8 Best Holiday Coffee Creamers! The Ultimate Dairy-free Coffee Creamer Review

8 Best Holiday Coffee Creamers! The Ultimate Dairy-free Coffee Creamer Review

Be honest. Do you get giddy when November rolls around and you arrive in the creamer section of the store to see an array of seasonal creamers from peppermint to nog? 


We certainly do. But as the festive, dairy-free options continue to multiply each year, we found ourselves struggling with decision fatigue. 


To help prevent you from experiencing this same Yuletide hardship, we held the ultimate holiday coffee creamer taste test to compare 8 leading creamers on 4 key criteria. 


  1. Flavor - how delightful the creamer was when mixed with coffee, how prominent was the respective flavor notes? 

  2. Texture - how well did the creamer mix with the coffee, was it a fluid sipping experience with equal distribution of cream from the first to the last sip?

  3. Holiday Authenticity - did it provide a unique sipping experience that channeled the magic of the holiday season? Was the flavor clearly identifiable as a holiday option?

  4. Ingredient’s Integrity - how high quality were the ingredients used? Will it cause any unwanted gut distress? 

We selected 8 holiday coffee creamers and brewed a batch of coffee, pouring a small amount into 8 mugs, while keeping all variables consistent to create an honest tasting match-up. Here’s how it went:


8th Place: Nutpods Peppermint Mocha


We’re saddened to say this. But through this best dairy free creamer competition, we’ve come to believe that Nutpods are not worth the hype.

Maybe it wasn’t a fair evaluation, since we’re not assessing ‘everyday’ creamers but looking for the flavorful ‘healthier than Starbucks’ at-home alternatives. Sadly, we just found Nutpods were incredibly bland as a non-dairy coffee creamer.

We kept adding more with the hope that maybe the holiday notes would come through. I think about Nutpods Peppermint Mocha as an equivalent of La Croix’s flavorings (it’s essenced with fruit but doesn’t come close to a Spindrift).

Yes, the ingredients are certainly an improvement from the other two Nutpods we tried in this taste test if someone is looking for 0 grams of sugar. But in this special season, we would pass on it as our holiday coffee creamer of choice. It’s also more expensive per ounce and still uses natural flavors.

The texture is fine and it blends well enough. But from our own experience, it doesn’t froth well at all (another luxury we seek in a holiday creamer). Compared to the other 2 nutpods, Peppermint Mocha ranked last because both flavors were lost, resulting in a sort of mint gum + coffee combo that leaves much to be desired.


7th Place (Tied for Second to Last): Nutpods Holiday Nog Creamer


We don’t mean to beat a dead horse. But once again, this is another plant-based and non-dairy coffee creamer by Nutpods that has a long way to go. 


I suppose it took years for the Impossible Burger to become as desirable as a Whopper at Burger King. So maybe in time, Nutpods can get there. 


If you’re seeking non-dairy holiday coffee creamers in eggnog flavor, consider a ‘So Delicious Holiday Nog Coconut Beverage’. Or, just make one yourself following this delicious recipe from the Minimalist Baker. 


The Nutpod Holiday Nog is slightly more pleasant than the Peppermint Mocha. But it still lacks significant flavor and is far from ‘creamy’ when it comes to texture. 


It ranked second to last in our seasonal coffee creamer taste test and it’s certainly not something we’ll be spending money ordering offline, since it’s less accessible than the other brands.  


6th Place (Tied for Second to Last): Nutpods Pumpkin Spice Non Dairy Coffee Creamer


Anytime you bring a Pumpkin Spice option to a coffee party, you have to know the bar is high. Pumpkin Spice might be the OG holiday flavor to kick-off the seasonal frenzy and Nutpod Pumpkin Spice does not deliver as a seasonal coffee creamer.


Again, if this was strictly a zero-sugar alternative to a plant-based creamer, maybe… But given that Nutpods still uses natural flavors (and there are a variety of ways to make ‘pumpkin’ come through without sugar), it’s a miss. 


I honestly had nothing against Nutpods prior to this holiday creamer taste test. But I’m now disappointed given the innovations we’ve seen in recent years in the plant-based creamer alternatives. Coffee is more than a utilitarian stimulant, and if I wanted zero flavors, I would just use almond milk (which froths easily at the very least). 


