I’m not a huge fan of creamy alcoholic drinks, such as Bailey’s or Godiva Liqueur. It just tastes a little sketchy to me. When I make my own, however, it just reminds me of a delicious boozy smoothie.
I looked at a few homemade recipes and decided to wing my own. Some elements were obvious to change (ahem, the cream) but others were a little bit of trial and error. The dates, for instance. You can use whatever type of sweetener you want to – maple syrup, agave, stevia, etc – but it does need a little something to sweeten it up, in my humble opinion. The dates give the “Irish cream” a bit of a thickness that is pleasant and reminiscent of the real thing.
A word to the wise: unless you have an amazing blender (read: Vitamix), you’ll want to strain the cream once you’ve finished. It would be weird to drink your glass and find a chunk of date in it. Another word to the wise: this recipe is pretty boozy! You may want to cut down on the alcohol if you plan on drinking it on the rocks.
Copycat Bailey’s Irish Cream – Made Vegan!Course: Uncategorized
2/3 c. Irish whiskey
1 tsp. instant coffee
2 tsp. cocoa powder, like Guittard
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond extract
10 medjool dates, pitted
3 c. almond milk, or other type of non-dairy milk
- In a blender, puree all of the ingredients until smooth, to your desired consistency. Taste the mixture to be sure it doesn’t need any additional sweetener.
- Strain the liquid to get any leftover date chunks out.
- Make sure the liquid is used within 3-5 days. It’s nice and fresh, so take advantage of it.
- I’m working on a bread pudding that features this Irish cream as well – AND a buttercream frosting! Come back and grab those recipes too 🙂