Homemade Hazelnut Creamer

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Coffee creamers can really kick your morning cup of Joe up a notch, but they also cost a lot. If you are hitting up the drive-through to get your fix, the cost can be even higher. Let’s say you go 5 days a week and pay $4-$5 each time. That means you are spending over $20 a month on just coffee, alone!

You can save a lot of money by making your own and it costs less than a couple dollars to do so. Along with the savings, you can also know what is going into the creamer, so you can enjoy it without added preservatives.

This coffee creamer lasts a couple days in the fridge, but is so simple to make, you won’t mind making it more often!

To make Hazelnut Coffee Creamer, you will need:

      • 2 cups of hazelnuts (you can buy these in bulk in most health food stores)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract (if using imitation vanilla, use twice as much)
  • 4 cups water, with more added as needed
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup half and half

1. Start by rinsing off your hazelnuts under cool water. Place them in a pot and add water.

2. Heat to a slow boil and allow to simmer for approximately 1-2 hours. Keep an eye on it and add small amounts of water as it evaporates.

3. When the Hazelnuts are completely soft, your extract is ready. Using a coffee filter over a bowl, drain the hazelnuts and water, catching the hazelnuts. Squeeze the coffee filter until all the liquid is out.

4. While still warm, add the sugar and stir. If you are going for a lower fat or sugar free version, you can use whatever sweetener you like.

5. Pour vanilla extract in. Chill for 30 minutes.

6. Add your extract to your half and half and add to your coffee!

Enjoy!

 

You can alter this very easily by adding other flavors to the hazelnuts such a cinnamon, or even maple extract.

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