1. Add to hot chocolate
That’s right—just like sweetened varieties of creamer can flavor coffee, they can also be used to flavor hot chocolate. For this season, think of adding fall and winter flavors like pumpkin spice, eggnog and peppermint. Splash in a tablespoon or two after the cup is mixed, adjusting the amount to your taste. Kids will love experimenting with different flavors, too.
2. Mix into hot cereals
In the morning, regular or flavored coffee creamers can easily be mixed into hot cereals (including oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, Malt-o-Meal, and even granola) to add extra flavor. Add a little less milk or water than you normally would, letting the creamer substitute as liquid. Vanilla-flavored varieties of creamer are versatile enough to use in a wide range of cereals.
3. Splash in waffle or pancake batter
Take an extra few teaspoons or even half a cup of creamer, and add it in place of the liquid (milk or water) called for in your waffle or pancake batter mix. A flavored creamer like mocha, buttercream or cinnamon will give a new, light hint of flavor to otherwise ordinary batter. After mixing, fry the cakes or press the waffles as usual. Not only will the taste get subtly infused into the finished product, but the smell in your kitchen while cooking will be scrumptious.
4. Add to mashed potatoes
If you want to add extra creaminess to stove-top mashed potatoes, add one-half to one cup of unflavored coffee creamer into the warm pot instead of milk. This also works for those with dairy allergies since many varieties of refrigerated creamer are non-dairy (lactose free) in nature.
5. Make a two-ingredient cake icing
Whip leftover coffee creamer (flavored or unflavored) and powdered sugar together to make a simple yet sweet icing for cakes and sweet breads. Make a thinner version (less sugar, more creamer) for drizzling and a thicker version (more sugar, less creamer) for spreading. Because this is so easy to make, this icing can be made in no time and served immediately.
6. Pour over fresh fruit
Many people eat fresh fruit with yogurt or a side of cottage cheese for breakfast or a snack. For a similarly flavorful pairing, try cut fruit (think peaches and bananas) drizzled with, or even soaked in, refrigerated coffee creamer. Some flavors may not pair well (white chocolate mocha?), but others (sweet cream!) are simply divine.
7. Add to cream-based soups
If you need to stretch a batch of soup just a little further, adding unflavored coffee creamer into a cream-based soup (like broccoli, potato, mushroom or cheese) can help you do that. Add the desired amount (one-half cup to two cups) slowly, whisking it in near the end of heating.
8. Use in tea
If you are a hot tea drinker, you might like the added flavor boost from a splash of creamer in your cup after your tea has steeped. Nutty flavors like hazelnut and pecan are especially appropriate choices for black tea, while the lighter taste of caramel is good for an orange tea. Cheers!