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Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream

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Have you ever wanted to make low-carb Baileys? With my keto condensed milk it's easier than you think!

Unlike the traditional alcoholic beverage that contains over 15 grams of carbs per serving, this homemade Baileys only contains 1 gram of carbs which makes it ideal for those who follow a low-carb approach.

It's a great drink for any special occasion including holidays, Valentine's Day or birthdays. Enjoy this low-carb liqueur over ice, in your coffee instead of keto coffee creamer, or add some to your keto mug cake!

How To Make Keto Baileys

I used equal parts of keto condensed milk, heavy whipping cream and whiskey but you can fine tune the amount of each to your liking. If you don't have both vanilla and almond extract, you can substitute them with one another. If you don't have instant coffee powder, a shot of espresso or coffee extract are both good alternatives. If you want your Baileys more chocolatey, simply add some more cacao powder (or Dutch process cocoa powder).

Those who can't have dairy but still want to enjoy a glass of this deliciously creamy Baileys, simply swap the condensed milk with my homemade Dairy-Free Keto Condensed Milk, and substitute the heavy whipping cream with coconut milk. If you want to make it nut-free, just use water instead of almond milk, or use any seed milk (poppy seed milk is delicious!).

Before you go ahead and give it a try, just keep in mind that like with any alcoholic beverage, you should limit your consumption to minimum if your goal is to lose weight.

If you make my low-carb Baileys, don't forget to tag KetoDiet_App on Instagram and use a hashtag #ketodietapp!

Tips and Substitutions

I used my Keto Condensed Milk (uses cream) but feel free to use my Dairy-Free Keto Condensed Milk (uses coconut milk) and swap the whipping cream in the Baileys for coconut milk if you are dairy-free.

If you want to make it nut-free, use water instead of the almond milk, or use any seed milk (poppy seed milk is delicious!).

Instead of brown sugar substitute, you can use Swerve or Erythritol.

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 45 ml/ 1.5 fl oz

Allergy information for Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free
Pescatarian
Vegetarian
Vegan

Nutritional values (per serving, 45 ml/ 1.5 fl oz)

Net carbs1 grams
Protein0.7 grams
Fat12.1 grams
Calories151 kcal
Calories from carbs 3%, protein 2%, fat 95%
Total carbs1.1 gramsFiber0.1 gramsSugars0.8 gramsSaturated fat7.6 gramsSodium18 mg(1% RDA)Magnesium5 mg(1% RDA)Potassium48 mg(2% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 740 ml/ 25 fl oz)

Keto Condensed Milk:
  • 1/2 stick (4 tbsp) butter (57 g/ 2 oz)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (480 ml/ 16 fl oz)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (480 ml/ 16 fl oz)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar substitute such as Lakanto or Sukrin Gold (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
Baileys Irish Cream:
  • 1 cup keto condensed milk (240 ml/ 8 fl oz) - recipe above
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 1 cup whiskey (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 2 tsp sugar-free vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sugar-free almond extract
  • 2 tsp powder or Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder or 1 shot of espresso

Instructions

  1. First, prepare the low-cab condensed milk. Place the butter into a sauce pan. Cook over a medium heat until it starts to foam and brown. This will take just a few minutes and you should keep an eye on it to prevent burning. Browning the butter will enhance the flavour. Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream
  2. Pour in the cream and almond milk. Don't panic when you see the butter floating on top at first. Add the sweetener and mix until well combined. Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream
  3. Bring to a boil over a medium-high heat. Once it starts simmering, turn the heat down to low. Reduce the liquid to about half of the volume. This will take 30-45 minutes. You should get 2 to 2 1/2 cups of condensed milk. Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream
  4. When done, remove from the heat and set aside to cool down to room temperature. Blend using an immersion blender until smooth and creamy (this will help remove any clumps). Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream
  5. To make the Baileys, place the condensed milk into a blender. Add heavy whipping cream and whiskey. Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream
  6. Add the vanilla extract, almond extract, cacao powder and coffee powder. Blend on medium-low until just combined. (Note: High speed blenders can curdle your Baileys! Make sure to use a slow-medium speed. If the mixture curdles, strain the liquid through a sieve and discard any curdles.) Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream
  7. Pour in glass jars and serve over ice. Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream
  8. To store, keep sealed in glass jars for up to 6 weeks. Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream
  9. Shake well before serving. Homemade Low-Carb Baileys Irish Cream

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 45 ml/ 1.5 fl oz)

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (51)

Love the variety of recipes you have

Pretty good, however I found the flavor of the almond milk in the condensed milk super overwhelming. I feel this recipe would work much better making the condensed milk with unsweetened coconut milk instead.

