homemade Baileys Irish cream

by Kristina Sloggett

in cocktails, Gluten Free, Happy Hour at Home, recipes, Vegan

In my family, my mom makes the homemade Kahlúa and I make the homemade Baileys.

I have shared this recipe here before, but it now resides with the other lost socks posts from my self hosting move. I made a batch of Baileys in November, right before we left for Mexico to drink nothing but tequila. I had some left to welcome me home right before Christmas.

Years ago, Jason and I got hooked on Baileys and coffee in Vegas. I had to stay alert for our six hour stints at the craps table, so coffee it was! On the plane to go home, we were waiting for takeoff and the attendant came around for drink orders. We were the last in our section to be asked, and both of us ordered Baileys and coffees. People started turning around and saying they wanted to change their order – pretty soon everyone in the section was drinking Baileys and coffee. One guy was a hold out, still wanting a Jager shot they did not have.

I’m pretty sure I told that story the last time I posted this recipe.

vegan Baileys Irish cream

1 tablespoon cocoa
2 shots espresso
1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut creamer
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon vanilla
3/4 – 1 cup whiskey

Combine cocoa with hot espresso/coffee, stir until dissolved. Add this and all other ingredients to blender, blend on high. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. 

I happen to know this lasts at least four weeks in the fridge, while you are on a hammock in Mexico.

Cheers!

 

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1 Heather (Where's the Beach) January 12, 2012 at 5:40 am

It’s been so long since I’ve had Baileys. Loving this recipe – especially that it’s vegan.

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2 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

I know, it’s pretty easy too. ;)

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3 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 12, 2012 at 6:09 am

I haven’t really cut loose and imbibed in a while (still nursing Clara)…but this looks SO very good on this cold January morning. Might make it this weekend after the kids are in bed!

p.s. Are you coming to BLEND?

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4 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

yes, please make it this weekend! :) you’ll have to let me know if you do…

funny you ask – I get my new calendar TODAY, and I am planning all of my trips for the first 2 quarters of the year… I am HOPING I am able to make it!

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5 Christin@purplebirdblog January 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

*fingers SO crossed Kris can make it*

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6 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I know, I KNOW!! I’m figuring out my calendar tomorrow…

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7 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama January 12, 2012 at 6:09 am

Oh I love Baileys. I’ll bet this is fantastic with the coconut milk!

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8 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

the coconut milk gives it a little different flavor, but I like it! :)

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9 Heather @ Better With Veggies January 12, 2012 at 6:27 am

YES!! So glad to see a recipe for vegan Baileys – thanks for sharing. I just pinned it, so I can find it later and share the love. :)

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10 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

you are so welcome, Heather – I hope you love it! and thanks for the pin :)

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11 Krystina (Organically Me) January 12, 2012 at 6:37 am

This is dangerous. I don’t drink often, but Baily’s on the rocks is one of my very favorite drinks. Thanks for the recipe!

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12 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

oh, same here! a few winters ago, we had so much snow we were stuck at home for over two weeks (we live kinda remote…). a little bit of this in our morning coffees became the norm. ;)

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13 Curt January 12, 2012 at 6:38 am

The perfect after dinner drink!

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14 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

I agree, Curt! cheers!

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15 Julie @Savvy Eats January 12, 2012 at 7:03 am

I love Bailey’s! It is so expensive though…may need to try making my own!

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16 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

it IS expensive… this is a tasty version, a bit different with the coconut milk but it’s close enough for me! :)

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17 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 12, 2012 at 7:04 am

Bailey’s always reminds me of my grandma who is such a calm, quiet person but every night with dinner has a shot of bailey’s straight. I love it. I want to be like her when I’m older ;)
PS-those glasses are adorable.

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18 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

your grandma sounds like my kind of people :) and thanks – my mom recently gave me a whole set of these glasses – I think they’ve been in the family for a while, which I love!

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19 Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses January 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

This looks great, Kris. The coffee I’m drinking right now is paling in comparison. :)

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20 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

oh my… you know how many coffees I ruined this morning?? :D

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21 Laura Podrasky January 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

This is just perfect to share w/ my mom-in-law! I can’t wait to make it w/ her! It’s a long weekend so possibly some fudge will happen and maybe even the spring rolls. Thanks so much for planning my weekend. lol

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22 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

hi Laura!! yes, this long weekend is perfect for this, AND fudge… by Monday you’ll want those spring rolls! :) enjoy!!

