Easy Homemade Vegan Egg Nog // picklesnhoney.com

Homemade Vegan Egg Nog

Easy Homemade Vegan Egg Nog // picklesnhoney.com

You knew this was coming, right? Last week’s egg nog taste taste (and three cartons of nog) only scratched the surface of my seasonal obsession. And while I enjoyed the So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog, I knew I could make an equally satisfying and decadent homemade version, all without the sketchy carrageenan and “natural” flavors. Not to get too gross on you, but have you heard about the whole beaver butt / “natural” flavor thing? No words.

Easy Homemade Vegan Egg Nog // picklesnhoney.com

The beauty in making homemade versions of our favorite treats is that it’s a million times easier to control what we’re consuming, especially when we’re focused on whole foods. There’s absolutely no need to include questionable ingredients when the actual spices provide ample and authentic flavor and – at least in my recipe –  nuts and fruit can be used to create that custard-like texture of traditional egg nog.

Easy Homemade Vegan Egg Nog // picklesnhoney.com

I’ve been on a cashew nut milk kick lately, in part because I love the rich but neutral flavor of cashews, and also because I don’t have to strain it like almond milk (lazy!). So that’s what I used for the base of this nog, along with frozen banana and a little frozen avocado to tip it more towards thick smoothie consistency. Another bonus of opting for homemade? You control the level of sweetness. I chose a handful of medjool dates for their caramel-like flavor, but I think maple syrup and/or stevia would be good options too. I personally don’t love the taste of one-hundred percent stevia as a sweetener; however, I think it can work exceptionally well when used in combination with dates or maple syrup if you’re looking to lower the sugar and lighten things up even more.

Easy Homemade Vegan Egg Nog // picklesnhoney.com

While setting up the photo shoot on the coffee table by our Christmas tree, we had another photobomb incident:

Easy Homemade Vegan Egg Nog // picklesnhoney.com

Maybe Barley really does share a similar passion for this drink? Actually, scratch that. I think standing on the table and trying to eat ornaments trumps the egg nog fascination. We’ve only lost one decoration to puppy nibbling, but that’s only because I am one serious helicopter dog mom. I really do fear for any future children of the human variety.

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Homemade Vegan Egg Nog

Easy Homemade Vegan Egg Nog // picklesnhoney.com

Homemade Vegan Egg Nog

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 4 cups


Prep Time: 5 mins

Skip the store-bought egg nog in favor of homemade. You can make an equally satisfying and decadent version at home, all without the sketchy carrageenan and "natural" flavors.

Easy Homemade Vegan Egg Nog // picklesnhoney.com

Homemade Vegan Egg Nog

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 5 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 medium banana, frozen
  • 1/4 small avocado, frozen
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 4 cups

Prep Time: 5 mins

Skip the store-bought egg nog in favor of homemade. You can make an equally satisfying and decadent version at home, all without the sketchy carrageenan and "natural" flavors.

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the cashews, then add them to a high speed blender along with the 3 cups of water. Blend on high for one minute.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the cashew milk and blend on high for another minute, or until completely smooth.
  • Pour, garnish with a cinnamon stick, and enjoy!

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. i had a feeling this was coming anytime and made for me, I will just think that. I have all the ingredients minus the avocado which I will purchase soon and try my first ever eggnog 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Awesome! I think you could get away with skipping the avocado if you wanted. If it’s not thick enough, a little extra frozen banana should do the trick.

  2. I am currently doing a vegan egg nog post too! I cannot believe how delicious it was!! I’ll never buy storebought again! Your photos are so clever and festive!

  3. Caitlin says

    yes!!!! i am loving all of the ingredients and it looks soooo creamy. good job, lady!

  4. Cadry says

    Beautiful pictures! I love all of the glistening light behind the mason jars. Well done! This sounds like my kind of egg nog. I don’t make cashew milk all that often, but it’s my favorite of the homemade nut milks. I know I’d adore this.

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Cadry! I also love the sparkly lights in these photos (I am a sucker for sparkly everything 🙂 ). I hope you enjoy the homemade nog if you give it a try! xo

  5. Your homemade nog looks so creamy and luscious. I’ve actually never had egg nog, vegan or otherwise, but the flavors sure are tempting. I’ll absolutely have to try this during the holidays (or sooner, definitely). Your photos are beautiful, too!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Jodye! If you make this recipe, I highly recommend going with freshly ground nutmeg if you have it. It really makes the nog flavor pop. 🙂

  6. Laura S. says

    Thanks for the beaver butt link. Just when I think I’m educated on all this stuff, they sneak something else in our foods! Crazy! I have already shared it with a couple of people.

    I love that you like to recreate homemade versions of popular items without all the scary ingredients. I am not usually an egg-nog lover but this one looks very tempting!

    1. Amanda says

      haha Happy to share the beaver butt link. I was horrified when I first learned that and of course shared it with family and friends. It definitely made some lasting impressions. You’re so right – just when we think we know what’s in our food…beaver butt happens.

  7. Great idea! Never thought to make it at home. Looks great.

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Melanie! It also hadn’t occurred to me to make egg nog at home until I started reading the ingredients in the store-bought brands. Not terrible, but definitely room for improvement!

  8. Yum, your homemade nog looks delicious. Love little Barley’s nose photobomb, lol.

    I don’t know if I want to click the beaver butt link, yikes!

    1. Amanda says

      I linked to a Food Babe video, so don’t worry – it’s not graphic, just gross. And worth knowing!

  9. Lauren says

    Yum! This looks bomb. I’ve been wary of ‘natural flavors’ for years. I read Russell Blaylock’s book about hidden sources of MSG and that was a biggie. ‘Spices’ is another one that’s fearsome (and ubiquitous). Piss on food manufacturers! I hope you’re doing well girl!

    1. Amanda says

      “Spices” can be sketchy too?! Ugh. Okay, off to go look up that book…

  10. Ooo, genius idea, Amanda!

    And I LOVE these pictures—was curiously awaiting after seeing the Instagram preview :). (Big fan of the behind the scenes, by the way).

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, J! I’ll see about posting more behind the scenes photos. 🙂

  11. Shannon says

    Yum! I am a huge eggnog fan and definitely think homemade is the way to go. I love different aspects about most of the ones for sale, but there isn’t one that meets all my needs.

  12. Kristy says

    Thanks so much, I just made it and my boyfriend loves it! Next time I will try freshly ground nutmeg…I heard it’s really different than the bottled kind. Happy New Year!!

    1. Amanda says

      Awesome! I’m so happy you guys love the egg nog! And yes, freshly ground nutmeg is wonderful. 🙂

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