Once November 1st rolls around, it’s officially eggnog season. I know there are these things called “holidays” that we celebrate, but let’s be honest, it’s also a really great excuse to bring back the nog.
This year, our family did something new, naughty, and totally fun. We took a little trip to Whole Foods, browsed the dairy section, picked out a few different varieties of eggnog, and sat ourselves down at the café for a little tasting session. We each had a little serving of all the different flavors and varieties and picked our favorites. We tried almond milk nog, coconut milk nog, and plain old cow’s milk nog (which we went light on that one for our tummies’ sakes). They were all good, but I couldn’t help but miss my old homemade version from years ago.
I made a decision that night that I would recreate my old dairy-filled favorite but with non-dairy ingredients. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out due to the 2 different kinds of cream and tons of white sugar, but much to my surprise, I had the perfect batch of coconut milk eggnog on my very first try.
It’s thick, creamy, and with all the right spices. Honestly, I can’t even tell it’s dairy-free and lacking refined-sugar. It tastes just like my old favorite, but is way less dangerous to my gut. My kids have been asking for it every morning with breakfast, and how can I say no? Well, I guess I could since I want it all for me, but that’s just greedy.
And while it was sitting in the fridge, staring back at me in it’s pretty Weck carafé, I couldn’t help but wonder just how beautifully that thick and creamy eggnog would turn out if I put it in an ice cream maker. Looks like Santa will be getting a list from me after all…