The 13 Best Keto Creamers for Coffee That We Taste-Tested Ourselves
We’re not sure what we’d do if coffee wasn’t keto-approved. (Thank God.) But what about the creamer? Plain half-and-half has fat, low carbs and no sugar, so it’s keto-friendly as is. But if you don’t consume dairy or prefer your coffee sweet, it could be tough to find a compromise. Keto creamer is here to save the day, and we ranked 13 worth trying based on value, functionality, quality and taste, aesthetics and price.
1. Caramel Super Creamer by Super Coffee
Best for: Caramel syrup diehards
Sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free
Those of you who will never give up your daily light-and-sweet—even on keto—are in luck. A three-tablespoon serving boasts two grams of protein and healthy fats. It’s free of sugar, gluten and artificial ingredients, using monk fruit to give it its silky-sweet caramel flavor. Super Creamer is lactose-free despite having dairy cream and milk in the base; so, it’s not vegan, but a great option for anyone who’s sensitive to dairy but loves the mouthfeel of regular milk and cream. It’s a bit intense on its own, but brings pleasant sweetness and caramel flavor to bitter, acidic black coffee that echoes standard caramel syrup. If you love the creamer, give Super Coffee and Super Espresso a try.
Total PureWow100 Score: 91/100
2. Califia Farms Unsweetened Vanilla Keto Creamer
Best for: Keto newbies
Lots of MCTs, vegan, sugar-free
OK, this stuff smells amazing. It likely has something to do with the almond milk and coconut cream base. But it’s also a great pick for anyone on keto: There are 500 milligrams of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in every serving, which contain lots of healthy fats that can be converted to into ketones if your carb intake is low enough. That means MCTs can help you stay in ketosis and burn fat all day long. It’s also sugar-, gluten-, dairy- and carb-free, plus vegan and low-fat. We love the stout, compact carton too. It tastes really similar to straight-up almond milk both on its own and in coffee, but with a thicker consistency that’ll scratch your itch for regular half-and-half.
Total PureWow100 Score: 91/100
3. Omega French Vanilla PowerCreamer
Best for: Keto pros
Ghee base, high-fat, low-carb
Bring on the butter. It’s super decadent thanks to milk-fat ghee, coconut oil and MCT oil. These ingredients account for the product’s high calories and fat content (we’re talking 14 grams of fat and half your daily saturated fat in each tablespoon). While it may sound like a lot, it fits into low-carb, high-fat diets like keto seamlessly. It’s also paleo and sweetened with stevia, so it has 0 grams of sugar. Because this product is all-natural, it needs to be blended either with a frother, which can froth and mix everything from milk to matcha to protein powder, or a blender. You may be a little confused about when exactly you’re supposed to froth based on the packaging instructions, but we got the best results by first adding the creamer to a mug, pouring hot coffee over it and frothing them together. No matter how you combine them, don’t expect the frother to magically turn the creamer into steamed milk; this creamer is literally like melted butter. The French vanilla flavor smells like sweet butter and tastes like it too on its own, almost like the aftertaste of thin, crisp cookies. The creamer turns coffee mildly sweet, and we love the silky, decadent mouthfeel from its fattiness. Any creamer that needs to be blended or frothed is, of course, higher maintenance than liquid creamer, and this one is pricier than many—about $1 per tablespoon. But it could be worth it if you’re dedicated to the high-fat, low-carb lifestyle. (Plus, it comes in a super easy-to-use squirt bottle.) If you’re a salted caramel diehard, go that route instead—it smells like butterscotch Dum-Dums.
Total PureWow100 Score: 75/100
4. milkadamia Unsweetened Vanilla Creamer
Best for: Those who are bored of almond milk
Versatile, nut-based, great value
If you’re over almond milk and haven’t branched out to other nuts, you’re in for a real treat. This creamer made from macadamia milk, sunflower oil and coconut cream isn’t only delicious, but rich, silky and less chalky on the tongue than regular almond milk. TBH, we’re almost inclined to say it tastes even better on its own than in coffee. Depending on your morning joe’s bitterness, it may kind of drown out the subtle vanilla notes that come through when you sip it plain. But even so, it’s still a great substitute for dairy milk. If you really want to let the creamer’s mellow flavor notes shine through, try it sans-coffee in a smoothie, oatmeal or bowl of cereal.