Nutpods don’t ‘spark holiday joy’ in my morning coffee ritual. And for that reason, it tied with the nog for the second to last place in our test of the best dairy free coffee creamer (and it’s overpriced in our opinion).


5th Place: Califia Maple Caramel Almond Milk Creamer


We wouldn’t typically classify Maple Caramel as a holiday creamer flavor. But we didn’t want to let our own season bias exclude any contenders. 


The Califia Maple Caramel Almond Milk Creamer has a lot of the same pros and cons listed above. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of these 2 flavors in my coffee and it didn’t bring anything all that ‘special’. 


It shared the same ‘sweet cream’ subtlety of the nog, but was even thicker! It was so thick it formed a cream sludge on the bottom of the cup that would require frequent stirring for even distribution. 


The ingredients are very similar to the nog, but the flavor isn’t quite as enjoyable. Also, the texture is a deal-breaker, which led me to rank it 5th in our seasonal coffee creamer taste test. 


4th Place: Califia Holiday Nog Almond Milk Creamer


We were excited to find a plant-based eggnog alternative, as this presents a challenging flavor to mimic without dairy and eggs. The Califia Holiday Nog Almond Milk Creamer is a subtle improvement to the everyday ‘sweet cream’, but nothing to get too hyped over. 


When it comes to flavor, it’s more subtle than the Silk creamers we discuss later, but you can taste a bit of ‘rich cinnamon’ sweetness coming through. This is especially the case in the second half of the cup. 


Eggnog is such a distinct holiday drink, and as a holiday creamer, Califia’s Holiday Nog Almond Milk Creamer doesn’t quite meet expectations. The biggest issue in both Califia non dairy coffee creamers is the texture and consistency. They are SO thick, almost clumpy like a drinkable yogurt. 


Not only is this viscosity mentally unpleasant to pour, but it also causes the cream to gravitate towards the bottom of the cup, creating a bland top and overly sweet bottom. It was so thick that it caused me to check the expiration date, thinking maybe it had gone bad, but that wasn’t the case. 


The ingredients are a slight improvement over the Silk variety of holiday coffee creamers. However, we had to use more to have the flavors come through, so it probably balances out. Califia still uses cane sugar, but at half the amount (2g). It also substitutes Sunflower Oil for Coconut Cream, a much better alternative but possibly at the expense of texture. And finally, it once again uses natural flavors. 


Overall, this ranked 4th because of the texture and lack of nog authenticity.


3rd Place: Silk’s Oatmeal Cookie Oatmilk Seasonal Coffee Creamer


We were drawn to the frothing claims and the oat option in Silk’s Oatmeal Cookie Oatmilk Creamer. The flavor was much more present and enjoyable than the Nutpods or Califia holiday coffee creamers. The only problem was that it didn’t quite feel ‘holiday’ enough, so it lost a few points in our rankings of the best dairy-free creamers for that reason. 


I could see this as a good ‘sometimes’ holiday creamer when I want more than plain frothed milk but nothing to ‘fake flavored’. It has 4g of sugar, but a little goes a long way and it distributes well, so you don’t have to keep adding more. 


We appreciate the choice of oat milk as it has a lower impact on the environment when compared to almond milk. Similar to the Peppermint Mocha option, it uses sunflower oil and natural flavors, not ideal and something to keep in mind for long-term daily use. 


Silk’s Oatmeal Cookie Oatmilk was quite enjoyable and checked the texture box but fell short on the holiday component, so it came in 3rd place.   


2nd Place (Tied For Winner): Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Peppermint Creamer


We were pleasantly surprised by what the non-dairy Silk creamers brought to the table. Typically, I wouldn’t grab them off the shelf, since I tend to gravitate towards products with more ‘organic’ branding. But for this seasonal delight, I’m okay deviating from my normal ingredient standards. 


The flavor was noticeably more present in the Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Peppermint compared to other holiday coffee creamers in the lineup. It had just the right amount of sweetness to make you feel as though you’re celebrating for the holidays, but not so much to make you feel as though you need to brush your teeth and eat something salty (as I personally feel after sipping half a Starbucks peppermint mocha). 


The texture scored high as it blends well throughout hot coffee.It doesn’t sink to the bottom or get clumpy. The ingredients could certainly be improved, but with this non dairy coffee creamer, a little goes a long way, and it falls into the ‘not that bad’ category. 


