This healthier homemade Baileys Irish Cream is made in 2 minutes with 5 ingredients. It is creamy, made with just milk, yet low in calories and lower in sugar than the original. Add Irish whisky or keep it non-alcoholic. This is homemade Baileys without condensed milk is perfect for holiday celebrations!
Indulge in a guilt-free treat with our healthier homemade Baileys Irish Cream, a delightful twist on the classic that swaps out condensed milk for a lighter option—milk. This recipe promises the rich, creamy goodness you crave without the excess sweetness, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a more balanced, yet still indulgent, beverage.
Why You'll Love This
If you're a fan of Irish cream but looking for a healthier alternative, this recipe is for you. By using regular milk instead of condensed milk, we've created a lighter version that doesn't compromise on flavor. It's a guilt-free way to enjoy the creamy, smooth taste of Irish cream without the excess sugar.
Milk. I recommend cashew milk or almond milk as they are high in healthy fats and thus creamy, but not as high in calorie as coconut milk, a common choice in homemade Irish Cream recipes.
Irish Whiskey. To make this drink alcoholic, use Irish whiskey such as Jamisons. You can use bourbon.
Chocolate. You can use your favorite chocolate syrup, or melt ¼ cup of chocolate chips and add that, or even add 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa though you might need to add a sweetener.
Coffee. Use instant granules and use decaffeinated to tone down the caffeine.
Flavorings. I added cinnamon, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt and black pepper to support all the warm flavors.
See the recipe card at the bottom for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Step by Step Instructions
For more detail, visit the complete and printable recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
In a glass, combine milk, Irish whiskey, chocolate, instant coffee granules, and vanilla extract.
Stir all ingredients are well combined and the mixture is smooth.
Melt chocolate chips in a microwave for 30 seconds, or use your favorite chocolate syrup.
You can make this drink in a glass and froth with a hand frother or stir vigorously with a spoon.
Make it vegan and dairy free. Use any dairy free milk such as cashew milk or almond milk.
Gluten-free. It's naturally gluten-free, even if you use Jamison's Irish Whiskey.
Non-alcoholic. Swap the Irish whiskey for a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative for a mocktail version. Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, or gingerbread spice mix, or even pumpkin spice mix instead.
Flavor it. Add different flavorings such as mint extract or orange extract to vary the flavor.
Keep your homemade Bailey's with or without alcohol refrigerated. With alcohol, it can last a month as the alcohol will preserve it. Without alcohol, it will last about 5 days.
Irish cream drinks have a thick milk-like texture, and strong warm and spicy flavors. The warmth can come from alcohol or spices such as black pepper and cinnamon.
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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream
- 1 cup milk almond or cashew milk
- ¼ cup Irish whiskey Jamisons, or bourbon
- 2 tablespoon chocolate, melted or use syrup*
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- In a glass, combine whole milk, Irish whiskey, chocolate syrup, instant coffee granules, and vanilla extract.1 cup milk, ¼ cup Irish whiskey, 2 tablespoon chocolate, melted or use syrup*, 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch salt
- Stir all ingredients are well combined and the mixture is smooth.