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23 Italian Notes January 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

Never knew you could make that at home. Interesting.

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24 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:05 am
25 brandi January 12, 2012 at 8:11 am

i love the idea of making this with coconut milk.

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26 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

makes it taste a little different, but I like it! :)

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27 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 12, 2012 at 9:49 am

Alright- this sounds easy enough! But this would be SO DANGEROUS for me to have in my kitchen. And I’d want to pour it onto cereal.
A co-worker gave me homemade Kalhua for Christmas. That sh*t is LONG gone.

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28 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

yep, too easy. ;) and now I want some cereal!! haa – the Kahlua my mom gives us never lasts long either – SO good!

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29 lindsay January 12, 2012 at 10:13 am

yes, i was hooked on these for a while too! i used to have one with my dad and chit chat. ahh, those were the days. I think the coconut milk is much better though. A good spabettie twist!

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30 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

ah, a nice drink and chit chat with Dad – I love that too!

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31 Roz@weightingfor50 January 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

Be still my heart!!! I LOVE Bailey’s and had NO idea it was pretty simple to make. Love the idea of using coconut milk too. Thanks Kris! Hope you and “Peanut Butter Basil” :) are having a good day.

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32 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

the coconut milk is pretty good – I like to think this is version comes close to the original? :)

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33 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

the fact that you made this vegan is so impressive.

I LOVE Baileys..I mean, I have blogged about it many times…but yeah, adore it.

And losing posts in a self-hosting move…ugh.

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34 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:02 am

way before I really knew what “vegan” was, I was not a fan of eggs. or milk. but I DID know what Baileys was. ;)

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35 natalie (the sweets life) January 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

oh goodness–just yesterday i posted about my homemade christmas recipes (hot fudge & ice cream)…next year i think i’m going to have to do this!

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36 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

your recipients will not be disappointed! :) your hot fudge looks AMAZING, by the way.

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37 Lisa January 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

YES PLEASE! I will take 3!

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38 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

me too… it’s noon somewhere, right??

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39 veganlinda January 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

How cool is your mom?! Can’t wait to make this!

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40 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

my mom is VERY cool. :D

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41 Richa@HobbyandMore January 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

twinkle in my eye! u made my day!
and how adorable are those glasses! my granny had the most adorable china, glasses and hand made napkins.. i need to go steal some when i visit her house next!

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42 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

haa haa – taking granny’s china… my mom recently gave me a whole set of these glasses – which I believe came from my grandma!! :)

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43 Jenn @therebelchick January 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

That sounds divine! I am going to try to make some!

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44 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I hope you love it, Jenn! Cheers!

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45 Christin@purplebirdblog January 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Um, I may just have to make the virgin version of this. Sounds DELIGHTFUL. :)

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46 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm

that would be GOOD. add some protein and it could be your morning smoothie? Mmm.

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47 Pure2raw twins January 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

what some of that now!!! looks perfect! we used to love Baileys now we can enjoy it again with this version. love it!

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48 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

it’s a close enough flavor… we love it!!

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49 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm

You know I’m a kahlua girl! I haven’t had Bailey’s in years! Tony loves it…this is a must! I love how it looks in the jar. It’s so pretty and I’m imagining amazingly delicious! I think a trip to the liquor store is in order!

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50 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

it is really good! a bit different flavor but close enough, I like it!

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51 Cara January 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm

My jaw hath droppeth to the flooreth. M.F. <–and that don't stand for Mary Fairweather…

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52 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

are you talkin’ to ME?? ;)

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53 Cara January 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

You know I would never call YOU that, just saying it out loud because I mean, well, you just, BAILEYS!! You literally read my mind. Must be all the simultaneous Wheel of Fortune watching between the both of us. MF.

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54 Cara January 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

You know I would never call YOU that, just saying it out loud because I mean, well, you just, BAILEYS!! You literally read my mind. Must be all the simultaneous Wheel of Fortune watching between the both of us. MF.

