Creamy Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Recipe


I wept… I cried… I mourned… I felt empty and cold inside.  It was awful.

Yes, this is how I felt when I had to break up with coffee.  It was not a happy day.

I know I talk about it a lot, but my health journey wasn’t a happy one.  At least not at the beginning.  As I was trying to figure out what I was eating that was hurting me, I came to the horrible realization that it wasn’t just what I was eating that was hurting my stomach.  It was what I was drinking too.

Coffee, which had been my longtime friend, was just too hard on my stomach.  Even after getting rid of dairy (which made a huge difference in how much pain I was feeling), coffee broke up with me.

Next to go was black tea, but isn’t really part of this story.

I mourned the loss of my morning coffee for months, especially on the cold fall and winter days.  And, finally, after over 1 ½ years, I was able to try coffee again.  And I am so happy to tell you, that we got back together.  I could see the clouds parting and the angels singing.  Seriously, I was that happy!

Of course, that didn’t mean I could start back in with adding milk to my coffee.  And, unfortunately, I have not learned how to drink my coffee black.  Well, to be honest, I’m not all that sad to dislike black coffee.  I enjoy it nice and creamy, but now with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk.

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My favorite fall-inspired coffee flavor is cinnamon.  I usually like adding a bit of cinnamon into my coffee to add a bit of sweetness to it.  Because I try to go (real and fake) sugar-free as much as possible, I don’t add any additional sweeteners to my coffee.  But this is where nature really helps me out.  Cinnamon adds natural sweetness, without sugar.  Don’t add too much, because then it just becomes spicy.  But a dash or two really helps take away the bitterness/acidity of coffee.

And add to that the natural sweetness of coconut milk, you have a real winner.  I get the stuff in a can that is just coconut milk and water.  This brand is pretty tasty! I also like the Trader Joe’s coconut milk.

For a long time, I went with the reduced fat version, but I’m now embracing the full-fat variety.  Both taste great, but the full-fat coconut milk really brings in the creaminess that I enjoy in my coffee.

After a bit of experimentation, I developed a hot coffee recipe that made my mouth happy and kept my insides warm and cozy for the change in seasons.  There are no special mixers or extra steps necessary. It is so easy! Not only, is this coffee recipe super yummy, I feel good about the ingredients that I am drinking.   You don’t have to follow Whole30, Paleo, Vegan, Keto friendly, and good ole’ real food diets to enjoy this! But if you do, you are totally safe!  This recipe is compliant for all!

No need to wait to try out this amazing flavored coffee creamer replacement.  You probably already have the cinnamon and vanilla in your pantry. Why don’t you give this Creamy Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee recipe a try? I think you’ll like it!


5 from 4 votes
Creamy Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Recipe
Creamy Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee
Prep Time
1 min
Course: Drinks
  • 1/2 - 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 Tbsps ground coffee or enough to make 12 oz brewed coffee
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  1. Pour cinnamon on your ground coffee before brewing. Use 1/2 tsp if you like a more subtle cinnamon flavor. I go for 3/4 tsp.

  2. Add vanilla and coconut milk to your brewed coffee.

  3. Enjoy!

(Note: to keep this Whole30 compliant, just omit the vanilla.  It isn’t quite as decadent, but still tastes amazing!)














  1. Melissa Parcel

    November 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Yum! I love, love, love cinnamon in my coffee, I think I put it in there almost every day.

    1. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 6:01 am

      Isn’t cinnamon in coffee soooo good?!

  2. Melissa

    November 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I think now’s the time for my coffeee break. 😆 I’ll be trying this one for sure!

  3. Kimberly

    November 9, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I have all of the ingredients and will be trying this tomorrow!!!!

    1. Lisa

      November 10, 2017 at 6:04 am

      Oh, good! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

    2. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 6:00 am

      Kimberly – I hope you enjoyed it! I love having all the ingredients for a new recipe. Makes me want to do a happy dance! 🙂

  4. Deanna

    November 9, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    That looks so good! I love coconut milk, I’ve gotta try this!

    1. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 5:59 am

      Thanks! I think you’ll love it!

  5. Maggie

    November 9, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Here’s to coffee! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 5:58 am

      You are totally welcome, Maggie! 🙂

  6. Laura Belle

    November 10, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Thanks for the recipe. It looks like a perfect cold weather drink.

    1. Lisa

      November 10, 2017 at 6:02 am

      You are very welcome, Laura! You are right, it is definitely perfect for the cold weather!

  7. Heidi Erickson

    November 10, 2017 at 1:25 am

    This looks sooo yummy! As a fellow coffee addict, I am going to try this, this weekend! 🙂

    1. Lisa

      November 10, 2017 at 6:02 am

      Yay! I hope you enjoy it!

  8. Lisa

    November 10, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Is there any way to make this using a Keurig? Looks amazing!

    1. Lisa

      November 10, 2017 at 5:59 am

      I don’t have a Keurig, but I think you can buy re-usable k-cups that allow you to put your own coffee in. If you use that you could always add the cinnamon to the ground coffee and run it through the Keurig. But don’t quote me on that, I’m definitely not a Keurig expert! You would still add the vanilla and coconut milk after brewing.

  9. Melissa

    November 10, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Yum, I will definitely have to try this recipe.

    1. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Oh, good! Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

  10. Elizabeth Miller Sliwa

    November 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Adding cinnamon to ground coffee? Brilliant. I’m going to try this today 🙂

    1. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Wonderful! I hope you enjoyed it!

  11. Christy

    November 10, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I am so glad you were able to reunite with a drink you love!

  12. Jessica

    November 10, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    My husband might like this. He drinks coffee every day. I’ll let him know. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Monica

    November 11, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I love coffee and my husband got me onto coconut coffee. this recipe sounds so easy and delicious!! will let you know how it comes out.

    1. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 5:52 am

      Monica, please do! I’d love to hear.

  14. Shanna

    November 11, 2017 at 1:40 am

    This recipe sounds fabulous!

  15. Vicki Belanger

    November 11, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Not a coffee drinker, but this made me want to try a cup – I may try it out on my kids when they are home for Thanksgiving 🙂

    1. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 5:52 am

      I definitely think this is the way to go if you aren’t into coffee. 🙂 Hope you give it a try!

  16. Gina

    November 11, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Wow, this looks so much easier than I would have thought; great pictures too! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Yes, it is super easy and fast to make. And thanks! Glad you like the pics. 🙂

  17. Kirsten

    November 11, 2017 at 4:46 am

    I have coconut milk for my smoothies, but have not been brave enough to give up my cream. I’ll try it!

    1. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 5:56 am

      Kirsten – I definitely was afraid to give up my cream, but when I did I realized that I like the coconut milk just as much. And with the addition of the cinnamon and vanilla, it is heavenly. Hope you give it a go!

  18. Carmen

    November 11, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Mmm! I have to try this one! I gave up coffee for a year or two, too. I was so happy when I could drink it again. I can’t overdo it, but I enjoy it with pumpkin spice year round. I have to try your version. Time for me to branch out! 🙂

    1. Lisa

      November 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Carmen – You could substitute the cinnamon for pumpkin spice if you prefer. I found the vanilla and coconut milk totally take it to the next level!

  19. Jennifer Heckman

    November 11, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Yum! I am a coffee lover myself..I will definitely need to try this..thanks for sharing!

    1. Lisa

      November 12, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      You are very welcome! 🙂

  20. Bola

    November 12, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Hmmmm yum yum. Looks really good.

  21. jennifer

    November 14, 2017 at 12:27 am

    This looks delicious. You had me at… coffee.. lol:)

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