You've Mastered Homemade Oat Milk: Here's How To DIY Coffee Creamer

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We've all got our favorite alt-milks, and for many of those faves, we've found go-to recipes for making them ourselves (and saving money and packaging waste in the process). But when it comes to coffee (particularly, strong cold brew), I personally love adding a little splash of a more luscious coffee creamer, as opposed to just everyday oat milk.

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And why do I stick with oat, specifically? Well, "Oat milk is a great alternative for those looking to avoid or reduce dairy in their eating routine," women's health dietitian Valerie Agyeman, R.D., once told mbg. "[It] has many essential nutrients such as vitamins A, B-12, D, riboflavin, calcium, and phosphorus." Not only that, but it's certainly the easiest alt-milk (or alt-creamer base!) to make at home since the oats break down a lot easier than nuts or seeds.

For some reason, though, making my own creamer never crossed my mind—until I started coming across recipes shared on social. And this dairy-free creamer recipe, from Carleigh Bodrug (aka @plantyou on Instagram), is the sort of quick, easy, and clever recipe that makes me question "How have I not tried this before?" Similar to our go-to oat milk recipe, this variation adds coconut oil to make it creamier and a bit of maple syrup for a natural sweetener.


Vanilla Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer


  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil


  1. Blend ingredients until smooth. Drain through a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Pour strained contents into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Not sure oat milk (or oat milk creamer) is the best option for you? Registered dietitian and mbg Collective member Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN, gave us the lowdown on understanding the healthiest alternative milks—you may even discover some you've never thought to try.


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