Coconut Cloud was the first dairy-free powdered creamer to land on the market back in 2016. I did a full review at that time, but am updating it with their latest and great options. Including single serve packets!
They have redesigned their packaging a bit since my initial review. But the packages use the same colors, with the same logo, and the creamer has the same formula (but two new options!) as before. So I’m still including those original pictures. However, I have added a few product pictures with the updating packaging.
Coconut Cloud Powdered Coconut Milk Creamer is made with very simple ingredients, just coconut cream powder and rice starch. And unlike most “non-dairy” powdered creamers, it’s carrageenan-free and made without titanium dioxide or caseinates (milk proteins).
Tasting Notes: Coconut Cloud Dairy-Free Powdered Creamer
I’ve seen mixed reviews about Coconut Cloud Creamer, which seem to be based on people’s expectations. So, I’m going to let you know what to expect.
Though “coconut” is present all over the packaging, and is indeed the first ingredient, this creamer does not have a very pronounced coconut taste. Instead it provides more of an underlying coconut influence. If you are an extreme coconut hater, then I would move on. On the contrary, if you simply love the taste of coconut in everything, know that this creamer aims for a more neutral flavor.
The tapioca syrup adds just 2 grams of sugars per serving, and helps to further offset the coconut flavor. When tasted straight, it does have a clean, pleasant sweetness and light coconut taste. But in tea or coffee, it’s very mild. I personally like that the sugars are kept low, so I can sweeten (or not) as desired. As a heads up, I’m not a coffee drinker, so all of my tests were in hot tea.
Coconut Cloud Creamer has an amazingly fine, powdery texture that makes straight coconut milk powder look downright chunky. After a brief stir, it melted right in and turned my black tea into a deep tan hue. It added a gentle creamy influence with more of a full-bodied mouth feel – something that many dairy-free creamers struggle to attain.
And unlike chilled liquid creamers, it didn’t threaten to cool off my nice hot brewed tea. As I slowly sipped the beverage over a 15 minute time span, the creamer did separate just a touch. Even after a second stir, there was a little starch that settled making the last sip powdery and unpleasant. Next time, I’ll avoid being so efficient at finishing every last drop!
Ingredients – coconut cream powder (coconut cream, tapioca syrup, less than 2% of dipotasium phosphate), rice starch.
The flavor is pretty much like the Original, but a little richer. It did tend to separate just a little more in my hot tea. But this could be a worthwhile trade-off for the MCT nutritional benefits. According to some reports, MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil is easily digested and touts many potential health advantages.
Ingredients – coconut cream powder (coconut cream, tapioca syrup, less than 2% of dipotasium phosphate), rice starch, MCT oil powder (MCT oil, tapioca maltodextrin).
When I first wrote this review, only the Original was available. And I stated, “the addition of vanilla would really escalate this dairy-free creamer.” Coconut Cloud listened to us vanilla fans, and created this vanilla spiked flavor. It is my favorite of the bunch, with a sweet vanilla scent and warm vanilla flavor.
Ingredients – coconut cream powder (coconut cream, tapioca syrup, less than 2% of dipotasium phosphate), natural vanilla flavor, rice starch.
Single Serves (New!)
The Original with MCT Oil and Vanilla Coconut Cloud Powdered Creamers now come in handy single-serve packets. Since none of their products require refrigeration, you can stash a few of these in your bag, purse, or car. I think they’re a great coffee shop solution for dairy-free coffee fans! These have the same ingredients as shown above, just in handy little packets.
Coconut Cloud Uses: Beyond Beverages
Dairy-free powdered creamer may be a boon for travel and work, but I think it could also perform beautifully in recipes. I recommend giving it a try in oatmeal (or packets on the go!) in bread machine recipes, and anywhere that powdered milk may be called for. Just be sure that the light sweetness is still suitable.
According to the Coconut Cloud website, you can also reconstitute their powdered creamer for a speedy coconut milk. You can mix 3 tablespoons of Coconut Cloud Dairy-Free Creamer with 8 ounces of water to produce 1 cup of light coconut milk. Increase the creamer amount to 1/4 cup for full-fat coconut milk.
The Facts on Coconut Cloud Dairy-Free Powdered Creamer
Price: $8.99 per 8-ounce package (23 servings)
Certifications: Coconut Cloud Dairy-Free Creamer is Certified Gluten Free. It’s also labeled as non-GMO and vegan, but we did not note certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Coconut Cloud Dairy-Free Creamer is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Coconut Cloud website at www.coconutcloud.net.