They are using Cane Sugar (4g per serving, on the higher end, but not horrible). We don’t love seeing Sunflower Oil as an ingredient since when consumed in excess, it may contribute to inflammation in the body. 


In this case, it’s likely a very small amount and we’re not ‘cooking’ with it, so we’ll let it slide. But we would prefer a High-Oleic Sunflower Oil alternative to lower the chance of oxidation. 


Finally, natural flavors is a blanket term that doesn’t provide the desired transparency to know what is making this drink taste so magical. Either way, Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Peppermint ranked among the best dairy free coffee creamers in the final tally. And given the short season of availability, we’ll continue adding it to our morning coffee (resting on a Stone Coaster from Dorai’s Kitchen collection, of course). 



1st Place (Tied for Winner): Laird Superfood Pumpkin Spice Non Dairy Creamer


Finally, the black swan of the group: Laird Superfood Pumpkin Spice Creamer. This was the only ‘non-refrigerated’ powder creamer in the mix, but that didn’t affect the strength of the flavor whatsoever. 


In fact, whenever we can get back to traveling I will likely bring a bag of this seasonal coffee creamer with me. I consistently use the Laird Functional Mushroom Creamer found in the refrigerated section of the store, so I was pleased to see a seasonal option. 


I ordered this online (with a coupon), so it was more expensive, but the quality of ingredients speak for themselves. I also don’t have a problem supporting smaller, premium brands who are trying to make healthy alternatives, especially when they do it really well. 


Laird Superfood Pumpkin Spice Creamer delivered on a healthy and flavorful holiday experience! This was Jason’s favorite and it was tied for me with Silk’s Peppermint Mocha. I think it also can make a wonderful holiday gift


It has a much more authentic sweet and spice flavor that other plant-based pumpkin creamers are often lacking. Even more, the ingredients are a 10/10! It only has 1g of coconut sugar (though I may have done 2 tsp, so let’s say 2g) but it’s SO much more flavorful than Nutpods and Califia. It doesn’t taste artificial in any way, which after a while I could see happening with the Silk holiday coffee creamers. 


It has coconut powder and coconut oil, 2 high-quality fats that are superior to the others. No natural flavors, which blew my mind but it’s clear they use real spices and pumpkin to create this lovely holiday experience. 


The only area that could be improved, but is understandable given the method of delivery is the texture. Simply put, a powder is always going to be a little harder to blend evenly than a liquid, but it wasn’t a big deal. I would certainly feel good about using Laird’s festive creamers after the holidays and the ingredients validate the higher price point. 

This tied for first place with Silk’s Peppermint Mocha. However, if we had to pick one winner as the best dairy free creamer, it would be Laird Superfood Pumpkin Spice Creamer. 


Wanted to add this one, but couldn’t find it nearby:


We originally planned to add Malk to the lineup, but had a very hard time tracking it down. We’ve had this in the past, and it’s sort of ‘meh’. 


The texture separates easily (likely due to the very natural ingredients) and I don’t love pecans as a base. We’ll certainly update this blog post if we’re able to get our hands on a bottle.


Ranking Summary:


1st - Laird Superfood Pumpkin Spice Creamer

2nd - Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Peppermint Creamer

3rd - Silk’s Oatmeal Cookie Oatmilk Creamer

4th - Califia Holiday Nog Almond Milk Creamer

5th - Califia Maple Caramel Almond Milk Creamer

6th - Nutpod Holiday Nog 

7th - Nutpod Pumpkin Spice Creamer

8th - Nutpods Peppermint Mocha


Since doing this test of the best dairy-free creamers, I’ve found myself reaching for 2 creamers consistently.  


Most days, I’m landing on the Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Peppermint due to convenience. Yes, in the morning I can be a little lazy and the coffee machine is right next to the fridge, so I tend to grab the liquid creamer to expedite my time to the first sip of caffeinated goodness. But when I’m not in the mood for a creamer that’s as sweet, I opt for the Laird Liquid Creamer


From making a specialty cocktail (or two) to decorating the home, we love getting into the holiday spirit in any way we can here at Dorai.  These days more than ever, we have to indulge in all the simple joys as much as possible


We hope you enjoyed this review of the best dairy-free creamers and get the chance to try a few of our recommendations this holiday season! Happy sipping!


Illustration by : @chloeheartsart 


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