As a vegan chef, I believe that plant-based cuisine should be just as vibrant and flavorful as its animal-based counterparts. This is why I have created a recipe for a truly delicious and indulgent Vegan No Alcohol Irish Cream, perfect for those who choose not to consume alcohol or simply prefer a non-alcoholic treat.
Traditionally made with dairy cream and Irish whiskey, Irish Cream is a rich and creamy liqueur that has become synonymous with the Emerald Isle. But my vegan version of this classic drink features full-fat coconut milk, almond milk, instant coffee, vanilla extract, and brown sugar to create a deliciously creamy base.
This recipe combines the best of plant-based ingredients and traditional Irish flavors to create a smooth and velvety vegan Irish Cream recipe that anyone can enjoy. Whether you’re making it for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or just as an after-dinner treat, this vegan version of Irish Cream is sure to impress your guests! So without further ado, let’s jump right into the recipe!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a vegan and non-alcoholic alternative to a classic Irish cream? Look no further than this vegan no alcohol Irish cream recipe! This drink is perfect for those who want to indulge in the flavor of Irish whiskey without the boozy after-effects.
Here are some reasons why you’ll love this recipe:
1. Creamy and rich: The combination of full-fat coconut milk, almond milk, and brown sugar create a luxurious and creamy texture that will remind you of a traditional Irish cream recipe. You won’t even miss the dairy!
2. Healthier Alternative: Contrary to its alcoholic counterpart, this recipe is relatively low calorie and dairy-free. It utilizes ingredients that are more wholesome, such as coconut milk, almond milk, and natural sweeteners like maple syrup.
3. Easy to make: You only need 10 minutes to make this delicious drink! Simply mix together the ingredients and store them in a bottle or jar in your refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy.
4. Versatile: There are so many ways to enjoy this vegan no alcohol Irish cream recipe! Pour it over ice, use it as a coffee creamer, drizzle it on top of ice cream, or even use it as an ingredient in your favorite dessert recipes.
Overall, this vegan no alcohol Irish cream recipe is a tasty and healthy alternative that everyone can appreciate! It has all the flavors of traditional Irish cream but with a plant-based twist. So give it a try – I promise you won’t regret it!
Before we dive into making this mouthwatering vegan alcohol Irish Cream recipe, let’s take a look at all the ingredients you’ll need. Make sure to double-check your pantry and shopping list, so your kitchen is stocked with everything you need before getting started.
- 1 ½ cups full-fat canned coconut milk
- ¾ cup almond milk
- 1 shot of espresso or strong coffee (see note below)
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup of your favorite Irish whiskey brand
- Optional: add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or your preferred spices to enhance the flavors.
Note: If you don’t have an espresso machine at home, make a stronger cup of coffee by using a French press or an AeroPress.
This recipe combines trendy plant-based ingredients like creamy coconut milk and almond milk. We use instant coffee granules for a dense flavor profile, as well as real Irish whiskey, vanilla extract and sweeteners like maple syrup or coconut sugar to make our vegan alcohol-free Irish Cream recipe. With a touch of spice in there, this recipe is for those who are looking to indulge themselves into a guilt-free, dairy-free dessert cocktail.
The Recipe How-To
Step 1: Gather your Ingredients
Before we start mixing and blending, let’s make sure to gather our vegan-friendly ingredients for this creamy delightfulness. You’ll need the following:
- 1 cup of full-fat coconut milk
- ¾ cup of almond milk
- 1 tablespoon of instant coffee granules
- ⅓ cup of brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract
- ⅓ cup of Irish whiskey (if you want to make a version without alcohol, simply leave this out)
- Pinch of salt
Step 2: Mix and Blend
Once you have all your ingredients gathered up, it’s time to blend! Start by adding the coconut milk, almond milk, instant coffee granules, brown sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, whiskey (if using), and pinch of salt into a blender. Pulse everything together until it’s fully combined.
Step 3: Adjust to Your Taste
Now that you have blended all your ingredients together, give it a taste! If you want it a little sweeter, add some more brown sugar. If you want it stronger, add more instant coffee. Here is when you can get creative and adjust the recipe to your liking.
Step 4: Chill It
Now that you’ve got everything mixed up and adjusted to your taste preferences, it’s time to chill it. Transfer everything into an airtight container and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to five days.
