Hey guys! I’m ending my holiday recipes shares with this very simple recipe for homemade easy vegan eggnog. You are going to LOVE this one! This recipe is ultra creamy and rich, its thick, sweet, and lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Trust me, you won’t be missing the “egg” in eggnog with this vegan version.
Made with cashews, coconut and almonds this vegan eggnog is the perfect blend of rich and creamy. And, it’s naturally sweetened using dates. You can even spike with dark liquor for a little kick – my husband loves this! Although I prefer it alcohol-free. You can serve chilled, or warm for a vegan eggnog latte.
Certainly, this is an easy holiday drink recipe that will have you swooning, and nothing will get you in the Holiday spirit faster.
So, let me tell you how to make this Easy Vegan Eggnog so you can sip and savoury it in no time.
Easy Vegan Eggnog
What does eggnog taste like?
Eggnog is a creamy and rich milky drink with subtle Christmas spice like cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s thick and dessert-y with a smooth texture.
Certainly, this vegan eggnog recipe measures up to the traditional. Vegan or not, you’re going to love just how rich and creamy this eggnog recipe is.
Why is eggnog called eggnog?
Traditionally, eggnog is made with – you guessed it – eggs. In fact, the traditional drink is quite dairy-heavy using eggs, milk and cream. However, this version of eggnog is void of all the dairy ingredients, and is made completely vegan. So perhaps it might be better titled “Vegnog“? But, to keep things simple I’ll refer to it as vegan eggnog.
As for the word “nog,” this is a bit of a mystery. Wikipedia says that it could stem from a type of liquor that was used (called nog) to spike the drink. Others say that it had to do with the spoon used to serve. I’ll leave it to you to decide, as a topic of discussion, at your next holiday gathering.
The ingredients for this recipe are simple and straight forward. And likely you already have them in your pantry.
For this recipe you will need:
- raw cashews
- coconut flakes
How to make this easy vegan eggnog
The process for making vegan eggnog is very similar making homemade almond milk.
Simply toss the ingredients in a bowl and soak overnight. Or to save time, pour boiling water over the nuts and soak for 1-2 hours. Next, add the soaked nuts to your blender with fresh water, dates and spice, and blend until smooth (approx. 1 minute). Strain through a nut milk bag, (alternatively, you can use a thin t-shirt, towel or a pair of tights) and viola – you’ve got a thick and creamy eggnog ready to be sipped and savoured.
What alcohol goes well with vegan eggnog?
If you want to spike your eggnog, I’d recommend to add a splash of bourbon. Mix into a cold glass of eggnog, sip and enjoy. My recommendation is to pick sweeter dark liqueurs for mixing. You can also use brandy, dark rum or cognac.
This recipe is also delicious served warm, for a vegan eggnog latte. Spiked or not, it’s up to you!
How to sweeten your eggnog
I’ve sweetened this eggnog naturally using dates. It offers a sweet caramelized flavour that can’t be beat. Alternatively, you could also sweeten the blend with maple syrup to taste, or agave.
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Crystal glasses used to serve the eggnog.
This is the blender I use. However, you don’t need a high performance blender to make this recipe.
This is the nut milk bag I have. Alternatively, you can use a thin t-shirt, towel or a pair of tights.
So there we have it. A very easy vegan eggnog recipe that’s rich, sweet, creamy, and lightly spiced for the holidays.
Certainly, it’s a recipe that everyone can enjoy, from kids to babies and adults. (Feel free to add a splash of bourbon, brandy, or rum for the adults). Serve chilled as I have, or warmed for a vegan eggnog latte. I’m sure it will be a hit with your loved ones, vegan or not. And surely nothing will get you in the holiday spirit faster.
And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
Easy Vegan Eggnog
- 1/2 cup almonds soaked overnight
- 1/4 cup raw cashews soaked overnight
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes soaked overnight
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 medjool dates pits removed
- splash bourbon (optional)
- Soak almonds, raw cashews and coconut flakes overnight. Or to speed up time, pour boiling water over bowl of mixed nuts and let soak for 1-2 hours. Strain and rise. Add soaked nut mix to blender with water, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt and dates. Blend on high for 1 minute.
- Pour mixture into a nut milk bag and squeeze to strain the milk. (Alternatively you can use a thin tea towel, old t-shirt or pair of tights). Continue to squeeze, moving your hands around the bag to allow new areas to be milked, until you can no longer milk anymore liquid.
- Pour the freshly squeezed egg nog from your bowl back into your blender (this allows for easy transfer into a bottle). Transfer the egg nog into an air tight bottle and store in the fridge. Serve chilled, or warm for a latte style drink. Optional to add a splash of dark liquor (bourbon, brandy or cognac) for a spiked version.