Vegan Eggnog

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Vegan Eggnog

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.

Vegan 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!

Vegan Eggnog
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Vegan Eggnog

serves 2-4

  • 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.

RECIPE NOTES:

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.

18 Responses

  1. Baby June says:

    Cashew milk? I have to try that! I love using cashew cream and such in desserts, but have never tried it in milk form. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for this one! Love the eggnog, too, it sounds scrumptious 🙂

  2. Oh, my word. Here I thought this would be soooo complicated. I’m so stinking excited to try this. I really miss eggnog!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  3. Kalinda says:

    I haven’t seen this cashew milk yet. I’ll have to keep an eye out, I definitely want to try it.

  4. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! I just bought cashew milk the other day, so this recipe is perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Karela Blinco says:

    I hope we get it in West by god Virginia pretty soon!

  6. Candace says:

    Would you say that this is creamier than their almond milk (which isn’t very creamy in my opinion)?

  7. Linda York says:

    So okay, here’s the deal: I have been looking for a good vegan eggnog recipe since my husband bought me a bottle of Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum. I made this recipe today. I used the original Silk cashew milk, omitted the extra cashews, Trader Joe’s extra thick and creamy Coconut Cream, 6 dates, some fresh grated nutmeg, cinnamon and teeny tiny bit of cloves (they can be strong). HOLY MACARONI, OMG, GOOD GRIEF LORRAINE……this is an XLNT recipe!!!! I want to thank you soooooooo much for coming up with this one!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Totally awesome!!!

  8. Keep em coming. I am a fan of the Silk cashew milk, and the dark chocolate also. It’s creamy and has a mild taste. Please make eggnog with cashew milk. Eggnog is not supposed to taste like coconuts. Coconut has a piercing flavor that cannot be disguised so although I like the flavor of coconut milk, I hate the taste of coconut mixed with anything else. Plus it is thin as water. Not good eggnog! I will try my own recipe with just Silk cashew milk. I know it is selling but that’s because there is no alternative, at least in our stores. That’s all anyone will carry.

  9. Amanda says:

    This recipe sounds amazing and I would love to try it. The coconut milk is the kind in the can, correct? Can the lighter, less fat version of the canned stuff be used instead? Thanks!

  10. Bett says:

    This looks like a good recipe, but I do wish there wasn’t so much advertising here for Silk. It used to be a great company – all organic and a nice small company that made a good product, but now it’s owned by a major dairy conglomerate, and is a major user of non-organic soy and other ingredients. It’s a jarring note in what could be an otherwise nice recipe post. Especially when, if you have a blender, you can make your own much better cashew milk.

    • Beth @ Tasty Yummies says:

      There is so much advertising for Silk because it was a sponsored post for Silk. That’s how this works. This post is over two years old. You are more than welcome to use homemade cashew milk, which would always be my first choice and if you follow me regularly you know that is always how I work. I enjoy partnering with companies like this that are better options for those that don’t want to make their own.

  11. Judith says:

    What a fabulous recipe! I didn’t have the fresh nutmeg on hand, but it turned out beautifully all the same! Since going vegan 4 years ago, eggnog was something I missed having at Christmas time. I’ve tried the vegan eggnog drinks sold in health food stores at this time of year, but none compare to the delicious smooth taste of this recipe. Thank you, it’s brilliant!

  12. Renee says:

    This looks amazing. I’m going to try it tonight. Can you tell me – what is the purpose of the dates?

  13. Charlene Stinson says:

    Will it keep in the fridge for a day?

  14. Kari says:

    Just made it. Haven’t had eggnog since I was in my teens, but I remember the smell and taste. Came out really good. Not as thick as I remember, but that’s a good thing!

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