DIY Vegan Irish Cream

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that regular Irish Cream is not vegan. It was the cream in the title that tipped you off, right? But if you've seen any of my other recipes you know that you can make mock cream out of plant-based ingredients. Here we make our own from cashews.
Photo by Kathy H.

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

20

minutes

SERVINGS

4

cups

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

20

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    teaspoon almond extract

  • 3/4

    cup Irish whiskey like Jameson

  • 1

    cup brown sugar (or white or coconut sugar)

  • 1

    whole vanilla bean

  • 1

    cinnamon stick

  • 4

    whole green cardamom pods

  • 1

    (11 ounce) container of So Delicious culinary lite coconut milk (or 1 (13.5 ounce) can lite coconut milk)

  • 3

    cups water

  • 1

    cup raw cashews, soaked overnight then drained

Directions

Add the soaked and drained cashews to a blender with the 3 cups of water and blend for 3 to 5 minutes until smooth. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl with a spout. (You can use the leftover cashew pulp in baked goods if you want to save it.) Strain the mixture through the fine mesh strainer one more time into a large saucepan and mix in the coconut milk, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick in the pot together. Scrape out the seeds from the vanilla bean and mix in the saucepan with the brown sugar. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it just starts to boil, then turn to low. Whisk as it cooks so it does not burn on the bottom and simmer for 15 minutes. This will thicken up the mixture. Strain the hot mixture through the strainer a final time into a bowl to remove the whole spices. Then stir in the whiskey and almond extract. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Serve cold, over ice or in a hot or iced coffee. It's also wonderful topping vegan vanilla ice cream.

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