Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer Recipe

Coconut milk coffee creamer recipe - Dr. Axe

Coconut is a medium chain fatty acid which is easily digested and converted to energy. Start your day off right by adding this delicious coconut milk coffee creamer recipe into your morning cup of joe and watch your metabolism and energy levels soar!


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Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer Recipe

Total Time: 2 minutes
Serves: 4-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • Honey or vanilla stevia to taste
  • Sea salt to taste, optional

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until well combined. Use in coffee as desired.

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192 Comments

    • Cindy on

      I had mild plaque in my carotid arteries and after eating a lot of coconut oil for 1 1/2 yrs. a repeat ultrasound shows they are clear.

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      • Paula on

        Cindy is that all you’re doing? Would like to know as I’ve had high triglycerides and would like to lower them. Thanks much!

      • Barbie on

        Cindy could u pm me i have stomach issues n wondering how much coconut oil to use . I noticed using it does help alot . If u have any ideas or recipies u have I would appreciate it. Please also I have made this above recipe with vanilla bean . Love it

  1. Sandy on

    Hi Dr. Axe, this is great thanks, I was looking for an alternative to dairy. Quick question, how long will this keep in the fridge once all mixed together?

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  2. Carol Gordon on

    Won’t the coconut oil solidify in the refrigerator? Looks really yummy & a healthy option, but I may try making a much smaller amount to use immediately. Otherwise – you would need to heat each time to use?

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    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      If it does, you can pour it in the blender quick before use again and blend on high. This actually makes it frothy. Also, when added to coffee, any small hardened oil pieces should melt.

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    • Jts on

      Re: the ???s if the coco oil will harden- Nature’s Way makes a liquid coco oil product that always stays liquid!! Great for this recipe, salad dressings, etc. They even have these flavored ones now!

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      • Cheryl on

        I live in Florida and it never really hardens here, except a smidge in the winter, but I agree with Dr. Axe, there is so little oil in comparison to the milk, even if you just give its couple of good shares, the coffee should do the rest. Even “hardened” oil breaks up well.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      If it does, you can pour it in the blender quick before use again and blend on high. This actually makes it frothy. Also, when added to coffee, any small hardened oil pieces should melt.

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      • Cheryl on

        There is not enough oil to milk ratio to even worry about this. You can just give it a few hard shake sand the coffee does the rest. even if I put oil in the fridge it breaks up in the milk. Or if you lie doing dishes blend it.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      If it does, you can pour it in the blender quick before use again and blend on high. This actually makes it frothy. Also, when added to coffee, any small hardened oil pieces should melt.

      Reply
  3. kiddy on

    for an extra spicy flavor, i also add turmeric when cooking my coffee milk. it is a bit unusual, i admit, but in combination with the coconut grease (the liposoluble medium for curcumin), my daily drink becomes not only an exotic tasty beverage, but also a healthy superfood.
    give this recipe a try! i simply love it! :)

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  4. Cate Turner on

    What is the nutritional breakdown? Do you have a recipe to make homemade coconut milk and water? I love in MX and have access to fresh coconuts, lots. Thank you.

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  5. Rebecca Karales on

    Hi Dr. Axe, Can you tell me about GLA, I read article that said it is a brown fat our body needs to help to lose weight. Can you give me your information on this, I feel confident with your information. Thank you.

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  6. frank on

    It is better than cow milk but if we add the coconut milk when the coffee is still very hot, the fat in the milk may beome oxidised already. So its better to add the milk when the coffee is not that hot.

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    • Tammy L. on

      coconut fat/oil has a very high heat tolerance. While you don’t want heat so high it smokes, coffee is not hot enough to destroy the benefits.

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  7. Sherry on

    Dr.Axe, I think you are just what we need .I have hypothyroidism and that as you know is a on going battle.You don’t mind sharing what you have learned to help people like me .Thank’s for giving to help improve our health, you will truly be Blessed .

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  8. Debra on

    Dr. Axe, thanks for all your information! I noticed you use stevia in this. Do you advise the use of this as a sweetener as apposed to agave nectar? I have hypothyroidism and am trying to do gluten, dairy, and soy free and stop all artificial sweeteners but the additional calories concern me. If stevia is OK that might help with my morning coffee issue :-) what about soda with stevia as well? I just started your work out program as well and love it! Its fast and makes me sweat! Thanks!