It should work too but may be a lot thicker. It depends on the type of coconut milk. So for example if you use carton coconut milk like Aroy-D (should be just water and coconut), then this might work quite nicely. Canned coconut milk might be too thick for this.

This is so delicious! I've been wanting to make this for ages but only just got around to it now. I made the condensed milk last night (I have made it before and loved it even then!) and but together the Baileys today. Like another reviewer, mine too set into a very thick, pudding-like consistency (as I used double cream rather than whipping cream, I suspect) but it was easily thinned out with some water and stirring. Thank you for another great recipe 😊

Thank you so much Anu, I'm glad you enjoyed! I'm thinking of recreating this recipe using the new eggnog method: Low-Carb Eggnog (Czech Egg Liqueur)
I suspect it's the extra fat and it would do better with less fat. I'm on it for Valentine's 😊

Hello
I followed it step by step.. but the product once cooled in fridge turns into a pudding like consistency... any advice?

I'm sorry to hear that, could it be that the cream had a higher fat content? The ingredients I used result in thick and creamy but still pourable consistency.

Hi there! This recipe looks amazing and I’m excited to try it! One quick question... do you think it would be ok to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the keto condensed milk? Thanks!

Absolutely, even more flavour! 😊

hi i made this baileys recipe, but found that i could still taste the almond milk, so i reduced it by half and increased the cream half, i also found it abit thick so added some water to a consistancy that i liked, was lovely, in fact im enjoying a glass as i write this. x

Thank you Glynis, that's great feedback! Glad you enjoyed

Hi!
Was just wondering what whiskey you used for this. Thanks!

Oh I'm sorry I have to admit I'm not a whiskey expert so I can't remember what it was. I think it depends what you like.

Hi....I have made your recipe and it's delicious!   However, when added to hot coffee, it breaks down 😞    Due to this, I searched the internet to make other copycat recipes to which I had the same results....  I've tried different sweeteners including Allulose, made it with condensed, as well as all ingredients together.... no difference....    Hoping you may have a solution for me?   Thanks, MIchele

I'm sorry to hear that Michele, I think this could happen if you over-beat it. It splits because the fats separate. I literally only quickly pressed the button to pulse but not to create any froth. If the cream gets whipped then it could split. Mine did separate a bit after I placed it in the fridge but it was still pourable and it was easy to fix just by shaking briefly. I've been trying different ways by skipping the condensed milk and using egg yolks instead. It works better (less fat means less likely to thicken too much or split) but the colour is a bit off with egg yolks. It's worked really well though so I'll try to share it soo but I can't promise it will be before Christmas.

I guess I messed up and added all of the 2 1/2 cups condensed milk in with the Bailey's recipe. Do you have any advice to fix it or just go with it? I don't really want to add more whiskey and whipping cream to double it. What do you do with the extra 1 1/2 cups of condensed milk? Perhaps next time I just make half the condensed milk.

Sorry about just reading this, we've got quite a few comments to go through these last few weeks! 😊
I would probably just leave it as it is. If you find it too sweet, maybe add some almond milk.
The leftover condensed milk can be used to make any of these:
Low-Carb & Keto Coffee Creamer Five Ways
Keto Thai Iced Tea
Keto Vietnamese Iced Coffee
No-Churn Keto Cookies & Cream Ice-Cream
Low-Carb Lime Batida Cocktail
Bulletproof Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles
The Best Keto White Chocolate
Keto Key Lime Poke Cake
... and many more!

Martina, this recipe was perfect! I didn't find as many uses for the condensed milk, though I tried your excellent suggestions. Can you give the recipe for just one batch of Bailey's, without making condensed milk first? I would super appreciate it!

Thank you! I suppose just heavy whipping cream? It won't be as creamy but if you use it and add sweetener it should still be delicious 😊

Hi,
I don't have an immersion blender but I have a regular blender & a magic bullet. Will one of those work to blend the condensed milk?