Total PureWow100 Score: 95/100
5. Picnik Vegan Creamer
Best for: Plant-based diets
Multipurpose, MCT oil, unsweetened
She’s plant-based, paleo, keto and shockingly creamy. Cashew milk, coconut cream and MCT oil give the creamer lots of buttery, nutty notes that will hold up beautifully in smoothies or baked goods. It’s got four grams of fat—three of which are saturated—and some fiber, so it can aid in holding you over between meals. While it isn’t sweet, it cuts through black coffee’s bitterness without any additional sweeteners. But if your usual café order calls for flavor syrup, you may want to add a keto-friendly, zero-calorie sweetener or sugar-free syrup that’ll keep you happy *and* in ketosis. Don’t worry if the creamer separates in your coffee. If you try it and fall in love, save 10 percent on every future order by subscribing instead of making a one-time purchase. You can also incorporate this as a substitute for milk in lots of recipes, awesome for both vegan cooks and those with dairy sensitivities. Vegan keto ranch dressing, anyone?
Total PureWow100 Score: 90/100
6. Rapid Fire Keto Creamer
Best for: Yogis and gym rats
Coconut MCTs, nutrient-rich, healthy fats
This packaging alone makes us want to break a sweat on the elliptical. Each bottle of powder has 20 servings chock-full of coconut MCTs, grass-fed butter and Himalayan salt. It’s nutrient-dense and has lots of fat that will help keep you on track. Have it before your morning workout for a metabolism, energy and brain boost. The package instructions say to mix two tablespoons of creamer into prepared coffee, tea or cocoa. You’ll notice that the creamer, similar in texture and appearance to protein powder, may separate into tiny clumps in your coffee, and there may be some flecks of powder at the bottom. In terms of taste, it’s pretty straightforward, similar to having skim milk in coffee. But the real benefits here are the healthy fats and MCTs—so if you’re dedicated to your keto bod-to-be, it may be the right pick for you. Add a keto-friendly sweetener if you need to and voila. Be sure to put the creamer in first and pour the hot coffee over it; the heat will help dissolve the creamer powder.
Total PureWow100 Score: 85/100
7. Volupta Coconut Creamer with Collagen and MCT
Best for: A treat-yourself splurge
Bovine collagen, protein- and fat-rich
Not only will coconut MCTs keep you in ketosis, but the all-natural collagen (six grams per serving) will work magic for your hair, skin and nails, not to mention your bones and joints. Just know that collagen is a protein source that often comes from animals (this one comes from bovine gelatin), so if you’re vegan, keep looking. Add a spoonful of powder to everything from yogurt and smoothies to oatmeal and baked goods (this coconut chia pudding is on our to-make list). It contains six grams of protein and five grams of fat per tablespoon, so it can offer a hearty boost in a pinch, like a less-filling protein powder. The bag is a little bulky and we found it tough to reseal, so we suggest transferring it to an airtight container. It’s also the most expensive creamer per serving on our list, costing about $1.10 per tablespoon. Once you open it, the first thing you literally need to do is take a whiff. The smell is absolutely heavenly, like coconut cotton candy. But in coffee, it doesn’t taste nearly as sweet. It’s buttery, nutty and has only a slight vanilla flavor once mixed into your mug. It dissolves decently with just a few stirs of a spoon, but expect some grains or clumps floating in or at the bottom of your cup. Try using a frother to better combine the creamer and your drink if the grains bother you.
Total PureWow100 Score: 77/100
8. MALK Maple Oat Pecan
Best for: Fans of fall flavors
Omega 3s and 6s, naturally sweetened, vegan
If you think all nut milks are too thin and watery, not so fast. This gem made from cold-pressed, organic rolled oats and Texas pecans is really rich on the tongue, both plain and in coffee. The maple and pecan flavors come through super strong if you sip it sans-java and inspire memories of sticky buns from Christmases past. The tasty addition of organic maple syrup and coconut sugar give the creamer higher sugar content than others on our list, but if you stick to the two-tablespoon serving size, it can be worked into your diet no problem. It’s also dairy-, additive- and gluten-free, vegan and loaded with lots of omega 3s and 6s. If you fall for this one, add the Pecan Malk + Cold Brew Coffee to your cart next.
Total PureWow100 Score: 90/100
9. Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer in Vanilla
Best for: Beauty *and* health
Bovine collagen, 16 amino acids, fat- and protein-rich
We love the clean, mod packaging that’s complete with a handy-dandy scooper, so you don’t have to measure tablespoons all crusty-eyed and half-asleep every morning. Sip on ten grams of collagen per two-scoop serving thanks to Vital Protein’s bovine hide collagen peptides, which work wonders for your skin, hair, nails and joints. The dairy-free, coconut milk powder is also packed with 16 unique amino acids, half of which are essential amino acids. Its high fat and protein content (nine and ten grams respectively) will hold you over before lunch in coffee or a smoothie. And your ketosis is safe, as there’s only one gram of sugar in each serving. The canister says to thoroughly mix the powder into hot liquid. We found that the powder clumped up in the coffee, so we recommend frothing it to break it up better. If you lean on color to determine when you’ve added enough creamer, know that this protein powder-like product won’t turn your coffee as light as you’re used to. Its vanilla taste is fairly subtle, so buy this for the beauty and health benefits rather than flavor alone (though we won’t judge if you add a splash of sugar-free vanilla syrup to make it more intense).
