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DIY Gluten Free Flavored Coffee Creamers

Coffee creamerIn my search for good gluten free products I realize that I am making more and more things myself to be sure they are actually gluten free.  I have found that while sometimes time consuming, Do-It-Yourself also saves quite a bit of money!  Bonus!

Take for example coffee creamer.  I am that gal that loves flavored cream in my coffee.  Different time of year or holidays  call for different flavors!  Store bought creamer can be pricey, but I stumbled upon a great set of recipes that you can customize and enjoy whatever flavor for much less than the store sells them for.  Giving credit where credit is due, I saw this post on my Facebook page where a friend shared it from Iris’s Healthy Friends (closed group).

When making your flavors – as always, please check the flavoring for gluten.  Great vanilla products that are gluten free are made by Nielsen-Massey.  Hershey’s syrups (chocolate, caramel, strawberry) are gluten free.  Most extracts are gluten free, please check the labels – McCormick says “When gluten or wheat is present as an ingredient, McCormick will declare it in the ingredient statement.”

So here you go………..enjoy some flavored coffee with me!

Start with the the basic ‘base’ recipe, then check below for different flavor variations.  

BASE RECIPE
14oz sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 cup milk or cream (whole, lowfat, skim, almond, soy, heavy cream, half & half etc – whatever your preference, however the more fat, the more creaminess)

Mix the ingredients together well. Add them to a mason jar and shake it like crazy or you could also opt to use an old (washed) creamer container.

French Vanilla Creamer
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR vanilla coffee syrup

Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Chocolate
2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
(1 tsp vanilla extract, optional)

Chocolate Almond
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon almond extract

Strudel
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Vanilla Caramel
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Raspberry
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons raspberry syrup

Irish Cream
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Coconut
2 teaspoons coconut extract

Samoa (like the Girl Scout Cookies)
2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut, heated & strained, for the milk/cream)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping

Peppermint Patty
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Cinnamon Vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pumpkin Spice
3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Honey Vanilla
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Almond Joy
1-2 teaspoons coconut extract (or sub coconut milk or cream of coconut if you heat it first, strained, in place of the milk & extract)
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Sweet Cream
Use 1 3/4 cups of heavy cream instead of the milk in the base recipe
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR the inside of a vanilla bean, scraped
1 teaspoon almond extract

Chocolate Orange
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1-2 teaspoons orange extract

Hazelnut
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Chocolate Hazelnut
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons hazelnut extract

Cinnamon Cake
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Salted Caramel
2-3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
1/2 teaspoon salt

Eggnog
Replace milk in the base recipe with equal amount of heavy cream
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons rum extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Toasted Almond
2 teaspoons almond extract

DIRECTIONS AND TIPS:
In all these recipes, anything that has a dry or thick ingredient (like cinnamon, honey, etc..) should be heated up with a small amount of your milk/cream from the base recipe so it can dissolve properly. You don’t want grainy creamer! Then, add the rest of the milk/cream along with the sweetened condensed milk.

If you want really creamy creamer, use heavy cream instead of milk in your base recipe.

You’ll want to stick a piece of tape on they mason jar lid with the expiration date from the milk used. Use this as a guideline as to when the creamer should be used by.

Play around with amounts of extracts and other ingredients used if you like stronger or less intense flavors!! And, let your imagination turn, and make up your own combinations. Use this as inspiration to create your very own perfect homemade flavored creamer!

 

Live & LOVE Gluten Free!!

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Mojito Slush

Makes 14 Servings

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 5 limes)
3/4 cup light rum
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 cups gluten-free ginger ale

In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, heat water and sugar over medium heat about 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

In 8-cup blender, place sugar water, lime juice, rum and mint leaves (if smaller blender, do in batches). Cover; blend on high-speed about 20 seconds or until mint is finely chopped.

Pour mixture into 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish. Freeze 4 to 6 hours, using fork to break apart ice crystals every 2 hours.

To serve, spoon 1/2 cup mixture into each glass; pour 1/4 cup ginger ale over each. Stir. If desired, garnish with mint sprigs.

While looking for wonderful refreshing recipes for this summer on the deck, I found this at Glutenfreely.com!

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Blueberry Hard Lemonade

2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 fresh mint leaves
Ice cubes
2 tablespoons gin (1 oz)
1/2 cup gluten-free ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
Lemon wedges, blueberries on a beverage pick, fresh mint, if desired

In a highball glass, muddle blueberries, lemon juice and mint.

Fill glass to rim with ice cubes. Add gin. Top with ginger ale; stir gently.

