Eggnog is a classic, festive holiday drink to enjoy in the colder months. However, vegans can’t always enjoy this traditional delicacy. The main ingredients in eggnog are a custard made with egg and dairy and more dairy. Luckily, plenty of innovative vegan chefs have come up with tasty, festive, and cruelty-free alternatives to this delicious holiday beverage.
Easy Vegan Eggnog by Minimalist Baker
This 10-minute easy eggnog recipe is creamy and rich and only requires six ingredients and a blender. The recipe serves eleven half-cup servings and is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. This delicious holiday drink is subtly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and optional cardamom.
Minimalist Baker recommends using homemade dairy-free milk made with cashew and almond milk in this recipe. However, she says the store-bought version is excellent. For the alcoholic version, she suggests using an ounce of bourbon. Still, she notes that coffee liqueur, vodka, or dairy-free Kahlua will also work.
Secretly Vegan Eggnog Recipe by The Banana Diaries
The Banana Diaries’ Secretly Vegan Eggnog is a thick, creamy and rich holiday classic, despite being dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free. The recipe requires little heat and no blending. Everything is whisked together, slightly heated, then chilled.
The recipe uses oat milk as a non-dairy base, sweetened condensed coconut milk, and arrowroot powder to create a thick consistency. The beverage can be enjoyed cold or warm. To make it alcoholic, Banana Diaries suggests using liquor such as bourbon, dark rum, brandy, or cognac.
Easy Vegan Eggnog by Two Spoons
Two Spoons’ Easy Vegan Eggnog is an ultra-creamy eggnog recipe that is rich, thick, sweet, and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. The recipe takes five minutes to make and two hours to chill before it’s ready to consume.
The beverage is made with a base of almonds, coconut flakes, and cashews and sweetened naturally with dates. You will need a nut milk bag to make this vegan eggnog, but you can use a thin tea towel, t-shirt, or tights.
To make this eggnog alcoholic, Two Spoons suggests using bourbon. However, if you’re not a fan of bourbon or don’t have some on hand, any sweet dark liquor will suffice, like brandy or cognac.
Vegan Eggnog by Simple Vegan Blog
This is another simple vegan eggnog recipe that uses only six ingredients and can be made within 10 minutes. The recipe uses a base of cashews soaked for at least one hour, or preferably overnight. In addition, the eggnog is sweetened with maple syrup, but it can alternatively be sweetened with dates for added thickness.
This recipe serves 3 to 6 and can be refrigerated for four to seven days. To make it alcoholic, Simple Vegan Blog suggests using rum, bourbon, or brandy and topping it with whipped coconut cream.
Vegan Eggnog by Loving It Vegan
Loving It Vegan’s Vegan Eggnog is a rich, creamy, boozy, and delicious holiday drink. In place of eggs, Loving It Vegan uses cashews to recreate eggnog’s creamy and decadent texture. Bourbon is used in the recipe to make the drink alcoholic. However, the author notes that it can easily be omitted to make it non-alcoholic.
The recipe is sweetened with sugar and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. The recipe also uses a touch of turmeric to help recreate the classic yellow color that egg-based eggnog has.
The vegan eggnog recipe takes fifteen minutes to make and serves 6. It can be stored for up to five days in the refrigerator. However, freezing the beverage is not recommended.
Vegan Eggnog by Chocolate Covered Katie
Chocolate Covered Katie’s Vegan Eggnog might be the healthiest eggnog on this list. It’s not just dairy-free and egg-free. It’s also free of sugar, gluten, and cholesterol. In addition, the recipe is low in fat and carbs and is keto-friendly. To top it all off, it’s even high in protein.
This recipe is for a single serving but can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled to serve a crowd. The recipe uses a base of non-dairy milk of your choice and silken tofu to create a thick and creamy texture. The formula also opts for a sweetener instead of sugar to keep the drink healthy.
Vegan Eggnog by plant.well
This Vegan Eggnog recipe by plant.well uses easy ingredients that are easy to find in most grocery stores. The recipe serves two but can be doubled or even tripled for helping large crowds.
The recipe uses any plant milk of your choice, mixed with canned full-fat coconut milk and arrowroot powder to create a thick and creamy consistency. The recipe does need to be heated on a stovetop to activate the arrowroot powder and then chilled before serving.