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      • christina on

        what are your thoughts on coconut nectar as opposed to stevia/honey/maple syrup? also, when following an auto-immune paleo diet to heal leaky gut, would consuming coconut nectar be detrimental?

    • Cathy McCarthy on

      Stevia can cause light headedness also muscle weakness. I used stevia while on vacation and ruined my vacation. Stevia did the same thing to my cousin. I was using an electric cart and whenever I tried to stand up I would get lightheaded and almost fall down. When I could walk, I looked like I was drunk. I use agave no problems. Maybe stevia interacts badly with some prescription meds. Possibly blood pressure meds or cholesterol meds are the culprit. These were the only common meds between us. Not EVERY “natural” is safe to eat. Take for instance arsenic. I’m just saying. I can’t use cows milk either and I like the nut milk creamers. I don’t care for black coffee so now I can drink coffee again.

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  9. Jennifer on

    Just made the creamer as directed with honey and 1/2 packet of regular stevia. Absolutely delicious!! Cant wait for my morning coffee!

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  10. Jen V on

    Hi Dr. Axe, I finally got a can of coconut milk, so I can’t wait to make this coffee creamer. I’m also going to try it with different extracts…..like almond and peppermint. I was just wondering though, does the coconut oil make your coffee oily?

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  11. Carrie A on

    for an easier fix, just add 1/2 tsp of organic coconut oil to a cup of coffee. The oil melts instantly. It really does gives better lasting energy from just one cup. I also steam almond milk with cinnamon, clove, cardamon, ginger, & vanilla spices every morning. Much more ‘balanced’ cup. :D <3 Dr. axe knows where it's at.

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    • Jennifer Seccull on

      The Coconut milk (de-caf) coffee is lovely thank you for sharing Dr Axe I managed to use ALL organic ingredients which made me happy too. Could you please explain why it is good to add the coconut oil. I am wondering is the decaffeinating process unhealthy? (I use organic decaf- this may be a contradiction within itself?)
      Also I see another nice suggestion back in jan 2015 from Carrie A for almond milk with cinnamon,clove,cardamon,ginger and vanilla Any chance I could get the portions so I don’t have to experiment :) I am interested to know too in what way this is a “balanced cup”

      Reply
    • SandieMI on

      I’ve been using coconut cream from Tropical Traditions, and McCormick makes Pumpkin Pie Spice liquid extract (which has a little alcohol taste), then add a shot of Grade B maple syrup or coconut sugar. It can be made one cup at a time.

      Reply
  12. Neran Alsunna on

    hello Dr. Awesome :) is there any good brand for coconut milk that I can buy , I’m on Paleo eating style and I’m so freaked out about anything in cans , and how do you know that whatever they keep in a can doesn’t have anything to keep it safe to eat , I mean beside coconut milk is it sure they don’t add anything else ?

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  13. Maddie on

    Hi Dr. Axe:

    Can I add this creamer to hot tea and still reap the benefits of increasing my metabolism?

    Thank you for all your advice and help.

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      • SandieMI on

        From what I’ve been reading (I think on Tropical Traditions), the problem with MCT vs. Coconut Oil is that MCT doesn’t contain the lauric acid (the most beneficial part of coconut oil). But, that it’s the lauric acid that makes coconut oil become solid in the cold. Is that right Dr. Axe?

      • Terra on

        Sandy, the liquid brand I buy says it has lauric acid in it and MCT, caprylic and capric acid. It’s Carrington Farms

  14. Juene on

    I love reading your info on facebook especially when it confirms that what I’m already doing is right. I have only nespresso pod coffee, not instant, with 2 tabsp coconut milk (Ayam brand only) and just 1 small teasp 100% maple syrup. That’s my one treat each day. I love it.

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  15. Helen Harnage Blount on

    My husband suffers from neuropathy in his feet. Do you have any suggestions to help him? Thanks so much for all your help…

    Reply
  16. Anita Leigh on

    I love coconut milk and its health benefits! However, can you recommend a brand that also cares about what they package it in? I tend to stick mainly to the oil because of BPA, and other contaminants in the cans.

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  17. Cathy on

    I am going to try this! I also wanted to write was that is really nice to see you replying Dr. Axe. So often people leave comments and no one responds!
    Thanks so much!!

