15 Delicious Ways to Use Dairy-Free Creamer (Besides Coffee!)

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The world of food is changing. Gone is our reliance on heavily processed or questionable conveniences. Now we can stock our favorite indulgences, like dairy-free creamer, without a drop of guilt. I didn’t used to stock creamer since I’m not a coffee drinker and Tony usually takes his black. But after discovering its many uses, I now keep a few packages on hand.

15 Delicious Ways to Use Dairy-Free Creamer (Recipes, Ideas and Substitutions!)This post is sponsored by nutpods, but all of the opinions and ideas are my own.

Finding a Good Dairy-Free Creamer

15 Delicious Ways to Use Dairy-Free Creamer (Nutpods healthier unsweetened creamers shown)For our needs, I prefer the following in a dairy free creamer:

  • Unsweetened – Varieties without sugar are far more versatile and I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to what sweeteners I use and how much.
  • Minimal Ingredients – Some of those creamers have scary ingredient lists! I expect a natural thickener or emulsifier, but I’m a happy camper if they don’t have hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, carrageenan and titanium dioxide.
  • Shelf-Stable – Of course you have to chill it once opened, but small packages that I can store until I need them are fantastic.
  • Richness – some brands are a bit too watery. I like it to have a nice “half and half” consistency so that it can add body to various recipes.

Nutpods fits the bill for my entire “wish list”. It’s made from half coconut and half almonds, contains minimal ingredients and is non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, gluten-free, kosher pareve, and Whole 30 approved! I also love the little aseptic packages. They’re shelf-stable, have a resealable spout, and I’m able to use them up without any waste!

How to Use Dairy-Free Creamer

Okay, now that we have a good dairy-free creamer in hand, lets use it!

Easiest Chocolate Mousse

Add a few cups of ice to a large bowl, and nestle a smaller mixing bowl in the ice. Gently melt 6 ounces of good dairy-free chocolate with about 2/3 to 3/4 cup dairy-free creamer (I love using Unsweetened Hazelnut here) together in a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking periodically. Once the chocolate is fully melted, whisk in sweetener, to taste, if desired. Pour the chocolate mixture into the smaller mixing bowl in the ice. Whip, with a hand mixer, until beautifully thickened.

15 Delicious Ways to Use Dairy-Free Creamer (Speedy Chocolate Mousse shown)

Lite Coconut Milk or Half & Half Substitute

You can actually swap plain unsweetened dairy-free creamer (like nutpods Original for lite coconut milk or dairy half & half in just about any recipe!

Better Biscuits

Dairy-free creamer is the perfect consistency for making flaky, tender, healthy biscuits. For about 6 biscuits, whisk 1 cup whole wheat flour (I use white-whole wheat, which is whole grain), 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 3/8 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl. If you desire sweeter biscuits, whisk in 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite granulated sweetener. Whisk in 2 tablespoons coconut oil until a coarse meal forms. Add 1/2 cup dairy-free creamer (in the ones shown below, I used nutpods Original Unsweetened and skipped adding sweetener), and stir until the dough just comes together. Turn it out onto a floured mat, and fold it over itself a few times to create layers and bring the dough together. Gently press the dough down to about 3/4-inch thickness, cut into biscuits, and place on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet. Bake at 450ºF for 10 to 12 minutes.

15 Delicious Ways to Use Dairy-Free Creamer (Easy Vegan Biscuits Recipe shown)

Instant Vanilla Icing

Need a quick drizzle? Place 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a bowl and whisk in 1 tablespoon of dairy-free creamer (I recommend Vanilla Unsweetened) until smooth. If needed to get a thinner consistency, whisk in more creamer 1/2 teaspoon at a time. You want to add just a little at a time as the icing will thin rather quickly. Use it as a glaze for donuts, on bundt cakes, or with any other sweets that could use something extra.

Mashed Potatoes

I sometimes use Original Unsweetened dairy-free creamer as the liquid in Mama’s Best Mashed Potatoes. It adds richness and an amazing creamy consistency.

15 Delicious Ways to Use Dairy-Free Creamer (Mama's Mashed Potatoes recipe shown)

Mock Italian Cream Sodas

Put some ice in a glass and add about 3/4 cup sparkling fruit juice. Top with 1 tablespoon (or more!) dairy-free creamer. Watch the creamy deliciousness drizzle into your beverage, then add a straw and sip.

Moist Muffins to Fluffy Pancakes

Make your favorite muffin, quick bread, pancakes or French toast recipe “latte style”. Use Vanilla Unsweetened dairy-free creamer in place of the liquid and vanilla extract in your recipe. It adds a tenderness to the crumb that plain milk beverage can’t touch. Not sure what recipe to start with? This Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a great one.

