If you’re anything like me you love your morning coffee and if you’re even more like me you can’t drink it black. I stumbled upon this process on Pinterest the other week and I thought I’d give it a try, and boy am I glad I did. Of course I love the fun flavored creamers, but 1. they’re expensive and 2. they’re a lot of unnecessary calories. For me, using plain milk or half and half just isn’t sweet enough so this option is perfect for me. It’s super easy and I really recommend giving it a try if you’re like me and need your creamer!
I will warn you though that 1. you may need to use more to get to your desired sweetness and 2. it’s not going to create the same color that regular cream would. I know some people that measure they’re creamer based on the color change, so I wanted to warn you on that. I will say that this method has helped me ween my self off using SO much creamer because it’s not as sweet, I also don’t add any sugar to my coffee.
Step 1: Prepare your containers. I used mason jars, but you could really use any type of container with a lid.
Step 2: Prepare your ingredients. The original recipe calls for raisins or dates. I tried the date version and did not like it. I also tried using dried cranberries but when I poured the milk into my coffee it immediately curdled. I’ve also experimented with strawberries, and that didn’t work very well either. I have been successful with my experiment of dried cherries though, that version I LOVE.
Step 3: I fill my jars about 1/3 of the way up with raisins/cherries. The original recipe calls for a 1/3 cup fruit to 1 cup milk ratio but you can adjust that according to your container/desired sweetness. I tend to include more raisins than 1/3 cup.
Step 5: Give your jars a shake and then place them in the fridge for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours strain your raisins/cherries out, don’t be afraid if they stick together. I’ve noticed if I leave them in for longer than 24 hours the milk in the bottom gets thick and gross, I just throw that part out with the raisins and drink the rest. Also, if you think of it any time you open the fridge give them a shake, this will help prevent that from happening.
I wouldn’t make a HUGE batch as I’m not sure it would stay good for that long. I do one/two jars at a time and it gets me through the week just perfectly.
Let me know if you try it, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Recipe adapted from SkinnyMs.
What are some of your favorite food DIY’s?
Happy coffee drinking,