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55 Tassie January 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Yum!!! Can’t wait to give this a try….

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56 spabettie January 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

oh good, I hope you love it! :)

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57 Terris@ Free Eats January 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

What a fantastic idea. It looks like your conversion is spot-on. I’m new to your site, but heading to browse for more now!

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58 spabettie January 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

hi Terris, and thank you!! I hope you find more you like, and that I see you around here more! :) have a great weekend, Kristina.

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59 Laurel January 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Oh my word. Bailey’s!!! This has been my drink my entire adult life, Bailey’s and Coffee and I gave that up 4 years ago. You not only have literally saved my life you have confirmed my theory there is literally NOTHING you cannot make Vegan and allergy free if you set your mind to it. So why didn’t I? Smarty. :-)

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60 caitlin January 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I tell her this all the time, she is SO creative and comes up with things I always WISH I DID, lol.

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61 Laurel January 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

So why doesn’t she listen to you? She should stop being soggy and believe. :-)

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62 spabettie January 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

haa haa! okay okay, I’m listenin’!

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63 spabettie January 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

ah, thanks girl. you’re the bestest fan a girl could have.

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64 spabettie January 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm

see?? I know, this is what I am setting out to do. I sneak around among the omnivores, never labeling anything as vegan… surprising everyone every time! ;)

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65 Lisa B January 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Mmmmm! I love baileys and coffee…..so yummy–I drink it way too fast :)
Joe’s mom makes it for us, but I would love to do a version with coconut milk–thanks for sharing!

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66 spabettie January 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

you are so welcome – I hope you like it!

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67 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel January 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Yum! Pinned this as a reminder for later :)

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68 spabettie January 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

hope you like it Rachel! have a great weekend!

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69 christine January 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm

My version did come out pretty tasty, but not quite sweet enough. Do you have any suggestion or substitution ideas?

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70 spabettie January 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

hi Christine! I have made previous versions with added sugar – I’ve used a simple syrup before (equal parts sugar + water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves) and I have also used agave before – I cannot recall the amount, but perhaps start with 1/4 cup and add from there to your liking? I’m happy you tried the recipe! :)

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71 Christina January 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

That looks amazingly delicious!! I stopped drinking caffeine but I may have to look for some decaf espresso just for this lol. Can you believe they even make decaf espresso? It’s kind of a sin but whatev’s!

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72 Kath (My Funny Little Life) January 15, 2012 at 6:34 am

Wow! :D I will send this to my mom, my parents love things like this every once in a while, and my dad has started to make fruit liquors a while ago, so they may give this a try! :)

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73 Susan January 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Looks like I know what kind of shots I’ll be doing for my birthday! This looks phenomenal.

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74 candice @ TheNewModernMomma January 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Stop it right there. This is freaking awesome. Thank you for linking it to my first Tasty Tuesday. I’ve pinned this thing! Have a wonderful weekend! PS Love your pics! Cheers!

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75 spabettie January 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

hi Candice! I love Tasty Tuesday – thanks for having me ;) I hope you try this – it’s really easy and SO good! Cheers – happy weekend to you as well!

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76 Lisa Montalva January 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I had a gathering last weekend at my home and made these for a group of 20! It was spectacular.

Lisa aka The Gourmet Mom

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77 spabettie January 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

thanks for letting me know – SO glad it was a hit! :)

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78 Denyse February 1, 2012 at 5:30 am

this is delicious, we are enjoying some right now LOL

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79 Lara February 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

I have made THREE BTCHES of this!!

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80 carole February 4, 2012 at 1:13 am

Help! I am trying to replace hubbys International Delight Irish Cream Creamer…I understand all the ingredients and am making it a virgin version but what is the 1/2 cup creamer? Thanks cant wait to make this healthier for him and also to save money :)

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81 spabettie February 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

hi carole! the creamer I used is a coconut based creamer, like this one.

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82 carole February 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

thank you so much. I heard they had a creamer now just to find it..I cant wait. Going to put it in a mason jar and put heart decals on it for V day….:)

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83 spabettie February 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

aw, what a GREAT idea! Cheers!

