4.73 from 22 votes
The Best Cashew Coffee Creamer
Prep Time
5 mins
Soaking time (if needed)
6 hrs
Total Time
5 mins

Make your own homemade non-dairy easy coffee cream recipe in just 5 minutes. Super rich and creamy. Customize to your own taste preferences for the best coffee creamer you'll ever taste!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: best vegan coffee creamer, cashew coffee creamer, dairy free coffee creamer, vegan cashew coffee creamer recipe, vegan coffee creamer, vegan coffee creamer recipe
Servings: 20 (makes about 2 1/2 cups depending on how much water you add)
Calories: 35 kcal
Author: Sam Turnbull • It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
  • 1 cup raw cashews, softened if needed (see instructions)
  • 1 1/4 - 2 cups water *see notes
  • 1 - 6 tablespoons sweetener of choice- agave, maple syrup, brown sugar, white sugar, low calorie sweetener (optional) *see notes
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
To soften the cashews (optional):
  1. If you do own a high-powered blender, this step isn't necessary as the blender will be powerful to make a very smooth cream without soaking. If you do not own a high-powered blender, I recommend starting by softening the cashews for the creamiest coffee creamer.

    To soak the cashews: add the cashews to a bowl, and cover with water. Let soak for a minimum of 6 hours and up to 48 hours until very tender. Drain and rinse cashews before using. 

To make the cashew coffee creamer:
  1. To make the best cashew coffee creamer: Add the cashews, water, sweetener (if using), vanilla extract (if using), and salt to a blender. Blend until completely smooth and super creamy with no graininess. The key is to blend way more than you think you need to. I blend mine for 3 - 5 minutes in my very high-powered blender to ensure maximum creaminess and no pulpiness is left. By the time I'm done the cashew cream is actually a little warm from the friction.

  2. Pour into a bottle and store in the fridge until ready to use, it should keep for about 1 week in the fridge. Always give the creamer a shake before using. 

Recipe Notes

For the water: I recommend starting with 1 1/4 cups water which will make a very rich cream, and adding more water if needed to reach desired consistency. 

For the flavourings: sweeteners and vanilla are optional. I recommend starting with smaller amounts of sweetener and vanilla to start as you can always add more to taste later. 

My personal favourite proportions are 1 1/4 cups water, 4 tablespoons sweetener, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for an extra-rich sweet French vanilla creamer. 

Bonus flavours:  pick different coffee syrups or extracts for endless flavour combinations. Hazelnut, chocolate mint, and peppermint all sound super delish! Just make sure to check that it's vegan before purchasing. 

*Calories are based on one serving (about 2 tablespoons) without added sugars since they can vary in calories.