We are officially on holidays and couldn’t be happier; sitting here sipping my coffee and homemade Baileys, anticipating the days to come and reflecting on the amazing year that was had. It’s these simple moments before the day begins that I really want to savour more often. The calmness and joy that comes from sitting and enjoying a cup of java rather than rushing out the door with a cup in hand. And with the holidays amongst us, your regular cup of joe can become much more festive with this quick and easy clean Irish Cream.
For the last two years, I have been loving my homemade Coconut Baileys Irish Cream, but this year wanted to try a recipe that didn’t involve stove time and one that was a bit lighter on the calories. Here comes my newest version, Almond Coconut Irish Cream.
It’s healthier, cleaner, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, vegan friendly and pretty amazing in my opinion. It’s easy to double or triple the recipe and makes for a great gift giving idea too!
I’ve been riding the nut mylk train for a couple years now and replacing dairy milk wherever I can. I’ve always stuck to the typical retail brands such Silk, Blue Diamond, Natur-a for convenience sake and I was always a bit intimidated in trying to make my own.
But at last, after trying some amazing varieties from local retailers and vendors at my favourite farmers markets, I thought I have to give this a whirl. Surely, it couldn’t be so hard and I found myself craving, the all natural, preservative free kinds. And let’s face it, the mass produced varieties with a shelf life, really don’t offer much flavour, nutrients and often have some nasty fillers like carrageenan. This recipe proves that this creamy delicious treat really is a cinch to make and is so satisfying!
For my first attempt, I am super impressed with how it turned out. Slightly sweet and silky smooth, I can literally drink this by the glass and do note, that this is not something I would ever or have ever done with mass produced almond mylk, cow milk and or any other variety. Never have I had that urge, but THIS…THIS is TOO good!
Simple ingredients make for a naturally sweet vanilla caramel flavour.
Ingredients (yields 4 cups)
1 cup of almonds, soaked
3 medjool pitted dates
¼ tsp of cinnamon
1 vanilla bean (for intense flavour – chop up the whole bean!) or half a tsp pure vanilla extract
3-4 cups of filtered water
Place almonds in bowl and cover with a couple inches of water. Soak nuts overnight (8 hours or longer).
Rinse and drain nuts.
Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high for 1 minute.
Place cheese cloth or nut bag over a large bowl and pour milk.
A lot of milk will filter right through, but you will need to squeeze the cloth/bag to ensure you get all the goodness into your bowl.