Vegan Eggnog by Bianca Kapatka
Bianca Zapatka is another wonderfully festive eggnog recipe that can be served with or without alcohol. The eggnog is made with homemade cashew milk and full-fat coconut milk to give it a rich and creamy consistency. However, Bianca notes that you can substitute cashews for almond, macadamia nuts, or silken tofu.
The beverage is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. However, Bianca states that you can get creative with the spice blend by adding other warming spices, such as cloves, cardamom, or gingerbread spice.
Easy Homemade Vegan Eggnog by The Hidden Veggies
This Easy Homemade Vegan Eggnog recipe by The Hidden Veggies only takes 5 minutes to make and requires five ingredients and a blender. The eggnog recipe is made with soy milk or any plant milk of your choice. Despite being a blender recipe, this vegan eggnog is quite frothy, thanks to adding canola oil or other neutral-flavored oil for added richness.
The recipe is sweetened with vegan sugar or any sweetener of your choice. The spices used in this eggnog are nutmeg and vanilla. Cinnamon is not required but is highly recommended. Although this eggnog isn’t inherently alcoholic, The Hidden Veggies suggests adding one ounce of rum per batch.
Homemade Vegan Eggnog by Choosing Chia
This Homemade Vegan Eggnog recipe by Choosing Chia is another fantastic vegan eggnog recipe that is sugar-free, gluten-free, and takes less than ten minutes to make. This holiday-inspired drink is creamy, rich, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla bean paste.
This recipe uses raw unsalted cashews soaked overnight for optimal richness and creaminess. The recipe uses four ounces of bourbon, but this can be omitted to make the drink alcohol-free.
Vegan Eggnog by Simply Bakings
Simple Baking’s Vegan Eggnog is a deliciously creamy holiday beverage with flavors of cashews, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and coconut all in a single cup. The eggnog recipe is made with homemade nut milk of your choice. Still, cashews are strongly recommended and a natural sweetener like maple syrup or coconut sugar.
This delicious eggnog recipe gets its creaminess from multiple sources. The recipe uses coconut milk as a base and adds coconut cream and raw cashews for extra richness. As a result, the recipe recommends serving this eggnog cold.
Easy Vegan Eggnog Recipe by Vegan Richa
Vegan Richa’s Easy Vegan Eggnog uses an eggy chickpea flour custard with almond milk, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon to organize this festive holiday drink. The recipe takes twenty-five minutes to make and serves three.
In the recipe, flour, chickpea flour, and turmeric make an egg-free vegan custard. Afterward, the remaining ingredients are blended with the custard to make this delicious and festive beverage.
Classic Vegan Eggnog by My Darling Vegan
My Darling Vegan’s Classic Vegan Eggnog recipe is another festive recipe that can be served alcoholic or alcohol-free, hot or cold, in just five minutes. Although the ingredients of this recipe are readily available to most people, the recipe uses a kitchen appliance called an Almond Cow Milk Maker.
Almond Cow Milk Maker is a kitchen appliance that quickly makes creamy and delicious plant milk at home, with any blend of ingredients you’d like. It’s an excellent appliance for avid plant milk drinkers who want to cut down on their plastic use. However, if you don’t have a device to make plant milk, you may want to look into another recipe.
Vegan Eggnog by Nora Cooks
Nora Cooks’ Vegan Eggnog is a creamy and delicious, eggless, dairy-free cup of holiday goodness. The recipe uses raw cashews and non-dairy milk for creaminess, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove for spice.
This rendition of vegan eggnog is fantastic hot or cold. According to the recipe, whiskey or rum are optional. Nora also notes that the non-alcoholic version of this beverage can be enjoyed steamed and with a shot of espresso as a latte.
Best Vegan Eggnog Recipe by Food52
This Vegan Eggnog recipe, submitted by Gena Hamshaw and published by Food52, is the perfect rich, creamy and sweet treat for a wintery afternoon. This eggnog is ideal as a festive Happy Hour before dinner or a YuleTide dessert after dinner.
The recipe uses soaked cashews, full-fat coconut milk, and holiday spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The drink is sweetened naturally with dates and maple syrup. The recipe does contain alcohol in the form of bourbon or rum, but the author notes that rum extract can be used in place of rum or bourbon to keep the drink alcohol-free.