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  18. shannon on

    I just made this in my nutribullet, and accidentally made the most delicious whipped cream, ha! Next time I’ll only mix for a second or two, but I know now what will be my “whipped cream” from now on!

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  19. Cristin on

    This came out great! The coconut oil did not harden in the fridge overnight, but it did separate out once my coffee had gotten stone cold (note to self: drink coffee faster!). Thanks for the recipe – I had been missing my old toxic dairy creamer a little. :)

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  20. rick on

    im going to try this recipe, my daughter did and she told me the creamer was thin. what can be done or added to thicken the creamer? thx.

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  21. Irene on

    I just made the coconut coffee creamer and used a submersion blender. It came out lumpy like cottage cheese! What did I do wrong?

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    • Lori on

      Mine also came out like that. I put some into hot coffee, anyway, blended it up, and the result was smooth and frothy!

      Reply
  22. Grandma Ginger on

    Interesting! Starbucks just started testing coconut milk as an alternative to soy for people. I think it’s a move in the right direction, for sure – but you still have them beat with your sweetener options. I have a frother at home and will try this mixture out. Ordinary coconut milk will froth as well, if not better, than cow’s milk.

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  23. Molly on

    I’ve been drinking coconut milk and stevia in my coffee since my doctor recently put me on a no dairy/grain diet. It has been ok, but nothing like I used to drink. I made this this morning and after I put it in my coffee I blended it with an immersion blender. It was awesome!! Frothy and creamy and really good flavor, and it tastes ten times better than before, even though I only added a couple of ingredients. I think the immersion blender helped too. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  24. Cindy on

    Hi! Thanks for this great recipe. I figured someone else would ask but they haven’t so I will! Is this the 13.5 oz can of coconut milk? I have the 5.5 oz in house also and that would make more sense when the servings say 4-8. The batch I just made with the large can would do loads of coffee! Thanks!

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    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      I guess it depends on how much creamer you typically add to your coffee ;) I did use the 13.5oz can when making the recipe but you can modify it to make a smaller amount for your needs

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  25. Bernadette Ward on

    I have been using the International Delight Hazelnut Coffee Whitener,it has 6 gr sugar,I am surely going to try this Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer, sound delicious & healthier.Thank You

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  26. Stefanie on

    Thank you first and foremost for the information you provide! This recipe is amazing!! On a whim this morning I made it for my coffee and I don’t think I will ever be able to stomach half n half again! THANK YOU!

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  27. Carola on

    Any idea whether this can be adapted for use in a powdered instant coffee or cappucino? I’m guessing not, but there may be some very clever people out there…

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    • Terra on

      You can add this to anything you want. I just read this and I drink cappuccino and I plan to add it to mine! Tea, smoothies anything..

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  28. Erin on

    To solve the solidifying problem of the coconut oil, could you use fractioned coconut oil? It stays liquid at room temp, though I’m not sure what it will do in the fridge.

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  29. Holly on

    I made this and added 1/2 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin puree and 1/2 tsp of clove and nutmeg + 1 tsp cinnamon for a “pumpkin pie” creamer – delicious!

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  30. Joyce on

    I like to add a tablespoon of carob powder and several drops of peppermint oil for my “peppermint mocha.” It’s frothy and delicious…I use Stevia as the sweetener.

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  31. Theresa Weindl on

    Dear Dr. Axe. You have gained a true convert. Since I signed up for your informative news letters, I have drastically changed my diet, my body and facial care and have been singing your praises to everyone I meet.I do not drink my regular coffee any longer, instead I kick start my day with a cup of homemade beef bone broth. But when I do have the odd cup of morning coffee I will use coconut milk and a touch of vanilla extract and a tsp of GUAVA NECTAR w. hazelnut flavor, DELICIOUS. Plan to give your latest coffee creamer recipe a try as well. God bless you and your wife for the tireless good work you do . Thank you.

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  32. Theresa Weindl on

    Hello Dr Axe. Me again. I need to ask you about those beef bones.I have checked with the butchers in our grocery store, our local farmer’s market, even the MENONITES meat market. Nobody seems to have any products from GRASS FED beef. I have been told by people in our healthfood store that the cattle from their farms are being given organic feed and no anti -biotics or added hormones,but may only be in part grass fed. Do I have to spend a small fortune on those bones or is it still safe to buy them at the grocery store ?What do you advise ? Appreciate your answer.

