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It’s holiday time! We just passed Thanksgiving here in the states. I love Thanksgiving because you don’t have all of the hullabaloo of buying presents, etc.

I love Christmas, too. Don’t get me wrong. And especially now that I make most of our presents. But I still just have this special affinity for Thanksgiving.

But anyway, this post is about the holiday time in general. And vegan eggnog to be precise. One of the big holiday things that my husband introduced me to is eggnog.

My family never really did the eggnog thing. At least, I don’t remember eggnog around.

So when my husband really wanted to get eggnog at holiday time, I was dubious. How can you drink raw eggs and be ok? How can you drink raw eggs and not gag? I mean, ewwwwwwww.

Then I had some. You know, opening my horizons for the man in my life thing.

This amazing vegan eggnog is dairy free, gluten free and egg free. And so super simple to make. | tiaskitchen.com/vegan-eggnog

Ummmmmm, that is some good stuff. Nobody told me about the insane amount of sugar and cream in it that goes along with the eggs.

Then every year after that, hubby and I would go crazy for the eggnog. I mean C. R. A. Z. Y. And heaven forbid the store ran out before the end of the holiday season. Which Trader Joe’s always does.

Dudes! Get with it TJs! Buy more eggnog.

And when I found out I couldn’t have eggs anymore, it was over the summer. So it never occurred to me until recently that I wouldn’t be able to have eggnog.

WHAT!?!?! Ugh.

So what’s a person to do except come up with something that tastes like eggnog without the eggs. Or dairy. Easy, peasy, right?

Yeah, not really.

I started looking up vegan eggnog, and I got all of these wonderful, healthy, sometimes-raw recipes with lots of homemade nut-milk, date paste for sugar, etc. Most of them used cashews, which are out for us. So I tried other nuts with all of the healthy stuff.

Um, yeah… no.

They were good in their own right. In fact, I think some of them might make great coffee creamers. I think that because I ended up using the ones I made as coffee creamers. Pretty darn good.

But eggnog, they weren’t.

This amazing vegan eggnog is dairy free, gluten free and egg free. And so super simple to make. | tiaskitchen.com/vegan-eggnog

All of them were just too thin. And too gritty. Because of the ground up nuts, there was always grit. So then I filtered them with my nut milk bag, which worked nicely. But then I was doing way too much work for this vegan eggnog. WAY too much work.

Then I decided to google eggless eggnog instead of vegan eggnog. When I did that, I got lots of recipes that used regular cow’s milk, which I didn’t want to use. But they also used vanilla instant pudding.

So why didn’t I see vanilla instant pudding used when I googled vegan eggnog? Is vanilla instant pudding not vegan? I looked at the ingredients, and it looked vegan to me.

Then I googled “is vanilla instant pudding vegan?”

Well, lots of people said yes. No one said no. Even PETA said it is vegan.

Cool! So I wasn’t missing anything. Everyone else was just being uber healthy.

I don’t know about you, but my thought is that I am only doing this for a short time once a year. And eggnog is an indulgence anyway. So let’s go crazy. Right?!

Below you have the recipe I came up with for vegan eggnog that tastes as close to eggnog as you can get without eggs, cow’s milk and cream. I’ve only had it 3 or 4 times so far. It still isn’t calorie free, so I need to curb myself.

So without further ado, here’s…

How to Make Vegan Eggnog

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This amazing vegan eggnog is dairy free, gluten free and egg free. And so super simple to make. | tiaskitchen.com/vegan-eggnog

Vegan Eggnog


  • Author: Tia
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 3/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tbs Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 tbs Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Blend together.
  2. Chill for an hour.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
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This amazing vegan eggnog is dairy free, gluten free and egg free. And so super simple to make. | tiaskitchen.com/vegan-eggnog

Vegan Eggnog


  • Author: Tia
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 14 oz Coconut Milk (1 can)
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 3.4 oz Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix (1 small package)
  • 4 tbs Sugar
  • 1 tbs Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Blend together.
  2. Chill for an hour.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour

This amazing vegan eggnog is dairy free, gluten free and egg free. And so super simple to make. | tiaskitchen.com/vegan-eggnog

36 Comments

  1. LeAnn Scacco

    Does the vanilla pudding have dry milk in it?

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    • Tia

      Hi LeAnn,

      Actually it doesn’t. I guess they expect others to add the milk. It has sugar and a ton of unpronounceable stuff. But no milk.

      ~Tia

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      • KE

        Actually it DOES. Right on the back of the box, the bold “allergy” foods are “milk, soy”. Not a vegan recipe and you really should check. For me, vegan isn’t a choice, it’s an allergy issue. Luckily I don’t take people’s word for things – I must read labels to ensure I don’t have a reaction.

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        • Tia

          Hi,

          Mine isn’t a choice, either. I also have milk allergy, as well as celiac disease (why everything is gluten free here), so I understand. I looked again, and my box of Jell-O brand, Vanilla flavored, Instant Pudding and Pie filling contains no milk or soy. There is no allergen statement anywhere on my box. And I have been a meticulous label reader for many years due to having celiac disease, so I understand. I even googled it to make sure I wasn’t missing something, and one of the first hits is PETA commenting on it being vegan. http://www.peta.org/living/food/baking/

          I am not sure if yours is another brand, a different flavor or an older box. But currently, it is vegan.

