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!
- small Hass Avocado
- 1 1/2 cups Coconut Milk
- 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
- 1 packet Stevia Powder
- Peel the avocado and remove its pit, then chop the avocado into bite-sized chunks.
- Transfer the avocado chunks into a blender, then pour in the coconut milk.
- Stir the vanilla extract, stevia powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into the coconut milk.
- Turn the blender to a medium-high setting, then puree the mixture until thoroughly smooth.
- Transfer the liquid into a tall glass (or Christmas-y mug!!!) and lightly sprinkle nutmeg on top.