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  33. Sally on

    Thanks again Dr. Axe for another great recipe. Is really good in my chia tea – makes a chia latte! I drink a decaf chia & this really makes it special!

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  34. Raquel gonzaque on

    Hi doctor Axe I really enjoy reading all your newsletters I have a daughter that is allergic to wheat dairy and so many other things and your newsletters do help me look for alternative foods for her I feel like am not alone in this so thanks so much you are helping so many peaple

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  35. Christine on

    Sounds wonderful. What size can of coconut milk in your recipe? They come in at least two sizes. Also, do you have a preference between virgin coconut oil or the regular (in terms of flavor and consistency)? Thank you!

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    • Terra on

      He used the 13.3 Oz can in 5 his recipe, he answered that in earlier replies closer towards the top, hope this helps. Reg coconut has more benefits to it than the refined, but refined doesn’t have that distinct coconut flavor. I use a liquid from Carrington Farms that still contains lauric acid and mct but is flavorless.

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  36. Eleanor on

    Do you have a recipe for a dry version of coffee creamer using coconut milk powder? (A healthy version of “Coffeemate” stored in your cupboard).

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    • Terra on

      That would be pretty amazing. You could always just add coconut sugar to the powder or brown sugar coconut sugar to it nd then add the vanilla in when you use it..to bad they don’t make vanilla extract powder

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  37. Sara.Leist on

    Dr.Axe, first I want to thank you so very much for the MANY ways you are helping so MANY lives. (The collagen protein has changed mine!) What do you think about drinking the mold-free coffee in combination with the liquid “brain octane” and pasture grass fed butter in the morning (instead of breakfast)? how would that affect blood sugar etc.?

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  38. Laura on

    Mold free coffee?!?!? What have I been missing? I buy free trade organic green coffee beans and then roast them at home. Do I need to worry about mold?

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  39. Luiza on

    Hi Dr. Axe! Thank you for all the amazing posts. Always following your recipes and spreading your posts! I got this question for you! Have you heard of this brain octane from bulletproof®. If not, do you recommend any brand for mct (medium chain triglycerides) oil. Also is octane a mct oil?

    Your knowledge is very appreciated!
    Luiza

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  40. Connie Skarda on

    The first batch I made eventually became rancid and then soured, but I didn’t store in the frig(recipe didn’t say where to store). I just made another batch, and it won’t blend. It separated into a brown liquid on the bottom half, and the top half looks like a coagulated cottage cheese.

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    • Terra on

      Try finding a liquid coconut to use, I use Carrington Farms bc it still has mct and lauric, caprylic and capric acid in it. Or maybe try using coconut powder and add coconut sugar or brown coconut sugar in it and add wet ingredients in coffee

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    • Lori on

      Happened to me too. I added some to hot coffee anyway, and blended it together. It came out smooth and frothy.

      Reply
  41. Joy V. on

    I made the creamer yesterday and had the same experience as several others noted. Looks like cottage cheese with a separated liquid at the bottom. Should I have only blended for a few seconds? Or should I blend way longer?

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    • Terra on

      If you blend it longer the coconut will begin to whip, but it does take awhile at room temp to whip but if it’s cold it doesn’t take as long. So for a thicker cream I would whip it alil longer

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  42. Catherine on

    Whoa! That sounds like too much trouble! I always have coconut oil and almond milk on hand since I use them for protein shakes.

    I brew my coffee, pour it into a blender with about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 – 2 tablespoons of almond milk and blend.

    Instant latte with foam on top and everything! Just add a little honey or stevia if you prefer it sweet. No need for so many ingredients or for storing in the refrigerator, etc.

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  43. Ilse on

    I call my morning coffee Energy Coffee. I put 2T grass fed unsalted butter and 1T MCT oil in my blender with 16 oz. of coffee from freshly ground organic fair trade coffee beans. Blend it for 20 seconds to emulsify completely. It keeps me going strong until my first of two meals, somewhere between noon and 2 pm..

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  44. Anne Peterson on

    I”ve been using this ‘creamer’ and love it. But recently, it has been curdling. It blends when heated on the range, but then separates later when cool. So I stopped using it. Any suggestions?

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  45. Rita on

    Dr. Axe, is coconut milk powder okay. We recently bought some in our organic store and I’ve been making it as a coffee creamer.