          ~Tia

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          • Lesley

            Why wouldn’t you infuse your beverage with real vanilla bean or extract and whip in a little can then gum to thicken Vanilla pudfing may be vegan but it’s not toxin free by any stretch

          • Tia

            Hi Lesley,

            Well, I never said it was toxin free. In fact, I said that since it was something I only had on a rare occasion, I wasn’t going to worry about it. Also, I don’t use gums in my cooking. Just not something I have around. So that is why I didn’t make it that way. But, of course, you are free to make it any way you wish.

            ~Tia

  2. Annie

    Lovely photos, Tia! Thanks so much for sharing this at the weekly Potluck – – and for joining the BIG Potluck :-)!

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    • Tia

      Hi Annie,

      Thank you, so much! Happy to join your Potluck. Lots of fun.

      ~Tia

      Reply
  3. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Who knew it was possible to make a vegan verison of eggnog! This is totally something I need to try for Christmas time!






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    • Tia

      Hi Thalia,

      Sorry for the late reply, but it was so nice to be able to have eggnog again. Too bad I couldn’t come up with a calorie free version.

      ~Tia

      Reply
  4. Ciara (My Fussy Eater)

    Egg nog isn’t really a big thing here in the UK so I haven’t tried it before. I’m intrigued now though so will have to give it a go!

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    • Tia

      Hi Ciara,

      Eggnog was weird the first time I tried it, but it so sweet and creamy that I couldn’t resist.

      ~Tia

      Reply
  5. vegetarianmamma (Cindy)

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!
    -Cindy

    Reply
  6. Annie

    Thanks for being a part of the Potluck!

    Reply
  7. Poppy

    Hi, please can you update your ‘go to the beginning’ button to http://virtualveganpotluck.com/december-2014/ please as you currently have it linked to an appetizer recipe!

    Your eggnog looks super creamy and delicious! Poppy 🙂






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  8. Megan

    huh, I didn’t know vanilla instant pudding wasn’t vegan either. This looks awesome and like it could pass any non-vegan egg nog lovers test!

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  9. Somer McCowan

    Ha! What a funny revelation to use vanilla instant pudding! I’ll bet it works wonderfully and tastes like a dream!

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    • May

      Hi, is it possible to substitute pudding mix for something else? I can’t find the instant pudding mix where I am

      Reply
  10. Janyce Denise Glasper

    I’ve always wanted to make vegan eggnog! This looks impressive!!!

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  11. Becky Striepe

    This looks delicious! Happy belated VVP!

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  12. Lovlie

    I’ve never had eggnog before. So, I couldn’t do a comparison with the real thing but I don’t think I fancy the idea of raw eggs even though I know it is very masked with the sugar and milk, but still… I like your version here, I’ll have to try it. 🙂

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  13. Kori

    Definitely going to try! Since going vegan I’ve noticed a lot of vegan versions of things require fancy, hard to find or expensive ingredients (omg, so many cashews, and …ahem, gums and things lol)…

    I love this because I probably either already have all the ingredients or can get them very easily at any store. I really appreciate that, and just wanted to let you know! I’ll be following you fo sho






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  14. Vita

    Hi would it be possible to substitute the water for some sort of alcohol? Thanks 🙂

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    • Tia

      I’m not sure how it would affect the setting process. I just add alcohol afterward like I would regular egg nog.

      ~Tia

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      • Vita

        Thank you! I’m from New Zealand and have never made eggnog. What alcohol do you use and what proportion ? 🙂

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        • Tia

          I have seen 3 different alcohols used: spiced rum, brandy and/or whiskey. I have had eggnog with all 3 or each one individually. My personal preference is spiced rum with a splash of brandy.

          As for proportions, it depends on taste. I find I like just a hint of the alcohol flavor to give the eggnog a kick. But I have relatives that like their spiced rum with a splash of eggnog. If I were you, I would just keep adding a little until you get the flavor you like. If you are a whiskey person, go for the whiskey. If not, I would try spiced rum with a splash of brandy.

          Don’t forget the nutmeg. If you can grate a fresh nutmeg nut, do so. It really makes a difference.

          Reply
  15. Laura S.

    Just made this — it tastes so good! I’m really tickled! I’m always a little nervous about recipes with coconut milk as a primary ingredient (my husband doesn’t like the taste), but you can’t tell at all…this will totally trick him. 😉

    The only thing different about mine is it isn’t cream-colored like yours (instead, it’s sort of a pale brown, due to the spices). I could probably work around that by just sprinkling the spices on top individually, eh? Thanks so much for a great (and easy!) recipe!






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  16. Rachael

    I’m way late to this post, but wanted to share my success using this recipe. My family and I loved it!! I’m a huge eggnog fan and have been missing it since I ditched eggs and dairy from my life.

    Here in California I was able to find an organic instant pudding (vegan!!) at Sprouts Farmers Market. The ingredients were not too scary 🙂 Thanks again for the recipe. I will be using it for years to come.

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  17. Ben

    Don’t know if I made this wrong but it taste horrible.






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    • Tia

      Well, crap! I’m so sorry. It always worked well for me. And others.

      ~Tia

      Reply
  18. Rebecca

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious- maybe even better than the real thing.! Great vegan recipe for special occasions!






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