Replace your heavy cream with one of these delicious picks.
Whether you’re lactose intolerant, have an allergy, or you’re vegan, there are plenty of reasons to ditch dairy. But one habit that can be hard to break is stopping that splash of milk or creamer in your morning coffee.
These seven alternatives are lower in calories, totally dairy-free, and perfect for lightening up your morning cup of Joe.
This creamer is great for someone looking for a nut-, dairy-, and soy-free option that’s still creamy and delicious. The original flavor clocks in at only 10 calories per tablespoon and contains natural ingredients like organic coconut base and cane sugar. So Delicious creamers also come in French vanilla and hazelnut.
Soy is the original dairy alternative, and it’s the perfect pick if you’re not crazy about the nutty taste that comes with nut-based creamers. The original soy creamer has 30 calories per tablespoon and contains soy milk, cane sugar, and palm oil for a creamier sip. Silk soy creamers also come in vanilla and hazelnut flavors.
For someone looking for a sugar-free option, the Califia Farms unsweetened coffee creamer is our pick. The unique combination of almond milk and coconut cream creates a heavenly coffee addition that’s just 15 calories per 2 tablespoons. Califia Farms comes in original and unsweetened, as well as vanilla, hazelnut, pecan caramel, Irish cream, Mexican cocoa, and dulce de leche.
This is the dairy-free version of Bulletproof coffee, and its only ingredient is creamy coconut flesh. Blend 2 teaspoons of coconut butter in your coffee for a frothy, silky sip with fuller mouthfeel. Coconut butter provides the only dairy-free creamer option without any additional ingredients, and has about 100 calories per tablespoon, depending on the brand.
This particular option isn’t vegan because it’s made with bovine collagen, but it’s a good dairy-free alternative for those avoiding milk products. This powdered creamer combines coconut milk with collagen peptides— 2 scoops has just 140 calories and boasts 10 grams of collagen protein.
Coffee Mate is known for delectable flavors of coffee creamer, and this dairy-free option is just as good as the original. It’s just 30 calories per tablespoon and made from almond milk, cane sugar, coconut oil, and pea protein. This brand also comes in vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut.
Avoid: Generic Non-Dairy Creamers
Most supermarkets have an in-house brand of non-dairy creamers. Though technically not made from milk, many of these varieties contain milk derivatives, like caseinate. In addition, many generic brands contain large amounts of added sugars and oils to generate a creamer-like taste. Always check the nutrition label to be sure the creamer works for your dietary needs.