Hi Amanda, yes these will work just fine 😊

Hi, I see with this recipe you will get more condensed milk than needed to make the baileys.  How do you store the extra condensed milk and how long does it keep for?  Thank-you!

Hi Lisa, you can store it for 1 week in the fridge in a sealed jar.

In the preliminary text you say add more cacao if you want more chocolate flavour, then in the recipe itself you've written it as cocoa. Which is it please?

Sorry for the confusion, you are right. Just to clarify:
- cacao powder = raw unprocessed, no sugar added, medium-light brown colour. Good option.
- cocoa powder in terms of Dutch process cocoa powder. It's a good option too and it's sugar-free.
- cocoa powder = one with added sugar is not suitable.

I am wondering if your keto Baileys needs to be refrigerated? I see I can be stored in glass bottles for 6 weeks
Thank you

Hi Judy, I'd definitely keep it in the fridge. You may have to shake it before pouring but it has to be refrigerated. Make sure not to blend/froth it as the cream would separate. I only pulsed it a few times to combine but simple mixing all the ingredients will be enough.

Your recipe looks so good! Lot's of good questions answered in the comments, thank you. My question is, I do not like instant coffee at all, is there any way to use regular ground coffee instead? I don't have an espresso machine!

Absolutely! You can use regular ground coffee made in a French press. It can be used to taste so even if you use a little more it's ok. Strong coffee and less liquid is generally better. I hope this helps 😊

Could you add some no carb sugar free Irish cream syrup to this?

Hi Jennifer, I'm not familiar with this ingredient but I suppose you could use this it if it doesn't affect your blood sugar (some types of "no-carb" sweeteners may contain maltitol or sorbitol).

i love your sauce pan, is it possible for you to send me the link where i can order one? thanks

Thank you so much! I got this one from Etsy and I live in the UK so I'm not sure if that would help? But check on Etsy.com, there's even more options in the US!

Hello, thank you for posting this recipe! The condensed milk was phenomenal, however my liquid did not reduce by half. I did bring it to a simmer and reduced to low for 30-45 minutes. Not sure what I did wrong...any suggestions?

Thank you Leah! I think it's just due to different heat settings so I'd either slightly increase the heat or cook for 10-15 more minutes until reduced by half. I hope this helps! 😊

Hi there
Just made this today and omg yummy. Just wondering on its shelf life please? I don’t expect it to last long enough to do off but for the sake of knowing thought I’d ask 😊
Thankyou

Thank you Maxi! It should actually last for quite a while (6-8 weeks) - refrigerated and sealed 😊

Hi! I'd like to make a coffee creamer out of this, by omitting the whiskey. Has anyone tried that? Thanks!

You'll love this recipe: Low-Carb & Keto Coffee Creamer Five Ways 😊

Hello,  I just want to clarify that if I wish to make it dairy free that I substitute coconut milk for any ingredients that is whipping cream?  Can I substitute butter for ghee?

Yes that's correct. You can use coconut milk instead of heavy whipping cream, and ghee or coconut oil instead of butter. Butter is always the best ingredient to use but ghee is the best alternative if you are dairy intolerant.

This really helped as I thought I would not get to enjoys Baileys again ... thank you

Thank you for your kind words, Kathleen!

In #5 you say to add the condensed coconut milk; it is not coconut milk unless you use that if not using almond milk. Is that correct.  Looks Great! Will make it tomorrow.  
Can this be kept in the refrigerator?

Hi Margaret, thanks for noticing! What I meant was "condensed milk" - you can use regular one with dairy or dairy-free with coconut. I hope this helps!

Does this require refrigeration?

Yes it does have to be refrigerated.

I was excited to see this recipe and made it as written. I did have to use erythritol instead of the Sukrin Gold brown sugar sub. I am enjoying it very much, and next time will be sure to have the brown sugar sub as I think it likely make it even better. The cocoa, coffee and extracts were perfect as is.

Thank you for your lovely feedback, Kim!

Please link where you bought the adorable glass containers!

Thank you! These are from Amazon UK and they are called "Kilner": Amazon link You should be able to find similar on any Amazon store or any store that sells preserve jars and bottles. I hope this helps!