Step 5: Serve It Up!
You’ve made it! Now all that’s left is to serve up your creamy vegan Irish cream liqueur. It’s perfect by itself with some ice or thrown in as a substitute for Bailey’s in an Irish Coffee or other dessert recipes.
Substitutions and Variations
I love to experiment with ingredients and flavors. That’s why I enjoy making vegan recipes as it always opens up the possibility of exploring substitutions and variations to create new and delicious dishes.
If you want to make this vegan no alcohol Irish cream recipe, but don’t have some of the ingredients, don’t worry! There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try:
– Coconut milk: If you don’t have coconut milk or don’t like the taste, you can use almond milk, soy milk or any non-dairy milk of your choice. Keep in mind that using a lower-fat milk may result in a less creamy texture.
– Instant coffee: If you don’t have instant coffee granules, you can use freshly brewed coffee or espresso instead. Just make sure it’s strong enough to provide enough flavor and aroma.
– Maple syrup: You can use any other natural liquid sweetener such as agave nectar, honey (if not vegan), or even cane sugar. Adjust the quantity based on how sweet you want it to be.
– Brown sugar: You could use coconut sugar, raw cane sugar, or granulated white sugar as a substitute for brown sugar. The resulting taste and texture may differ slightly but still delicious nonetheless.
– Irish whiskey: This recipe is designed as a non-alcoholic vegan Baileys Irish Cream recipe, but if you’re feeling adventurous(And legal) , add a shot of your favorite Irish Whiskey for more authentic taste.
– Flavorings: Experiment with other flavorings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom or peppermint extract to add an extra kick to this festive creamer.
With these variations and substitutions, there are endless possibilities for modifying this vegan no alcohol Irish cream recipe to suit your preferences. Go ahead and play around with the ingredients until you find your perfect blend!
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing this vegan no-alcohol Irish Cream, there are many ways to enjoy this creamy and delightful drink. One of the most common ways is to serve it chilled over ice, just like traditional Irish cream liqueur.
The nutty and velvety texture of the cream pairs perfectly with vegan dessert recipes, such as chocolate cake, tiramisu or a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with rich chocolate syrup. The light coffee flavor infused in the Irish Cream also makes it an extraordinary addition to your morning coffee or espresso.
If you’re looking for a richer flavor, switch out the ice for some freshly brewed hot coffee or espresso instead. The warmth and complexity of the newly brewed java will complement your Vegan Baileys Irish Cream gracefully.
For a festive kick, add a shot of vegan irish whiskey to your glass before pouring in the chilled Vegan Irish Cream. It’s the perfect drink for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or any other special occasion.
Lastly, if you love non-dairy and non-alcoholic options, switch out the instant coffee for Lyre’s Coffee Liqueur, making this alluring drink perfect for all occasions.
No matter how you decide to enjoy it, this creamy vegan no-alcohol Irish Cream will without a doubt elevate your dessert game and satisfy your sweet tooth!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
My vegan no alcohol Irish cream recipe is perfect for making ahead of time and storing in your fridge for when you need a tasty non-alcoholic treat. When you make the recipe, you can make the full batch and keep it in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.
To ensure the best consistency of your Irish cream, shake the container well before serving. If you find that your mixture has started to separate or thicken after being stored in the fridge, simply give it a good shake or stir to combine everything back together.
This recipe is not suitable for freezing, as the texture may change and it may lose its creamy consistency. The addition of coconut milk makes this recipe easily perishable if not stored adequately in the refrigerator.
To serve cold, pour over ice cubes and garnish with cocoa powder or whipped coconut cream. Alternatively, if you want a warm beverage, heat up the chilled Irish cream on stovetop or microwave. Reheat slowly over low heat, whisking occasionally until heated through properly.
The recipe serves about 10 portions so if you’re planning to serve it at a gathering or large dinner party, simply double or triple the recipe and store accordingly. This flavorful and creamy no alcohol Irish cream is an excellent choice for dessert recipes, coffee creamer alternatives and even non-alcoholic Irish coffee or Lyre cocktails.
