Sure, you can purchase "sugar free" flavored creamers but not all of my favorite creamers are available in sugar free. Plus, if you make your own from scratch, you get less fat, sodium, sugar, carbs, and calories than the brands. Plus, you get flavors that aren't necessarily available on the market.
As a borderline diabetic, recent heart attack victim, and middle-aged lady looking to drop 50 pounds, I'm constantly striving to decrease my dietary intake of fats, sugars, carbs, and calories and, if you're a label reader, like I am, you'll find that when the manufacturer decreases one ingredient, another ingredient is increased. More often than not that ingredient is sodium. Its about flavor.
To combat the urge to purchase "pre-packaged" products, like coffee creamer, I devise my own recipes so I'll have a great tasting substitute on hand. That's fewer carbs and calories to burn on the treadmill.
You can use flavorings of your choice but my preferences are LorAnn Super Strength Flavorings. LorAnn has a multitude of flavorings (like Egg Nog and Bavarian Cream) so it takes less than an 1/8th ounce to flavor a cup or two of liquid (depending on your taste). I like to purchase the one dram combo packs. That way I get a variety of flavors that I can use in other tasty treats. You can also purchase LorAnn flavorings at Walmart and Hobby Lobby but those stores only carry the biggest sellers.
And now my recipe for Low Calorie, Low Sugar, Low Fat Coffee Creamer. Note that the ingredients I used were Walmart's Great Value brands. Therefore the calories posted are based on those brands.
- 1 cup water (filtered or purified tastes best)
- 1/2 cup Granulated No Calorie Sweetener ("sucralose;" Great Value Brand)
- 1/3 cup Instant Nonfat Dry Milk (Great Value Brand)
- Flavoring to preferred taste (I used a small drop of LorAnn flavoring; it did not even puddle in the spoon. You may want yours a bit stronger).
Mix sweetener and water in small sauce pan. Stir until sweetener is dissolved. Heat and bring the light syrup to boil. Boil one minute and remove from heat. Add instant dry milk, stir until dissolved. Allow the milk to cool to the touch before adding the flavoring.
When adding flavoring, place a drop in a spoon first - never add it directly to the milk in case you overdo it. (You don't want to make a gallon of this stuff to even out the flavor). Add the flavoring, stir, taste. Repeat the process if you want your flavoring a little stronger.
Cool, bottle, refrigerate. Here's the nutrition facts from homemade - note that all of the calories, sugar, etc, are from the instant dry milk.
|Per Cup (8 oz)||Per Tablespoon|
|Cholesterol||< 5 mg||< 1|
|Sodium||125 mg||8 mg|
|Potassium||390 mg||24 mg|
|Carbohydrates||12 g||< 1|
|Sugar||12 g||< 1|
For comparison, here are the nutrition facts from my favorite, Nestles Coffemate Sugar Free Italian Sweet Creme PER TABLESPOON (serving size):
Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 10 mg
Carbohydrates: 2 g
Sugar: 0 g
If you try it, let me know how this worked for you. And let me know if and how you tweaked the recipe to improve on it.