What’s better than a glass of Baileys Irish Cream? How about a glass of low carb Baileys Irish cream with S’mores flavor? I love the rich flavor of Bailey’s but I don’t love the sugar and carbs. You probably don’t either if you are on a low carb or keto diet. When a friend of mine asked me if I could create a low carb version, I was in. I did some research and found several that looked pretty close to what I was looking for. Some had too much cream, some had too much booze, some were just yucky tasting. With St .Patrick’s day as my goal for this, I continued to experiment.
For this recipe you’ll need: heavy cream, Irish whisky, S’mores flavored vodka, coffee, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, Xylitol and Stevia.If you are in a hurry, feel free to Jump to the Recipe
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Low carb Baileys recipe background
As I was buying the Irish Whisky, I saw some S’more’s Vodka. It was one of those moments when you know that you are in complete harmony with the universe. S’mores Irish Cream?
So that’s how I combined these two flavors for an amazing low carb cocktail.
How to make homemade Baileys cocktail low carb?
First, don’t use real Baileys Irish Cream. I used Irish whiskey, heavy cream, and other flavors to taste just like real Baileys. I used sugar free ingredients like Xylitol and Stevia sugar substitutes. While condensed milk would have added amazing flavor, 1 ounce has almost 21 grams of carbs ! Definitely not a sugar free ingredient. While a chocolate bar has sugar added to it, plain cocoa powder has none, just lots of flavor. I tried coconut milk and almond milk but they were too thin. The heavy whipping cream adds richness and fat which you’ll want on keto.
Is Baileys OK on keto?
No. According to Baileys nutrition information shows that 100 ml of Baileys has 21.7 grams of carbohydrates of which 18 grams are sugar. That means 3.4 ounces exceeds your entire daily allowance of carbs if you are on a keto diet. Being on a low carb diet, I still don’t want to have that much sugar in one cocktail.
I’ve stated this in other low carb cocktail recipes, while alcohol has no carbs, it can stall your weight loss so please indulge responsibly for both your alcohol consumption and weight loss efforts.
Yes, Baileys has a “diet” version called Baileys Deliciously Light Cream Liqueur. But be aware, just 2.5 ounces has 9.3 grams of carbs. So yes it’s “lighter” but still pretty carb heavy. It’s not a sugar free Irish cream as much as I’d love it to be. Now if they made a true Keto Bailey, sign me up !
Here’s what you’ll need:
That’s pretty simple, right?
Low carb Baileys recipe tips
When you first mix this keto Irish cream cocktail, the alcohol taste is pretty strong. I found that if I let it sit uncovered on the counter for a bit to blend before adding more sweetener, it let the alcohol to breath and settle down. If you are making a large batch for a get together, you can store it tightly covered in the refrigerator.
Here’s what you’ll need:
That’s pretty simple, right?
Make this low carb Irish Cream soon. It is delicious and I think that I have found the antidote for all of those chocolate cravings I have been dealing with. With St Patrick’s day on the calendar, I definitely get a hankering for a Baileys Irish coffee. This recipe fills all my cravings in one glass ! Please be aware when you make these as they have a good amount of alcohol. It tastes mild but it has quite a kick.
I think that I am going to start working on that low carb Irish Cream cheesecake now! Hey, leave a comment and let me know how you like it… and if you do? Put a pin on it. Thanks!
Low carb Copycat Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 1 2/3 cups whiskey Irish
- 1/3 cup Vodka S'mores
- 2 tablespoons coffee coarsely ground
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder Black
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup Xylitol
- Stevia to taste as needed
- Bring the cream to a simmer.
- Remove cup of the hot cream and add the ground coffee to it.
- Stir and set aside for 4 to 6 minutes to steep.
- Remove cup hot cream and add it to the cocoa powder to make a paste.
- Add the Xylitol to the remaining cream.
- Whisk slowly to mix.
- Meanwhile let the remaining cream slowly simmer until it is reduced to 2 3/4 cups. This will take about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Strain the coffee grounds out of the cream and add to the pot of cream.
- Let cook to room temperature.
- Add the cocoa paste, whiskey, vodka, and vanilla to a blender jar.
- Pour in the cream.
- Pulse several times to blend and make sure the cocoa is well mixed.
- Let stand for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to blend.
- Refrigerate up to 2 months.
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16 thoughts on “Low carb Baileys Irish Cream with a S’mores Kick”
Well, the reviews of s’mores vodka on Amazon ars so bad- I would ‘t be trying this.
That’s odd… since Amazon doesn’t carry vodka.
THIS is what I’ve been missing…I can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much 🙂
thanks for reading
What is Black cocoa powder?
It’s a super dark cocoa. You can get it at King Arthur Flour website, or use Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
I’m curious, how much does the s’mores vodka change the taste from traditional Irish cream? Would you substitute a plain vodka or just leave it out to achieve a regular Irish cream flavor?
A little. You could use plain vodka
trying to understand why you would put a sweetener into this, and then stevia.. that would make this way, way to sweet l would think. l have made homemade baileys for years, and only use whishey, milk.(just cause l think cream makes it to thick) instant coffee, and 2 tbsp. of chocolate syrup. that’s it, and tastes just like the real thing, but as you no a fraction of the cost.
Well, the chocolate syrup would keep it from being low-carb… I like the texture of the cream… and some people like it sweeter than others thus the suggestion that stevia be added to taste. Also.. there are many additives and preservatives in chocolate syrup that I don’t eat… so for me personally this is a much healthier option than instant coffee and chocolate syrup. 🙂