A plant-based version of the traditional holiday beverage that is made without eggs or dairy products. It is suitable for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant, as well as anyone looking to reduce their consumption of animal products.
Unlike traditional eggnog, which is made with milk and eggs, vegan eggnog is typically made with plant-based milks such as coconut milk or almond milk. Sweeteners such as agave nectar or maple syrup are used to give the eggnog a rich, sweet flavor, while spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice give it a warm, festive taste.
To give vegan eggnog a thick, creamy consistency, some recipes call for the addition of aquafaba, which is the liquid from a can of chickpeas. When whisked, aquafaba forms stiff peaks, similar to egg whites, and can be used as a plant-based alternative to eggs in many recipes.
Vegan eggnog can be enjoyed hot or cold, and can be served on its own or with a splash of rum or bourbon for added flavor. It is a delicious and festive alternative to traditional eggnog, and is sure to be a hit with vegans and non-vegans alike.
Here is a recipe for vegan eggnog that you can try at home:
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
Optional: a splash of rum or bourbon, to taste
In a blender or food processor, combine the coconut milk, almond milk, agave nectar or maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and heat over medium heat until hot, but not boiling.
In a separate bowl, whisk the aquafaba until it forms soft peaks. Gently fold the aquafaba into the hot milk mixture.
Serve the eggnog hot, or chill in the refrigerator before serving over ice. If desired, add a splash of rum or bourbon to each serving. Enjoy!
Note: This recipe makes about 4 servings. You can adjust the amount of sweetener to taste. If you prefer a thicker eggnog, you can also try adding a spoonful of arrowroot starch or cornstarch to the mixture before heating.