Dec. 21, 2009
Fat-Free Vegan Eggnog
I remember loving eggnog as a kid until I learned it did in fact include eggs and it wasn't just called eggnog because it was yellow. I was so grossed out (I was drinking eggs?!) that I vowed to never touch the stuff again. and I didn't... until I went vegan and found soy nog at the store. I've tried all the vegan nogs around - Silk's Soy Nog, Rice Dream's Rice Nog and a few other brand in between. They're all pretty good and get the job done, but what I don't like is how much fat and sugar is in them. They're also really high in calories which makes them more like a dessert than a joyful holiday drink.
Having made vegan eggnog parfaits for Vegetarian Times (my recipe is on pg. 48 of the current issue), I knew making anything eggnog-flavored from scratch was possible so I started wondering if I could make a fat-free vegan eggnog. Recycling my spices from the parfaits helped me nail the flavor, but what was I going to do about the yellow color? I decided to throw in a frozen banana and the result? perfection. My eggnog had a lovely yellow hue and the banana added just enough natural sweetness that I didn't need to add any additional sugar! I don't think eggnog has ever been so skinny!
A vegan and fat-free version of the quintessential holiday drink!
¾ cup fat-free vanilla soymilk
1 whole frozen banana (peeled)
¼ tsp cinnamon
a dash of nutmeg (optional)
a dash of cloves (optional)
Combine soymilk, banana, cinnamon, a light dash of nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp) and a tiny little bit of cloves in a blender or vita-mix and blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with a dash of nutmeg if desired.