Vegan Eggnog Recipe on Food52 (2024)


by: Gena Hamshaw



4 Ratings

  • makes 6 cups

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Author Notes

This dairy-free version of eggnog will blow your mind. It's rich, creamy, and it's just the right amount of sweet. Serve it spiked, or simply warm up a cup for a perfect, wintery afternoon treat. —Gena Hamshaw

Test Kitchen Notes

Believe it or not, creamy eggnog can be vegan and dairy-free. This recipe shows you how. Whip up a batch for your holiday party, or make one for yourself whenever you feel like a luxurious drink before dinner for happy hour or at the end of dinner for "dessert." Either way, you can't go wrong with this recipe, and your guests' minds will be blown that it's vegan. You have to plan a little bit ahead to make this, as the cashews and Medjool dates have to soak overnight. Otherwise, this recipe requires some coconut milk, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, maple syrup for a touch of sweetness, and of course some bourbon or rum as the cherry on top. And all you have to do is blend all the ingredients together until it becomes nice and creamy—seriously doesn't get much easier than that, and cleanup is super-minimal. If you want to make it alcohol-free, you can add a little bit of rum extract, then spike the drink for whoever may want it.

You may have to blend longer than you expect to get that perfect texture. Also, you can make it ahead of time and store in the fridge overnight, which also may help with the creaminess. But of course you can also drink it warm right out of the blender, it's entirely up to you. But here you have it—a delicious eggnog recipe without any eggs! Give it a try and let us know how it goes for you. —The Editors

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  • 3/4 cupdry cashews, soaked overnight and drained (they'll plump up to about 1 cup as they soak)
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 cupswater
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cupsbourbon or rum (optional)
  • 1/3 cupmaple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoonground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoonground nutmeg
  • 1/3 teaspoon(or ¼ heaping teaspoon) kosher salt
  1. In a blender, blend the cashews, dates, coconut milk, water, bourbon, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt on high speed until. It may take a few minutes for the mixture to become creamy and uniform; be patient. Serve warm or cold.


  • Egg Nog
  • American
  • Cinnamon
  • Date
  • Maple Syrup
  • Milk/Cream
  • Cashew
  • Nutmeg
  • Blend
  • Christmas
  • Winter
  • Thanksgiving

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  • Taylor Stanton

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  • Amelia McCann

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23 Reviews

KKD October 14, 2021

Outstanding. Thank you.

Taylor S. December 29, 2017

Made this in a food processor since I don't have a blender. Exquisite! It's rich without being rich, and at the same time is very mild and not too sweet. But it's still reminiscent of eggnog through and through!

Georgeann F. December 25, 2017

Just made this recipe
And it's amazing can't believe how good it is
Thank you !!

Cicciabella December 30, 2016

Used a 1/2-1 teaspoon of rum extract in the batch since we have some no alcohol vegan guests. Will spike the others' with the real thing....

cheyenne August 19, 2015

Just made this in the middle of a rather hot Arizona summer, and It was lovely! Has me dreaming of fall...:p

Stephanie January 5, 2015

Big success! We made it "virgin" and added rum to taste. (I would've gone with bourbon, but not available at our friends' place.) A good, but non-vitamix blender and a lot of patience made it relatively smooth. Based on the comments, I added the spices and coconut milk right after draining the water--a good number of hours before we were blending. The flavors were really nice.

Lucien December 27, 2014

Excellent recipe! I recommend making this nog the day before you plan to serve it.

When it first came out of the blender, the texture seemed a little thin, the spice blend a bit raw, and the bourbon seemed overly assertive (I did use a full half cup). All it took was a night in the refrigerator for the flavors to mellow and blend, and the texture to thicken. Served chilled, it was as creamy and thick as traditional eggnog.

SO delicious, I'm counting the days 'til next Christmas! Many, many thanks, Ms. Hamshaw!

Amy L. December 23, 2014

Hi Gena, any thoughts on on how long you can safely store this in th fridge? Canned coconut milk usually has a use in two days disclaimer, and it's not exactly being cooked here.

