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 For the past two years I’ve had requests to create a raw vegan “eggnog” and decided to take on the challenge for my recent holiday menu class at Abby’s Health and Nutrition last week.

After playing around with a few different concoctions, I came up with a recipe that even surprised me with how much it resembles “the real thing” in taste and consistency.  The response from the class attendees was super-favorable and that included a rave review from my husband, Jeff, who has never been an egg nog fan.

Just made up a second batch today so that I could photograph for this blog and decided to feature it in one the beautiful Baccarat crystal glasses I inherited from my mother.

This is a pretty straightforward recipe — you can make substitutions according to your personal likes and the availability of these items in your pantry.  I chose the combination of almond and brazil nut milk to get a thicker, richer base.  While I usually use only a cup of soaked nuts for making nut milk, I added an extra half cup, which also made the milk creamier.  For a video on how to make nut milk or to get a strainer bag, check out this page

Notes:  You can replace the frozen bananas with a cup of shredded coconut, but add some sweetener like maple syrup in order to make up for the sweetness of the bananas.  While I have seen natural rum extract at health food stores, I couldn’t find any when I was experimenting.  My students said they wanted to try the drink with the artificial rum flavoring, and I have to admit that it added a really nice finish.  Of course, since I’m all about raw fusion, no reason you can’t add a slug of spiced rum or brandy (providing its a “grown-up” batch!)  SEE MODIFICATION BELOW FOR USING STORE-BOUGHT ALMOND MILK.

LJ’s Healthy Holiday Egg Nog

Ingredients:
4 cups mixture of Almond and Brazil nut milk
1-2  frozen bananas
1 ½ tsp. virgin coconut oil
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. clove
Dash cardamon
2 tsp. vanilla extract or 1 vanillla bean
Dash salt
5 dates – pitted and soaked for one hour.
Water from date soak
Optional: ½ tsp. rum extract

Banana-Free Recipe:  Replace the frozen bananas with 1 cup of shredded coconut and ¼ cup maple syrup.
Directions:  Make nut milk from soaked almonds and brazil nuts and reserve pulp.  Add all of the ingredients to blender and blend until frothy.  Top with grated fresh nutmeg and cinnamon.

SEE DR. LJ MAKING THIS ON NBC’S DAYTIME SHOW AND MODIFICATION RECIPE BELOW:

STORE-BOUGHT ALMOND MILK VARIATION:

Use a full carton of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk and add 1/2 cup of raw cashews to give it this a creamier texture.  Make sure to blend longer than I did in the video and don’t forge the soaked dates & date water :- )

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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