Smoothies and Shakes

I make really thick smoothies, which means I don’t add a ton of liquid to them. For that reason, I’ve been having trouble using up a full carton of dairy-free milk beverage in time. I tried just adding water, but it tasted, well, watery. So in went some nutpods Vanilla Unsweetened, and viola, the perfect creamy smoothie! You can also use it for richness when making indulgent non-dairy shakes.

15 Delicious Ways to Use Dairy-Free Creamer (Blueberry Cream Smoothie shown)

Creamy Soups

Use dairy-free creamer as a finish for soups! For an easy potato soup, peel and cube 2 large potatoes. Put them in a saucepan with ½ cup chopped celery and ½ cup chopped yellow onion. Add water or part water, part broth to just below the top of the vegetables. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are quite tender. Coarsely mash the potatoes in the soup. Stir in ½ cup Original Unsweetened dairy-free creamer and add salt and pepper to taste.

2-Ingredient Truffles

For 8 truffles or so, melt 2/3 cup finely chopped dairy-free chocolate (dark or semi-sweet) with scant 1/4 cup dairy-free creamer (your choice of flavor). Whisk until smooth. Chill for 2 hours, or until firm. Scoop the mixture and roll into balls. Roll the balls in your favorite coating, such as cocoa powder. I like a 50/50 mix of cocoa powder and powdered sugar or ground coconut sugar to cut the bitterness.

15 Delicious Ways to Use Dairy-Free Creamer (2-Ingredient Truffles shown)

Basic White Sauce (2 options!)

To make a versatile dairy-free white sauce, melt 2 tablespoons dairy-free buttery spread or olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons flour (gluten-free, if needed) and stir until well combined. Whisk in 1 cup Original Unsweetened dairy-free creamer, stirring constantly as it thickens. Add more creamer if needed to thin. Whisk in salt, pepper, spices, herbs, or other seasonings for your needs. For a grain-free option, grind 2 tablespoons cashews into a powder. Blend with 1 cup of the dairy-free creamer to combine. Heat over medium-low heat while whisking, until thickened to your desired consistency. Season with salt, to taste, and add desired flavors.

Everyday Oatmeal

Now you can make your own “cream of …” oatmeal. Prepare your oatmeal with water so that it is quite thick. Pour it into your bowl and drizzle on a tablespoon, or two, or three, of dairy-free creamer. I usually go with the Vanilla. Top with your desired flavors, such as dried fruit or coconut sugar.

15 Delicious Ways to Use Dairy-Free Creamer (Creamy Cran-Ginger Oatmeal shown)

Homemade Dairy-Free Ice Cream or Pops

If you want to add some richness to lighter frozen desserts, use dairy-free creamer for all or part of the liquid! For frozen fruit pops, it can even be fun to swirl the creamer in for a pretty and delicious effect.

Pudding

Are you having trouble getting your go-to pudding to thicken? This is a common problem with dairy-free milk beverages, but dairy-free creamer jumps in with the richness needed for smooth, perfectly thick vegan pudding.

Hot Cocoa and Golden Milk and Chai, Oh My!

It’s hot beverage season, and dairy-free creamer is your answer to enjoying a warm cup of creamy goodness anytime. For a simple hot cocoa, whisk together 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/2 cup water,  1/2 cup dairy-free creamer (I typically use nutpods Vanilla Unsweetened in hot beverages), and sweetener to taste in a mug. Gently heat and enjoy the luxury. Nourishing golden or turmeric milk can be prepared with the same 1:1 ratio of dairy-free creamer and water. But my favorite right now is this delicious Spiced Chai Recipe.

15 Delicious Ways to Use Dairy-Free Creamer (Easy Hot Cocoa shown)

What’s Your Favorite Way to Use Dairy-Free Creamer?

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

34 Comments

  1. Dianne's Vegan Kitchen on

    I love that it’s not just for coffee! I rarely buy creamer because I don’t drink coffee, but this post has me wanting to run out and get some!

  2. I agree – I never used to be interested in coffee creamers because of all the crazy additives and junk in there but I loooove the sounds of this new coffee cream. I love the minimal ingredients and that it’s vegan too. And so many ideas for other uses too!!

    • Thanks for your feedback Rebecca. I couldn’t agree more! I totally get the coffee creamer cravings that people have, but the first time I saw the ingredients of traditional brands, I was floored!

  3. What a brilliant post! I rarely buy dairy-free creamer, but when I have bought it, I realize how close it is to full-fat coconut milk texturally. Sometimes you need just a few tablespoons and this is much more convenient than opening a can!

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