Can Creamer Be Used As Milk?


Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 09:44 pm

*This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Coffee Mate Creamer is not made with milk and neither are most creamers. Coffee Mate Creamer is a combination of coconut oil, water, sodium caseinate, monoglycerides, diglycerides, beta-carotene color, and artificial flavors. 

While Coffee Mate and most other creamers do contain a milk derivative it does not actually contain any milk. 

Plant-based Dairy Free [Vegan] Coff...
Plant-based Dairy Free [Vegan] Coffee Creamer [Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Oat Milk]
Creamer can be used in place of milk in some recipes but not all. If you are in search of a milk substitute for baking then you will want to use coconut, almond, or oat milk but creamer isn’t a good substitute. 

Although some creamers might work in a recipe as a substitute for milk you will want to make sure that you are not using a flavored creamer as that will change the flavor of your dish. 

Using creamer in place of milk can affect the texture of your dish. You cannot use a creamer in place of milk when making yogurt though. Yogurt needs the lactose and whey that is in milk, creamer does not contain lactose or whey. 

If you are wanting to make pudding whether it is instant or cooked you will not be able to use creamer instead of milk. Most milk alternatives will not work in pudding either.

Can You Drink Creamer Like Milk?

The term creamer is used for different things depending on where you live. I have family out east who call half-and-half creamer. Then there is family in the Midwest who when talking about creamer are simply referring to milk that they will add to their coffee. 

Then there are people who when they say creamer are referring to evaporated milk. Of course, there are people who are referring to Coffee Mate Creamer or other liquid creamers when they say creamer.

So, being able to drink creamer like milk depends on what you are referring to when you say creamer. 

Most coffee creamers should not be drunk like milk as they will be far too sweet and will likely make you sick to your stomach. However if you are referring to half and half when you say creamer then yes you could drink it just like milk. 

Half-and-half is equal parts milk and cream. While it is less healthy for you than milk due to the higher fat content, it can still be drunk like milk. 

If you are referring to evaporated milk as creamer then you could also drink this like you would a regular glass of milk. Evaporated milk is made from cow’s milk. Evaporated milk is simply milk that has had 60% of the water content removed from it before it has been canned. 

This makes the milk shelf stable so it can last in your pantry a lot longer than a gallon of milk will last in your fridge. You can drink evaporated milk straight from the can or you can dilute it with water to get a texture closer to the milk that you are used to drinking straight from the fridge. 

If you are using Coffee Mate Creamer for creamer then you might not want to drink it as you would a glass of milk. Coffee Mate Creamer is made with coconut oil and water. You could probably drink it straight but there is a chance that it will make you sick to your stomach.

Are Creamer And Milk The Same Thing?

Typically, creamer refers to a dairy-free product that is added to coffee. Coffee Mate Creamer is made with water and coconut oil. 

Creamer and milk are not the same thing. Though you can use milk as creamer, creamer is not the same thing as milk. 

Creamer comes in two different forms, powdered and liquid. Coffee Mate powdered creamer is made of corn syrup solids, hydrogenated vegetable oil, sugar, a milk derivative, and a few other ingredients to keep it fresh. The oil that is used in the powdered creamer can come from coconut, soybeans, or palm kernel.

Should You Put Milk And Creamer In Coffee?

What you put into your coffee is entirely up to you. Everyone has different tastes. Some people prefer to drink their coffee black, while others will add creamer or milk to their coffee. 

You can put creamer and milk into your coffee if you want to do so but most people will use one or the other, not both. Although creamer isn’t a necessity when it comes to coffee it does help take away the bitterness and add some sweetness to it. 

Adding creamer or milk to your coffee will give it a smoother and creamier taste. Creamers come in a variety of flavors so you can add any flavor that you want to your coffee to give it a little bit of a different flavor and change up your morning cup of coffee.

Which Is Better Creamer Or Milk?

You might want to know which is the healthier alternative to what you will be putting into your coffee. A cup of black coffee usually only has two calories per cup but when you start adding things to your coffee the calories start to add up.

 A lot of creamers on the market have a lot of added sugar. If you are adding one tablespoon of liquid Coffee Mate original creamer you will be adding 20 calories to your cup of coffee. Coffee Mate Original powdered creamer adds 10 calories for every teaspoon added to your cup of coffee. 

If you were to use a tablespoon of the powdered creamer in your coffee you would add 30 calories to your cup of coffee. A tablespoon of half-and-half in your cup of coffee would also add 20 calories. 

However, a tablespoon of 1% milk added to your coffee would only add 6 calories to your coffee. Milk is the healthier choice for an additive for your coffee.

Can You Use Creamer Instead Of Milk In A Latte?

A latte is a coffee drink which is made of espresso and steamed milk. Can you use creamer to make a latte if you don’t have any milk in the house? 

You can use liquid coffee creamer to make a latte if you do not have any milk or even if you want to add a little flavor to your latte. It is pretty simple to swap out milk for flavored liquid coffee creamer. 

All you need to do is use an equal amount of the creamer as you would milk and then steam it. You can either steam the creamer on the stove top over a medium low heat or you can heat it in the microwave. 

If you are using the microwave then start out with a minute. If your creamer is not warmed enough, continue microwaving in 30 second intervals. Then add that to your espresso.

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

Recent Posts