French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Making homemade coffee creamer is a cinch! Especially when it comes to French Vanilla Coffee Creamer recipe. Oh, and I made this recipe Fat Free!

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer, made at home using only 3 ingredients!

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So you all know I’m completely addicted to coffee. But did you know I also have a coffee creamer addiction?

No joke. I’m the one that heads to the grocery store for milk and coffee creamer. We run out of creamer as often as we run out of milk!

And I’m not picky when it comes to my creamer. I’ll buy whatever is on sale. I’ll buy any flavor (at least once)!

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer, made at home using only 3 ingredients!

But, while I may have three different flavors creamer on hand at any one time, French Vanilla coffee creamer is always in my fridge.

It’s my “stand by” creamer. It goes with all flavors of coffee. It satisfies that crazy sweet tooth of mine. It’s the jelly to my peanut butter. Too far?

Anyways, last year I shared my favorite homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer. And it occurred to me, why haven’t I shared the easiest flavor, French Vanilla?

Seriously, three ingredients. Done. And by using fat free sweetened condensed milk with fat free milk…you got it, you now have Fat Free French Vanilla Coffee Creamer.

Actually, I’m not sure what makes this “french.” I get the vanilla part. But why is it called french vanilla? I’m not quite sure. I suppose I could google it for all of you, but you all probably don’t care either!

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer, made at home using only 3 ingredients!

How to make homemade coffee creamer:

  • Combine all 3 ingredients in large mason jar. Shake vigourously. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • I like to store mine in quart size mason jars. Perfect for keeping in the fridge. You do need to stir or shake this creamer before each use, as the sugary milk sinks to the bottom (which makes a mason jar all that more useful)! I found some cute chalkboard label stickers at Target and use them on my jars. If company comes over, pouring into a cute pitchers is simple!
  • This also makes a great gift idea for that coffee addict friend or hostess. Maybe with a cute mug and specialty bag of coffee (do you need my address??).


French Vanilla Coffee Creamer, made at home using only 3 ingredients!

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Love Coffee Creamer recipes? I’ve got you covered!

  • Irish Cream Coffee Creamer is the perfect indulgence. It’s got chocolate, espresso, and almond. What’s not to love?
  • Cinnamon Coffee Creamer is great when you want something simple, yet flavorful. Goes great in Chai Tea too!
  • Okay, so this Espresso Coffee Cake isn’t a creamer recipe, but it’s the perfect pairing to your morning cup of joe!
  • Add a splash of today’s French Vanilla Coffee Creamer to this Brown Sugar Latte. You won’t regret it.


More fun flavored coffee creamer recipes:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Creamer


Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake is great to serve with your hot cup of coffee!


Of course, this Cream Cheese Coffee Cake would be delicious too!


Great Coffee recipes from my favorite blogs:

Homemade French Vanilla Coffee Creamer recipe and video tutorial:

Yield: about 1/2 quart

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Easy French Vanilla Coffee Creamer recipe with only 3 ingredients!


  • 1 can (14oz) Fat Free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cup fat free milk (skim)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Combine all three ingredients in a large mason jar (quart size).
  2. Add lid and shake vigorously. Use within one week. ENJOY.

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French Vanilla Coffee Creamer, made at home using only 3 ingredients!

Today’s recipe for French Vanilla Coffee Creamer was originally published on Shugary Sweets on February 18, 2014. The recipe has been republished in July 2018.

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Posted on July 3, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. FYI ~~ true ‘French Vanilla’ has a sweet, buttery taste that is easily identified and quite different from regular vanilla. Although the vanilla flavor is slightly predominant, the butter taste is right there as well and they blend beautifully!

  2. Love this!!! I made some of this yesterday and loved it so much that I decided to put it in the freezer is ice cubes so that I could keep it longer. I only use around 2 tablespoons at a time so they ask you to make perfect sense. Thank you so much. I will definitely be checking out your other recipes.

  3. Thanks for posting this! I really like vanilla creamer with my coffee, but my mom only ever drinks BLACK coffee and never keeps creamer around. This stuff is delicious, and I can have some creamer around for my coffee! I might be able to actually drink some coffee with her now! ^U^

  4. I made the creamer but the condensed milk was like fudge consistency and it never miseducating all the way in what do I do?

  5. It is Feb. 2018 and I am just reading this post! First thanks for this post. the photos and accompanying blog post were refreshing! I just made this recipe and tweaked it to my preference and dietary needs. I always love my creamers but hated the lack of nutrition. I always have evaporated and sweetened condensed milk on hand. I did a can of the sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup of hot water, 1 cup of 2% milk half of a split vanilla bean, 1 tsp each of vanilla and almond extract and about a tsp of cinnamon. Delicious perfection!!! The vanilla bean makes me feel fancy! I put it into Myfitnesspal the serving size of 3.2 tbsp (I like a lot of creamer) is only 72 calories with 12 grams of sugar. Per tablespoon it is 24 calories per tablespoon and 4 grams of sugar much less than the hazelnut coffeemate in my fridge! I based it off of a 32 ounce mason jar having 20 servings. Of course if you only add 1 tablespoon of it you could get 64 servings…. but it is too delicious for just a tablespoon!!! GREAT recipe Thanks so much…. sorry if this sounded nerdy 🙂

  6. Aimee, I bought the sweetened condensed milk several weeks ago and never got around to making this recipe till this morning. OMG, this is the BEST creamer I have had in my life…EVER!!! Thanks for posting this recipe, it’ll make me get out of bed easier every morning!

