Eggnog Smoothie

Are you an eggnogger or nog-naysayer? Whatever your nog notions, this Eggnog Smoothie will earn your nod of approval.

Eggnog Smoothie. AMAZING. A healthy smoothie recipe that tastes just like eggnog!Please excuse that excessive use of alliteration. I may or may not have watched Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas immediately before writing this post. (“He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”)

Now, where were we? Yes, this eggnog smoothie. Nog-naysayers, please trust me and keep reading. Nog lovers, high five.

Although eggnog’s spicy nutmeg and dreamy custard flavors speak to my soul at Christmas, I typically can’t handle more than one or two glasses a season. It’s ridiculously rich, even for my voracious sweet tooth. Devour an entire plate of dark chocolate chunker cookies? No problem. Take down an entire quart of eggnog? I need to lie down just thinking about it.

A smoothie that tastes just like eggnog but is actually healthy for you!Because I’m smitten with eggnog’s flavors, I wanted to find a way to enjoy it in a healthier, tummy-ache-free fashion. Enter the Eggnog Smoothie. This recipe offers the same creaminess and holiday flavor of a classic glass of eggnog but is actually good for you. Could it be a Christmas miracle?

Eggnog Smoothie. This tasted exactly eggnog, but is healthy. A must for any eggnog fans!

Homemade eggnog recipes begin by making a custard, similar to an ice cream base: sugar, heavy cream, and egg yolks. For our Eggnog Smoothie, I dropped all three, using naturally sweet dates and frozen bananas instead. Perhaps you are familiar with the sensation that is banana whip? Pureed frozen bananas taste incredibly similar to vanilla ice cream (for real) and are a perfect creamy base to mimic the texture and taste of eggnog. I added plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon to recreate eggnog’s holiday flair, Greek yogurt for protein, and to achieve a shippable consistency, Silk Cashew Milk.

Healthy Eggnog Smoothie made with bananasI’ve used vanilla almond milk in my smoothies and cereal for years, so when I was given the opportunity to try cashew milk, I was immediately curious. I was also immediately skeptical—cashews are at the bottom of my nut totem-pole, and almonds are at the top. Honest opinion? I loved it! Lightly creamy and with a pleasant aftertaste, it’s ideal for pouring over cereal, enjoying beside a brownie, and consequently, blending into an Eggnog Smoothie.

While I’ve primarily been enjoying my Eggnog Smoothies for breakfast or after a workout, it’s not lost on me that, in order to legitimately kick it with their true eggnog cousins, they’re missing a bit of spirit. For a fun happy hour treat or nightcap, add a splash of bourbon (my fave, surprise!), rum, or whiskey.

Eggnog SmoothieEven The Grinch could not resist.

Eggnog Smoothie

A healthy fruit smoothie recipe made with bananas, dates, and almonds that tastes just like eggnog.

Yield: 1 smoothie

Prep Time: 1 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 pitted Mejool dates
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus additional for topping as desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Bourbon, rum, or whiskey (optional)
  • Whipped topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place the cashew milk, banana, dates, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and almond extract in a blender. Puree until smooth. If desired, blend in rum, bourbon, or whiskey. Pour into serving glass and top with whipped topping and additional nutmeg.

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About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

20 comments

  1. I like your bourbon idea…that sounds perfect!

  2. That is my favorite Christmas movie! And this is my new favorite drink!

  3. This is the smoothie of my dreams! Also, totally in love with this Cashewmilk!

  4. So glad you made a healthy version! I love eggnog, but it never sits well in my stomach after a few sips. Pinning this recipe!

  5. I love eggnog and don’t drink it any more because it is way too high in calories and low in nutrition. But this recipe, now that’s another story. I’ve figured out a slight adaptation that will make it what I want and am very looking forward to trying it. Thanks for coming up with eggnog I can enjoy.

  6. I’m hoarding so many eggnog recipes lately. And this one is going onto that list. Yes!

  7. Ooh, this sounds so good! I’ve honestly been an eggnog hater up until a couple years ago, when I started making it from scratch. SO. GOOD. You’re right, though, that even the best eggnog is dangerously rich. This smoothy sounds like the perfect balance of healthy-enough-to-drink-a-huge-glass, and tasty-enough-to-satisfy. So smart!

  8. Eggnog Smoothie looking delicious. Yummy. I have to try the eggnog smoothie in my home. thanks for sharing.

  9. I belong to the clan of the nogsters. I like alliteration by the way. This is special. I don’t normally pin smoothies, but I am pinning this one!

  10. Omg this looks awesome! And I love how it doesn’t have the typical fatty eggnog ingredients, but still tastes great! Pinned!

  11. I love this healthy eggnog smoothie! Such a great idea! Appreciate the addition of bourbon. Pinned!

  12. I am totttttally in love with this smoothie…AND I actually have everything to make it in my house (including dates lol) so want to guess what’s for breakfast tomorrow? lol Love this!

  13. hmmm…I love Silk’s almond milk, but have yet to try their cashew milk. This smoothie will be a great way to try. Pinning this!

  14. I soon need this with the *optional ingredients ;)

  15. I finally got to make this one this morning, now that I have a supply of frozen bananas, and my husband loved it (the almond extract flavor was too strong for me, so I will use less next time). I did add some unflavored whey for protein. This recipe is a definite keeper. It makes any breakfast a holiday breakfast.

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