Total PureWow100 Score: 86/100
10. Laird Unsweetened Superfood Creamer
Best for: Clean eaters who love a deal
Plant-based, healthy fats, marine algae mineral complex
Named for surfer and fitness guru Laird Hamilton, this plant-based creamer has all four types of MCTs and no artificial sweeteners. This particular formula is best for keto because it has no added sugar and lots of clean, wholesome fats in the form of coconut oil and coconut milk powder. Be sure you take a long sniff when you first open the bag—the powder has a beautiful scent of fresh coconut meat and tastes like a lightly-sweetened macaron on its own. It also contains Aquamin, a multi-mineral complex made up of 72 trace minerals sourced from marine algae. The bag says you should froth or shake the powder to combine with your beverage. We frothed ours after adding the creamer to hot coffee and were impressed that it was totally clump-free. The coconut aroma held its own while the flavor was mild and fresh. In terms of bang for your buck, each bag contains 38 suggested servings, which is more than many others we tested that range from about 12 to 30 servings per container. It’s gluten-, dairy- and soy-free, vegan, non-GMO, keto and paleo. What’s not to like? Add it to coffee, tea, smoothies and food for a boost of energy.
Total PureWow100 Score: 90/100
11. So Delicious Dairy Free Original Organic Coconutmilk Creamer
Best for: Your first non-dairy creamer
Simple ingredients, sugar-free, best bang for your buck
The simplistic, clean packaging reflects the product’s short list of ingredients, starring organic coconut milk and coconut cream. It’s totally free of sugar, preservatives, lactose, gluten, soy and carrageenan. It’s also low in fat and saturated fat, so it won’t fill you up the way other robust keto creamers might, but it can be easily incorporated into a keto diet—especially if you’re vegan or don’t consume dairy. Plus, it’s easy to use since it’s liquid creamer. No frothing required. It’s surprisingly lush on the tongue and rich with coconut flavor when you sip it on its own. The coconut notes become subtler in coffee, but the mouthfeel remains silky and luxurious like dairy creamer. The price varies from vendor to vendor, but you can get a 32-ounce carton (which contains 63 servings) for as low as $4. We love a good deal.
Total PureWow100 Score: 93/100
12. Prymal Salted Caramel Coffee Creamer
Best for: Those who only drink sweet coffee
Fun flavors, coconut-based, sweetened with monk fruit and stevia
Founder Courtney Lee created this brand for her dad, who was struggling to find a light-and-sweet creamer that accommodated his blood sugar needs. Enter Prymal coffee creamer, a non-GMO and gluten-free brand with tons of fun flavors, all made with a coconut oil and coconut milk powder base and sweetened with monk fruit and stevia. The nutrition facts vary slightly by flavor, but all are sugar-free and contain around four grams of fat per serving, meaning they’ll help fill you up (some flavors also contain one gram of protein to boot). We love the simplistic packaging with bold fonts and colors and found that pouring coffee over the powder then frothing them together gave us the best results. Of the many flavors, we’re obsessed with the salted caramel. It’s pleasantly sweet *and* salty and smells like butterscotch pudding on its own. It frothed up gorgeously in coffee and made the drink super silky. Chocolate lovers need to try the red velvet creamer. It smells like straight-up brownie mix and offers a tang like its namesake dessert’s cream-cheese frosting or traditional buttermilk batter. It makes coffee look, smell and taste like vanilla-forward hot cocoa. We also adored the cinnamon dolce flavor, which can turn a bowl of plain Greek yogurt or oatmeal from blah to ta-da in seconds. Think slightly salty and tangy like snickerdoodles.
Total PureWow100 Score: 91/100
13. Thrive Market Powdered Unsweetened Coconut Keto Creamer
Best for: Sustainable Shoppers
Non-GMO, MCT oil, ethically sourced
This multipurpose pick works in hot or cold tea and coffee and smoothies. It's paleo, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, plus boasts healthy fats in the form of coconut oil and MCT oil. MCT oil is easier for your liver to metabolize, so it'll give you a burst of energy at work, the gym or beyond. It's super low in carbs and sugar-free, so it'll keep you ketosis no problem. At first sniff, you'll get the aroma of sweet, intense coconut shreds. If you taste a dab on its own, the coconut flavor turns mild, fresh and almost decadent thanks to the oil and fat content. In coffee, it tastes mildly like coconut and gives the coffee and creamy, silky mouthfeel. When we stirred the powder into coffee, we ended up with some floating grains and a few lumps here and there, but it turned smooth, fluffy and frothy when we frothed them together instead. And honestly, we'd wear the packaging's coconut design on a shirt.
Total PureWow100 Score: 90/100