Can You Use Coffee Creamer in a Milk Frother?

It’s quite common for coffee creamer to be used instead of milk for various reasons. Some of us use it when there is no milk left, and some of us just prefer the taste and feel of coffee creamer over milk.

While it’s pretty straight forward to use coffee creamer in a regular cup of coffee, the situation becomes a bit more complex when it comes to using coffee creamer in a drink that requires milk froth. If you have never attempted to froth coffee creamer with a milk frother before, you may be wondering whether it would actually work or just cause a huge mess.

Fortunately, it is indeed possible to use coffee creamer in a milk frother whether it’s powdered or liquid. By simply following the same steps as you would with milk, you can froth your coffee creamer and use it in your favorite coffee drink.

Milk vs Coffee Creamer

Milk has been a cornerstone of the coffee world for a while now, with many drinks requiring steamed and frothed milk, and most people choosing to add some milk to their coffee even if it’s not a necessity. There is no dispute that it’s a combination that works well by giving your coffee a creamy texture and a little bit of sweetness.

While milk comes in many different forms, the most common type of milk used is whole cow’s milk. This type of milk is known to give your coffee the creamiest texture, but unfortunately, it also comes with the largest amount of fat. On the other hand, some alternatives contain less fat or even no fat, such as reduced-fat milk and skim milk. As the fat content goes down, so does the creaminess that comes from the milk, so there is a choice to be made depending on your preferences.

Coffee creamer is a non-dairy alternative that can be used as a milk substitute in coffee drinks, designed to provide the same experience that milk brings to the table. You can even find coffee creamers that have various flavors such as vanilla and caramel, which makes them quite attractive to regular coffee drinkers who would like to add some texture and flavor to their brew in an easy manner.

On the flip side, coffee creamers pack an even larger amount of calories compared to milk and are often considered to be not as healthy as milk.

Powdered Coffee Creamer vs Liquid Coffee Creamer

Coffee creamers come in two different forms which are powdered, and liquid. There aren’t a lot of differences between the two as they are both used for the same purpose.

The main difference is the fact that while liquid creamer needs to be refrigerated, powdered creamer can be stored anywhere. The shelf life of powdered creamer is much longer than liquid creamer, so if you aren’t a regular coffee drinker, it most likely makes more sense to go for powdered creamer.

Another difference to consider is that you usually need to use less of the powdered creamer compared to liquid creamer, which makes it more cost-effective.

Choosing a Milk Frother

Milk frothers come in various types, which is why it’s important to understand the differences between them to find the one that’s best for you. Factors such as foam quality, ease of use, and price can change drastically between different milk frother types, meaning that there is a lot of room for consideration.

We can split milk frothers into three separate categories, which would be handheld electric milk frothers, manual milk frothers, automatic milk frothers.

Handheld Electric Milk Frothers

Handheld milk frothers are what comes to mind when we think about milk frothers. They consist of a handle and an attachment that is similar to a whisk. 

The attachment starts spinning when the frother is turned on, injecting air into the milk, which makes the milk frothy. When the desired amount of froth is reached, the frother is manually turned off. 

Since electric milk frothers are reasonably priced and easy enough to use, they are extremely common, making it a good option for most people regardless of how often they froth milk.

Manual Milk Frothers

Manual milk frothers are very similar to a french press, both in the way they look and the way they are operated. Milk is poured into the frother and frothed with the help of the plunger which is pushed down and pulled up until the desired amount of froth is reached. Compared to automatic and electric milk frothers, the process takes longer, requires more effort, and usually creates a lower quality foam.

A manual milk frother is the cheapest option out of the three, making it a good option for those who are on a budget.

Automatic Milk Frothers

Automatic milk frothers provide the overall best experience as they require no manual work at all, and provide the highest foam quality between the three types. They look similar to an electric kettle from the outside, consisting of a carafe and a base. 

All you have to do is to pour the milk in the frother, turn it on, and wait for the magic to happen. When the frothing process is over, automatic milk frothers automatically shut off, meaning that you don’t have to watch over it. 

Some automatic milk frothers also can heat your milk, which comes in extra handy when you’re preparing a drink that requires warm froth such as a cappuccino.

Automatic milk frothers are the most expensive type of frother out of the three due to the benefits they bring to the table. If you froth milk regularly, it could be a worthwhile investment to buy one.

How to Froth Coffee Creamer with a Milk Frother?

Just like frothing milk, frothing creamer is also quite easy. Here are the steps you can follow to froth coffee creamer with different types of milk frothers.

Manual Frother

  1. Start by pouring your coffee creamer into the frother. If you’re using powdered creamer, add some water or milk to dissolve it.
  2. Close the lid, and start pushing and pulling the plunger. Depending on how quickly you do it, it shouldn’t take more than 10-15 seconds to complete the process.

Electric Frother

  1. Pour your creamer into a plastic bowl. You will need to add water or milk as well if you’re using powdered creamer.
  2. Submerge the attachment of your electric frother into the creamer, and run your frother. You can simply hold your frother in place while it works its magic, and turn it off when you feel like enough froth is produced.

Automatic Frother

  1. Pour the creamer into the frother. Add water or milk if you’re using powdered coffee creamer.
  2. If your frother can provide warm froth as well, make sure to choose the type of froth you require.
  3. Run your frother, and wait until the process is finished. Your frother will automatically turn off when it’s done frothing.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can you use creamer to make a latte?

You can’t really make a latte by substituting creamer for milk, but you can add creamer to your latte for taste. Since latte is a drink that consists mostly of milk, it’s not quite possible to make a latte without it.

If you’re looking to use creamer to add some flavor to your latte, you can simply add the creamer on top of your espresso shot before you pour the milk.

Is it better to use milk or creamer in coffee?

Our recommendation would be to always use milk in your coffee drinks as it’s healthier, natural, and provides a less artificial coffee drinking experience. Especially considering that it’s quite easy to find things such as lactose-free milk, or even non-dairy milk nowadays, there isn’t much of a reason to use coffee creamer. 


Even though coffee creamers can be frothed just like milk, we highly recommend using milk whenever possible. That being said, there is nothing that is stopping you from making a cup of frothy coffee if you don’t have access to milk right now.

Have a great day and enjoy your coffee!