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Vegan Eggnog

vegan gluten free eggnog

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked for a vegan eggnog recipe.  This gluten free, dairy free (egg free) eggnog is not too challenging to make and full of filling rich yumminess.

Unlike other eggnogs, it’s not too sweet and has a nice delicate nutmeg flavor.  If you want to decrease the sweetness further, go with only 1 tablespoon of agave in the recipe below, or eliminate it entirely.  You’ll still have the natural sweetness of the almonds and the rich round sweetness of yacón.

Vegan Eggnog


  1. Soak almonds overnight
  2. Discard soaking water and rinse almonds in a deep bowl of water, repeat until water is clear
  3. Place soaked almonds and 4 cups of water in a vitamix
  4. Blend on highest speed for 90 seconds
  5. Strain milk through a fine mesh paint bag, discarding solids
  6. Place almond milk in a half gallon mason jar
  7. Add vanilla, agave, yacon, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, then shake well
  8. Refrigerate until cold and serve

Serves 6

As you all know, I love almonds.  I wrote an entire gluten free cookbook on them called The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.  So it was a lot of fun when I found this very positive article on almonds over at Men’s Health Magazine.  Men’s Health is on the almond bandwagon!

It’s Friday again and the winner of last weeks Friday Freebie is Lauren!  She won the Virgin Coconut Oil book from Tropical Traditions.

For this weeks Friday Freebie I’ve received a 5lb bag of blanched almond flour from Honeyville to give away (again).  Go ahead and leave a comment below to be entered. On top of that, Honeyville currently has special on almond flour –a 15% discount that continues until November 17th, 2009.  To receive your discount, enter the coupon code VETERANS into your order.

UPDATE: this giveaway has ended, the winner was Sarah Yao

posted on November 13, 2009, 107 comments

  1. Julia

    I am going to make this eggnog this weekend. My daughter LOVES eggnog, but we just found out that she is allergic to dairy. She will be SO excited.

  2. ~M

    Yum! These contests are awesome!

  3. Camille

    ’tis the season!!
    delicious, thanks!

  4. OH I can’t wait to try this Elana!!! THANK YOU!!!

  5. Kelly

    Loving your cookbook! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  6. Maeve

    Two whole teaspoons of nutmeg? Whoa. That seems like an awful lot for only six servings.

    Sounds tempting, though. I bought some of that Rice Nog a few years back and it was SO sweet. Entirely didn’t occur to me to make my own. :)

  7. Liz C.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I am sure it will be better than the pre-made carton kinds!

  8. Emily

    I love that you made eggnog with almonds. So creative! A bag of almond flour would be fantastic as I want to give gf cookies away as all my gifts this year. Have a festive weekend sipping your eggnog! Yay for fun options like this!

  9. Jenny L.

    I would love to win the flour to try out some of your yummy recipes from the cookbook. I took it on a road trip last week and had non-gluten free people drooling over the recipes.

  10. Stacey

    !! I love you! I was JUST talking to a friend of mine on the phone about how much he misses eggnog now that he can’t tolerate milk. I told him I would try to come up with a nutmilk substitute and this sounds perfect! Although I can’t have agave or yacon so I’ll be subbing with honey. I think buckwheat honey will be the best substitute because it’s the most molasses-y I’ve found. Oh I’m so excited!

  11. Ooo sign me up. I think I will see about ordering some with that discount. Thanks!

  12. jodie

    I just got your cookbook and I have been very busy. We just made your snickerdoodles and I am in love!

  13. mandy

    what a great idea. looks and sounds delicious!

  14. Kelli

    Very happy to see this vegan recipe – it will be enjoyed often!

  15. Linda

    Another something wonderful to try. Perfect for a snowy weekend! Thank you!

  16. aziza

    Eggnog without egg, that sounds really good, thanks again for the recipe

  17. Nicole

    oh yes! another delicious looking recipe to try. can’t wait!

  18. This does sound luscious, however, I wonder if I used my (Original) Diamond Almond Breeze how it might taste, thus sparing me grinding up a bunch of almonds into a milk slurry when I’d rather use them in cookies.
    Stuck in tradition, I keep thinking it needs eggs for that “eggy eggnog” taste, but I will give this a try. (If it seems to need that, I will try adding some of my powdered egg whites, but I will try it as is first.)
    Thank you so much for this most yummy-sounding allergen-free holiday option.

  19. Thank you so much for all you do. I am going through all the testing for Celiac’s right now. I love your cook book!

    I love eggnog and this looks yummy!

  20. Heather (The Momshell Diet)

    Sounds luscious. But what do y’all think — would it lead to unmitigated disaster if I tried to make almond milk in my KitchenAid food processor? It’s all we have by way of blending equipment for now. Everything else is still in a storage locker abroad.

