A homemade sugar-free Bailey’s recipe for your coffee or favorite recipe! This keto Irish cream is a tasty blend of espresso, cocoa, cream, and whiskey.
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been drooling at all the Irish Cream dessert recipes floating around.
The problem is that regular Irish Cream liqueur is loaded with sugar. Thankfully, it’s not that difficult to make a sugar-free Bailey’s Irish Cream to use instead.
Before moving to low-carb, Bailey’s was one of my favorite ingredients for alcoholic drinks. I would mix it with coffee liqueur or just add it to regular brewed hot coffee. It adds a sweet flavor with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and almond.
Irish cream is really just a creamy flavored Irish whiskey. But the best part is that there are tons of recipes you can use it in for the keto diet if you have a low-carb Baileys.
There’s not a lot of ingredients needed to make this easy homemade Irish cream recipe. You may even have everything already on hand.
To get a creamy consistency and full bodied flavor, you’ll want to use heavy cream or heavy whipping cream.
You can use any brand of whiskey you like. I like to use Jameson Irish whiskey.
Although you can use your favorite low-carb sweetener, I recommend using a powdered sweetener like Swerve Confectioners. Allulose or BochaSweet are other great options.
Unsweetened cocoa powder is what gives the alcoholic beverage a touch of chocolate flavor.
You’ll need a strong coffee flavoring for the recipe. I used instant espresso powder because I usually have a jar on hand. But instant coffee granules or a small amount of very strong brewed coffee like espresso coffee will work too.
To enhance the flavor to the spirit, a little almond and vanilla extract are mixed in.
Note: You'll find all the exact ingredients used in the recipe card (with a green background) at the bottom of this post.
- Heat up the cream. To get the cocoa and instant coffee to blend in well, it’s best to heat up the cream.
- Allow some of the liquid to be reduced. There’s no need to measure the amount of reduction. Just let the mix come to a slow boil and then reduced the heat to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Just follow these step-by-step directions to make your own homemade Baileys.
Combine dry ingredients
The first thing you do is combine your sweetener with the espresso power and cocoa in a medium saucepan.
Add the cream
The next step is to slowly add the heavy cream and whisk it into the dry mixture.
Heat and simmer
Bring the liquid to a slow boil on medium heat. Then reduce the heat slightly and allow it to simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.
Remove the saucepan from the heat after simmering and allow the liquid to cool down a bit. The last step is to mix in the extracts and whiskey.
When the liquid has cooled down, you’ll want to transfer it to a glass bottle with a lid to store in the refrigerator.
It can be stored for two weeks. If you can’t drink it all within that time, you can easily half the recipe.
It’s best to make this up as you need it because fresh cream can spoil after a couple weeks. It’s easy to use up if you’re a coffee drinker because it makes a great keto coffee creamer.
️ Serving suggestions
I personally think it’s too strong to drink on its own, so I like to dilute it with non-alcoholic liquids. You can also use this copycat Bailey’s Irish cream recipe to make delicious desserts.
Since this is a sweet liqueur, it’s a nice flavor to add into desserts. Irish cream cheesecake, trifle, cake, and brownies are all great ways to use this low carb copycat Bailey’s Irish Cream recipe.
You can also use it in an ice cream recipe where it will keep much longer in the freezer.
I’m not much of a drinker, so I won’t be drinking shots of this Irish cream. I’ll be using it as a flavoring in desserts and an after work coffee. But it can be used to make a delicious low carb cocktail alternative to my keto mojito and skinny margarita.
Let's take a look at some of the questions people often have about making homemade Bailey's Irish Cream.
Irish cream is a type of liqueur that is made from cream and whiskey. It is typically sweet and creamy, and has a chocolate or coffee flavor. It is often served on the rocks, or in cocktails.
There are many variations of Irish cream, but the most common ingredients are whiskey, cream, and chocolate.
Irish cream is a type of liqueur made from cream and whiskey. Bailey's is a type of liqueur made from cream, whiskey, and chocolate.
Homemade Irish cream will last for about two weeks in the fridge.
There are many substitutes for Irish cream liqueur. Some popular substitutes are Bailey's, Kahlua, and Frangelico. You can also make your own Irish cream substitute by combining heavy cream, whiskey, chocolate syrup, and coffee extract.
Now that you know how to make your own copycat Bailey's, you may want to try some other famous drinks. Here's a few of my other favorite copycats.
- Homemade Shamrock Shake lets you ditch the overpriced and unhealthy fast food versions that come around one a year.
- Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Drink is a simple alternative to the high sugar ones at your local coffee shop.
- Keto Frosty is a delicious frozen treat that will allow you to indulge and stay on track.
- Sugar-Free Peppermint Mocha Latte is easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients.
- Keto Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha is a great alternative to the overpriced ones you get through a drive-through.
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Copycat Bailey's Irish Cream
- ⅔ cup low carb sugar substitute
- ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups Irish whiskey I used Jameson
- Combine Swerve, espresso powder, and cocoa in medium saucepan.
- Slowly add in the heavy cream.
- Bring mixture to a slow boil, reduce heat slightly and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in extracts and whiskey. Cool.