AnnaChris December 19, 2014

This was heaven. I drank it warm and spiked with bourbon. I used almonds instead of cashews, because that's what I had. I don't have a high power blender, and I thought the texture if the drink was greatly improved after I strained it through a fine mesh colander to get rid of all the almond pieces. The resulting almond meal was sweet and spiced like the drink - I kept it in the fridge for a couple of days and ate it spread on toast in the morning, mixed into yogurt for a snack, and even by the spoonful. This recipe is a keeper!

nycnomad December 18, 2014

I was a skeptic, but holy cow it REALLY does taste like eggnog! My Christmas is saved from my dairy and egg yolk allergy!!! Thank you.

Amelia M. December 17, 2014

I just made this. Wow! It's amazing!

RaquelG December 16, 2014

For soaking, I'd stir the raw cashews and dates into the liquids and spices (basically, whisk together all the ingredients except for the liquor). Cover and refrigerate overnight. Blend together the next day and add the liquor to taste.

IronMeghan December 16, 2014

No nut bag? (Still can't say that without giggling like a 12 year old boy).

Taylor D. December 15, 2014

What do u soak the cashews and dates in?
The mixture?

Gena H. December 17, 2014

Taylor, soak them in water.

freeredis December 24, 2022

Have you made the recipe by soaking the dates and nuts in the coconut milk ❓

Stephanie December 15, 2014

I shall try this! Last year, I made a dairy-free, low sugar, but egg-full version by using the Joy of Cooking recipe. I used canned coconut milk and a little bit of Califia Farms almond/coconut to thin it out a bit. Coconut sugar, and not as much as called for. It tasted wonderful, but looked really disgusting after a couple hours. This looks lovely and will probably stand up better.
BTW: Leftovers went into the freezer for phenomenal ice cream.

Joyce December 14, 2014

Gena, Are dry cashews the same as raw cashews or are you suggesting dry roasted cashews?

Stacy D. December 15, 2014

I'm not the author but I can guarantee roasted cashews would make this taste salty and weird. Raw cashews are required to get that creamy texture.

Gena H. December 17, 2014

Hi Joyce -- roasted cashews will add too much of their own distinctive flavor. I'd suggest raw here!

Joyce December 19, 2014

Thanks Gena, I am going to try it as soon as I get a new blender. My old one just died. Any brand suggestions for a sturdy one?

Jennifer H. December 11, 2014

What size can of coconut milk? We have two sizes here (I assume a larger can, but probably better to specify...)

Gena H. December 14, 2014

Hey Jennifer! What sizes do you have?

Vegan Eggnog Recipe on Food52 (2024)


What is vegan eggnog made of? ›

Raw cashews & coconut milk: The combination of soaked raw cashews and full-fat coconut milk creates the rich, creamy base that is essential for this vegan eggnog.

What does nog stand for in egg nog? ›

The egg in eggnog is clear enough: the drink is made with egg. But what about nog? Nog, itself a term for eggnog, also historically referred to a kind of strong ale in parts of England. The origin of nog is unclear, but it could be related to noggin, a name for a drinking vessel dating back to the 1500s.

What makes eggnog so thick? ›

Thickening your eggnog

The thickness resembles classic eggnog which gets its thickness from egg yolks and heavy cream. Another way that could work well to thicken eggnog is soaked cashews. If you decide to use this method, soak cashews for about 20 minutes in hot water and blend in your choice of milk.

What's the difference between eggnog and egg flip? ›

With time, the distinction between egg nog (a spirit, egg, cream, sugar, and spice) and a flip (a spirit, egg, sugar, spice, but no cream) was gradually codified in U.S. bar guides. In recent decades, bar guides have begun to indicate the presence of cream in a flip as optional.

What is a good substitute for eggnog? ›

If you are really looking to knock out some calories, consider purchasing soy nog or rice nog. These alternatives to regular eggnog contain less fat and nearly half the calories of regular store-bought eggnog. Vanilla chai tea is also a great holiday alternative for those with non-dairy diets.

