Rawsomely Delicious EggNog

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We are just days away from Thanksgiving in the US and I want to share a delicious raw vegan “eggnog” recipe that comes from the wonderful Tracy Russell at Incredible Smoothies. This is one of my favourite smoothie websites. Tracy and I have a lot of synergy in our approach to health and whole foods. She and I both eat a plant based diet with a lot of raw foods and green smoothies supplemented with some healthy cooked whole foods. So I was delighted when she agreed to do a recipe swap with me this week to celebrate the holidays. She is featuring my vegan ginger cranberry sauce recipe and I am eggnogging it!

Check out Tracy’s website. She has almost 400 amazing green smoothie recipes! She also shares her inspiring story of how she and her husband Davy blissfully transitioned from the Standard American Diet (S.A.D) to a mostly raw vegan diet back in 2007. She shares her journey from having high cholesterol, frequent heartburn, chronic acne, and weight issues; to having abundant energy and decreased cravings for junk foods, a flat stomach and glowing skin! With the help of daily green smoothies, raw dishes, and a healthy exercise routine, Tracy and Davy both lost about 30 – 40 pounds and have never felt better! They are now on a mission to help other people achieve optimum health with the power of green energy smoothies and raw foods.

What I love most about this website is the step-by-step instructions on how to begin making green smoothies. Tracy’s advice is very similar to mine -- start with some handfuls of spinach and some fruit, and then gradually transition into more exotic vegetable green smoothies with less sugar. However, Tracy goes into a lot more detail about green smoothies, which is wonderful. She has a multitude of informative articles extolling the virtues of different greens, and offering helpful suggestions for how to incorporate them into your weekly smoothies. You can spend hours reading the valuable information!

Now, it seems almost ridiculous that after my rave review about green smoothies I should choose to feature one of her more indulgent recipes. But it is the holidays; and a raw eggnog is far more forgiving on the hips than the dairy-laden traditional eggnog recipes that would have me coat checking my colon and massaging my liver with anxiety after just one sip.

As Tracy says, there are a few vegan soy and almond milk eggnog varieties on the market now to accommodate people with food allergies. But fresh is always best. Besides, this raw eggnog leaves those commercial concoctions for dead!

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free and refined sugar free. This recipe yields about 16 ounces, which is good for 2 standard glasses. But I don’t think you will want to be sharing! I gobbled up the whole batch in minutes. If you're planning on serving this at a party, I would quadruple the batch!

Just a note about the almond milk: I used whole raw almonds with 2 cups of filtered water. I did not strain the milk as I liked the rustic consistency and it is less work! But, those of you who prefer a smoother silkier consistency resembling traditional eggnog will want to make homemade almond milk in the blender and strain it. Tracy’s original recipe used strained almond milk. I also liked my eggnog with a bit more kick, so I got more heavy-handed with the cinnamon! I felt like it rounded out the cloves quite nicely. Start with Tracy’s original recipe, and then make it your own.

Either way, this recipe is a healthy holiday winner. Thanks Tracy! YUMMO! “Happy Holidays!” 

This recipe published here with permission from Incredible Smoothies. 

Rawsomely Delicious EggNog

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  • ½ cup raw almonds + 1 ½ cups filtered water OR 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas
  • 1 pitted date soaked for about an hour
  • ¼ tsp natural pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt
  1. Place all ingredients in your Vitamix and puree until smooth and creamy. Add more water to achieve desired consistency. 
    **I just blended whole almonds with 2 cups of water as I liked the rustic consistency. But you could use homemade strained almond milk.
  2. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately. YUMMO! 
  3. Serves 4 - 6.

This recipe published here with permission from Incredible Smoothies. 

Tip: freeze those ripe bananas for yummies later

To ensure you always have a stash of frozen ripe bananas for your smoothies, muffins and breads, never throw away ripe bananas. Just keep freezing them whole in their skins in a ziplock bag. The riper they are (not soft and mushy) the sweeter they are - meaning you will need little or no sweetener! You can keep adding to the bag. Then when you need them, take the desired amount out of the bag and then rinse and cut for delectable frozen treats. I buy a bunch of bananas every week that I let ripen on the bench top and then freeze for use later. Bananayumma!

I love how healthy this is - I can’t even stomach the real deal - definitely giving this recipe a try!

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I know! Totally guilt free and DELICIOUS!

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Wow, an eggnog that doesn’t have oodles of fat in it. Now, that’s an eggnog I can stand behind.  I honestly have always loved the holidays for the unique traditional foods that they bring, but eggnog is definitely one of those that I love but drink sparingly.  This is a recipe that I don’t have to drink sparingly, as in a juice glass.  With such healthy ingredients in it, I can actually drink a real glass’ worth of nog! Love that!  I also like Tess’ idea of having more “kick” to it, so I definitely would use the cinnamon more lavishly.  This is now a recipe I can add to my Christmas family collection of traditions. Thanks for sharing it, blender girl!

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Hey beautiful Tara!
I am glad you liked this healthy egg nog!
I LOVE this recipe!

My girlfriend and I just made a blender full of this and we downed it in five minutes. It was like the best spicy milkshake I have ever had. We were doing a trial run for our first vegan thanksgiving tomorrow. This is on the menu!

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I love how you and your girlfriend have embraced this new lifestyle and are making your way through all of the super easy recipes.
Happy First Vegan Thanksgiving to you :)

I am EGGstatic (Ho ho- See what happened there?) that someone has finally created a fantastic, healthy, vegan alternative to Eggnog at last!!!!!! This is a wee holiday miracle with no guilt! Dates are the perfect sweetener and the banana gives this super treat a terrific creamy texture!!!!!!  It’s not too rich but still so full of flavour!!! I’m going to choose this eggNOT (Wink, wink) over hot chocolate any day of the week!!! Happy Holidays!!!

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LOL! MonkeyPig you make me laugh!
Glad you enjoyed it!

Wow! This looks yummy and healthy.  Are there any particular type of eggs that I should use?  Giving thanks!

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Just in time! Yum! Usually I reserve Egg Nog just for Christmas, but i little early won’t hurt. Shhhh. Blender Girl - your a powerhouse! Thank you!

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On the 1st day of Christmas The Blender Girl gave to me…An awesome Egg Nog recipe! (If you sing it…It does actually rhyme. :-)

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LOL! I think this eggnog is making everyone a little nutty! Glad you liked it. Thanks for the song!

So, so, so good!!! Love the guilt free feeling too. This is a definite keeper. Thanks Tess.

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Isn’t this delicious?!
I am glad you liked it.
Happy Holidays xx

why do you soak the date?

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Hey Zenzi,
You just soak the dates to soften them and make them easier to work with. It also brings out the sweetness in really dry dates.
But you don’t need to soak them to enjoy this recipe. I have been in a hurry tons of times and not soaked the dates and the recipe is delicious!

I’ve had several raw vegan egg nogs, & just made yours.  I have to say,  it’s not my favorite.  Perhaps too banana flavored & not sweet enough & not strong enough in its spices. It’s yummy,  don’t get me wrong,  & super healthy especially compared to the regular kind,  but i think this recipe needs tweaking.

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