- Store in a glass bottle in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 0.25 [calories] => 200 [carbohydrates] => 1 [protein] => 0 [fat] => 14 [saturated_fat] => 9 [cholesterol] => 54 [sodium] => 15 [potassium] => 36 [fiber] => 0 [sugar] => 0 [vitamin_a] => 585 [vitamin_c] => 0.2 [calcium] => 26 [iron] => 0.1 [serving_unit] => cup )
Notes on Nutritional Information
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First published on March 2, 2016. Updated on February 17, 2022, with new images and additional recipe information and tips.
I made this recipe for my husband who is eating keto ( I am low carb). Of course I had to test taste the results before sharing with him 😉 Wow is it good. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to trying your other recipes!
This is so easy to make and taste wonderful.
I really liked this. I am finding that my sugar subsitute (Monkfruit) is settling to the bottom. Should I be cooking it longer for it to desolve?
Unfortunately, if you use too much erythritol, it has a tendency to crystalize. What I like to do is cut the amount in half and use a concentrated sweetener like stevia or monk fruit for half the sweetness. You can also try using allulose or BochaSweet which are keto-friendly sweeteners that don't have any erythritol in them.
Lisa, is there a way to make this for non-drinkers using Torani Irish Cream sugar-free coffee sweetener?
You can certainly use the flavored syrup instead. I would just add that until the taste is how you prefer.
What is the best sugar substitute to use that doesn't crystallize when cooked down
You'll want to try allulose or Bochasweet.
This was delicious!! I found it a bit strong but still very tasty.
This tastes wonderful! Although, after being refrigerated some of the Swerve I used recrystallized in the bottle. Is there a fix for this? Did others have this problem?
Unfortunately, it's the erythritol. You can heat it up a little to dissolve. However, I find using an other sweetener or reducing the amount of erythritol is the best fix.
This is delicious. I’ve made it three times and it is easy and so good. Thank you for making me love coffee again.
This is great. Not quite right, I think maybe a bit heavy on the almond extract, but good all the same. I used Lakanta Monfruit, turned out great
The taste of this is magnificent. I followed the recipe exactly and end with the same results twice... clumpy greasy residue. What did I do wrong? The taste is great just need to figure the texture thing. Help!
Some of that could be erythritol. Using a sweetener without that sugar alcohol helps. I've tried allulose and monk fruit and its much better.
Can you use something in place of Lantko classic white?
Swerve works well or use the low carb sweetener conversion chart to use another sugar substitute.
I love it! Before I had even tasted it, it smelled yummy. I'm happy i took the chance on making this! it's delicious!
RIDICULOUSLY good!! So easy and tastes JUST like the real thing! It’s seriously crazy how much I love it! I wanna find some recipes to use this in now!
You can use this copycat Bailey's Irish cream recipe for just about anything that calls for the real thing!
Made this yesterday! Excellent! Used sucralose and Maxwell House instant coffee granules in place of espresso. Also used Jim Beam bourbon in place of Jameson Irish whisky. My husband and friend said it was fantastic. Will be making it for Christmas gifts and frequently for no special reason?.will do double batches!
Thanks for sharing your subs. I haven't tried it with bourbon, but sounds just as good.
Made recipie exactly as shown with Swerve as my sweetener. Amazing recipe. Both my Husband (who is not on keto) and I love this more then real Baileys. Finally a substitute recipe that doesn't taste like a poor substitute. Well done!
I have spent my entire summer making this recipe as a coffee creamer, omitting the Jameson's. I make it in triple batches because I drink it daily and I only want to make it once a week. Yep, a quart and a half of Irish cream. This has been going into my cold brewed coffee, along with a little liquid monkfruit, water to thin it all down and a whole lot of ice. This stuff makes the best iced coffee drink I have EVER tasted. It's pricy to make (about 20-25 bucks for a triple batch using organic cream and Lakanto golden monkfruit) but a lot cheaper than a daily iced coffee from a coffee house and so much healthier. It doesn't help that I make about a 30 oz iced coffee in a 40 oz insulated tumbler ?. I drink on it all day, usually it replaces all my meals except dinner. Not sure how healthy that is but it's working for me. I know I've commented on this recipe before but thank you so much for this creation/adaptation/whatever you want to call it. Me? I just call it wonderful!
Thanks for sharing that awesome idea! I may give it a try with coconut cream as I've been avoiding dairy.
I have successfully made this recipe as listed so many times! I can’t wait till Christmas when I have a continuous supply in my fridge.
That being said, we’re going to spend Thanksgiving with friend who’s children are Anaphylactic to dairy and nuts. Has anyone successfully make this with coconut cream or some other dairy/but free milk?
I SO wanna sit by the fire drinking this...
Coconut cream would be a good sub for the dairy cream. However, you may want to try the kind that doesn't solidify in the refrigerator. I like the Let's Do Organic Heavy Coconut Cream which is what I use in my coffee. It flows well when cold.
Perfect! I'm going to give it a try! Thank you
If using swerve is it the powdered one or granular one
Either type of Swerve is fine to use in the recipe.
I can't thank you enough for this recipe! I used to make homemade Irish cream with heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk I made myself, chocolate syrup, vanilla and almond extracts. I never put coffee or whiskey in it since I used it as a coffee creamer. Since going HFLC (Keto) I have sorely missed my coffee with Irish cream. Now I can have it again thanks to you and this awesome low carb copy cat! I went through the first batch in three days. I'm going double the next one and hope it lasts a week. I think I owe you my first born (you might not want her, she comes with a hubby and 3 kiddos), a kidney, my right arm....
You're very welcome Cat! LOL, I'd take them all!