Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Nog

OK, I think I have all of my holiday beverages sorted out now.  For the past few years I have made Isa's Matrioshka EggNog, but the problem has always been getting the perfect avocado (as this image suggests).  Considering how far avocados have to travel to get all the way up here, it's no surprise.  If you have a party to host and all the avocados at the store are as hard as rocks then it's no nog for you.  So this year I swapped out the avocado with cashews, blended like crazy, and presto: holiday nog!  For better or worse it is very much like the 99 cent cartons of eggnog we used to quaff down when I was a kid (i.e. sweet milk with nutmeg).  Works for me.

.  For the past few years I have used Isa's

- 1 cup whole, raw cashews soaked in cold water overnight
- 3 cups plain almond milk, divided
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- rum to taste

1. Place the soaked cashews and 2 cups of the almond milk in a blender.  Blend until very smooth.  If you are like me and have a pretty crappy blender, you can pass the mixture through some fine cheesecloth at this point to remove any graininess.  Or leave it as is if you don't mind a little texture.
2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.  Chill and reblend right before serving.


Eric Gillingham said...

Soaking the cashews before blending tends to help out my crappy blender, it doesn't take too much time. Learned from following Isas mac n cheese recipes.

Carol Casparian said...

DELICIOUIS!!! This is amazing and I am thrilled to be able to have some nog with the rest of the family again finally. THANKS!!!

Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse said...

I've never been quite a fan of eggnog because I never could get over the idea of drinking raw egg, but this recipes sounds great! I was contemplating using silken tofu or coconut milk to get the thickness, but cashews sound like a much healthier and better alternative =)

Glad you're back!

Labanca said...

Easy and Delicious Recipe for the end of 2013... Have tried it and all my family members liked it..

Melissa said...

Thanks for doing what you do, and returning to blogging! I'm a recent vegan convert for health (autoimmune disease) reasons, but have followed your blog for years as we wavered between omni and vegetarian life while trying to incorporate lots of creative vegan meals. Was very sad when you stopped blogging, and am very glad to see you back!

Tanja said...

I like to use a bit of canned pumpkin instead of the avocado - next time I'll try a combination of pumpkin and cashews. Thanks!

Tanja said...

I like to use a bit of canned pumpkin instead of the avocado - next time I'll try a combination of pumpkin and cashews. Thanks!

Tracy said...

What purpose does the cashews serve? I would like to try to keep the calories down and wondering if they can be omitted or reduced. Also, I might try a bit of real maple syrup in lieu of the sugar. Did ou ever try Tanja's suggestion of the pumpkin?