Monday, February 27, 2012

Vegan "Baileys" Irish Cream

 We thought it would be fun to add something new this year to our St. Patrick's Day celebrating,.... a little Irish Cream. Hoping to stay within the "clean" eating guidelines we have been trying to live with, we did a little searching in hopes of finding a Vegan "Bailey's" Irish Cream recipe with the right ingredients we would like to try.

Since we have never made Irish Cream before, we had, fresh in our minds, the days gone by memories of the original, and were not sure what the Vegan recipe would leave us with.

After looking at several recipes, we settled on a good looking recipe from, and just tweaked it a wee bit to fit our style.

Vegan Baileys Irish Cream

2 cups coconut milk {we used lite}
1/2 cup strong black coffee {we used Pete's freshly ground}
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 
3/4-1 cup Irish whiskey {optional}

Add cocoa to hot coffee blend until dissolved. Add coffee/cocoa mixture, and all the other ingredients to a blender, blend on high speed for a few seconds. Bottle and store in refrigerator for up to one week.

While this recipe was not bad, next time we would consider:

using regular Coconut milk instead of lite as we would like a thicker mixture.
using chocolate syrup instead of cocoa powder to give more chocolate depth.
add in 1/2 cup coconut creamer for added richness.
use an espresso shot or two.
add some whiskey.

It really is a matter of experimenting and adjusting ingredients for your preferred taste.

Serve on the rocks, in coffee, on ice cream or over pound cake.

We saved a pure maple syrup bottle that we thought would be fun to store our Irish Cream in since it reminded us of an old whiskey bottle.

Of course our bottle needed a label and we love the labels Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made does for Worldlabel Blog

     Even the cap gets a little festive touch for the occasion!

We also had another recycled tall bottle we filled and labeled.

Are you up for trying out a bottle of homemade Vegan "Bailey's" Irish Cream this St. Patrick's?! Even the children can partake in this beverage as long as no "alcohol" is in the mix. So raise a glass and make a toast to the Irish! Be inspired, get creative!

     Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.    
     Psalm 150:6
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  1. This looks good.. Never knew you could make this in a vegan way, my gf will LOVE this... Thanks SO much for sharing.. : ))

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  3. Oh, this looks good. I have always thought that the Irish were such happy people. The one that married us was a beautiful Irish priest. Jess and Nel always love to try out new recipes. I will tell them about this. Thank you.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  4. You are always so adventurous with your drinks! I just sit around drinking water while viewing your delicious concoctions, wishing I lived next door! Thanks for linking this up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party!

  5. Homemade Irish Cream is such creamy goodness.
    I had to laugh, I made hOmemade vanilla extract and also bottled it in maple syrup bottles as well as similar stopper topped bottles from Goodwill:-)
    Via Chef in Training

  6. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have lactose intolerance and cannot drink Irish Cream... or this was the situation until now! :-D

  7. This looks so good! What a terrific gift idea! I'm pinning it! Angie xo

  8. This sounds good. I love your labels.

  9. This sounds so good, I'd have never thought to make my own, but it seems like it's easy enough I should give it a try :)

  10. I love Bailey's... I should try this version!! Thanks for linking up this week :)

  11. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  12. Great idea and the bottles oare beautiful! This would be a super gift!! Thanks for sharing at Uncommon! :)


  13. You rock! I was looking all over the internet last week for a homemade Bailey's recipe, but couldn't find one that didn't contain eggs. I just can't get over the thought of drinking eggs. Anyway, I'm thrilled to find your recipe. Everything about it sounds delicious. I'm pinning it and sharing it on my Facebook page today.


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  15. ohgoodgolly this looks superdelicious! Thanks for sharing a vegan treat. :)
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  16. This looks so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing on Mom On Timeout!

  17. Neat idea and perfectly seasonal. I'd love to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  18. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

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