When I was lacto-ovo vegetarian (meaning that I ate animal products except for meat) I loved egg nog but it always made me feel sick to drink it. I couldn’t stomach all that dairy even though I liked the taste. I know many people feel the same way because many people have trouble digesting animal products, especially dairy; even those lactose-free dairy drinks can still be unsettling. Not to mention the fact that eggnog is extremely high in saturated fat and cholesterol. If we were in an infomercial right now I’d be telling you, “There’s got to be a better way!”
Here are some great vegan eggnog alternatives so you can enjoy the spiced taste of eggnog, not worry about your cholesterol, and feel guilt-free while you enjoy the holidays. No animals were harmed in the making of these products!
So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Nog
This is by far my favorite of the commercial vegan egg nogs. It’s rich and creamy and tastes amazing. The fat content in the coconut makes this the best candidate to serve to your omnivorous loved ones because it mimics the richness of traditional eggnog.
Silk Seasonal Nog
Silk nog is my runner-up. It’s not quite as creamy as the coconut-based nog, but it’s also lower in fat, so if you’re concerned about your fat intake this is a great candidate for your holiday gathering.
Rice Dream Rice Nog
Rice-based nog is thinner than coconut- or soy-based because it’s far lower in fat, but it’s great if you’re looking for a healthy alternative or just want a little seasonal refresher.
DIY Egg Nog
Try this awesome boozy vegan nog recipe from Post Punk Kitchen. Don’t worry–you can make it alcohol-free too.
My local food co-op is selling seasonal eggnog smoothies and I was so excited to see that they had a vegan version too! But when I tried one it tasted like a banana smoothie with some spices in it, so I was a little disappointed. You can make your own bangin’ eggnog smoothie by blending any of the vegan nogs mentioned above with half a frozen banana and/or a half cup of ice. Don’t use too much banana or you’ll just have a banana smoothie, which, though delicious, is not what we’re going for!
Photo: So Delicious; Silk; Laziest Vegans