Ultimate Dairy-Free Egg Nog – the only way to drink dairy-free egg nog!
I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am for this post. Dairy-Free Egg Nog. The Ultimate. Whaaaat?! I also cannot truly put into words how freakin good it tastes – it tastes like “real” egg nog. Pinky swear.
First of all, I just want to take a moment to talk about the holidays – and how we all need to Take. It. Slow. Things are so crazy right now. There are parties and cards and gifts and food….. it gets to be A LOT. My advice, for whatever it may be worth to you, learn to say no. Learn to allow yourself to just bow out of a few things. Or just cut back, on whatever it is that is taking up so much of your time. Small example: I typically get a post out Sunday night – this Sunday I was just bone-tired from running around all weekend, working on this photo shoot (among others), cleaning my house (which still seems just as dirty, but that is a different conversation) and cooking meals for the fam…. I was just tired. So I gave myself a break. I didn’t beat myself up over the fact that I let myself get “behind” I just ….. let it go. I got a little extra sleep and didn’t push myself to stay up until 2am to try and get it done. And the world kept spinning…
Don’t get me wrong, I still have a To-Do list that is literally the front and back of a piece of notebook paper (between the blog, work, kids, house and Christmas…. it is never-ending right now), but it is an example of how people will move on even if you don’t go to that work party, for example. I promise it will be okay if, instead, you simply go home and lay low. Give yourself a break every once in a while. It won’t solve all your problems, but I think it would make us all a little happier.
And now, lets talk about this egg nog now, shall we? Okay, same old schpeel, I am allergic to dairy, blah blah blah… you guys have heard it all before. As with most things, I have tried every kind of dairy-free egg nog… ever. I love egg nog. And now, I can make my very own, perfect thick and creamy Ultimate Dairy-Free Egg Nog – and so can you!
As for that delicious looking topping – it is actually meringue. If you are vegan, simply don’t do the meringue (which is made with egg-whites) and opt for a coconut whipped cream.
I am legit making this for my family on Christmas.
And no, this isn’t Whole30, but it is Christmas!! And I will be enjoying every sip of this egg nog and every bite of my all-time favorite Christmas cookies (Nutmeg Logs and White Chocolate Ritz Dipped Cookies) – that being said, I am all set to do my next Whole30 in January and that is when we will get back to some healthier stuff. It is all about balance – right?!
- 2 cans coconut milk (full fat) (I highly recommend using Thai Kitchen's organic coconut milk -it has the best texture)
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ Teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ Teaspoon ground turmeric (for coloring)
- 4½ Teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar + 1 Teaspoon
- garnish: cinnamon stick, star anise, ground nutmeg
- 2 egg whites
- pinch of cream of tartar
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- Place coconut milk in large mason jar (or other tall container) and use immersion blender to fully incorporate.
- Pour coconut milk in medium saucepan.
- Add sugar and bring to medium heat, stirring fairly constantly until sugar dissolves - whisk together as it combines and sugar dissolves.
- Turn down heat to med-low and add remaining ingredients.
- Whisk/stir until fully combined.
- Let sit on med-low heat for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and store in airtight container overnight - and yes, it definitely tastes the best if it can sit for a while and let the flavors blend.
- Shake well before serving after letting it sit, nutmeg and other ingredients will settle.
- Meringue (optional):
- In stand mixer, add egg whites and pinch of cream of tartar.
- Beat on high for approximately 1 minute; whites will become very frothy and start to rise.
- Keep motor running and gradually add granulated sugar and then continue beating for approximately 5 minutes.
- Continue to keep the motor running and gradually add powdered sugar; continue beating for 8-10 minutes or until very stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy-looking.
- Pour egg not into glass.
- Swirl meringue in circles using a spoon and scoop swirl out of bowl and place on top of egg nog. If desired, safely use a small blow torch to lightly burn the meringue.
- Garnish with cinnamon stick, star anise or more ground nutmeg.