Ok, you caught me. This is not the first vegan eggnog recipe I have posted. I am clearly a sucker for the nog. And I thought I would make a version minus the sneaky fruit. Because, as much as I love sneaking fruit in, I know sometimes you just want to drink some eggnog!
I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but I actually don’t drink much. Occasionally I will have a drink, but for the most part I don’t. So I really only like the rum in this for flavor. I thought I needed to explain that so when you see that I call for 2 tablespoons of rum you don’t think I am nutso. If you want to add more you obviously can, it would be a fun cocktail to serve at a holiday party, and could absolutely be made in advance. If you don’t drink at all, you can try rum extract or just leave it out all together.
Health highlight of almonds: “Heart healthy” and “healthy fats” are terms often used when describing the health benefits of almonds. These are both very true! Almonds contain monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to decrease the risk for heart disease. Studies show people who eat 5 ounces (about 1 cup) of almonds per week are reduce their risk of heart attack by 1/3. Almonds are also a good source of magnesium, which can help people with migraines and chronic headaches because it helps relax blood vessels. Magnesium is also a mineral that is protective of the heart and brain. Almonds are also a very good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect your skin, and could be helpful in digestion. It was recently discovered that almonds contain 30 less calories per ounce than previously thought. And to top it all off a recent study shows that eating nuts can actually help extend your life!!
- 4 cups Water
- ½ cup Almonds
- ⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg (grated)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup (adjust down or up to taste)
- Rum (to taste, optional, 2 tablespoons is a good place to start)
- Pinch Turmeric (for color, totally optional)
- In a blender add all the ingredients (See notes for no blender version)
- Blend well, until the almonds are well blended and the mixture looks white in color
- Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth (see note)
- Serve and enjoy!!
- (Can be stored in the fridge for future nog endeavors)
If you don’t have a blender, just sub the almonds and water for any unsweetened non dairy milk you like (almond milk, rice milk, soy milk)