The Best Vegan Eggnog Ever

Today I want to share a healthy holiday recipe that you can whip up for a holiday party or just sip on in front of a warm crackling fire. The irony in me developing this recipe is that I’ve never actually tasted the real thing.

Gasp! I know. But, not to worry – I used my official Conscious Cleanse taster, besides Jules of course, my husband Adam, to make this recipe just as creamy and delicious as the holiday original. As you might have read in previous blogs, he’s a foodie, he knows his way around the kitchen and has been skeptical that my healthy alternatives (remember the Mini Blueberry Chia Scones?) will come close to the “real thing.”

And in Adam’s words, “that ain’t gonna taste anything like the full on gluten, dairy, sugar, egg version, so don’t bother trying to fool me!”

But, I love a good challenge, so I went on mission to get the good ole’ thumbs up from Adam. And, what happened in the Conscious Cleanse Kitchen was… PURE MAGIC.

Not only did my Adam say, “whoa now that is GOOD,” but by the next day this Sweet and Sassy Vegan Eggnog mysteriously vanished.

And the winner goes to… me! Yet again, but who’s counting. :)

The dairy-free whip cream on top is that it’s chock full of ingredients that will help you keep your glow this holiday season in the face of too much sugar, stress and spirits.

  • Maca reduces symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue, as well as helps to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar and reduces LDL cholesterol.
  • Nutmeg calms nerves and helps with sleep.
  • Cashews are a good source of bioavailable iron and tryptophan. Move over turkey, you can get your happy serotonin boost from these power packed nuts.
  • Vanilla boosts libido. You, your sweetie, warm crackling fire, eggnog – you get the picture.

I hope you enjoy this healthy holiday drink and that it makes you FEEL good! This time of year is also about taking care of yourself, so remember one of the central questions of the Conscious Cleanse and ask yourself “how will this food make me feel?”

Have a happy holiday! And as always please leave us a little love note in the comments section below.

With sweet sassy nutty kisses,



Sweet and Sassy Vegan Eggnog

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 4 hours)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 TB. maca
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)


Soak cashews for 4 hours. In a high-speed blender combine, cashews, dates, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, vanilla and maca. Pour into a festive glass, garnish with a cinnamon stick, if using and enjoy!

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  • Pam

    Why did you choose cashews over say almonds? How do you think the taste/texture would change?

  • Julie Peláez

    We like cashews because they are creamy. Almonds could work but it would likely need to be strained. Macadamia nuts could be a good alternative.

  • Lyanne

    What alternatives are there for those with tree nut allergies? I have a full blown allergy to many tree nuts to the point that I avoid all of them (anaphylaxis )

    • Jo Schaalman

      Hi Lyanne,

      You could substitute the nuts with 1-2 bananas. It will change the flavor a bit, but will taste equally delicious!! Thanks for the great question. You are definitely not alone in your allergy to tree nuts.

  • marianne hutchins

    What does it taste like if I leave the maca out? Can I substitute something else?

    • Julie Peláez

      Totally fine just to leave it out.

  • jenny rothkopf

    Maca makes it, in my opinion!! I made this once without maca and was underwhelmed, but made it today with maca, and, it is delicious!! I must be sensitive to sweets, because that is all that I am posting about:(

    • Jo and Jules

      Yay, Jenny! We’re so glad you loved it! Tis the season for sweets so it understandable to be migrating that way. But these are fantastic alternatives to the poor quality options out there. XO, Jo & Jules

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