Thick, creamy, 100% dairy-free and packed with nutrition, this paleo and keto walnut coffee creamer is the perfect addition to your morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up! With only 2 ingredients, it’s super easy, too!
Disclaimer – I received free samples of California Walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Walnuts and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
An easy mom snack.
Sometimes I wonder if I really am a normal adult. Most of my mom friends can start drinking coffee as soon as they wake up. Some of them even have it instead of breakfast (which I’m convinced is not a good idea). But not me. For me, coffee has to come later in the day, after breakfast and a cup of water or tea…
Coffee for me is always a mid-morning or early-afternoon snack. I never drink it black, always complimented perfectly by some cream, honey, cocoa powder, MCT oil, egg yolks, maca powder, whatever I feel like to make it as nourishing and filling as possible.
Unfortunately for me, dairy is a no-no. And while I still love my coffee with whipping cream in it, coconut whipping cream is rather expensive, so I usually just use dairy-free milk. But every now and again I get a hankerin’ for some nice, thick cream in my coffee.
Enter walnut creamer. When California Walnuts sent me a pound of their yummy nuts to make into something delicious, I knew right away what I needed to make. Brownies. Haha. But dairy-free coffee creamer was next on the list. And since it was snack time for momma, walnut coffee creamer it was!
A handful of California walnuts is a versatile snack and can satisfy any taste preference, from savory to sweet. Regardless of your flavor preference, walnuts are the only nut to provide an excellent source of the plant-based omega-3, ALA (2.5g/oz). In fact, walnuts have the highest amounts of polyunsaturated fats in any nuts, including omega-3 fats and an omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid.
Beside heart-healthy ALA fats, walnuts are also full of protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, and a special form of vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol.
Homemade walnut coffee creamer.
Besides being packed-full of nutrition, this dairy-free walnut coffee creamer is super easy to make. Simply soak the walnuts in water for 1/2 hour or more (you can even soak them overnight!), then blend, and enjoy!
Soaking the walnuts not only helps make their nutrients more available for your body to digest, it also makes them super soft. When they’re soft they blend perfectly into a thick, creamy, dairy-free drink. You can strain it through a cheesecloth if you want, but it’s totally not necessary.
I use my wonderful Blendtec to make this coffee creamer, but once the walnuts are soaked they’re soft enough that you don’t need a professional/high powered blender to make this dairy-free creamer.
Since this delicious walnut coffee creamer only has two ingredients – water and walnuts – it’s perfect for people with all types of dietary needs. Well, other than people who are allergic to tree nuts, obviously. But it’s great for keto, low carb, paleo, vegan, GAPS Diet, Whole30, etc….
More delicious walnut recipes.
If you’re in the mood for more delicious walnut recipes, here are a few more of my favorites. They’re all healthy enough that you could eat them any time of day – breakfast, lunch, snack, whatever! And they’re pretty kid-friendly, too…
- Paleo Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake
- No-Bake Banana Walnut Brownies
- Paleo Salted Walnut Butter Blondies
- Lacto-Fermented Cranberry Walnut Chutney
- Dark Chocolate Walnut Coconut No-Bake Cookies
- Honey Walnut Apple Crisp
- Real Food Walnut Roca
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Walnut Coffee Creamer
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and sugar.
- 1 cup California walnuts
- 4 cups filtered water
Soak for 1/2 hour or more.
In a blender (I use a Blendtec), puree the soaked walnuts in the water until smooth (about 1 minute on high).
Strain through a fine mesh sieve or nut milk bag, if desired, but not necessary.
Cover and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Stir or shake before using in your coffee. (See iced coffee recipe below!)
Makes 1 quart of creamer. Serving size depends on how much creamer you like in your coffee! I usually use about 1/2 cup of creamer to a 12 ounce cup of coffee (I know, I know…). So for me, this recipe makes about 8-10 servings. It lasts about a week in the fridge, so if you don’t need that much creamer you can cut the recipe in half (though it’s good in smoothies, too!).
Iced coffee with Walnut Coffee Creamer
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1 1/2 cup organic coffee
- 1/2 cup walnut coffee creamer
- 6 drops organic stevia (optional, see note)
- splash of vanilla extract (I make my own, or use this kind)
Fill a cup half-way with ice.
Pour the coffee over the ice.
Add in walnut coffee creamer, stevia, and vanilla.
Stir and enjoy!
If you’re not into stevia, you can use maple syrup instead. You could also use honey, but it doesn’t mix very well with an iced coffee.