Do you love eggnog but not that dairy? Or the egg? Or the calories of traditional eggnog? A look into the three different store bought and homemade vegan eggnogs that does not scrimp on that classic taste.
Is there anything quite like a glass of eggnog at Christmas time? If you’re an eggnog lover like me there really isn’t.
Here’s the catch. I don’t do so well with dairy .. or egg. Additionally, I don’t love how unhealthy traditional eggnog is.
Why must one of my favourite holiday traditions also be so unsettling for my stomach?
What is Eggnog?
In Canada and the United States eggnog is a traditional drink served during the holiday season.
Historically, eggnog is like a punch where it can be served with alcohol or without.
What is Eggnog made of?
Now, here’s the reason tradition eggnog and I can’t be friends.
Traditional eggnog is made with eggs (who knew), heavy cream, and sugar with nutmeg.
As my husband lovingly jokes ‘it’s not EGGnog’ the vegan eggnogs I’m sharing today have a different list of ingredients but no less of the traditional flavour. I promise, even he approved.
Is egg-less nog really nog?
Is tofu really scrambled egg? Are cashews really cheese?
Vegan eggnogs are an amazing alternative for the holidays for those who eat a plant-based diets, or for those who want a healthier option.
If you’re like me, heavy dairy, eggs, and loads of sugar reek havoc on my gut and skin. Thanks to the selection of store bought and homemade vegan eggnogs available I can still enjoy my holiday traditions without worrying.
What are Vegan Eggnogs made of?
Vegan eggnogs are made of dairy-free milks such as almond and coconut, sugar, and nutmeg.
Three Vegan Eggnogs to Try
SO Delicious coconut milk holiday nog
Hands down – my favourite store bought vegan eggnog.
One major difference with vegan eggnogs is the consistency can be very watery in comparison. Not this one!
It tastes most like it’s egg filled friend with a similar frothy and thick consistency and that yummy hint of nutmeg.
Earth’s own almond nog
While the consistency is quite different from traditional eggnog, its lightness is refreshing.
The spiced flavour is yummy and doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve eaten a meal rather than sipped a beverage.
Minimalist Baker Easy Vegan eggnog
Ah, homemade. My favourite.
For me, it’s THE easiest because the ingredients are usually already in my pantry and I love being able to control the flavour.
This recipe takes 10 minutes to make and is naturally sweetened with maple syrup.
A big advantage for making your own vegan eggnog is there are no additives like xanthan gum to keep it from separating.
What alcohol goes in vegan eggnog?
Personally, I’m a big fan of rum but if it goes in traditional eggnog it will go well in holiday nog.
Classic pairings include rum, brandy, and bourbon. Less traditional options include vodka and (dairy free) liqueurs.
Don’t let bloating or gut troubles (or sugar induced acne) keep you from indulging this year.
Is rum and eggnog part of your traditions? On Christmas Eve Arthur and I sit down to reconnect during the chaos that can be the holidays over a glass of rum and eggnog.
I swear, he doesn’t even know the difference. Leave a comment and let me know your favourite!