The Egg and Dairy-Free Vegannog You’ve Been Waiting For

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Keeping with Forward Forty’s 2016 Christmas message of less is more, we decided to give the usually overindulgent holiday classic – eggnog – a healthy and minimalist upgrade. Not everyone is keen on the idea of eggs in  a drink but  we  don’t know anyone who doesn’t love the  creamy, pale yellow holiday favourite  that typically contains some combination of milk, cream and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and clove

To replicate the traditional egg nog’s classic richness, we swapped out ingredients like egg, cream, and milk for a velvety concoction of almond milk, soaked cashew nuts, and full fat coconut milk. We filled out the flavours with spices and a few shots (ahem, ahem, cups) of rum.

Not only is our eggnog make-under a more nutrient-dense take on the classic, it is also more heart and health-friendly than most.

Whether you choose keep it sans booze or warm it up with your favourite holiday spirit, we’re sure you’ll never look at eggnog the same way again. Trust us, it was divine!

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Here’s what you’ll need

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  • 3 frozen bananas (peeled)
  • 3/4 cup dry cashews, soaked overnight and drained (they’ll plump up to about 1 cup as they soak)
  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked overnight and drained
  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup water (optional, if you want a thinner consistency)
  • 1/3 teaspoon (or 1/4 heaping teaspoon) salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract (or bean scrapings)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup rum or bourbon

Simply blend all ingredients. Chill, and serve.

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Remember to soak your cashew nuts overnight for optimum creaminess and frothiness

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The veganog tastes better after a day in the fridge, so feel free to make it ahead of its big reveal

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Top with a fresh grate of nutmeg and a sprinkle of powdered cinnamon

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Or better yet, dip the rim in agave and line with coconut sugar for a festive punch

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Chill and serve

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Or just have it all for yourself!

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