The Essential Holiday Guide to Vegan Eggnog
Eggnog is a holiday staple for many people, but don’t think that just because you are vegan that you have to go without. There are an incredible variety of vegan eggnog recipes out there, not to mention pre-made ones from your favorite brands at places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Here’s your guide for finding the best of the best!
Store Varieties of Vegan Eggnog
Yes, through the wonders of modern science, you can purchase vegan eggnog right from the store now. Here’s a selection of our favorites.
This take on the holiday classic is full of nutmeg and cinnamon, and the smooth, velvety flavor of Silk Original Nog. Definitely our nominee for best soy milk-based nog.
This is our coconut milk-based nog of choice. Not only does it have a distinct flavor and is good on its own, it’s also a great coffee companion.
Made with almond milk, this nog has a fresh, rich flavor that makes it our winner for best store-bought holiday treat.
Best Homemade Vegan Eggnog Recipe
S0metimes homemade is best, and in the case of this awesome vegan eggnog, you’re going to want to give it a shot.
- 1 cup raw cashews, prepared (they will have to be soaked)
- 2 cups of water
- 1 can of full-fat coconut milk (15 oz.)
- 6 medjool dates, pitless or with the pits removed
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 3 – 4 Tbsp. spiced rum of choice (optional)
To prepare the cashews, place them in a bowl. Cover them completely with boiling water and let them soak for 30 to 35 minutes. Then, drain and rinse the cashews and place in a high-speed blender / emulsifier. Add in the 2 cups of water and blend with the cashews on for about two minutes or until the consistence is smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend further until everything is smooth. Generally best served with ice or chilled, but remember to serve shortly after making it, this won’t keep in the fridge long. Enjoy!
Now you know there’s no excuse not to have vegan eggnog this holiday season. From our experience, some of these entries are better than the real thing (real egg products can sometimes leave that nasty eggy after-taste), so your non-vegan friends might get jealous. Remember to share!