Nourishing Vanilla Steamers (Like Crème Brûlée in a Glass!)

January 12, 2010 · 35 comments

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Vanilla Steamer Recipe

What’s not to love about a warm beverage on a cold winter day, one that’s a cross between hot cocoa and Crème Brûlée?  Hey, that’s a good rhyme! :)

Our son had a friend over the other day who didn’t like hot cocoa (can you believe it?), so I made them a Vanilla Steamer instead.  They’re full of nourishing ingredients, and if you can get away with only a little sweetener, all the better.

The amounts are totally up to you, I’ll just give you an idea of what I use, but it really doesn’t matter, just taste test and see what you think.

Nourishing Vanilla Steamers

Stir well over medium heat until desired temperature.  Pretty easy, huh?  Let me know what you think, or if you add something else interesting to yours, let us know that, too.

Note:  If you don’t heat it too much, it will retain more nutrients from the raw milk and egg yolks!  (Sarah says to heat to 117* F.  “Use a food thermometer or a clean finger to judge the temperature: when it feels hot but doesn’t burn, it’s about 117*F.”)

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    1 HeatherM January 12, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Sounds yummy! Tomorrow is farm day so I will have to wait until then so I can get some cream.


    2 Kim in Ohio January 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Hi Kelly! I just made this, and I am drinking it now. It’s delicious! I usually prefer the taste of honey to maple syrup, but I decided to try this the way you recommended. I’m so glad I did. It’s excellent and really warmed me up this cold winter morning! BTW, I didn’t have the extra cream, just whole raw milk… it’s still fantastic. Thanks so much.


    3 Elizabeth @ The Nourished Life January 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Mmmm… sounds delicious. I make a similar concoction for my kids as a calming bedtime beverage. I sweeten with stevia and they don’t know the difference! Egg yolks and cream make it a really decadent treat… I may have to try this for breakfast this morning. :)


    4 gojigirl January 12, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Looks yummy! Seems similar to how I make eggnog, does it taste similar? I’ll have to try this later today. Thanks for posting!


    5 Liz F. January 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I made one of these just last night. I only use milk, vanilla and a tiny bit of stevia. YUM! A perfect little warm treat in the evening.


    6 NancyO January 12, 2010 at 10:50 am

    This IS my egg nog recipe except I add a bit of rum extract and some nutmeg on top. Mmmm…I’ll have to try it hot. I’m like you, I don’t heat mine much. I make hot cocoa the same way…put it all in a blender with egg yolks, too, then warm it on the stove for a minute or two. It has a wonderfully thick consistency. I use a little maple syrup and a drop or two of stevia. I save the raw cream for the top (a tablespoon or so) and it feels like whipped cream or frothed milk. There’s an Italian hot cocoa called Ciobar that is made similar to this. Don’t you just love to suffer for the sake of good health?! lol!


    7 Sustainable Eats January 12, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I make this all the time for my picky eater. That way if he skips a meal I know he just drank an omelette! ;p


    8 FoodRenegade January 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I love this idea! I’m amazed I never thought of it before, but it sure does sound fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing.


    9 natalie January 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    YUM. Will be getting farm fresh eggs tomorrow and will try this for my girls afternoon snack tomorrow. Thanks for posting!


    10 Kathryn January 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I tried making this for my girls when they came in from skiing in the yard. They gave me funny faces when they took a sip, so I threw it back in the pan and whisked in some cocoa powder. They loved it! Looks like I just found a way to make my homemade cocoa healthier!


    11 Martha January 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I’m looking forward to trying this. It looks delicious and I have hopes that our will like it and I’ll try the cocoa powder if they don’t. I almost forgot to read this post since I got caught up in all the advice of what to do when the milk goes sour! lol


    12 Martha January 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I meant our boys will like it. sigh.


    13 Rebecca January 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers puts arrowroot in hers for a bit of a different consistency:


    14 Robin January 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Kelly-

    I’ve been drinking steamers for years-since I’m not a coffee drinker, I’m always looking for alternatives for hot beverages. Although I’ve never tried adding egg yolks (I bet that makes it pretty yummy as well!), you can add all kinds of flavors. I’ve done basic vanilla but have also tried adding Baileys Irish Cream or hazelnut liqueur (for adults obviously but so yummy!), or even try melting a little butter into your steamer with the maple syrup or using various spices-a little cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. I found a “hot cocoa maker” at the store one day and couldn’t resist trying it, and it was so fun to use! Just put everything in, turn it on, and it churns it all up while it’s heating the cocoa, steamer, whatever. Plus, it comes with a little recipe booklet which is where I got some of my ideas-I found that the recipes were a little sweet for me, but still some great ideas!


