Today is my birthday 🙂 (Nicky speaking) and traditionally, I like to offer others gifts on this day. So I’ve spent quite some time this past week having fun experimenting with creating a raw version of a holiday favorite – eggnog! In truth, I’ve never particularly liked the taste or idea of eggnog, but I do love the combo of spices, and I used to drink the soy alternative that “traditionally” shows up on grocery store shelves these days. When you look closely at the labels on these products you’ll often note the ubiquitous “natural flavors” as an ingredient. This is code for “we have a secret recipe and don’t have to share with you” (fair enough) yet more importantly, it’s also code of “since it’s a secret we can put anything we want into it”. And in all likelihood, some of it isn’t particularly good for us!! Since I do my best to stay away from most soy products these days, I’ve been on a quest this past week to create a delicious nog-like drink for the holidays. After much blending and taste testing, here it is:
- *3 cups of almond milk (homemade is best!)
- *½ cup coconut milk (homemade is best!)
- **6-8 medjool dates (or 4 Tbsp of maple syrup)
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp all spice (optional)
- Pinch of salt
Place all ingredients in blender and blend! If you like your nog chilled, place mixture in fridge to cool (be sure to shake before serving). If you prefer it hot (well, warm), blend on high until mixture warms. Serve and enjoy! If you’re looking for a thicker nog, simply add half a banana :).
*To make homemade almond milk, soak 1 cup of almonds overnight. Rinse and drain well. Place in blender along with 3 cups of water. Blend on high for a couple of minutes. Strain through nut milk bag (very fine mesh bag) or cheesecloth (or some other creative straining technique you figure out!). Pour into a jar and put in fridge. (If you’d like, you can also add a date and a bit of coconut oil, but these are optional!) Similarly, for homemade coconut milk place 1 cup of shredded coconut into blender with 2 cups of warm water. Blend on high. Strain, and put pulp back into the blender with 2 more cups of warm water. Blend again, strain, pour it all into a jar and place in fridge.
**Sweeten to your taste. If you want the drink to be fully raw, then I suggest using dates. Personally, I like the taste a bit better with maple syrup though obviously it’s not raw!