for doing the math.

    • Aggie

      I don’t know where you shop, but the 2 top brands of prepared creamer in Florida run $3.99, sometimes 2for $6 or occasionally BOGO at $3.68-3.99.Store brand runs $2.68. I never pay that for evaporated milk….$1.48 Walmart & $1.49 target, often BOGO.Vanilla is a staple on my shelf so I’ll take your price.I pay $1.64 for store brand SC milk, more for Borden’s or Goya.My issue is paying that much for sugar,Palm oil & the rest junk.I never pay full price for any of those ingredients, so have them on hand.

    • Joseph Anterola

      5 stars
      Better with a teaspoon of hazelnut or maple flavorings. But if you’re like me, milking goats this was a wonderful starter for making great coffee creamer

  9. Sheila Collins

    We love french vanilla in our coffee at home. Its my husband’s favorite. Thank you. I cant wait to try. 😉

  10. Mama29cubs

    Looks like I’m a bit late to this party!
    This looks like a great idea for our church; we go thru lots of coffee & creamer each week. Thank you so much for sharing!

    I would love for you to figure out a recipe for “Charlston’s Chicken Tortilla Soup”.
    I have 9 children, so we don’t go out much, but this soup is soooo good, I really want to learn to make it.

    • Yolanda Scott

      5 stars
      You will love it, especially if you can go to Sam’s or Costco and make it a large container. I’m so happy I found this healthier version!

  11. alan rodriguez

    as a chef i know how sceicne is and to mak things how they r meant to be but sometimes u go online and u read the recie and then u know sumthing isnt roght so u make erros but u need to know wt went wrng and learn from tjem!! alaus fin to go around and recret recioes~ i know hoe to make chilis queso dip!! google it!! i dont know wats in creamer but i used 2 percetn and condenes can.. is is beter to use evaported instea of the 2 d? my email is lesnar333@gmail,com

  12. Julie

    Hi Stephanie – French Vanilla is actually a combination of Vanilla and Hazelnut. You may want to try adding hazelnut to your recipe. I think you will like it!

      • Aggie

        I don’t know where you shop, but the 2 top brands of prepared creamer in Florida run $3.99, sometimes 2for $6 or occasionally BOGO at $3.68-3.99.Store brand runs $2.68. I never pay that for evaporated milk….$1.48 Walmart & $1.49 target, often BOGO.Vanilla is a staple on my shelf so I’ll take your price.I pay $1.64 for store brand SC milk, more for Borden’s or Goya.My issue is paying that much for sugar,Palm oil & the rest junk.I never pay full price for any of those ingredients, so have them on hand.

  13. Tracy Michaud

    I made this creamer but before adding the vanilla I separated it into two parts adding the vanilla to one half and maple extract to the other and the maple was so good. If you love anything maple you have to try this.

      • Aggie

        5 stars
        Stephanie…I found both Cafe’al Fresco sf vanilla and hazelnut syrup at Dollar tree. I have been using it with half and half to avoid paying $3.99 for junk creamer ( which I love!). I think I’ll try this in your recipe…but it does have “junk ” to preserve and sweeten it. Love it that you respond to your fans !

  14. CoffeGal

    Since “Scroogedude” above is such a Scrooge, I’m sure 1/2 of this could be frozen to take out & thaw, then use, when the first half has been used up. And this recipe is good, not exact but absolutely a life saver when the creamer runs out! Thank you, Stephanie, I appreciate your time in sharing this easy recipe with us.

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