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84 Ray Burrell February 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

girl, you so fabulous, I can’t believe you did this!! oh wait yes I can!! LOL

lookin good, Kris

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85 Jeni Treehugger February 15, 2012 at 7:12 am

WOAH! GURRRRRRRLLLL!!!!!
You just made my BESTEST BUDDY LIST!
My thighs will hate you but the rest of me loves you :-)

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86 spabettie February 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

ha haa – that sounds about right. it’s worth it, though… PLEASE make this. XO!

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87 Jorge February 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

made this today, YUM!!

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88 Rian March 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I just saw this on Pintrest and I am gonna make it, as best I can with what I have. Even with the substitutions I’ll be making I’m sure it will still be good.

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89 Lou March 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Yummo, love that you used coconut milk… so creamy and delicious. Oh my golly gosh… this would make a mad good smoothie with some vegan ice cream ;)

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90 Joan March 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Is the whiskey in the home made Irish creme Gluten Free?
This sounds so good but I need Gluten Free only…

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91 spabettie March 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

hi Joan,

most people say “all distilled alcohols are gluten free – including those from gluten grains” as the distillation removes most gluten. many celiacs and intolerants can consume whiskey with no effects, but I would definitely use caution if you are highly sensitive. I am only going by my level of tolerance, and do not want to say it is okay for everyone. I would search for a label that is certified, if you have concerns. good luck, thank you for reading!

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92 Deb Bee March 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I will try this when I find a coconut based creamer. When you live in the sticks it’s hard to find that kind of thing. I love Baileys and Kahlua mixed together. Any chance of getting the Kahlua recipe?

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93 Nina May 6, 2012 at 2:46 am

So pleased to have found this recipe as it’s something I miss from my non-vegan days.
What is ‘coconut creamer’? We get coconut cream in a can here in Australia. Is that the same thing? Or is it (perhaps) a can of coconut milk, shaken?
Cheers,
Nina

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94 spabettie May 7, 2012 at 8:15 pm

hi Nina! creamer is something we have here, mainly used for coffee in place of adding milk to coffee? It is one of those crazy weird things I so rarely use, but I saw one made with coconut milk, so I tried it. Coconut milk in a can (yes, shaken) would absolutely work! I hope you love it, cheers!

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95 Nina May 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Thanks so much for getting back to me. I appreciate the info.
I cannot wait to try this!

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96 jelli May 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

my sister and me made last night YUMMO, can’t wait for holidays everyones getting this gift LOL

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97 Jessica June 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

All I can say is Yum!!! Add a little ice and this would be a great summer time cocktail!

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98 Krystle November 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

do you think this would work if I replaced the coconut creamer with soy creamer to cut down a teeny bit on the coconut flavor?

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99 Kristina Sloggett November 15, 2012 at 7:54 am

absolutely, Krystle – I have not used soy creamer before, but I imagine “creamer” should be similar consistency? Enjoy!

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100 Laurel November 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

My husband just brought home a bottle of Jameson’s and I immediately thought of you :-) and this recipe. So the gluten gets boiled out of whisky right?

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101 Kristina Sloggett November 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

haa, awesome! …and if only it were as easy as boiling to get rid of gluten, right? but whiskey is gluten free, because of the distilling process!! yeee!

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102 Laurel November 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

EXCELLENT!!! she says with a wicked gleam in her eye and whilst rubbing her hands together and cackling.
Have a smashingly marvelous Thanksgiving. xo

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103 Kristina Sloggett November 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

EXACTLY how I responded when I first heard this news. MUAH ah ah… and thank you – I hope your holiday is fantastic as well!

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104 AK November 22, 2012 at 4:34 am

What type of cocoa you used? The unsweetened kind used for baking or cocoa mix with sugar added?

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105 Kristina Sloggett November 22, 2012 at 6:40 am

I use unsweetened, although either would work. this has no added sugar; I have had many people make this – some have added sweetener as well.

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106 Carmen May 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

What a genius idea. I love Bailey’s so I’m happy there is a vegan version!

Carmen ☼

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107 Kristina Sloggett May 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

it is very easy, and tastes surprisingly similar! cheers!

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