  7. This is an excellent recipe – however instead of the skim milk, I substituted any variety of non-dairy coffee creamer -for the skim milk and achieved the same results and a longer shelf life. There’s also a frozen non-dairy coffee creamer that is less expensive. Try it !!!

  8. Hey there! We loved the vanilla creamer. Any idea if you can use coconut milk and coconut condensed mil to make it dairy free!?! Thanks!! 

  9. OMG, Aimee! I ran out of creamer and I had seen this on your page. I usually have a can of condensed milk so I thought I would give this a try. It is so good and so easy! Thanks

  10. French vanilla is called “French” because of the way the French prepared vanilla ice cream using a custard base.  I’ve found a French Vanilla Blend extract that I always substitute for plain vanilla extract and it’s a wonderful improvement (a teaspoon in pancake batter is heavenly).

  11. I save my creamer containers and use them for dry goods such as rice and small grain cereals instead of keeping them in boxes. (Seen this on Pinterest ).
    So instead of using a Mason jar, would the creamer stay just as fresh in the plastic creamer container or would you suggest just getting the mason jars?
    This sounds great and can’t wait to try it!!

  12. Just ran out of creamer this morning – an icy, non driving day. Had to resort to sugar and milk. Blah! Making this now for my afternoon – pick me up – cup of coffee! So, looking forward to that cup of coffee! 🙂

  13. Sharing on our Facebook page for our coffee loving fans! If you are ever interested in doing a blog post about our coffee and share with your readers we would love to send you a sample to try. Thanks! Jessica at Narrow Road Coffee

  14. What an easy recipe!! My sister in law is coming for Thanksgiving and has to have some creamer in her coffee, so I think I will make her a batch of this! Super fun! 🙂

  15. Aimee….do you by any chance have a coffee creamer recipe for Amaretto? This is hubby’s favorite. I tried it in the past using plain coffee creamer and adding Amaretto syrup, but just wasn’t the same. In the mornings he likes hot coffee with Amaretto and at 4pm (on the dot) he wants a cold coffee with French Vanilla.

    Thanks for all your posts…AWESOME!!!

  16. Thanks, can’t wait to try your pumpkin recipe also. My son started drinking coffee and my nephew moved in with us….. this will save money and the chemicals they put in the commercial stuff!

  17. We don’t really use creamers here in Australia, but I am a sucker for sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, so I am definitely going to give this a try! Pinned 🙂

  18. Thank you so much for sharing this! !! I’m also a creamer addict and it can be so expensive. My favorite Starbucks latte is a French vanilla latte. What makes it “French” is a shot of hazelnut So I made your awesome recipe and added some hazlenut flavoring to French it up a bit more and voila! I can make Starbucks inspired coffee at home for far less! (I used Torani sugar-free hazelnut syrup)

  19. sweetened condensed milk- milk and powered sugar…

    powered sugar- sugar and cornstarch pulverized in food processor…

    so if you take milk or cream and add sugar and a bit of vanilla you will have vanilla creamer if you want it thick like the creamer you buy add some corn starch.

  20. If you search on the internet for the difference between vanilla and french vanilla, you find that most of the difference is regarding ice cream. For french vanilla ice cream, eggs are added to give it a creamier texture and custard flavor.
    To achieve this flavor in a coffee creamer, a small amount of hazelnut is added to give it that custard type flavor. Usually 2 parts vanilla, 1 part hazelnut.

  21. pinned and made this for the hubby as a nice treat while i’m out of town. i hope he luvs it. now, we wait…

  22. I have a quick question. I don’t generally keep the fat free versions of those ingredients in my house. Would it be possible to do the same thing with the “normal” versions? I may have to try this anyway. 🙂

  23. I made this today and it was really good! I’m trying to cut back calories that I use in my coffee. I currently use coffee mate creamer. Just wondering if the fat free sweetened cond milk is healthy or does that have just as much sugar as the creamer I’m using now?

    1. Yeah, it’s not sugar free, so it is sweetened. Just the fat is gone. Definitely not healthy from a calorie standpoint.

    2. Katie, try using less sweetened condensed milk to reduce number of sugar calories. Thanks Aimee for all the delicious creamer recipes, I can’t wait to try them all.

  24. The “French” part in “French Vanilla” is hazelnut. You’ve made Vanilla creamer, not French Vanilla creamer.

    1. I just reread my comment and I sound like a negative internet person and I didn’t mean to. I’m really excited to try the vanilla coffee creamer! Thank you for the recipe!

