The Best Homemade Vegan Eggnog (“Veggnog”)

Vegan Eggnog

Vegan eggnog, commonly called “veggnog,” is a creamy non-dairy drink that’s similar to traditional eggnog. It’s wonderfully rich and creamy, but calls for zero dairy ingredients. The secret? Cashews and canned coconut milk, two popular staples in vegan recipes.

When soaked and blended, cashews develop a thick and creamy texture that emulates the eggs in standard eggnog. The canned coconut milk further enhances the creaminess, creating the ultimate cozy drink. As an added bonus, it’s extremely easy to make at home.

Vegan Eggnog
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In addition to soaked cashews and canned coconut milk, vegan eggnog also calls for non-dairy milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.

Vegan Eggnog ingredients
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To make vegan eggnog, soak the cashews in hot water. Make sure they are completely covered.

soaking cashews
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After 30 minutes, drain the cashews.

cashews
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Add the soaked cashews, along with the remaining ingredients, to a high-powered blender. You can also use a food processor.

Vegan Eggnog in blender
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Blend the ingredients until creamy and thick. Use a spoon to check for chunks of cashews. If there are pieces leftover, continue blending until the mixture is smooth. The eggnog will be nice and frothy at this point.

Give the drink a taste. If necessary, add extra ingredients and blend. For example, if you prefer a sweeter eggnog, add more maple syrup or coconut sugar. You can also add more vanilla extract, cinnamon, or nutmeg.

blended Vegan Eggnog
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Transfer the eggnog to a large mason jar or container with an air-tight cover.

blended Vegan Eggnog
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Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. This will allow the flavors to develop and the mixture to thicken.

Vegan Eggnog in a Ball jar (in content)
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After 1 hour, stir the eggnog and pour into two small glasses. To make the drinks alcoholic, add a shot of bourbon, rum, or brandy to each glass and stir well. Garnish with ground cinnamon and/or coconut whipped cream and serve chilled.

Another option is to blend the eggnog with ice. This vegan eggnog “milkshake” is perfect if you live in a warmer climate, but are craving a classic homemade eggnog.

If your prefer hot eggnog, skip the chilling and pour the drink into a small pot. Warm over low heat. Do not boil the eggnog, as it may curdle. Add the alcohol, if using, and stir.

Vegan Eggnog served in glasses
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And just like that, you have homemade vegan eggnog! To double or triple this “veggnog” recipe, simply multiply all the ingredients by 2 or 3. If you have a larger blender, you might be able to make multiple batches at once.

Vegan Eggnog served in glasses
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Have you ever tried vegan eggnog? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments, below!

Vegan Eggnog

Vegan Eggnog (Veggnog)

Make vegan eggnog, or "veggnog," without any eggs or dairy. Use soaked cashews and coconut milk for creamy and festive holiday drink!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: eggnog
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Kirsten Nunez

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Hot water
  • 2 shots brandy, rum, bourbon optional
  • Coconut whipped cream for topping

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine the raw cashews and hot water. Make sure the cashews are completely covered. Set aside for 30 minutes then drain.
  • Combine the soaked cashews and remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender. Process until blended and smooth.
  • If you are drinking the eggnog warm, transfer to a small pot over low heat. Warm until heated through. Do not boil. If you are drinking the eggnog chilled, pour into a large mason jar. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Pour the eggnog into two small glasses. If using alcohol, add 1 shot brandy, rum, or bourbon to each glass and stir well. Garnish with coconut whipped cream and/or ground cinnamon.
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