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Coffee Creamers Guide
Creamers are a great way to make your baked goods look and taste their best. Because most commercial baked goods are dessert items, they are usually topped off with a little cream. Many people prefer to have cake or cupcakes look their best when serving, so using a good commercial cream on them is often a good idea. While many people choose to simply put cream on their desserts for a smooth, glossy finish, there are actually quite a few ways that you can use a good cream on your baked goods. Here are seven great ways to do just that!
One of the most popular types of creamer recipes for dairy-free desserts uses coffee. This recipe calls for equal parts coffee and lemon juice, along with optional ingredients such as vanilla extract and sugar. Coffee is almost always healthier than other kinds of coffee, which is why it is often added to these recipes. It adds a little bit of acidity without overwhelming the senses. Other coffee recipes, such as a latte, will use more full-fat milk.
If you're not already a coffee drinker, but enjoy drinking the occasional cup of black coffee, there are a variety of other kinds of coffee creamer out there that use milk in place of the coffee powder. These range from creamier than regular coffee to a very mocha-like flavor. Some use cocoa powder, while others use almond or soy milk powders.
There are also a variety of coffee creamers out there that use carrageenan in place of the protein component of the powder. (Carrageenan has a lot of health benefits, including being rich in antioxidants and helping your body digest food better.) It can be added to many different kinds of creamers, including vegetable creamers and even ice cream scoops. It can even be found in some natural products, including some skin creams.
There are also two other kinds of coffee creamers, one that uses heavy cream and one that uses skim. Whichever you use, you can be sure that you'll be getting more calories per serving because of the heavy cream, which is usually less expensive. You can usually find both kinds at the supermarket. If you shop at a health food store, they should have both available.
One last option is to use a coffee creamer that doesn't use any powdered ingredients. For example, Life Vanilla uses a vanilla bean extract and has no powdered ingredient, so the creamer will have almost no calories. These kinds of "pure" coffee creams are available at most places that sell food, including the dairy aisle.
Choosing the right coffee creamer is a personal thing. Some people prefer the natural flavor of skim or light cream and others like the added sugar and calories from the heavy cream. In general, I would choose the flavor that I like and follow the recommendation for the amount of calories per serving. I find that most coffee creams are pretty good, although there are a few that use artificial flavors and other things that I'm not fond of. In particular, the artificial flavor in most coffee creamers are designed to give the coffee a nice taste, but don't actually provide any health benefits.
I personally prefer to use either a natural or an organic coffee creamer because they are healthier for me. Organic creamers, which also include things like sugar, are generally better for your heart and have fewer preservatives. My favorite organic creamers are from Vermont ice cream makers. I was surprised by how good the hazelnut creamer tasted, and it's a good brand for coffee creams in general. The price is very reasonable, especially when you consider all of the ingredients that you're getting - less than half of what you would pay at a supermarket.