This time of year I feel like as much as I am craving holiday flavors and traditional recipes, I am also looking to keep things as simple as possible and I really look to and work hard to stay on track with my eating. No reason to throw everything I work so hard for all year long, right out the door for a month of terrible choices. Between holiday parties and gatherings, events, my yoga teacher training coming to an end, mass amount of holiday orders from our websites, gift shopping and everything else, time is of the essence right now. There hasn’t been much extra time to bake cookies or to make homemade everything, like I always try to. When I was approached by Silk about their new Cashewmilk, I was super excited at the opportunity to try it and report back to you guys.
We all know that I am the queen of homemade nut milks, but I am always on the lookout for store-bought alternatives, both for myself when life gets busy, but also for those of you that don’t have the desire or time to make homemade nut milks. For me, the important things I look for look for are brands whose nut milk products are certified non-GMO, certified gluten-free, are minimally processed, free of artificial flavors and preservatives and don’t contain carrageenan. I also prefer unsweetened nut milks, so I can control the amount and type of sugar used.
Silk’s new Cashewmilk is a really great alternative to both homemade nut milks and if you are looking to make the switch, it is a great substitution for regular dairy milk, with 50% more calcium than dairy milk with only 25 calories per serving (25% less than skim milk)*. It’s so irresistibly creamy and delicious, it’s great over cereal, in your favorite recipes or just on it’s own. The moment I poured the first glass and saw just how thick and luscious it was, I immediately was inspired to recreate my favorite classic holiday drink, eggnog.
I know eggnog is one of those, you either love it or you hate it kinda things, but I just love it. There is nothing like sipping on a thick, creamy, luscious glass of that spiced goodness, with a shot of some spicy warming liquor, by the glow of the Christmas lights, with my favorite holiday tunes playing in the background. Since I tend to avoid most dairy these days, I usually treat myself to one carton of non-dairy nog each year and I try make it last for the season. But, to be quite honest, I don’t always love how much sugar is in there and it still isn’t quite perfect for me. As I always say, homemade is always better.
This thick and creamy, vegan eggnog is great made with homemade cashew milk and it’s just as amazing made with Silk’s new unsweetened Cashewmilk. Great as it is, even better with a shot of your favorite spirit. Don’t skip on the freshly grated nutmeg, it’s what makes this homemade eggnog special!
- 2 cups Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk, homemade cashew milk or other non-dairy milk of your choice
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/3 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 30 minutes (optional)*
- 4-6 Medjool dates
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- pinch of ground cloves
- pinch of sea salt
Add all of the ingredients to your high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately, as is or add spiced rum, bourbon, brandy or whiskey, for a spirited version. Add a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg on top.
the raw cashews provides the thick, creaminess to the egg nog. If you want it thinner, leave it out or add less
do yourself a favor and use freshly ground nutmeg, it just isn’t the same with the pre-ground stuff, trust me [/print_this]
*Silk Unsweetened Cashewmilk: 25 cal/serv; skim dairy milk 80 cal/serv. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Data consistent with typical skim dairy milk.
This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.