Our recipe for vegan eggnog is perfect for anyone with food allergies or dietary restrictions, or those who simply want a healthier holiday drink. Pour yourself a tall glass, put on some Netflix Christmas shows and enjoy!
The traditional recipe for eggnog comes together with egg, milk, cream, sugar and spices. Ours uses soaked raw cashews and canned coconut milk that results in a rich, decadent drink. Simply toss everything in your blender and mix until perfectly smooth.
Quick Tips for Making Homemade Vegan Eggnog
Soak cashews in water overnight to soften them. This step is crucial and should not be skipped!
To get an even creamier consistency, pop the canned coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. Other non-dairy milks can be used but the result will not be as thick.
Maple syrup is a great vegan sugar replacement. It’s also healthier compared to white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup!
How to Make Vegan Eggnog
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 15-ounce can coconut milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, more or less depending on preference
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Step 1: Soak the cashews
Place raw cashews in a bowl, submerge with water and let sit, covered, overnight. For a creamier vegan eggnog, place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight as well.
Step 2: Blend the ingredients
When you’re ready to make the vegan eggnog, drain the cashews and transfer to a high-speed blender. Add remaining ingredients to blender and mix until completely smooth. Here’s the blender we use and love!
Step 3: Serve immediately or chill for later
Serve immediately garnished with cinnamon sticks and ground nutmeg or let chill in the refrigerator. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Stir before serving.
What About Store-Bought Vegan Eggnog?
If you’re not interested in making a homemade version of the festive drink, you can actually find vegan eggnog in stores now. We recommend Califa Farms Holiday Nog or Silk’s Original Nog. Both are dairy-free and delicious!