Vegan Eggnog? Yes Please!

December 24, 2010

It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m visiting with my family. One of the holiday treats we usually enjoy, is eggnog. The only problem is I eat a vegan diet now. So… huh. Where does that leave me? I’m all for trying recipes where traditional foods have been “veganized”. Shoot, I’ve made some great dishes where the only change is swapping out regular milk for soy milk, or regular butter for earth balance. But how do you make a vegan version of something that contains pretty much only milk, cream, and eggs? So I figured I was out of the eggnog game this year.

Well I was at Whole Foods with my dad, shopping for Christmas dinner, and we made our way to the milk aisle. On a whim, I thought I’d see if they happened to have a vegan version of eggnog, and to my surprise, they did! Silk makes their own version of eggnog, which they call nog (get it? eggnog – the egg = nog?) Instead of containing milk, cream, sugar, and eggs, it is made with all natural soymilk, all natural evaporated cane juice, natural flavors, sea salt, carrageenan, turmeric and annatto (vegetable color). It is dairy, lactose, cholesterol, and trans-fat free. Sounds good to me! Sounds better, in fact, than regular eggnog. 

So I grabbed a carton to try it out. I figured the worst that could happen is I wouldn’t like it. Big whoop. Well to my pleasant surprise, it is delicious! I grated a little fresh nutmeg on top, and it honestly tastes just like eggnog – only not as thick. Which for me, is even better, because that was the one thing I didn’t like about conventional eggnog. I honestly like it better. Score!

Well now that I have a vegan eggnog substitute, that means I can drink real eggnog too, right? As in, eggnog for grownups? Well I did some poking around the internet, and found a recipe for an adult (vegan) eggnog beverage that is delish! It’s called a Spiced Caucasian[1], and is made as follows:

Ingredients                                                                                                                                               vegan nog (I used Silk)
1 oz coffee liqueur (eg. Kahlúa or Tia Maria)
1 oz espresso vodka (eg. Seagram or Three Olives)
ice
freshly grated nutmeg, optional

Instructions: Fill a lowball glass with ice. Add the coffee liqueur and espresso vodka. Fill the remaineder with nog. Stir. Top with nutmeg, if so desired. *For a truly caffeinated version, try Mocha Kahlua!

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References & Image Source: [1] I found this recipe (and picture) at Mo Betta Vegan blog http://mobettavegan.blogspot.com/2010/12/happy-festivus.html

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