Egg nog is one of those things that you either love it or hate it. I’m one of the nog lovers but wouldn’t drink it any time other than during Christmas. Next to candy canes, mandarin oranges and short bread, eggnog is apart of the holiday flavours even if your aren’t fan.
The first Christmas after I went dairy free, it dawned on me that I wasn’t going to be able to have any egg nog-this was almost a year after I went dairy free and was only realizing this now because who thinks about egg nog before Dec.? I’m sure there a few die hard fans out there 😉
After trying some of the dairy free versions, I felt that they kind of tasted a little meh. Don’t get me wrong there are a couple that I don’t mind…..thing is, I don’t consider them to be a health food which is fine if your only going to have it a couple times a year. Plus, I’m always looking for a way to make it better, fresher and with more nutrient value.
So, after completely turning my kitchen into a post tornado scene………
I’ve come up with something that I’m pretty pleased with.
Dairy Free “Egg” Nog
1/4 -1/2 cup (depending on desired thickness) raw unsalted cashews, soaked
1/4 cup pitted dates, packed and soaked
1 cup full fat coconut milk
1 1/2- 2 cups of preferred milk alternative
1 tsp pure vanilla
3/4 tsp of good quality ground nutmeg (it makes a big difference)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of sea salt (optional)
Soak cashews and dates in separate bowls for at least an hour. If you are using a high speed blender, you can skip this step. Place your cashews, dates, vanilla and 1/4 cup of the milk into a blender and blend on low until fully combined. Then, add in your spices and sea salt, if using, along with the rest of the milk and blend on high for 1-2 minutes. And your done!
This drink is best if served fresh. It does tend thicken up after being in the fridge for several hours. If you’d like, you can add a bit more of the milk (not coconut milk) if you’d like to thin it out a bit. You can also add fewer cashews if you prefer a thinner “egg” nog.