Christmas is nothing without baileys in your coffee! Am I right?! If you agree, my homemade dairy free baileys recipe is for you.

And there is nothing better than not having to feel (as) guilty about drinking it. 

You’re going to want to head to the liquor store and grocery store now to make sure you’ve got some to sip on tonight and tomorrow! I’m not going to lie to you, I’m sipping on some right now.

This also makes an excellent Christmas gift or party favour (also guilty!).

Baileys has to be one of the yummiest treats: creamy, delicious and alcoholic! It’s popularity peaks during winter but it’s also a great summer treat poured over ice or blended. The downside? It’s almost always followed with some tummy pain. You know that stomach ache you get at Christmas when you’ve drunk 4 Baileys and coffees before noon? Well no more! Say ‘so long’ to that sore belly and ‘hello’ to another pour with my homemade dairy free baileys recipe!

Homemade dairy free baileys recipe

Why does this particular tasty drink come with a side of belly pain? You may chalk it up to how many cups of coffee you’ve had with it, or the alcohol, but there may also be a third culprit you’re not thinking of… LACTOSE!

Lactose intolerance is fairly well known, but it’s more common than you may think. More than half of all human adults struggle to digest lactose. Lactose is a sugar within dairy products. Essentially, being lactose intolerant means that your body can’t break down this sugar in milk and dairy products like cheese, ice cream, whipping cream and irish cream (basically, all the good stuff!).

Our bodies need an enzyme called lactase to digest lactose. Lactase is made inside the lining of the small intestine. Most adults who are lactose intolerant have low production of lactase (known as lactase nonpersistence). If you don’t have enough lactase to break down your intake of lactose, you can experience symptoms like bloating, gas and nausea, pain and even diarrhea anywhere from a half to two hours after eating it.

Most people still have some lactase in their bodies and can therefore ingest some amounts of lactose without experiencing pain or discomfort. For example, you may be okay with a slice of cheese on your sandwich but a serving of lasagna gives you gas and an ice cream sundae with whipped cream sends you searching for the nearest bathroom. It’s a bit of a balancing act.

Different dairy products have varying levels of lactose. For example, most people with low amounts of lactase struggle with fresh milk and cream but are fine with cheeses and yogurts. This is because the fermentation processes cheeses and yogurts go through already break down much of the lactose within.

So if that Baileys has your stomach doing backflips, you might be lactose intolerant. If that is the case, my homemade dairy free baileys recipe will fix you right up.

Lactose intolerance isn’t the only reason to consider limiting or even cutting out dairy from your diet. For example, if you are dealing with hormonal imbalances, have acne or suffer from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) finding alternatives to dairy may be a huge help. In my gluten-free dairy free pizza recipe, I go into more detail about the reasons why dairy can be worth cutting out.

I personally cut out dairy over two years ago and my skin has never been so healthy and clear. My hormones have balanced and my periods are a lot more regular.

Many of my healthy premade meal plans are also dairy free, including the ones below.

Mix your homemade dairy free baikeys with fresh hot coffee or tea, or enjoy it on the rocks!

Homemade dairy free baileys recipe

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
cooling time4 hrs
Course: Drinks
Keyword: dairy free, grain free, soy free
Servings: 36


  • 4 cans Coconut milk
  • 1.5 L Unsweetened oat milk
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp Almond extract
  • 2 cups Coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp Instant coffee
  • 750 ml Whisky


  • Bring coconut, oat milk, instant coffee and coconut sugar just to a boil in a large pot.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and add remaining ingredients.
  • Let cool and store in the fridge.
  • Enjoy within 1 week. This recipe makes 6 or more mason jars of baileys so it makes a great holiday gift.
Tara Klippert
About the author Tara Klippert

Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. Tara helps people clear up cystic acne, balance hormones and blood sugar + improve anxiety and gut health NATURALLY with food.

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