(Vegan) Holiday Eggnog Smoothie

by on December 16, 2012


When I was a kid I used to love eggnog. I have no idea why, but I would go crazy for it at Christmas and couldn’t help myself. Now I can’t even imagine drinking that stuff because it’s just so thick and rich and obviously not vegan.  Last year I tried some vegan eggnog from the health food store, but it was also very thick and rich. My tastes have definitely changed and it just wasn’t my thing!

So this year I decided to make a healthier version, using ripe bananas. If your bananas are really ripe and spotted it will make the perfect drink. Please do not use green/yellow bananas as they are too starchy and not sweet enough or ripe enough to be used in smoothies. The bananas I used for this recipe looked like the one on the right, lots of dark brown speckles.

First I peeled and froze some bananas the night before, and then I left a few ripe ones on the counter to use in smoothies as well.

I find frozen bananas are excellent for adding an ice-creamy like texture to blended drinks, so I highly recommend trying it! They make this eggnog smoothie so delicious I’ve been making them all weekend! It takes a boring old banana smoothie to the next level!

To make this creamy you’ll need some non dairy milk as well too. I used almond milk. To make this a completely raw recipe, you can make your own raw almond milk from my recipe here.

Either way I think you will have a new favorite holiday breakfast or snack recipe! Feel free to impress your family or guests with this one too!

vegan eggnog smoothie shake

(Vegan) Holiday Eggnog Smoothie

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk, or other non dairy milk (unsweetened)
1/8 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
2 ripe bananas, frozen (and broken into pieces if using a regular blender)
1 fresh ripe banana
1/4-1/2 tsp ceylon cinnamon (true cinnamon)
dash or two of  ground nutmeg
dash or two of ground cloves

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients into blender or Vitamix and combine until smooth and creamy. If using a regular blender you may want to let the bananas defrost for a few minutes before blending to make it easier on the blender. Cutting them into smaller pieces helps too.
  2. Garnish with additional cinnamon or nutmeg if desired.
  3. Serve immediately
Additional Tips:
If you don’t have plain cloves or nutmeg you can use a little pumpkin pie spice instead.

What’s your favorite holiday beverage? 

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jane December 27, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Yum! Thank you for this recipe. I didn’t use the third unfrozen banana, but it is still just delicious!

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2 Vickie December 20, 2012 at 6:01 AM

This eggnog recipe sounds so yummy! I cant wait to try it! Thank you! !

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3 Marilyn December 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Isn’t this higher in fat using almond milk? Almonds are pretty high in fat.

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4 Low Fat Vegan Chef Veronica December 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

The total amount of calories in this recipe is 355. There are 4.5 grams of fat in the whole recipe, so this is 12% of total calories coming from fat, and that makes it still a low fat recipes. Bananas are much higher in calories (about 105 each) vs 40 calories per cup of unsweetened almond milk.

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5 Irina December 18, 2012 at 3:54 AM

Hi Veronica, thank u so much for this delicious recipe , frozen bananas are wonderful in smoothies, I love it with strawberries too.
Have a lovely Xmas

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6 Margaret December 17, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Hi Veronica
Thank you for the eggnog banana smoothie.
I will be having a great taste of your recipe
on Boxing Day.

Have a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Warmest wishes,
love ,
Margaret (NZ)

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7 Cyndy Osborne December 17, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I love this vegan eggnog recipe. It was delicious, I added a bit more nutmeg because that flavor is what I remember from childhood. I also like the almond milk, have used a lot of rice and soy milk but I like adding the almond to my cupboard as well.

Sure enjoy the Low Fat Vegan Website. Thanks.

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8 K December 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Thanks for the low-fat eggnog recipe! I’ve found lots of eggnog recipes that use coconut milk, which is okay for a treat, but I like to indulge without limitations! 😉 I’ll have to try this one.

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9 Teresa de Souza December 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Hey ! A Vegan Eggnog Smoothie !! GREAT !! I will try it !
I love Eggnogs … and Vegan !!

Just per ‘ Coincidence ‘ I have already prepared Something Similar … but this one is very Special !

The Unfrozen Bananas are really better to use to Smoothies . So , Patience .
Yes , I know , super Ripe Bananas are needed . Those already Ripe , really Ripe , at the Point of being very much spotted in Brown are those which are needed .
Really Brown .
The other Ingredients are VITAL too !
Almond Milk or Soy Milk , I use . I always drink them .
They are Me … my Symbol too .
The Cinnamon , TRUE CINNAMON , give the Touch . No Doubt .
The Cloves … in Powder , of course , give another Kind of Nuance !
..
These Flavors remain CLEAR !
No Mixture , only Combination .
Cinnamon and Cloves Together ! A Magical Touch !
Their Perfume inspires !
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The Vanilla , that I use always , maintain the Magic .
Special Taste … that I consume since my Childhood . Also as my Favorite Flavor .
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I use even , Vanilla Oil all over at home , I mean , on my Furniture … in order to be Together with my Soul . I have a Vanilla Soul .

My Skin and Soul … in Gold , Almond , Vanilla , Cinnamon , Clove … and the Nutmeg , at the End of the Day … what a Magic , to drink Myself as Soul and Skin .
And be Myself to my TwinSoul … is the Dream Come True !!
..
HEALTHY LIFE STYLE !
As Breakfast … or during the whole Day and the whole Night !
And not only 2 X mas !

Thank You , my dear V eronica !!

With all my Respect ,

Teresa

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10 Tamee December 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Doesn’t it taste like Banana though?

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11 Low Fat Vegan Chef Veronica December 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Because of the almond milk and spices it tastes more like eggnog than a banana smoothie. The key is really ripe bananas.

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12 Low Fat Vegan Chef Veronica December 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I added a ripe peeled persimmon to this recipe today and it was also extremely delicious!

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13 Guylaine December 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Hi Veronica,
Best eggnog recipes I’ve seen so far. Thanks.

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14 Andy D December 17, 2012 at 9:28 AM

I’ve tried a similar recipe (http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/12/two-healthy-vegan-nogs-chia-nog-and-banana-nog.html) and it’s pretty yummy, so I have high hopes for this one, too… 🙂

Looks like this one is more banana-ey and that one is more almond-milk-ey, so it’s good to have options when you’re inclined toward one direction (or are almost out of frozen bananas!).

Thanks for this, Veronica!

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15 Low Fat Vegan Chef Veronica December 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I’ve never tried those recipes myself. This one is definitely a little thicker like a light smoothie rather than just a milk drink. I don’t really like drinking nut milks on their own an use nut milks more in recipes.

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