  21. Fabulous festive beverage recipe!!

    Congratulations to Lauren!!

    Happy weekend to ya, Elana!! :)

  22. I love eggnog and was noticing it was out on the shelves. It always upsets my system but I love it. With your recipe I can still love it, drink it, and feel good!!!! I can’t wait to try it out.

  23. Doriantake

    Wow, that looks really good. And, I’d love to try your chosen flour : )


  24. i think i’ll try it with blue diamond almond milk and maple syrup instead of agave and yacon. still sounds good to me! thanks!

    • Janet

      I’m sure it’s better homemade, but just using store-bought almond milk and syrup sounds like it would take most of the work out of it and would cost less. I think I’ll try your idea first, Sarah!

  25. Lynn

    Would love a chance to get the almond flour! Thanks for all your recipes!

  26. Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet @ thenourishinggourmet.com

    This sounds great! I love that it’s dairy free (though I love my raw milk version too!)

  27. Lenee

    This is an excellent low carb version of my favorite holiday treat! Thank you for sharing your talent with everyone!

  28. Valeda

    Another awesome recipe! You have changed my life with almonds. I am always making one of your recipes, they are easy as well as nutritious. I don’t feel like I am living without anymore. Thanks!

  29. Diane J.

    This looks so good, can’t wait to try it, with unsweetened Almond Breeze though (hope it tastes as good). Just made my second huge batch of your Coconut Chicken Soup, love the addition of coconut milk & cilantro, added tons of veggies too. It was so delicious. Thanks Elana.

  30. Penny

    this seems like a great opportunity to give yacon syrup a try, too. Yum. I’m traveling and so miss being able to whip up an Elana recipe in my kitchen. I’ll cross my traveling fingers for the honeywell drawing, though. thanks, again, Elana for all your creativity and generosity with your recipes.


  31. Diane

    Yum! I was wondering if you ever make plain almond milk and if so if you do it the same way as in this recipe.
    I was just thinking about making your chocolate chip cookies and finally ordering a bag of almond flour from Honeyville instead of from Vitamin Cottage!

  32. Samantha

    Thanks for the recipe. I let my boys try some dairy eggnog this week and they loved it, the only problem was my older son complained of pain in his stomach :( I will be sure to give this one a try because he never complains after eating anything made with almonds.

  33. Sandie (Inn Cuisine) @ inncuisine.com

    This eggnog sounds enticing. I’m not vegan, but my curiosity is definitely piqued!

  34. Phoebe

    This is a great alternative to raw eggs thank you! I would also love to try the almond flour, it sounds like a wonderful alternative to white or wheat which I try to stay away from. With Thanksgiving coming up I know I’ll indulge in one piece of my sister’s apple pie. Some traditions are too hard to give up completely so I let myself enjoy a little bit and then get straight back on the right track. Thanks!

  35. I SO love this recipe! Thank you for posting.

  36. Julia

    Sounds delicious– can’t wait to try it!

  37. Hannah Marcotti @ hannahsharvest.com

    This is what I’ve been waiting for. I was worried I was going to have to figure this out on my own. That’s why I love your work Elana…you know what we are looking for! Can’t wait to see what’s next.

    PS…had the salmon, family loved it, even the 14th month old gobbled seconds!

  38. Denise

    Thanks for sharing your recipes. We enjoy them!

  39. Angie

    Hi Elena,
    I loved the tart cranberry bars! Super sweet and tangy. Thanks!

  40. Eggnog’s never been my thing, but I might just have to try it! This looks amazing Elana!!

  41. Ali

    This will be wonderful! I’m so excited to share this with my friends. I’d love to have the almond flour too. I’m running low. I’ve placed it on my gift list this year!

  42. Heather

    Elana- I recently came across your site & am so grateful for all the work you’ve put into it!
    I combined your pie crust& squash pie & it was great- topped with a little stevia sweetened coconut milk- will be perfect for staying on track during Thanksgiving- thanks a bunch!

  43. Maggie

    I just went grain-free, and a bag of almond flour to get me going would be terrific! Your recipes are wonderful, thank you!

  44. Jeannette

    This will be in my punch bowl this holiday season!

  45. Kathryn

    This looks wonderful – just last night I noticed all the different nogs at the store – dairy, dairy free – but all way too full of sugar. Can’t wait to try this!

  46. I would have never considered a vegan eggnog. Now I read your recipe, and a lightbulb goes off – I wonder how coconut milk would taste with these spices? Like a coconuty eggnog? Hmm…

  47. Rebecca

    I too, would love another bag of almond flour. Sign me up! Thanks for the tasty recipes!

