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Best Coffee Creamers: From Best-Tasting To Healthiest
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Exactly What Is Coffee Creamer?
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Clearly, you can’t call a product “the best” until you’ve set some ground rules to judge by. And that’s unquestionably the case when evaluating coffee creamers.
Are you looking for the best-tasting coffee creamer? The healthiest coffee creamer? The best non-dairy creamer, or the best dairy-free creamer? (No, they’re not the same thing.)
- Coffee-Mate might rank as the best creamer, but if you’re lactose-intolerant you can’t drink it.
- International Delight might have the best lactose-free creamer, but if you’re vegan or have a milk allergy you can’t drink it.
- Califia Farms might make the best non-dairy creamer, but if you’re allergic to nuts you can’t drink it.
And on it goes.
That’s why our list of the best coffee creamers is divided into categories. Whether you just want a yummy creamer, or the healthiest – whether you want a vegan non-dairy creamer, or one that’s keto-friendly – we have you covered.
Let’s explain our categories, and then get to the delicious details.
Best-Tasting Coffee Creamers
Starbucks Hazelnut Mocha Flavored Creamer
It probably won’t surprise you that Starbucks coffee creamers, relatively new to the market, make this list. We’ve chosen the hazelnut/mocha creamer, which is inspired by the taste of the chain’s hazelnut mocha macchiato. But they offer a variety of other flavors including white chocolate (inspired by their white chocolate mocha), toffeenut (based on their toffeenut latte), and pumpkin spice (based on you know what).
Starbucks makes a delicious liquid coffee creamer that mixes very well, but since it’s made with milk, sugar, heavy cream, buttermilk, soybean oil, cocoa powder and sugar, its nutrition numbers aren’t great. There are 40 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and a whopping six grams of carbs per tablespoon of creamer. Then again, if you’re buying a creamer based on your love of Starbucks drinks, you probably aren’t overly concerned about how healthy your morning coffee will be. (One piece of good news for the health-conscious: Starbucks creamers are carrageenan-free.)
International Delight Cinnabon Creamer
Well, you can feel a little better about putting a tablespoon of this creamer into your coffee, since the numbers are slightly better Starbucks’: 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and five grams of carbs, and it’s cholesterol-free. Those aren’t the selling points, of course; this creamer is based on the flavor of Cinnabon’s cinnamon rolls, complete with a hint of the cream cheese frosting.
It’s dairy- and lactose-free since it’s made primarily from palm oil and cane sugar, but it does contain carrageenan and the milk-derivative sodium caseinate so it’s not a non-dairy product. It is delicious, though. There are many other tasty flavor choices from International Delight, including Irish Crème, amaretto, caramel macchiato and French vanilla, and crazy options like Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream, Almond Joy, Hershey’s chocolate caramel and Fruity Pebbles.
Honorable Mention: Nestlé Coffee-Mate’s Natural Bliss products.
Healthiest Coffee Creamers
Califia Farms Creamers
We could just as easily have put these creamers into our dairy-free category, because they’re completely plant-based with no milk proteins (they’re obviously vegan-friendly as well). They’re also non-GMO, gluten-free, carrageenan-free and soy-free, and their unsweetened varieties are sugar-free as well.
We’re partial to the Califia Almondmilk unsweetened creamer, which contains 10 calories, one gram of fat and zero carbs per tablespoon. It’s made primarily from almond milk, coconut cream and natural flavors, with nothing objectionable in there – and it tastes really good. If you’re partial to sweeter tastes, there are a number of good choices like pecan caramel Almondmilk creamer and vanilla flavored Oatmilk creamer.
These aren’t the best-tasting creamers on the market – but they’re the healthiest, and they still do taste pretty good.
Walden Farms Creamers
If you try to keep your calorie consumption low, there’s a good chance you have Walden Farms salad dressings in your refrigerator. Their coffee creamers are also zero-calorie, with no sugar, carbs or fat, and to us, that says “healthy” – although we do wish they specified exactly what’s in their “cream flavoring.” Walden Farms has had a reputation for creating high-quality products for decades, though, so we trust them. Available flavors include French vanilla, caramel, hazelnut and mocha.
Honorable Mention: Milkadamia Unsweetened Macadamia Milk.
Best Dairy-Free Coffee Creamers
So Delicious Organic Coconutmilk Creamer
So Delicious is known for making terrific dairy-free products, and their creamers fit nicely into that company mission. We like the organic Coconutmilk creamer, which is made from only (you guessed it) coconut milk, water and a few harmless additives. Obviously, there’s nothing dairy whatsoever in this creamer. There are just 15 calories per tablespoon, along with one gram of fat and no carbs; it’s certified organic, vegan, non-GMO and gluten-free.
Since it’s basically coconut milk, the So Delicious creamer doesn’t froth up like some of its competitors that contain oil or dairy products. It mimics dairy fairly well in that respect, however, and it tastes really good. Other flavor options include caramel and French vanilla.
Laird Turmeric Superfood Creamer
This is a tasty dairy-free choice which adds even more health benefits to your cup of joe. The coconut flavor is strong thanks to its coconut oil and coconut sugar base, but it also contains turmeric, a peppery and musky-tasting spice that contributes powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Each tablespoon has 15 calories, about a gram of carbs and less than a gram of fat, so it’s good for you while providing a great change-of-pace flavor for your coffee.
Honorable Mention: Silk Original Dairy-Free Soy Creamer
Best Keto Coffee Creamers
Those on low-fat diets, particularly the keto diet, don’t just use their coffee as a morning eye-opener or an afternoon pick-me-up. First of all, it’s one of the few beverages that’s acceptable under keto guidelines, since it doesn’t contain enough carbs to kick the dieter out of fat-burning ketosis mode. Just as importantly, it’s a great vehicle for the added fats required by a rigorous ketogenic diet.
The best-known version of keto coffee is called Bulletproof coffee, which is black coffee blended with either ghee or unsalted grass-fed butter, and MCT oil. They each contribute lots of healthy fat, and the MCT oil is a good source of ketones that can keep the body in ketosis.
Keto coffee creamers usually follow that blueprint, containing a decent amount of fat as well as MCT coconut oil and very few carbs. They’re terrific for low-carb dieters, and many are just as good for health-conscious coffee drinkers who are watching their weight.
SuperCoffee Super Creamer
Super Creamer is our choice as the best overall coffee creamer, but it fits best into our keto section because it’s made with MCT oil, it contains less than a gram of carbs per tablespoon, it’s unusually low in calories (12 calories) for a keto creamer – and it tastes delicious. This not a non-dairy or dairy-free choice, because it contains both cream and milk protein isolate. That’s not a concern for most low-carb dieters, though.
Super Creamer mixes with coffee almost as well as milk or cream, and there are a number of natural flavors to choose from (including vanilla, hazelnut and sweet cream). One more benefit: even if you’re not worried about dieting, MCT oil is known to boost energy to the body and brain, and has been linked to improved cognitive function.
NutPods Almond and Coconut Creamer
If you’re willing to sacrifice some taste for a creamer containing zero carbs, NutPods is a good option. Don’t get us wrong, this product has a nutty coconut flavor, but it’s not as tasty as Super Creamer. Its major ingredients are water, almond milk and coconut cream; the latter helps with consistency, but it isn’t as good for keto dieters as MCT coconut oil – and it contributes lots of calories to the mix, nearly 76 calories per tablespoon.
“No carbs” is a tempting quality for a keto creamer, however, and NutPods is definitely worth a long look. There are a number of interesting flavor options, including coconut macaroon, cinnamon swirl and cotton candy.
Honorable Mention: Omega French Vanilla Powercreamer