Garnish as desired.

I found this recipe on Glutenfreely.com.  This will be a refreshing summer drink!!

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Orange Push-Up Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free)

1 can orange juice concentrate, slightly thawed
1 cup milk (half and half, cream, nut milk, soy milk)
1/2 cup sugar, or to taste (you can reduce the sugar or use an alternate sugar substitute such as stevia but it won’t taste as close to classic Orange Push-Ups. Many people use much more than 1/2 cup, myself included. I used about 1 cup in my version)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups ice, or to taste

Combine all ingredients, except ice, in a large blender or Vita-Mix and blend until smooth and creamy, taking care the sugar has dissolved and is well incorporated.  If desired, add a splash more water or more milk.  Add the ice and blend until smooth.

Makes approximately three eight-ounce portions.

Tips: Pour excess portions into glasses and thaw later and drink as smoothies; pour excess into bowls and freeze for orange sherbet; or pour into Popsicle molds, paper cups, or ice-cube trays and freeze for homemade Push-Ups.  Or half the recipe by cutting the can of orange juice concentrate in half and halving all other ratios.

Optional: Add 1 to 2 ounces of Rum, Malibu, Vodka, Citron, Marshmallow Vodka, Gran Marnier or similar, per smoothie portion, or to taste.   🙂

Edited to Add: There have been people who have made this and report theirs being bitter but believe it may be due to the brand of OJ concentrate they used. I suggest trying the brand of juice I showed in the above photos, Hawaii’s Own, and I used mango-orange flavor, as originally indicated above. I bought it at Ralph’s (Kroger) Grocery store.

Also, do not be afraid to sweet this to taste, and that may mean substantially increasing the amount of sugar used, i.e. using 1 cup or more, rather than 1/2 cup, of sugar. I used 1 cup in my version, but have a sweet tooth and some people said they tried 1 cup and it was too sweet for them. Everything is to taste (too bitter, too sweet; it’s all relative and depends on the brand of concentrate used).

NOTE:  Keep in mind you can make this dairy free by using one of the other milks listed, sugar-free by using stevia.  In addition to the tip of adding liquor, you could change-up the juice – grapefruit, cran-apple, cran-grape, whatever your favorite might be!  ENJOY, this one looks great and the season for really enjoying it is coming quickly.

Thank you Averie at loveveggiesandyoga.com for a wonderful, refreshing drink!

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Skittles Vodka Party Favors

My note: Skittles are gluten-free (Yesss!) check your bag, it should say gluten-free right after the ingredients. Also, most of your basic alcohols (vodka, rum, brandy, gin, tequila) are all gluten-free because of the distillation. If you are not sure, check the brand’s website.  Yes, even those that are made from wheat!  Enjoy, but don’t forget to drink responsibly!

Ingredients and Equipment:
1 lb bag of skittles
30 mini bottles of vodka
Coffee Filters
5 empty containers with lids (water bottles, Tupperware, cups with plastic wrap on top)
Funnel (or crazy good pouring skills)

Prep time: 45 minutes

Inactive time: 1 day

Cooking Instructions:
Separate all the skittles by color. Pour 6 of the mini bottles of vodka into one of the empty containers. Save the mini bottles. Add 120-150 red skittles. Repeat this with all the colors. You should have 5 containers with skittles of different colors in vodka at the end. Stir each container. Cover each container and set aside for at least 24 hours or until the skittles are dissolved. Shaking or stirring occasionally helps.

Once dissolved, get out about 4 coffee filters and pour a portion of one color through the filters into an empty cup. Once the flow rate slows down, squeeze the liquid through like how your supposed to squeeze a toothpaste bottle (back to tip). If there is still white gelatin floating, filter again. Continue this until there is minimal gelatin floating in the vodka. If your friends are like mine, they won’t care about a little bit left. I found that the white gelatin stands out most in the green and purple so I filter these twice. Repeat this until you have filtered all of one color. Use the funnel or your pouring skills to pour the vodka back into the mini bottles. Repeat this for each color. Depending on how many filters you used and how many times you filtered, you may not end up with as many mini bottles full as you started. You can fill the mini bottles that are only part full using more vodka if you want or just have extra mini bottles for other uses. You should end up with about 5 or 6 bottles of each color. Use as party favors for New Year’s or any other adult party. Enjoy!

Holly’s update:  Mix the orange skittles vodka with cranberry juice.   It’s magical.  And when you’re done with that, mix the yellow skittles vodka with lime margarita mix.  Delicious.

Thank you Holly at http://www.hollyshelpings.com for such an awesome recipe!