I know I’ve been completely aloof from my site lately. It seems things have just gotten into a tizzy for me and I can’t seem to find my way out.
Ugh, I swear I wake up and say, “I am busy, busy, BUSY today!” to myself (and my children) more and more each day. And then I’ll make a to-do list, and every single moment of my day (and moments I don’t seem to have) are 100% accounted for. I just want a few minutes without anything to do!!!
You know what I am talkin’ about.
So, in order for me to be able to run this blog and actually spend time with my children, I am just going to have to post on an “as can” basis. Be prepared for some sporadic posting…
Whew, now that all the official blog business has been taken care of, let’s get to the good stuff!
It’s no surprise that I would have a hankering for some oh-so-delicious-not-at-all-good-for-you eggnog this time of year. I am a recovering sugar junkie after all…
I set it upon myself to find a recipe for eggnog that was healthy, vegan, soy-free, AND tasty!
It took a few (very yucky) trial and errors, but I’ve finally found a recipe that I am happy to share with you.
I use 2 tablespoons soaked cashews to give it that thick, creamy mouthfeel ; ) If you want to save on the calories you can use almond milk in place of the coconut milk OR take out the cashews and use a pinch of xanthan/guar gum instead.
And if you don’t want to open a whole can of coconut milk, just to use 1/4 cup, then you can easily use more almond milk instead. BUT! The eggnog won’t have that richness (that makes you only able to have a small glass…) to it. I recommend Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk though- I LOVE it!
Oh, let’s not forget to mention the traditional addition of rum to eggnog. Rum and nutmeg. Those are the basic flavor components. I don’t do rum. Or alcohol of any kind- I just don’t like the taste. So I completely omitted it from my drink. If you are like me, but are missing that rum flavor, you can always add 1/2 teaspoon rum extract!
So if your an eggnog fan, whip yourself up some of this and snuggle up to a good Christmas movie with it! It will definitely hit the spot ; )
Make it a SUPERFOOD Smoothie:
- Substitute 6 or so dates for the agave nectar.
- Sweeten additionally, if needed, with stevia.
- Thicken with chia seeds instead of gums.
- Add 1 teaspoon maca or lucuma powder.
- Maple syrup can be used in place of agave, but it will impart maple flavor as well.
- ¾ cup almond milk
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons cashews (preferably soaked at least 2 hours)
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible)
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch cloves (less than ⅛th teaspoon)
- rum to taste (start with 1 tablespoon and see from there), optional
- Place all ingredients in blender and process to mix. Place in refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.
Instead of cashews, add a pinch of xanthan or guar gum to thicken without the fat.