6 Coffee Creamer Substitutes You Should Consider Putting in Your Mug

If you're looking to cut back on creamer in your coffee for health reasons or just because you're sick of the sugar crash that sometimes comes after you dump a bunch of creamer in your coffee mug, you may not know where to start. But we have a few suggestions for coffee creamer substitutes you should consider in your morning coffee or whenever you want to grab a cup of coffee or a latte, day or night.

A good cup of coffee that both tastes delicious and provides energy is an essential part of any day, especially if you need that caffeine boost to get yourself going in the morning. Although creamer is typically the go-to choice for those who don't want a cup of black coffee, it's not always worth it if you're watching your wellness. Coffee creamer is very high in sugar and trans fat, and registered dietitians recommend being careful about the amount of creamer you pour into your cup each morning. Fortunately, there are many alternatives that will give help cut the acidity of coffee and make your morning cup tasty and drinkable without adding copious amounts of sugar and trans fat.

If you're worried about missing out on your favorite flavors in creamers like hazelnut, french vanilla, pumpkin spice, or butter pecan, we get it -- just trust us and give these a chance before you fully give up on healthy coffee creamer alternatives. Here are 6 coffee creamers that are tasty, healthy substitutes for classic coffee creamer.

1. Almond Milk

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Almond milk is a great coffee creamer alternative. No need to grab that coffee mate when you have almond milk. If you already like almond milk, even better! There are even flavored almond milk choices out there but watch for added sugar or other sweeteners if that's why you're avoiding coffee creamer in the first place. We love the vanilla flavor!

2. Oat Milk

Oat milk is another coffee creamer substitute you should consider and one you can easily find at a grocery store like Trader Joe's or from online retailers like Amazon, particularly if you need a non-dairy creamer option for your coffee or a frothy latte.

3. Coconut Milk

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This non-dairy coffee creamer substitute may remind you of the creamy texture of creamer without all the additives and it's great if you're lactose intolerant. If you are looking for something thicker look for coconut cream for a lactose-free take on heavy cream. It also gives you coconut flavored coffee which is always delicious!

4. Half-and-Half

If you don't necessarily need a dairy-free creamer in your personal coffee or when picking up a drink from the local coffee shop, consider half-and-half. "Half-and-half is made of equal parts whole milk and heavy whipping cream," All Recipes notes. "Usually, half-and-half products have no added flavors or sweeteners," unlike creamer. And bonus: you can use it for other recipes!

5. Coconut Oil

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Blogger and personal trainer Alex Fergus told SheKnows coconut oil is "actually a really good performance enhancer -- both cognitively and physically -- as the coconut oil is packed full of MCT [medium-chain triglycerides] that are broken down in the body faster than usual fats." Enjoy this sugar-free option in your cup of joe for added health benefits!

6. Other Sweeteners

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If you still want to make your unsweetened black coffee sweet, consider adding just a sweetener instead of coffee creamer. White sugar, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, stevia, or even vanilla extract should all work and are all so delicious!

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This post was originally published on October 7, 2021.

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