Are you an eggnogger or nog-naysayer? Whatever your nog notions, this Eggnog Smoothie will earn your nod of approval.
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 Double Dark Chocolate Cookies? No problem. Take down an entire quart of eggnog? I need to lie down just thinking about it.
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?
The Best Healthy Banana Eggnog Smoothie
Homemade eggnog recipes begin by making a custard, similar to an ice cream base: sugar, heavy cream, and egg yolks. For our smoothie, I dropped all three and used healthier options instead.
- Dates. Delicious and naturally sweet.
- Frozen Bananas. 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.
- Spices. I added plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon to recreate eggnog’s holiday flair.
- Greek Yogurt. For a high protein eggnog smoothie.
- Cashew Milk. For the perfect consistency, Silk Cashew Milk.
I’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 a smoothie.
How to Make this a Cocktail
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 one of the following:
- bourbon (like my fave Boozy Apple Pie Smoothies)
More Cozy Smoothie Recipes
Even The Grinch could not resist.
- 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
- 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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