A few months ago, I was a one cup/day coffee drinker. I have slowly crept up to 2 and sometimes, if the cold air feels right, 3. I am perfectly content with this decision that I’ve made to increase my coffee intake. Here is my justification:
1. It’s drip coffee, not Starbucks, so the caffeine content is not as high.
2. I use a normal size coffee cup when I am drinking more, not a gigantic or supersized travel mug size. In my mind, I am in line with the way researchers study and measure typical daily intakes for adults.
3. I make my own coffee creamer…
Yep, #3 is the best reason by far. I’ve said it before, I’m not a black coffee drinker, I need a little flavor. I’ve been making this for about a month now and I whip up a batch once a week or more and keep it in the refrigerator. It doesn’t last long in this house.
This is so easy, I feel silly even posting directions, but I will anyway. Why not. It gives me more time to enjoy my coffee!
Everything goes into the saucepan and this is when you get the coffee going in the coffee pot (or turn on your Keurig)
I use a mix of half and half and low fat milk. I would normally use fat free milk, but my German friends apparently do not share the same love of FF milk and in the local stores I can only find low fat (1%), so that’s what I’m using now. I use the half and half to cut back on calories as well. Full fat cream is a little too rich for me.
I add the maple syrup and the spices and then I wait for the small bubbles to form on the side and then I pour it into a small mason jar (see picture at top). Make sure your mason jar isn’t ice cold, or you will be cleaning up a big mess, and you will have just wasted all that coffee creamer goodness, and you won’t have anything to flavor your coffee with. That would be my definition of starting off the day on the wrong foot.
So, how about the recipe? Absolutely!
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup fat free or low fat milk
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- Mix all ingredients together in a small saucepan and turn the heat to medium
- Stirring often, allow little bubbles to form on the side of the pan
- Remove from heat and transfer to a pourable container (or whatever you have)
- Refrigerate up to a week
- Shake before using