  48. Kathryn


    I just got my julienne peeler and am about to make your chicken noodle soup recipe. I already made your cranberry-walnut-chocolate chip cookies and zucchini bread today. The eggnog looks great, but I am thinking it would be much easier to buy almond milk. You did inspire me to bake pumpkin this fall and I have made several of your pumpkin recipes. I froze all the extra pumpkin for future use. I didn’t realize it was so easy. No more canned pumpkin for me. I love your blog. Thank you for taking the time to share with all of us faithful readers.

  49. Tiffany

    oooo, yum! I can’t wait to try it!

  50. Laura

    Almonds just make a kick ass substitute! Yum!

  51. This sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it.

  52. Sarah

    I’ve made my share of ‘flops’ while trying to make ingredient substitutions according to what I can eat…so I was excited to recently discover your site! It is so helpful to have tried-and-true recipes and the encouragement in knowing that there are others out there cooking/baking this way!

    I’ve never tried any of the almond flours you recommend so I was excited to see this Honeyville flour giveaway. Count me in! :)

  53. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    Now that I must try! I eat eggs and love egg nog, but it always kind of just “sits there” in my tummy. This looks so lovely, too. Nutmeg is wonderful.

    Congrats to Lauren!!

    For a second I read the 5 lbs of Honeyville as 50! LOL What a great giveaway! I just love their flour. :-)


  54. Irene

    I’ve never tried making my own almond milk. Now sounds like the perfect time. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  55. This sounds divine, thanks for posting… I can’t wait to try it! Stumbled :)

  56. Eve

    This sounds wonderful!
    Question: should the almonds be blanched, or will they be all right with the skins on?

    We just had company, and I whipped up your chocolate chip macaroons and the pear crisp—thanks so much!

  57. Kaye

    We usually buy a non-dairy egg nog at the store, but would much rather make my own with the kids!! Thanks for the recipe~ can’t wait to try!

  58. Linda

    How does one sign up for the free drawing?

  59. Cindy Cundiff

    I love your website, I love your cookbook and I can’t seem to keep enough almond milk around!! We make our own as well. Looking forward to making this recipe. Thanks!

  60. Rosy

    I love eggnog! I don’t have any almonds, but do have coconut milk. I am going to try it with some of that.

    I also just got your book from Borders, Supper excited to start making some of the stuff in it. I made the pasta sauce, and ate it with some zucchini noodles, and parm cheese. Loved it.

    Now if we can talk you into a coconut flour cookbook, wink, wink.

    Thank you, you really are an inspiration.

  61. Krista

    ooh ooh ooh! oh I LOVE eggnog and I would LOVE some almond flour!

  62. Jennifer

    This sounds amazing!!! Can’t wait to try it. I’m loving your cookbook!!!

  63. Lindsey

    Elana, thank you again for another delicious looking recipe! I LOVE EGG NOG! Oh and please sign me up for the Friday giveaway of the Honeyville Almond Flour. I’ve made 3 recipes so far with it, the vegan chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin muffins and orange cake. They were all sooo yummy!! I made the orange cake for fathers day and my brother-in-laws mom, who is a diabetic, could not stop raving about it.. it was her first agave experience! Thank you for all you do!

  64. Meagan

    Sweet! I will be trying this very soon! Thanks again, Elana.


  65. ML

    I’ve never had eggnog, but this looks yummy!
    I’d love to be entered into the almond flour contest! Thanks!!

  66. Tracey Mullin

    This recipe looks delicious! I cannot wait to try it out. My almonds are soaking NOW!
    Thank you!!

  67. ML

    Oh–and I think it should be called “vegnog” :-)

  68. Lynn

    mmm…that eggnog looks delicous. I just ordered my almond flour today from Honeyville. Thanks to you and your website I now prefer most baked goods made with almond flour rather than wheat flour (I’m not gluten free but love many GF recipes).

  69. Oh, I would love to win! But if not I’m so excited to have a coupon code for the almond flour. I was going to place an order tomorrow!

  70. Leah Marie

    Cool eggnog. It’s a mixture of exciting taste. I’m sure this would be a delight especially for those vegan.

  71. I made this recipe with cashew milk…Yum! I think I will try to turn it into ice-cream soon. Thanks Elana!

  72. Pam

    My Wholefoods does have almond flour in bulk so I suggest to the person that said Wholefoods doesn’t have almond flour in bulk to try another Wholefoods.
    Or better yet, purchase large bags of Almonds at Sams Wholesale (the cheapest I’ve found) and make your own flour. I use a magic bullet or vita mixer and make my own. There are always cheaper alternatives than buying pre-packaged and work just as well.

