Yup. You read correctly.

And, let me assure you: this is one mouthwatering oxymoron!

Quite possibly, my favorite seasonal indulgence is eggnog. Add a generous splash of rum, and that sugary, yolk-y, saturated fatty concoction tastes like liquid Christmas.

With a complementary aftertaste of “hello, holiday pounds!”

Sure, sometimes I can rationalize this guilty little pleasure with the old “Look at me getting my daily dose of protein!” excuse. But, the unfortunate fact remains that your average store-bought eggnog contains more imitation Nog than freshly-cracked Egg.

Still, it’s Christmastime, and seasonal beverage enthusiasts — such as myself — shouldn’t have to deprive themselves of drinkable holiday cheer. Therefore, I submit for your culinary experimentation (and guiltless enjoyment), a nutritious and equally delicious alternative to the questionable eggnog you’ll find on a dairy aisle.

This vegan recipe cuts down on refined sugar, saturated fat, and other artificial additives. It also substitutes avocado — Wait, what? Oh, yes! — for eggs, and coconut milk for all that…well, “Nog” stuff. The combined creaminess of these ingredients creates that delectably thick, smooth texture associated with classic eggnog (and even offers up some omega-3 goodness!). Plus, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla add flavorful holiday nuances to get you into a cozy state-of-mind.

So, ignore the slightly greenish tint (because it really does taste like eggnog), and drink up!

  • Ingredients:
  1. small Hass Avocado
  2. 1 1/2 cups Coconut Milk
  3. 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  4. 1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  5. 1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  6. 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
  7. 1 packet Stevia Powder

vegan eggnog ingredients

  • Preparation: 
  1. Peel the avocado and remove its pit, then chop the avocado into bite-sized chunks.
  2. Transfer the avocado chunks into a blender, then pour in the coconut milk.
  3. Stir the vanilla extract, stevia powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into the coconut milk.
  4. Turn the blender to a medium-high setting, then puree the mixture until thoroughly smooth.
  5. Transfer the liquid into a tall glass (or Christmas-y mug!!!) and lightly sprinkle nutmeg on top.

vegan eggnog before

vegan eggnog after

8 Amazing Alternatives to 8 Recipe Ruiners

Living natural starts in the kitchen (naturally). But while a home-cooked meal kicks McDonalds’ ass any day of the week, you might not be aware of just how harmful some of the most basic and accessible cooking ingredients actually are. The result: even though you think your health is right on track, those sneaky little culprits are thwarting all your efforts. And you’re blissfully unaware as you shovel cheesy goodness down that gaping pie hole. (Well…what’s the problem?! The recipe said vegetarian!).

Fear not though: I’ve compiled a list of delicious AND nutritious substitutions for the ingredients you love but won’t love you back. And the best part? Once you try these alternatives (or even get creative and experiment with your own ideas!), you’ll never notice the difference.

Well, maybe you will…but it’ll be a good difference. Trust me.

1. Instead of Butter or Margarine: Try pureed avocado, no-sugar-added applesauce, hummus, mashed black beans, or nut butters (e.g. cashew, almond, all-natural peanut)

2. Instead of Dairy: Try nut milks (e.g. almond, soy, hazelnut), seed milks (e.g. hemp, flax, chia, coconut), or grain milks (e.g. rice, oat,)

3. Instead of White Flour: Try ground quinoa, rolled oats, whole grain flours (e.g. spelt, millet, barley, buckwheat), or seed meals (e.g. pumpkin, sunflower, chia)

4. Instead of Sugar: Try agave nectar, chopped raisins or dates, cinnamon or nutmeg, brown rice syrup, or all-natural sweeteners (e.g. stevia, monk fruit)

5. Instead of Table Salt: Try herbs (e.g. basil, dill, rosemary, oregano), spices (e.g. cumin, tarragon, cracked red pepper), garlic, dried seaweed, or lemon zest

6. Instead of Sour Cream or Mayo: Try plain Greek yogurt, honey mustard, or Mediterranean spreads (e.g. tzatziki, baba ghanoush, olive tempenade, pesto)

7. Instead of Eggs: Try silken tofu, pureed fruits (e.g. bananas, pumpkins, apples), ground flaxseed paste, egg whites, or arrowroot powder

8. Instead of Vegetable Oil: Try heart-healthy oils (e.g. coconut, olive, avocado, palm), or 100% fruit juices (e.g. cranberry, pomegranate, carrot, beet, lemon, lime)

So, what are you waiting for?! Get in the kitchen and show those processed fake ingredients that they’ve finally met their match. (Spoiler alert: both your waistline and digestive system say “thanks!”).