      1. Oh my gosh, not negative at all!! I was truly curious. Of course looking on the ingredients of a bottle of French Vanilla coffee creamer gives you no clue as to the flavors! So thank you 🙂

  25. Hi there! Where did you get the white, blue, and green cup that you drink coffee out of? Its extremely cute so I just wanted to know if you could please tell me where you got it? Thanks!

  26. Made this. Drinking it right now. Thank you!!! To be honest I tried it without coffee and I was a bit worried but then I put it in my coffee. YUMMO! Yay!

  27. Here in Australia land of sunshine and poisonous creatures we have NO COFFEE CREAMER (ahhhh) so thank you! Thank you so much! I hope you post more flavours… like caramel :)Making this tomorrow.

  28. Can I just comment on how gorgeous your coffee cup is?? I honestly think at least 25% of my enjoyment of my morning coffee comes from pretty mugs/cups haha. If I had one like that it would certainly be part of my regular rotation!

  29. It’s a great idea but i think a lot of people opt for those creamers because they are dairy free. The home made versions look delicious but if you can’t have dairy you’re still sick buying the store bought varieties ;/

  30. MMMMM homemade creamer – I surely can do that!!! BTW – it’s called French vanilla because it has more additives ie eggs and stronger flavor than “plain” vanilla….guess the French have to be different! a better example would be plain vanilla ice cream is not as strong flavoured as French Vanilla ice-cream…thanks for sharing – saw your other recipes and just gained at least 15 lbs. LOL!!!

  31. What a great idea!! I rarely drink coffee, like ever, but if I do its with tons of creamer. Love how easy it is to make at home!!

  32. Ok no lie I have to pick up both milk and coffee creamer on my way home from work today because I can never seem to have enough of either in my fridge. This is AWESOME. I can’t wait to make my own creamer at home! 😀

  33. That’s a lot of sugary sweet goodness. We used to add different flavored creamers to hot chocolate before we drank coffee in college. This looks like a win for coffee or hot chocolate.
    Thanks for your post!

  34. Oooh I didn’t know that coffee creamer could be that easy. I am going to try this for sure! I love my coffee every morning and one glass in the evening. Thanks Amiee!

  35. I don’t normally have creamer with my coffee, but I might start just so I can have the fun of making this! What a great idea! And I hadn’t seen that chocolate chip coffee cake – wow, now that also looks delicious!

    1. If you’re using milk, go by the expiration of your milk carton. If you decide to make it thicker by using heavy cream (with the sweetened condensed milk), use within 7 days. ENJOY.

  36. I like my coffee black in the morning but use creamers in the afternoon for a sweet treat. My favorite way to use creamers are in my plain oatmeal in the mornings…so good!

    1. Oh a bet that’s delicious in oatmeal! My kids like creamer in their hot cocoa (as if it’s not sweet enough)!

  37. My Husband and I love lot’s of creamer with our coffee, so this is just perfect! Hat’s off! And on the plus side, it will save us so much money then buying fancy creamer 🙂

  38. Wow, this is such a great idea of making your own coffee creamer! I love that you made a fat-free version with only three ingredients – can’t wait to give this a try! Pinning 🙂

  39. This is absolutely perfect! Love the vanilla flavors, and I’m with you-don’t really care why it’s called French Vanilla! Just love that it is tasty! Pinned 🙂

  40. I am bowing down to you!! Thank you so much for this recipe. I have to have my coffee as I see you do too!! And well creamer goes really fast, so this is great. Of course I am liking that its fat free too which will help with the waist line!!!

  41. I love the idea of making a flavored coffee creamer! I never buy the other ones because there’s so many things in them that I can’t pronounce. This looks wonderful!

  42. “French Vanilla” is actually a flavor combination of vanilla + hazelnut. So if you order a French vanilla latte at a coffee shop, you’re getting a mix of those flavors (I’m a former barista.) Although, I think in reference to other foods/beverages the “French” part is just used to make it sound better. 🙂

  43. Vanilla is the classic, and way to make this fat free! I have no idea why coffee creamer would be called French vanilla (sounds fancy?) In ice cream, I think it means there are egg yolks in the custard (french style?). Or I am making all of this up and the next person will correct me 😉

  44. How about a sugar free version, for those who like the stuff that way? My apt. manager yes a lot of creamer, always sugar free.. Yuck, Imo.. Love this as is! And i, too, am a creameraholic…

    1. Hi Jann,
      I don’t do much sugar free, only because I hate using artificial sweeteners. I suppose you can try using heavy cream with truvia (stevia) to sweeten.

  45. I just recently tried my hand at homemade coffee creamer. The result was delicious. Love this recipe! Pinned.

  46. Oh this is such a great idea to make your own creamer and keep it fat free!
    I love the taste of the creamers, but I don’t like that I can’t understand all the ingredients. Love this!

  47. Ive seen other DIY versions of vanilla creamer but yours is the easiest and love that you kept it fat free too! pinned!

    1. Thanks Averie, I admit to buying more than I make. But this is always my go-to version. Especially love it when my grocery store has sweetened condensed milk 10 for $10! I go a bit crazy 🙂

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