  73. Sirka

    I just got your cookbook, and the recipes look yummy! I am newly gluten-free, and have so much to learn…
    Would love to be entered for free almond flour :)
    Thanks for having such a great website!

  74. Adela

    I have used coconut flour and like the results. I would love the chance to use almond flour. I’m in!
    Thank you.

  75. dawn-marie

    If I had a good blender I would be all over this recipe. I may have to bring the ingredients to my sister-in-law’s house where her husband has celiacs and her daughter is lactose intolerant.

    big thanks for the recipe!!

  76. cinnamonquill @ cinnamonquill.com

    Just went through my first bag of Honeyville almond flour…in less than three weeks. That stuff is gold! Well, when combined with your recipes :)

  77. Gourmet Food Gift @ australiantrublue.com.au

    Your recipe sounds easy and really great… I myself love to read up on recipes along this side helping in health…
    Thanks for the share

  78. Craig Jeffcott

    This sounds rather like a thick horchata.

    You should call it Veg-Nogg.

  79. Hi Elana,

    I tried your chocolate chip cookie recipe and they are delicious. Thanks for all the great info and recipes,


  80. Hi- my family made this for Christmas 2009 and whoa was everyone impressed! Even those who don’t like actual eggnog will love this! My mom and I are gluten-free and my whole family is vegan. Check out my blog- I create recipes as well!

    VEGirl- 13 year old Vegan, Environmentalist, Gluten-free girl


  81. laurie granlund

    I am so happy to find your site. I have a young daughter who has needed to change her diet to gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free. Your chocolate chip cookies were so good. I made them tonight, and she and I have been enjoying them. I look forward to reading about many more of your recipes. Oh what a blessing you are.

    Laurie Granlund

  82. Tracey

    sounds very yummy, I’m amazed at what you can make using non traditional ingredients. I’m so excited about this. Thanks Elena

  83. Ann

    never used almond flour, and would love to try.

  84. Sarah

    After missing out on eggnog last Christmas due to pregnancy, and then thinking I would be missing it again due to nursing a dairy free baby, this came as the GREATEST treat to start my christmas season!! Thank you thank you thank you! I can never get enough of your website. You have been a gluten free/ dairy free savior for our household. God bless you this year Elana for you bless so many people.

  85. Ashley Craft (Taste for Healthy) @ tasteforhealthy.blogspot.com

    Made this today… and I cannot believe how much it tastes like regular eggnog! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

  86. Amy Lyden

    This is great but I think you have the cinnamon and nutmeg measurements reversed. I will use maple syrup instead of agave, and melt a wee bit of arrowroot into some of the milk and add it to the rest to have that thick eggnog texture. YUM! Thanks!

  87. kathleen donnelly

    thanks! I’m looking forward to trying this one.

  88. Vickilynn Haycraft @ realfoodliving.com

    Shalom Elana,

    Looks and sounds great! Can’t wait to try it!

  89. Imegahan

    Yes, we know you do not answer nutrition questions, but it would be helpful, useful, and simply kind if you would simply supply this information with the recipes you provide. Organic Valley egg nog has 180 cal. and 10 g fat, while Living Without vegan egg nog has 366 calories, 33g total fat, per serving! For vegan! No cream, or cholesterol laden eggs! And Elana’s recipe? God alone knows. Elana– this seems a bit of a grinch like policy on your part.

  90. Zena C.

    I’ll admit I was a little skeptical, but this recipe is fantastic. I’m a huge eggnog lover, and this recipe totally satisfies! Now to add brandy…

  91. MoreKnown @ moreknown.com

    Any reason for not including vanilla soymilk? This seems like a good recipe, but soymilk might make the prep time easier. Thanks for posting!

  92. Lis

    Now if you can just dump the agave this would be a lot better…agave is no better than high fructose corn syrup:(

  93. Martin @ Leaky gut research @ leakygutresearch.com

    Thanks for sharing your recipes – can’t wait to try it!

  94. susan

    I love baking with almond flour and I love your recipes. Thanks for all you do!

  95. Emily Zukowski

    Fantastic idea. So exciting to have an alternative to the soy nog offered in the store. Might even give this a try with Brazil nuts. Thanks.

  96. T. Helen Sage

    Ooh, I just got almonds as well. Surprised it isn’t with coconut milk, using some of the fat as well to give the nog that creamy texture. HHhhhmmmm, I think I know what I’m doing this weekend!

  97. Jordan W

    Is there any substitute for yacon syrup?

  98. Manette Gutterman

    I’m craving a homemade eggnog!

  99. Suz

    I would love to try the flour! And I will be making two batches of almond milk this weekend-one regular and one for eggnog!!! Yeah!!!

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