DIY: Homemade Coffee Syrup

Gwen is officially allergic to milk.  By officially, I mean that through the process of elimination, I have determined that she's allergic to milk.  It was a sad day.  I am still trying to figure out peanuts and soy, but I'm hoping this is something she'll grow out of - in the meantime, I have to avoid dairy.  And as a dairy-loving girl myself, this is pretty detrimental to my favorite foods list.  

In an attempt to replace my beloved Starbucks, I decided to make some flavored syrup for my coffee, and I have deemed it a success!  And it's also cheaper than buying that fancy flavored syrup.  So without further ado, here is my recipe for coffee syrup!


Homemade Caramel-Flavored Coffee Syrup

1 cup of water
2 cups of sugar
2 tsp. caramel flavoring
(or any other type of flavoring you want)

1.  Bring 1 cup water to a boil.

2. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.  Add the flavoring.

3.  Stir and simmer on low until syrup reaches desired thickness.  Pour into mason jars and store in fridge.

And that, my friends, is that!  I use a little bit of the syrup and mix it with coffee, rice milk, and ice for a delicious non-dairy Starbucks alternative.  I actually think I like it better than Starbucks iced coffee (gasp!).  

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Plus I can make it with decaf coffee.  Every time I order a decaf iced coffee (anywhere, not just at Starbucks) I'm informed that they don't have iced coffee in decaf.  And I always wonder, why not?  Just pour some decaf over ice and serve it to me.  But they won't do it.  So I guess I just have to do it myself!

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I'm thinking of making some other flavors too - vanilla, peppermint (so I can attempt a peppermint mocha), coconut?  The possibilities are endless . . .
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Kate Craig said...

where did you buy the flavoring?

Emily said...

I get annoyed that they never have iced coffee in decaf either. I've had them offer to make a decaf americano and then pour it over ice. It's just not the same though!!

LeAnna said...

I always forget how much I love dairy until I go dairy free with each baby that nurses. My boys especially seem to be quite sensitive to it for the first 6-8 months. I think its because reflux runs on hubby's side of the family and all of the boys have issues with it. I make my own coconut and almond milk, but it's not the same as fresh raw cream in my coffee. BUT, I make due. Iced coffees are a lot easier to play with than the hot coffees. I like to use coconut milk in my coffee and smoothies, it's so rich and creamy. But. I miss cheese. And sour cream. And cheese. And yogurt. And cheese. Did I mention cheese? One perk (well, two, a less fussy baby being one) is that it helps me lose the baby weight. Can't complain about that...Be sure to share any other dairy free goodies you find! Thankfully chocolate doesn't seem to bother my babies, or even butter as long as it's baked/cooked into things...not sure what I'd do without those two. ;)

Michelle said...

I love it! I did this too. I am allergic to milk but the lactose free milk doesn't seem to bother me. Watkins has all the yummy flavors too!

Tiffany @ Austin Family Diary said...

I've heard a lot of people go through this with their newborns. I'll definitely keep this recipe in mind if I do too. Thanks for sharing with us!

PS--love the new blog design friend. It looks so pretty!

Jessica said...

Yum! I am definitely going to have to try this! I am lactose intolerant myself, so whenever I use creamer I have an upset stomach all day. But I can never justify buying syrup at the store because it is so expensive! Thanks for posting :-)

Melanie said...

Um..YAY!! So glad you can make this stuff!! I just bought a bottle at Sam's over the weekend..when its gone I'm trying the homemade stuff! Thanks for sharing!

Café Cup said...

Thanks for the coffee syrup recipe. It seems much better because you can adjust the taste. Nice post.

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