Healthy Coffee Creamer Alternatives

By Jackie Cartier
June 27, 2018

If you love coffee, like many of our staff, we have good news! We’ve compiled some of our favorite ways to make your coffee creamier, a little sweeter, and add flavor without using the little pink and blue packets or the non-fat dairy creamers (that contain no cream) or the sugar-laden creamers you’ll find in the dairy aisle.

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Experiment with different combinations and report back with your favorite flavors! Here are some combos that we enjoy:  

  • 1-2 Tbsp. cream + 1 or 2 drops of stevia + a dash of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp-1 Tbsp. unsalted butter + drizzle (1/2 – 1 tsp) of maple syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsp. coconut milk + drizzle (1/2 – 1 tsp) of honey + a dash of nutmeg or pumpkin spice

More about the Ingredients

Some of our suggestions may be unfamiliar and may lead you on a scavenger hunt through the grocery store to find them. To avoid that confusion, here are tips on where to find them and more information that may surprise you.

  • Heavy Cream – This is heavy whipping cream which you’ll find in the dairy aisle. We recommend organic when possible.
  • Full-fat canned coconut milk – Found near ethnic foods in the grocery store (never in the dairy aisle). Make sure you pick full-fat.
  • Unsalted butter – Again, organic when possible. One of our favorite brands is Kerrygold which you can find in most stores.
  • Unsweetened nut milk – Back into the dairy aisle with this ingredient, but be sure to look for the unsweetened milk as many products are absolutely loaded with sugar.
  • MCT oil - MCT oil is a dietary supplement to help provide support for weight management and healthy energy levels.
  • Coconut oil – Look for unrefined, organic coconut oil (often either near other oils or nut butters in the store) to be sure you’re getting a good quality oil. 
  • Honey – Local, organic honey is the best option for your body and the environment. Find some at the co-op or natural food store near you, or straight from a beekeeper!
  • Real maple syrup – The name explains it, but just to reiterate, be sure you are buying real maple syrup.  
  • Liquid stevia drops – Drop in your favorite flavor (English toffee, vanilla crème, hazelnut and plain are good coffee options) and enjoy! Stevia doesn’t spike blood sugar like sugar does, so in small doses it’s a great alternative.
  • Chocolate or Espresso Key Greens & Fruits – These are easy-to-mix, great tasting, nutrient-rich superfood formulas with the antioxidant power of 20+ servings of fruits & vegetables!

Cheers! One more thing before we go, if you’re consuming coffee all day because you’re feeling sluggish, take a look at this post sharing The Answers to Your Sleep Questions, Revealed or listen in to this Dishing Up Nutrition answering Why Am I Tired All the Time?

Learn more about why we recommend cutting out sugar and natural ways to get a boost of energy, beyond coffee.

About the author

Jackie Cartier is Content Strategy Manager for Nutritional Weight & Wellness. She was once a client, seeking natural solutions to her achy runner knees and hormonal imbalances. From then she was hooked and eventually ended up on their team, spreading the real food message on the blog and through social media. 

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Shawn McLaughlin
What are your thoughts on monkfruit for a sweetener?
September 7, 2018 at 2:49 pm


That is okay to use as a sweetener. I wouldn't use it multiple times a day since it's still quite sweet it could cause you to want sugar. 

Susan baker
I love my coffee,what is the most healthy coffee,best creamer,and sweetener
January 18, 2021 at 9:49 pm


If you want to buy a store-bought creamer, look for one without a lot of added sugar or other additives. But we prefer using heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk and stevia drops. As for coffee, we always recommend organic.

Susan baker
where can I purchase healthy creamer, and sweetener for my coffee
January 18, 2021 at 9:53 pm


We'd recommend making your own using heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk and our flavored Stevia drops.

Lauri Paulson
Do you recommend oat milk for low carb/plant based diets? And if so, is there a recipe to make my own ? Ora particular brand that you recommend for purchase?

May 7, 2022 at 7:57 am


I do not typically recommend oat milk as a coffee creamer option.  Compared to nut milks oat milk is high in carbohydrates and does not offer much healthy fat.  In terms of brands, I do like the elm hurst 1925 nut milks.  That particular brand uses just nuts and water.  I really enjoy the unsweetened walnut nut milk from Elmhurst and the unsweetened almond milk from Elmhurst.

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