Can I refill your eggnog? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?
~ Clark Griswold
While it’s not terribly sophisticated, watching Christmas Vacation has become a traditional way to bring on some holiday cheer in our household. And when I thought about writing this post about vegan eggnog, the scene where Clark says the above quote popped into mind …
I remember as a kid, loving the taste of eggnog. Until that year when I was about 11, I got into my uncle’s eggnog “adult” batch after Thanksgiving dinner and got so drunk and so sick, I had to spend the night at my cousins house in Long Island. Yea, I’ve never had spiked eggnog since.
But I’ve always rather loved the creamy, warm and spicy flavor of this drink. Of course it isn’t very vegan friendly what with all that milk, cream and eggs and all. So, I gave it up many years ago.
Until last year, when I accidentally discovered a smoothie recipe that tasted just like the non-alcoholic wonderful eggnogs of my youth.
Mary and I were doing Rainbeau Mars‘ 21-Day Super Star Cleanse (which was fantastic by the way) and one of our favorite recipes was a banana, almond butter smoothie. I’m not sure how it evolved, but I added maple syrup and cinnamon and some fresh turmeric I had in the fridge for no good reason at all, and was shocked at how much it resembled an eggnog, so I screwed around with it further and came up with this super easy, healthy, delicious vegan eggnog recipe!
Green Diva Meg’s non-alcoholic vegan eggnog recipe
(this is a single serving, so multiply as needed)
what you need
1 cup nut milk (I used my own cashew milk – see my recipe here) 1 ripe banana 2 tablespoons almond butter 1 inch peeled fresh ginger 1 – 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 – 1 teaspoon organic vanilla powder (or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract) 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (or 1/2 inch peeled fresh turmeric root) dash each (to taste really) ground cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg
what to do
Blend on high thoroughly, pour in your favorite mug/cup and enjoy!
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(aka Megan McWilliams Bouchard) is the founder of The Green Divas and GDGD Radio Network (the first green and healthy living radio network on earth for the earth). She's the producer and host of the popular Green Divas Radio Show, one of the first radio shows dedicated to sharing low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green. Green Diva Meg is a well-known green living expert and media personality.