Vegan Eggnog Recipe by Olivia Magazine
This Vegan Eggnog recipe was created by Hannah Guinness and published in Olive Magazine. This simple recipe is great for beginners looking to enjoy their favorite holiday drink but vegan. This vegan eggnog recipe serves four to six and is topped with vegan whipped cream.
In this recipe, almond milk, coconut cream, and cashews are used to make the creamy base for the eggnog. Pitted dates are used to naturally sweeten the beverage. Finally, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves are used to spice the drink, followed by a few glugs of bourbon, rum or amaretto.
Ultra Creamy Vegan Eggnog by Connoisseurus Veg
The Connoisseurus Veg’s Ultra Creamy Vegan Eggnog is a rich, creamy, and luscious holiday treat. The recipe only requires a few ingredients that are easy to find at the grocery store and a high-powered blender.
This recipe gets an extra hint of creaminess and sweetness from the inclusion of an overripe banana and balances out the sweetness with a touch of salt. This festive treat goes best with rum or whiskey.
Easy Vegan Eggnog Recipe by Running on Real Food
Running on Real Food’s Easy Vegan Eggnog recipe is tasty, festive, beginner-friendly, and ready within minutes. In this recipe, all the ingredients are blended together in a high-powered blender until smooth.
The recipe is ready in five minutes and serves six. The recipe can last in the fridge for up to five days in an air-tight container. However, you will need to give the drink a good shake before serving it again.
Homemade Vegan Eggnog by Salted Plains
Salted Plains’ Homemade Vegan Eggnog is another great beginner-friendly recipe. All of the ingredients are easily found in most grocery stores. The creamy base of this eggnog is made with unsweetened almond milk and refrigerated full-fat coconut milk. However, the author notes that homemade or store-bought oat milk will also work well.
The recipe includes alcohol, but Salted Plains notes that alcohol can be omitted for an alcohol-free option. The alcohol recommended in this recipe is bourbon, rum, or cognac.
Classic Christmas Vegan Eggnog by Jillian Harris Designs Inc
Jillian Harris’ Classic Christmas Vegan Eggnog is another excellent option for a quick, tasty, festive holiday treat. This recipe is sweetened with dates and spices with vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, ground cloves, and salt.
This recipe can be served cold or warm. Pour the drink over ice and rum of choice for a cold drink. If you prefer this drink hot, warm the eggnog in a saucepan, then pour it into a mug with rum. This drink can be refrigerated for three days.
Creamy Vegan Spiced Eggnog by Rainbow Plant Life
Rainbow Plant Life’s Creamy Spiced Eggnog is a deliciously rich and spicy holiday beverage. This eggnog recipe uses a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, vanilla, and sea salt. This drink also received a hit of molasses flavor, thanks to its use of brown sugar.
This beverage is spiked with two to four ounces of bourbon within the drink. Rainbow Plant Life also notes that you should add one and a half ounces of bourbon to each mug before serving. Rainbow plant life also recommends topping the drink off with vegan whipped topping.
Vegan Eggnog Recipe by Great British Chefs
This Vegan Eggnog recipe by Great British Chefs is another nut-nog recipe. Still, it has a beautiful velvety texture and festive Christmas flavors from the added spices. The drink is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It also uses spiced rum for an extra kick of flavor.
The drink gets its velvety mouthfeel from condensed coconut milk to the almond milk base. The glass also uses cornflour to create a thicker consistency.
Easy Vegan Eggnog (almond milk) by Veggie Desserts
Veggie Desserts’ Easy Vegan Eggnog is another great beginner-friendly Veg-nog recipe with easy-to-use ingredients and no special equipment needed. The recipe calls for almond milk and canned coconut milk base, although Veggie Dessert states that you can use other forms of plant milk to change the flavor.
The recipe uses cinnamon and nutmeg for spices, but the author states that gingerbread spice would work well in this drink. Veggie Desserts used bourbon, but rum, brandy, and cognac can also be substituted.
Easy Vegan Eggnog Recipes, Final Thoughts
Eating vegan doesn’t mean giving up your favorite holiday treats like eggnog or other desserts. Simple alternatives go a long way in veganizing your favorite dishes. Luckily, with the rise of veganism, veganizes recipes for popular foods and drinks have been popping up all over the internet.
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