    15 Robin January 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Oh! Also don’t forget other extract flavors, like peppermint or almond, etc.


    16 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen January 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Sounds absolutely delicious! I would love this too!


    17 Leanne April 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I finally tried this recipe and I added a couple TBSPs of coconut oil. Even my husband liked it and he won’t go near milk anything!


    18 KitchenKop April 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    What a great idea to add coconut oil!!!!


    19 Peggy April 30, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Heh heh. One of my “processed food friends” came over for coffee and I made a half recipe to use as creamer. She loves French Vanilla Coffeemate and said this was a lot like it but…better. I showed her the ingredient lists side-by-side and I think we have a convert.

    I’m tellin’ ya, the real food revolution will be won by people’s taste buds.


    20 KitchenKop May 1, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Peggy, that is a GREAT idea! I’m putting this in my Monday post!


    21 Keri January 3, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I’m wondering, does this keep? Or do you have to use it up all at once? Id like to make some for coffee, but don’t want to have to make it every day!


    22 KitchenKop January 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I just linked to this in the other post, obviously you already found it! Yes, this will keep for a day or two, maybe more, probably for as long as milk would, but it doesn’t last around here long enough to know for sure. :)


    23 JenZ May 3, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I am SO making this for my kids with breakfast today!


    24 Barb September 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    MMMmmmmm tis the weather, at least here it’s beginning to be. THis would also be great amade ith coconut milk.


    25 Meg November 18, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Sounds delicious! I like the coconut milk idea, too, Barb!


    26 Raine Saunders November 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Great recipe Kelly! We make hot chocolate with raw milk and organic cocoa quite often in the colder weather, but weirdly enough…my son doesn’t really like hot cocoa either. I don’t think he’s really a fan of chocolate though. He would probably like this a lot. Thanks for sharing! :)


    27 Tara December 3, 2010 at 6:50 am

    So delicious! I can’t sleep and it’s cold, so I just whipped this up using raw milk, raw cream, pastured egg yolk, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt (just a pinch) and organic grade b maple syrup (barely any). Heat just till really warm. It’s so soothing! Hopefully it will help me get back to sleep.


    28 Jenn V. December 10, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Oh my goodness this is about the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted. Thanks for sharing! Giving it to my poor sick girl right now!


    29 Sandra Mort February 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    It’s very nice with chai in it, too. I usually take the chai and put it in the raw milk with honey, warming it slowly, then swirl in the coconut at the end. I could probably enrich it with the yolks to make it even yummier. Never thought of that!


    30 Shirley @ gfe February 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    That looks and sounds really good, Kelly! Who doesn’t love creme brulee? ;-) I like Leanne’s idea on adding coconut oil, too. :-)



    31 shelley February 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Can’t wait to try it this week. Sounds wonderful.


    32 D. March 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I’m so glad I found this page! The recipe sounds wonderfully nourishing and a great way to help use up extra milk and/or eggs just before *farm fresh* day around here. :) We love warm drinks and even though yesterday if was mid 70’s here and today is supposed to be 80 degrees, we are still going to have some cold days before summer arrives. Some of our spring days are quite chilly in the evening even if the day is warm. We don’t usually have 70 degrees in March – we’re usually in the deep freeze. To tell you the truth, I’m not a warm weather person so I hope we DO get some more cold days and I’d ask for snow from the Snow Fairy but it seems this year she’s on strike or vacation or something. Dang it!

    Thanks again for the idea. I bet this would be good with my favorite spice – cardamom. (Can you tell I’m Swedish?!!)


    33 NicoleT November 3, 2013 at 2:18 am

    This is DELICIOUS!! My kids thank you. I added some Bernard Jensen’s Gelatin & used maple syrup & it was a major hit. I think I’ll whip some up in a huge pot to serve on Thanksgiving.


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