Can you buy vegan eggnog? ›

If you're vegan (or dairy-free or egg-free), traditional eggnog is off-limits. Luckily, lots of non-dairy milk companies have released their own holiday nog blends and the nutrition numbers look a little more impressive than the classic drink. We wanted to see what they taste like so we put them to the test.

What is the old name for eggnog? ›

"While culinary historians debate its exact lineage, most agree eggnog originated from the early medieval" British drink called posset, which was made with hot milk that was curdled with wine or ale and flavored with spices. In the Middle Ages, posset was used as a cold and flu remedy.

What do the English call eggnog? ›

Well first you could argue that colonial America was a part of Britain, being part of its proto-empire; and second, eggnog is part of the evolution of a British drink called posset, something I have already written about.

Is eggnog good for you? ›

Eggnog may not be considered a "health food," but the drink does have some nutritional benefits including certain vitamins and protein. Traditional eggnog is also high in sugar and fat, and for that reason, it's best to drink in moderation as a dessert.

What's the best alcohol for eggnog? ›

Choose The Right Spirit

While brandy is the most traditional alcohol to pair with eggnog, according to traditional recipes, you can also use a mixture of dark rum and Cognac. If you like your eggnog with more of a kick you can also add bourbon, but we recommend sticking to rum and Cognac to preserve the 'nog's flavors.

Why is eggnog so addictive? ›

The role of sugar in eggnog

Sugar's addictive properties have been studied, and ice cream mix used to make eggnog contains its fair share, both from the milk sugar lactose and from added sugars.

What can I add to eggnog to make it better? ›

  1. Eggnog.
  2. Spirits: rum, bourbon, whiskey, and/or brandy.
  3. Whipped cream.
  4. Syrup: caramel and/or chocolate.
  5. Spices: nutmeg, cinnamon (sticks and ground), and/or pumpkin spice.
  6. Crushed gingersnap cookies or red-hot candies, or cinnamon sugar for rimming glasses (optional)
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What is Easter eggnog? ›

Start your new holiday tradition with Producers Easter Egg Nog: Traditional egg nog flavor, but now in an egg-citing Easter themed carton.

What is hood eggnog? ›

Hood Golden Eggnog's blend of extra creamy milk, sugared yolks and spices make it a holiday favorite, whether you drink it straight from the glass or use it in your favorite recipes. Pasteurized. Deliciously Rich and Creamy Taste. Kosher. Made with Real Hood Milk and Cream.

What is eggnog pregnancy? ›

You can't drink eggnog while pregnant if it has alcohol in it1 or if it's homemade. 2. Undercooked egg yolks may contain Salmonella. 2. But if your love for this rich, sweet holiday drink is strong, we have good news: You can drink eggnog if it doesn't contain alcohol and it's made with pasteurized eggs.

What is dairy free eggnog made of? ›

Making dairy free egg nog is easy, and nobody will be able to tell the difference. All you need to do is swap milk and cream with almond milk and full fat coconut milk. Start by beating the pasture raised egg yolks with 1/3 cup of maple sugar until light and creamy. You can also use maple syrup and it will work fine.

What is pet eggnog made of? ›

Delicious holiday beverage. Delectable blend of extra creamy milk, sugared yolks, and spices. Serve alcohol free or add a shot of your preferred bourbon, whiskey, or scotch.

What is non alcoholic eggnog made of? ›

To make this homemade eggnog without alcohol, you will need the following ingredients (full quantities in recipe card below): dairy - heavy cream and whole milk. spices and seasoning - nutmeg, vanilla extract, sugar, and salt. egg - you will need eggs and extra egg yolks.

What is in oat nog? ›

Add the oat milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black salt (if using), to a jar or a blender. Shake or blend until combined and foamy. Pour over ice adding a shot of spiced rum or bourbon per serving if desired. Garnish with extra nutmeg, a cinnamon stick, or star anise if desired.

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