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Eggnog and Chill: A Dairy-Free Delight for the Holidays



Blog Post by Chef Lisa Brown of Free Flowing Health





Greetings, festive food enthusiasts! Chef Lisa Brown of Free Flowing Health here, inviting you to embark on a culinary adventure with a healthier spin on a holiday classic – "Eggnog and Chill." This dairy-free delight promises a creamy, flavorful experience, and the best part? You control the ingredients for a wholesome, festive treat that outshines the store-bought alternatives.


Eggnog and Chill

Serves approximately 4-6


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or dairy-free milk of your choice

  • 1 cup canned coconut milk (full fat)

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight

  • 3-4 pitted Medjool dates, soaked in warm water for 15 minutes

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, to taste

  • pinch of cardamom, to taste

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/4 cup bourbon (optional, for an adult version)

  • Ice cubes (optional)

  • Ground cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish (optional)

  • pinch of turmeric for color (optional)


Instructions:

Soak Cashews and Dates:

  • In preparation, place cashews in a bowl, covering them with water. Allow them to soak for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight. Before using, drain and rinse.

  • In a separate bowl, soak pitted dates in warm water for 15 minutes. Drain before using.

  • Using a high-speed blender, combine soaked cashews, almond milk, canned coconut milk, soaked dates, vanilla extract or paste, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and a pinch of salt.

  • Blend until the mixture achieves a smooth and creamy consistency.

  • For a silkier texture, strain the eggnog using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any residual cashew or date particles.

  • Transfer the eggnog to a pitcher or large mason and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled.

  • Before serving, give the eggnog a gentle stir.

  • Pour the vegan eggnog into glasses over ice cubes if desired.

  • Elevate the experience by adding bourbon to individual glasses for those seeking an adult version.

  • A finishing touch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg adds a festive flair to your creation.


Why Homemade is Healthier: Unlike store-bought eggnogs with additives, our 'Eggnog and Chill' provides a healthier alternative. Crafted with love and ingredient control, this homemade version allows you to choose high-quality, nourishing components. Unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, and soaked cashews contribute to a creamy texture and essential nutrients. Natural sweeteners like dates replace refined sugars, ensuring a delightful sweetness without compromise. Embrace the season with a conscious choice for your well-being.


Join the Movement: Share your homemade 'Eggnog and Chill' creations with us! Let's inspire a healthier, more delicious holiday season together. Tag your photos with #HealthyEggnogAdventure and #FreeFlowingHealth to spread the festive joy. Don't forget to tag @freeflowinghealth on Instagram or Facebook!

May your celebrations be filled with joy, warmth, and the delightful flavors of this Vegan Eggnog. Cheers to a season of good health and great company!


Happy Cooking,

Chef Lisa Brown

Free Flowing Health


PS: Ready to elevate your well-being journey? Work with me one-on-one! Visit www.freeflowinghealth.com or email me at lisa@freeflowinghealth.com. Let's create a healthier, happier you together!


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