There is nothing appetizing about curdled coffee. Unfortunately, it happens all too often. Some say temperature is to blame, while others point fingers at the quality of the coffee. Regardless, we want to wake up to a creamer that will reliably produce that silky coffee cloud upon contact—not end up like floating particles of cottage cheese. Whether you’re a fan of unsweetened half-and-half or prefer your coffee with a hint of caramel goodness, follow this guide to find your perfect vegan coffee creamer that will never let you down. 


1. Light and sweet
The Silk Vanilla Soy Creamer nails it every time. No matter how hot your coffee is or how “oily” the beans are, this product never fails to produce those perfect coffee clouds. We have tried dozens of coffee creamers—even different varieties of Silk creamers—and this humble blue carton reigns supreme when you’re looking for a creamy finish and a sweet flavor that doesn’t overpower the taste of your coffee. 

If soy is not your thing, give an oat-based creamer a try such as Elmhurst 1925 Oat Milk Coffee Creamer in French Vanilla or Hazelnut and Sown’s Organic Oat Creamer in Sweet & Creamy or Vanilla. 

Natural Bliss

2. Specialty flavors
Sometimes it’s fun to sip dessert in a coffee mug. Dairy-based creamer companies that have launched vegan products do this best, as they’ve been churning out sweet-flavored creamers for decades. Try Starbucks’ almond and oat milk creamers in Hazelnut Latte or Caramel Macchiato for a taste of these specialty drinks at home, or opt for Coffee Mate’s Natural Bliss plant-based flavors in Sweet Crème, Caramel Toffee Almond Milk (seasonal), Vanilla, Hazelnut, or Caramel. Both Starbucks and Natural Bliss can be found in most supermarkets nationwide. Prefer to support a completely dairy-free company? Nutpods is cranking out creamers that taste like Cookie Butter and Toasted Marshmallow. 


3. Half-and-half
For those who wonder but feel too foolish to ask: half-and-half by definition is half heavy cream, half whole milk. The result is lighter than a full pour of cream but a bit more luxurious than regular milk. The vegan version replicates this with a product rich in fat but low or completely devoid of sugar. If you’re looking for something to cut the bitterness of coffee without using sweetness, this product is for you. Ripple’s pea-based Half & Half and Forager’s cashew-and-coconut-cream Half & Half are both quality contenders. 


4. Low-calorie
Some creamers shoot up to 30 calories per tablespoon, and if you’re the person who enjoys a generous pour, you could be looking at over 100 calories per cup of coffee. Thankfully, companies such as Trader Joe’s and Nutpods make solid vegan creamers that are low in calories. Trader Joe’s Coconut Creamer comes in at five calories per tablespoon and Nutpods’ Original weighs in at just 10 calories per tablespoon. True, neither are particularly sweet or ultra creamy, but they are fairly stable in coffee and help to cut the bitterness of a basic cup of black coffee. 

Califia Farms

5. Keto
Vegan keto is a thing, and there’s even a coffee creamer to prove it. Both Califia Farms Keto Creamer and Picnik Vegan Creamer are laced with coconut cream and MCT oil to boost brain function and propel your body into ketosis. In alignment with keto principles, both products are high-fat and zero sugar. 

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and runner living in Orange County, CA.

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