As you know by now if you’re a regular visitor to our site, coffee is one of our favorite aphrodisiacs. Not only does coffee give you energy for games of love (and just about everything else you need to do in a day), it’s known to stimulate the pleasure system of the brain. It can give your mood a serious lift, all while tasting so good and going down easy.
Not everyone reacts the same to coffee. There are those who are so sensitive to its effects that they will end up awake all night. For others, a cup offers just the perfect “lift.” Ultimately, there are several factors that come into play when caffeine works in your body, like how hydrated you are and what you have eaten. In order to prevent the ‘afternoon slump’ that can come from drinking coffee, experts suggest that you try drinking one glass of water for every cup of coffee you drink.
One thing we can all agree upon is that coffee is a beverage that people around the world enjoy. But for some, coffee is even more enjoyable when paired with a deliciously sweet and smooth creamer. In fact, according to research, 62% of coffee drinkers use creamer in their cups of morning Joe. So it only makes sense for us to suggest some homemade creamer ideas you can make at home to replace the unnatural versions many of us are tempted to splash into our daily brew.
These recipes use natural flavorings and pure maple syrup for sweetness. We’ve included a recipe for Hazelnut Creamer but it can be adapted to make a homemade creamer in just about any flavor you crave. (If you’re looking for a good source for natural flavor extracts, we recommend Nielsen-Massey.) And for chocoholics, we’ve included a Chocolate Almond Creamer made with almond milk that can easily be adapted for a vegan diet.
Homemade creamer recipes
This simple recipe demonstrates how easy it is to make homemade creamer from natural ingredients. Try other variations using your favorite pure extracts.
- 2 c of half-and-half or heavy cream
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 2 tsp pure hazelnut extract
Combine the half-and-half or cream with the maple syrup and hazelnut extract in a jar or sealed container.
Cover tightly and shake until just combine.
Store, tightly sealed, in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
This seductive coffee flavoring will wake up your morning joe with the rich flavor (and aphrodisiac benefits) of cocoa powder. To make a vegan version, simply substitute the cream with a vegan-friendly creamer.
- 1 1/4 c cream (for a vegan version, use dairy-free cream)
- 1 c almond milk
- 1/3 c pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine the cream or dairy-free cream with the almond milk and maple syrup in a small saucepan.
Stir over medium heat until the mixture is hot but below a simmer.
Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, almond extract and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes before transferring to a bottle or other storage container. Store in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
Photo by Alberto Bogo
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