Homemade Baileys Irish Cream…made vegan!



It’s a lame Monday morning with 1 hour less sleep than usual and you’re probably thinking about this weekend.

So let’s talk St. Patrick’s Day. :)

It’s on Saturday. Fun will be had. Drinks will be consumed and parades will be watched. And we’ll probably be missing a lot more than 1 measly hour of sleep. Consider today your sleep deprivation training for the 17th.


Picture with me if you will, a thick and creamy homemade Baileys Irish Cream, free of any glycerol monostearate, dairy cream, refined sugars, maltodextrin, artificial flavours, modified milk ingredients, and colour.

I have no idea what I just typed.

Using just 5 natural ingredients, this homemade Baileys has a light hint of coconut and espresso. It’s vegan, but you’d never know it.


I also never would’ve guessed that Jameson Irish Whiskey would be vegan either. Who needs Guinness when you have this bad boy?


Last year, when I was putting together one of my vegan recipe round-ups, I came across Janessa’s submission for her vegan Baileys Irish cream. I suddenly realized that a homemade version didn’t look so difficult after all. I filed the idea away for later and finally got around to trying out my own version last week.

Coconut milk provided the ultra creamy texture. I “cooked down” the coconut milk with some Sucanat (or use brown sugar), until it thickened, for about 10 minutes.


During my first trial, I cooked it down too long and discovered how to make vegan condensed milk!!


Check out how thick and creamy this is after about 20 minutes, cooking down 2 cans of full fat coconut milk and 1/2 cup of Sucanat. I’ll have to use this in a baking recipe…it’s crazy delicious.


I decided that I didn’t want it that concentrated for the Baileys, so I bottled up the first attempt and went back to the drawing board. This time, I only boiled it for about 9-10 minutes, instead of 20. It was perfect..slightly thick, but not overly so. I removed it from the heat and stirred in the rest of the ingredients.

Like this homemade espresso. ZING!!! Can you tell I drank espresso all weekend long? You can use coffee too, but I wanted it bold.


Let’s just say that I didn’t feel the effects of the time change at all…..wheeeeeee.

However, my hands may be a bit jittery.


With a pinch of salt and a hefty dose of Jameson, it was complete..and incredibly easy to make! My batch made about 3.5-4 cups, as shown below. The actual yield is unknown because there was a lot of sampling going on!


Homemade Baileys Irish Cream, made vegan.

Vegan, oil-free, soy-free


5 from 1 reviews

Ultra creamy and delicious, this vegan Baileys will knock your socks off. And not just because it’s strong!

Inspired by Janessa.

3.5 to 4 cups
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  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat (or brown sugar should work)
  • 3/4 cup strong espresso or coffee, or to taste
  • 3/4-1 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey, or to taste
  • pinch of salt


  1. In a medium or large pot, add the cans of coconut milk and whisk. Now whisk in the sugar. Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes, while stirring frequently, until it cooks down and thickens slightly.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the espresso or coffee. Don’t have a coffee maker? Just buy a cup from the coffee shop and use that. Add in espresso/coffee to taste.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and finally the Jameson, to taste. I added about 3/4 + 2 tbsp of whiskey and it was strong, but so is the original! Make it as strong or weak as you prefer.
  4. Store in sealed jars and serve over ice, with coffee or tea, or in baked goods. The whiskey and espresso settles to the bottom of the jar slightly, so give it a good stir before using. I’m not positive how long this keeps in the fridge, but it’s been good in our fridge for a couple days now and I expect it to last 4-5 days. Well, not technically…!

I’m thrilled with how this turned out. It’s very strong, but then again, the original Baileys is as well and I wanted it to be as close to the original as possible.
You can serve it over ice…


Add a shot to coffee or tea…


or even bake with it…yessss.


Now I just have to find a way to sneak my Baileys into the pub…

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Lauren (PB&G) March 12, 2012

This is beautiful! I’ll be celebrating from London this year! Only 7 hours until we leave!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

nice…have fun!


Janessa @ Epicurious Vegan March 12, 2012

Wow, your version looks great!! And your photos, so lovely!


Marya March 12, 2012

For years I’ve wanted a recipe for vegan Bailey’s! Thank you, I’m so excited to try this out.


Moni'sMeals March 12, 2012

So SMART! What a great idea. I think a flask will be in your near future, that way you can head to any bar you want. :)
Don’t you wish that bars had drinks like this for the “norm” ahhh, One day!….

Have a great day and I need one of those donuts right about now! With a tall vegan baileys please. :)


Lindsay@Peas.Love.Balance. March 12, 2012

No joke I was googling recipes for this YESTERDAY! So glad I have your blog, it seems like you’re always reading my mind!! Cant wait to make this!


Ellie March 12, 2012

This looks YUM-Y!

I just wanted to say thank you for all your wonderful posts! I have been reading Oh She Glows for a while now, and you have inspired me and given me the courage to start my own healthy blog!

Today marks the anniversary of my very first blog post!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

Congrats Ellie! I will check it out. Thanks for your kind words :)


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Fi. March 12, 2012

I don’t drink (alcohol) so I can’t say I’m excited about the homemade Baileys recipe, but I am SUPER excited about the vegan coconut condensed milk! I’ve been craving a vietnamese coffee lately and I think I just figured out how to veganize it! Thanks! Also, you’re blog is great, I’ve been following it for months now. As a new vegan it’s been a great inspiration.


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

I hope it works out for you…now I’m intrigued & going to search for a recipe :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

just looked it up…WOW sounds amazing!


