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Vegan “Baileys” and a Very Merry Christmas…

29 Dec

I’m still struggling with blogging at the moment, but wanted to take a minute to express my hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and that you look ahead to a happy new year.

George’s first Christmas was quite overwhelming for him, what with having a cold and not sleeping well. Being presented with lots of toys, clothes and books was also quite a task for him to take on so we suffered a couple of festive meltdowns and haven’t had  much sleep ourselves over the past few days. Despite all that (and, to be honest, we were expecting it) it has been so SO wonderful to spend our first Christmas together as a family. We’ve had a fantastic time.

We’re still doing the dairy/soya free thing (it’ll be 5 weeks tomorrow and it seems to be having a positive impact on George so is most likely going to become a way of life), so I’ve had a restrained Christmas with no cheese or “regular” chocolate. Rest assured I’ve MORE than made up for it by eating a megatonne of DF/SF mince pies, a box of Booja Booja chocolates (and I’ve got another box to go), and several tubs of pâté with a jar or two of plum ploughman’s chutney. Restrained.

One of the things I was missing the most was a nice glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream. The ladies on my “Breastfeeding with CMPA and Other Food Allergies” facebook group had given me the idea of making my own vegan version like this one from simpleveganblog.com and I was totally going to make some but, as usual, it got to Christmas day and I had completely failed to buy coconut milk, agave syrup and Irish whiskey. Cue much sadness.

What I did have however, was a litre of Oatly Chocolate Oat Drink, and a nice bottle of Jack Daniels (well, truth be told it’s Luke’s bottle of JD but we’re married so technically it’s half mine…and there’s only half of it left so it belongs to me now)…

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…so, desperate for a dairy-free version of one of my favourite drinks, I decided to experiment. It worked. It was creamy and wonderful.

…and it’s so simple you don’t even need a “proper” recipe…

Just take a tumbler…pour in a measure of Jack Daniels (other whiskeys are available), and top up with Oatly Chocolate Oat Drink to taste (I used about 220mls)…

…and enjoy!

I’m guessing that it tastes more like chocolate Bailey’s than the regular kind (well duh) but I’ve not had any in a year so I can’t quite remember exactly how the regular Bailey’s tastes. All I know is it was thick and rich and boozy and delicious. It was also SUPER easy, which is always a bonus when you’re as lazy pushed-for-time as I am!

Happy New Year to you all, from me and Mini Moss…

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