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  46. kathy on

    I used this recipe this morning and it is delicious…however, even after blending it was separated and had the look of spoiled milk ( it wasn’t). Is it supposed to be creamy and look like milk? What happened?
    Again- the taste was delicious . It was the consistency that seemed off.

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  47. Jenny on

    Dr. Axe, can you please address the question from the person who asks about using vanilla essential oil in this recipe and tell them that there is NO vanilla essential oil that is pure enough for ingestion. You should only use internally the essential oils that have “Nutritional Facts” on the label, such as certain doTERRA essential oils, and they don’t even have vanilla.

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  48. Kasey on

    I don’t like flavored coffee. What kind of adjustments should I make to recipe. I have been using raw sugar and half & half for too many years and want to change, but really love the taste. Advice?

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  49. Mary on

    What is the nutritional information for the creamer? How do the calories, fats, and sugars compare with non-dairy powdered creamers?

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  50. Donna Maryanski on

    canned coconut milk?? like the kind for pina coladas? why not regular coconut milk in the carton? I am confused? isn’t canned coconut milk sweet and highly caloric?

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  51. Janeen on

    Hi Dr Axe. I find coconut products upset my stomach terribly. I want to use coconut oil as well as trying this recipe. Any ideas on why this is happening and are there any healthy substitutions?

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    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Hi Janeen, I’m so sorry this is happening to you. I would consult with your primary healthcare physician to find out why coconut products are causing you trouble. There are many healthy substitutions for coconut products. For coconut oil, you may want to try avocado oil. For coconut milk, almond or hemp milk may be good options. If you are trying to alter this recipe, I would try 1½ cups almond, hemp or oat milk, 1-2 tablespoons vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey and sea salt to taste. I hope this helps!

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  52. Annie on

    Just made this and it curdled… What might cause this? My coconut milk doesn’t expire for months.
    I really want to try this but I can’t drink it clumpy haha! Would it be because I heated the coconut oil?

    Thanks in advance!

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  53. Mike on

    I added a small scoop of vanilla collagen powder instead of the stevia or honey. Everything combines better if you put it in a pan on low heat for a minute then pour it into a container for use during the week,

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  54. Rose Pasden at Pili Nut Farms on

    Fortunately we grow our own coconuts and stevia on our farm in the Philippines. We a might modify this to be less sweet and more paleo and ketogenic.

    We are using pili nuts on our Pili Nut Farm as well.

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  55. Mckenna on

    Could coconut oil be substituted for vegetable oil or something like that, and would it be fine using coconut milk strait from the coconut?

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  56. Rocco on

    Coconut oil is almost 90 percent saturated fat. This is not good. 2 tablespoons as in this recipe is about 22 grams of saturated fat, more than your daily allowance even though you may not use all of it at once. Then add the alcohol from extract. Not sure how any health professionals would recommend this for consumption.

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  57. Kate on

    The reason I don’t by coconut creamer in the supermarket is that they add cane sugar. I also don’t care for flavored creamer. I think I’ll tweak this to just be coconut. Will that work? As in buy a can of coconut cream (the small cans of just the cream), mix it with a bit of coconut milk and see how that tastes. Anyone else tried this simple version?

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    • Nikko on

      I tried the coconut milk and cream in my recipe for a ‘starbucks doubleshot’.

      The cream solidifies when it gets in the fridge and even after shaking the bottle it still doesn’t mix well with the other ingredients. The flavor is ok, but I don’t like the texture.

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  58. beata o'connor on

    Hello
    Thanks very much for this recipe!
    Could you please let me know how long will it stay in a fridge..?
    Thank you.
    Beata

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  59. Stephanie on

    Sounds wonderful! I’ll try it tomorrow morning. I’ve always had 1 % milk and sugar withmy coffee. I’ve been trying to find something to substitute. I started using Stevia and now I just need something for the creamer/milk. This sounds interesting, thanks!

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  60. Richard on

    Dr. Axe, what brand of canned coconut milt do you use in the recipe? I currently use “So Delicious” brand coconut creamer but your sounds and looks to be much healthier!

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  61. Diane on

    I want to try this! I’m wondering, though, if the coconut oil hardens in the fridge. Do you end up with a chunk of it? I put coconut oil in my coffee and if it gets cold, there’s a floating piece of coconut on the top.

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