Christine @ The Brighter Side of Life March 12, 2012

Top o’ the evenin’ to ya! All I have to say is… mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..


Jessica March 12, 2012

Yay! Hot chocolate with a little Bailey’s was a Christmas Eve tradition in my family, but I had to stop partaking when I went vegan. Now, I can bring that tradition back! (And I probably won’t wait until Christmas to try this recipe.) Thank you, Angela!


Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours March 12, 2012

Angela you are pure brilliance!!


Miriam March 12, 2012

How clever!! I love this. Happy St. Patrick’s Week!


Bronwyn March 12, 2012

OH yum! That is delicious sounding. I know what I’m making Saturday. ;) Soooo….. when is the doughnut recipe coming up?


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2012

I hoped to have it ready this week, but I’m still not happy with the doughnut…still a bit cakey for my liking. I might have to wait for the book.


Susan March 12, 2012

Yummy – this would make a great homemade Xmas gift


Jenessa March 13, 2012

…and i thank you! i know it wasn’t this Jenessa, but i’m grateful one of us inspired you to do it :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2012



Anastasia@healthymamainfo.com March 13, 2012

Sounds good!


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts March 13, 2012

I’m a little speechless. Wow?!


Alyssa (Down To Earth) March 13, 2012

I cannot wait to make this. I bet it’s a lot cheaper to make than buying a bottle for St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you for sharing!


Ileana March 13, 2012

So cool how you made this. Looks so delish. Have a great week!


LizAshlee March 13, 2012

What a fun recipe! My younger sis’s fav day is St. Patty’s and I am headed home to visit her..so excited!


Emily (Edible Psychology) March 13, 2012

Ooh, Bailey’s is one of the things I have missed MOST about giving up dairy! I can’t wait to try it. Hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!



Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 13, 2012

Woohooo, what an awesome recipe. This is one I must make! Looks delish!!


Charlotte March 13, 2012

I am so excited to try this. I LOVE Baileys. I have been making your recipes & modifying them as needed as if it is hard to find some vegan items where I am. Thanks so much for the inspiration my family dose not even realize they are eating so healthy.


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2012

that’s so great to hear…enjoy!


teri March 13, 2012

One word about how to get this into to pubs…FLASK :-) it works everytime!

Any thoughts on a Jameson alternative? I have celiac disease and dispute some beliefs, it is not gluten free. I get terrible contaminations from it and would love another option but that’s a unique taste to replace!

Thank you!!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2012

Hey Teri,

Aw that’s a bummer…what about bourbon? I think the taste is sliiiiightly similar. Not sure if they make it GF though!


Sonja March 13, 2012

So, this is a really cool recipe, but coconut milk does not agree in any way with my stomach/gi tract. Could this be made with almond milk? I’m guessing no . . .


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers March 13, 2012

Oooo, how festive! I’m so pumped for this weekend’s festivities. :D


Lauren M. March 13, 2012

I think I’m in love!


Shakila March 13, 2012

You know what else that vegan condensed milk would be great for? Thai iced tea and Thai iced coffee! It’s a favorite of mine that I’ve missed since going vegan…


Abby @ Fig & Fork March 14, 2012

I will be wife of the year if I make this for my husband – awesome recipe!!!


Clem March 14, 2012

Angela, I just made this recipe and I can’t believe how much like Baileyss it is!!! I can’t even taste the coconut milk!

You have no idea how happy you just made me. I was resigned to enjoy the occasional drink of Baileys as a vegetarian treat but now I can enjoy my favourite drink without guilt. Thank you!!!


Clem March 14, 2012

I just noticed though that after leaving it in the jar (closed) for a few hours the alcohol and the rest of the cream are separating. Is that normal?


Diana @ frontyardfoodie March 14, 2012

This makes me wish that I wasn’t pregnant.

And I also feel like drinking coffee now. haha


Jen March 14, 2012

Insanely good, cheers!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 15, 2012

Glad to hear that Jen!


Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie March 15, 2012

Holy moly. Even a virgin version of this would be ahhhhhmazing on a hot, summer day.


Anniemac March 16, 2012


You have made our year with this recipe!

Baileys was the only thing my husband and I have missed the last 2 Christmases (we are vegan about 20 months). Especially as we live in Ireland Baileys and Christmas are a tradition!

I am also super happy to have you conform Jameson is vegan as I was too scared to check as a lovely Jameson and Cranberry Juice is the only alcoholic drink I can drink on a night out without being in a heap the next day – my theory is it is of minimum ingredients and the Vit C cures the hangover before it starts …..;0)

If Eric ever gets you to the Emerald Isle be sure to stop by!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 16, 2012

Thank you…enjoy!


Andria @ havefoodwillfeast March 16, 2012

Omg Angela. you. are. a. genius…….seriously. I’m never buying regular bailey’s again!


Cate March 16, 2012

Hi, I just made this and it’s delicious… But, mine came out darker than yours. I ended up using cream of coconut and a can of full fat coconut milk – I wonder if that’s the reason. I also used brown sugar instead of sucanat which may have added to the darkness. Regardless, it tastes delicious and I will bottle this for my dad as his birthday gift!


Emily March 17, 2012


Just finished making this to celebrate St. Patrick’s day – thanks for the great recipe! Delicious.



Grace March 17, 2012

I just made this and it’s fantastic! A dead ringer for regular Bailey’s … my housemate really doesn’t like coconut but she could barely taste it in this recipe. Thanks!


Get Skinny, Go Vegan. March 18, 2012

While I don’t know how much I could handle of this super yumminess (sugar & booze do a number on me!), it looks truly amazing!!!! And a great drink for guests!


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