If there’s one seasonal drink that screams “HOLIDAY” louder than all the rest… it’s egg nog. It’s spicy, it’s sweet, it’s oddly comforting on a cold winter’s day, but despite all those virtues, there seems to be no grey area for the ‘nog: people either seem to love it or hate it. Personally, while I like the taste, I’ve never been one to indulge, mostly because of the ingredients list, so I went in search of a homemade alternative. And people, I have some good news for you.
If you’ve been turned off from the dairy- and egg-version of this drink in the past, today I have a homemade, whole-food take on this holiday classic that’s raw, dairy-free, and completely vegan. I recommend getting your hands on a high-speed, high-quality blender for this recipe, otherwise your final outcome will be delicious, but closer to that of a smoothie.
Healthy Raw (Vegan) Egg Nog
1-1/2 cups raw nuts (I used 1 cup of cashews and 1/2 cup of pecans) soaked in warm water for at least two hours, but preferably four
1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
3/4 cup pitted raw dates (about 4-5)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
Raw honey to taste (optional)
2 cups fresh water
After you’ve soaked the cashews and pecans, drain the soaking water and combine all ingredients (except rum, if using) in a blender. Blend on high until liquefied, adding more water or coconut milk as needed.
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