Tips for Perfect Results
Before you start making this vegan, non-alcoholic Irish cream recipe, let me share some tips to help you achieve perfect results. First of all, make sure you use full-fat coconut milk to get the right creamy consistency. Light coconut milk may not give the same rich texture we’re looking for in this recipe.
Next, dissolve the instant coffee granules in hot water first before adding them to the blender with other ingredients. This helps create a smoother texture and prevents grainy bits from ruining your perfect Irish cream liqueur.
You can use brown sugar or any other sweetener that you prefer. If you want a richer flavor, try maple syrup or even coconut sugar. Adjust the sweetness to your taste by gradually adding sweetener and blending again after each addition.
To make this recipe nut-free, simply substitute almond milk for another plant-based milk, such as oat or soy milk. You can also switch up the flavor by using vanilla extract instead of almond extract.
If you want a stronger Irish whiskey taste, add an extra shot (or two if you dare), but be warned: too much alcohol can overpower the other flavors in this recipe. Remember, we’re going for a balanced and smooth taste that’s reminiscent of traditional Irish cream liqueur.
Finally, take your time blending everything together in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Serve chilled over ice or use it as a base for decadent desserts like Irish coffee or vegan Baileys Almande dessert recipes. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create a perfectly smooth and delicious vegan version of Baileys Irish Cream every time!
As with any recipe, it’s natural to have questions about ingredients, substitutions or variations. In this section, I’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions to ensure you have all the information you need to perfect this vegan Irish cream recipe. So let’s dive into these common queries and get you one step closer to enjoying a creamy, non-alcoholic version of this classic drink!
Is there a non alcoholic alternative to Baileys?
Experience the luxurious taste of Twisst Irish Cream Non-Alcoholic Cocktail, a delightful mocktail that’s perfect for any occasion. This award-winning drink is a refreshing alternative to traditional alcoholic cocktails and delivers a rich and indulgent flavor that’s sure to satisfy your cravings. If you’re a fan of Irish Cream, then you won’t want to miss out on this extraordinary non-alcoholic beverage. It’s like having a non alcoholic Bailey’s Irish Cream in your glass!
Is there a vegan version of Baileys Irish Cream?
Indulge in the perfect mix of almond and vanilla in this dairy-free and vegan-friendly Baileys Almande. This sweet yet spirited beverage is ideal for any occasion. Savor the unique flavors either over ice, mixed in a spiced chai latte, or add a nutty twist to your Eton Mess.
What can I substitute for Irish cream liqueur?
If you don’t have Baileys liqueur in hand, worry not, for a mixture of cream and whiskey could be a substitute. To create the mascarpone and egg blend, replace the 75ml/1/4 cup of Baileys liqueur with a tablespoon of whiskey, three tablespoons of single (or heavy or whipping) cream and two teaspoons of vanilla extract. This should give a similar taste as the original recipe.
What does Irish cream taste like without alcohol?
If you prefer your beverages to be alcohol-free, it’s important to avoid using Irish cream. The flavor of Irish cream is a delightful blend of chocolate and vanilla, with subtle hints of nuts.
In conclusion, this vegan no-alcohol Irish cream recipe is the perfect solution for those who want to indulge in the taste of Irish cream but without the alcohol and animal products. It’s a creamy, flavorful and easy-to-make recipe that combines brown sugar, coconut milk, instant coffee, and vanilla to make a thick and satisfying beverage.
You will love how easy it is to make this recipe, and the fact that all of the ingredients can be easily found at your local grocery store. Furthermore, it is extremely versatile – you can adjust the sweetness, texture and flavor depending on your preference or even experiment with different coatings like cinnamon powder or nutmeg to enhance the taste.
By choosing plant-based ingredients instead of dairy or animal products and substituting alcohol for coffee granules you can still delight in the taste of traditional Irish cream without harming animals or compromising your values.
Overall, this vegan no-alcohol Irish cream recipe is no doubt convenient for those seeking ways to savor classic Canadian winter holidays drinks such as Irish coffees or simply wants a cozy treat during cold snowy days. A great addition to festive family dinners’ dessert menus. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Vegan No Alcohol Irish Cream Recipe
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar (or more to taste)
- 3 1/4 teaspoons non-alcohol vanilla (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee (or less to taste)
- 3/4 cup plain rice milk
- Wisk all ingredients together.
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