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
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)
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!
Chef Lisa Brown
Free Flowing Health