Creamy Vegan Eggnog

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This Creamy Vegan Eggnog is rich, sweet, and indulgent, just like a holiday beverage should be. Plus, it’s so simple to make and so satisfying that you’ll never go back to traditional eggnog. 
Cook 5 minutes
Soaking Time 1 hour
Total 5 minutes
4.9 from 30 votes

I must admit, my favorite winter/holiday beverage is hot chocolate. That shouldn’t really come as a surprise if you know me and my recipes. I am fully obsessed with chocolate and don’t shy away from that fact.

That said, the holidays are my favorite time to whip up warming beverages, and a girl can drink only so many hot chocolates.

Enter this Creamy Vegan Eggnog! I can’t say I was a fan of traditional eggnog in my pre-vegan days. The idea of gulping down egg yolks never appealed to me. Plus, eggnog typically contains a lot of heavy cream and full-fat milk, and did I mention I was/am highly lactose intolerant?

Luckily, this plant-based version of eggnog requires no runny yolks or lactose, but it’s just as creamy, thick, and indulgent as the original!

Table of Contents:
1. Why you’ll love this recipe 
2. Ingredient notes
3. Step-by-step instructions
4. Tips for making this recipe
5. Frequently Asked Questions
6. Recipe card with notes

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Why you’ll love this recipe  

Holiday Indulgence.
Thanks to a mixture of raw cashews + coconut cream, this eggnog is just as thick and creamy as classic eggnog. Paired with warming spices and some sweetness, it’s the perfect decadent drink for the season (especially when you splash in some bourbon).

PS: If you’re more of a chocolate person, this classic, super creamy Vegan Hot Chocolate is a holiday must-make!

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Easy and Fuss-Free.
All you need to do is soak your cashews + blend all the ingredients in a blender. And you can serve this beverage cold or hot, and leftovers stay good in the fridge for several days.

Perfectly spiced.
Eggnog typically only contains nutmeg, but I’m a stickler for boosting flavor in all my recipes. My version contains freshly grated nutmeg, along with cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. The heat of the spices pairs beautifully with the creamy rich texture and sweetness from the sugar.

2 mugs of vegan eggnog on brown plate

Ingredient notes

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Raw cashews & coconut milk: The combination of soaked raw cashews and full-fat coconut milk creates the rich, creamy base that is essential for this vegan eggnog. While the cashews offer a smooth, subtly nutty flavor, the coconut milk enhances the creaminess without adding a distinct flavor, making them a perfect pair for mimicking the luxurious texture of traditional eggnog.

Creamy plant-based milk (oat milk recommended): Oat milk is preferred for its naturally sweet and mild flavor, which complements the other ingredients without overpowering them. Its creamy texture helps to create a smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

Freshly grated nutmeg: Fresh nutmeg is a game changer in this recipe. It offers a warm, spicy aroma and a distinctive taste that is much more pronounced than pre-ground versions, making it a key spice in achieving the classic eggnog flavor.

Ground cinnamon and cardamom: These spices add warmth and complexity to the eggnog. Cinnamon contributes a sweet, woody flavor, while cardamom brings a unique, slightly sweet and spicy note that enhances the overall spice profile.

Bourbon (optional): Adding bourbon introduces a smoky, rich flavor that contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of the eggnog. It’s an optional addition for those who enjoy a boozy kick in their holiday beverages.

Step-by-step instructions 

First, soak the raw cashews in water overnight or for 1 hour in boiling water. If you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, you can soak for just 30 minutes in boiling water. And if you don’t have a high-powered blender, I recommend soaking the cashews overnight.

Drain the cashews and rinse. Add them to a blender with the coconut milk, plant-based milk, coconut or brown sugar, freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, vanilla, and salt.

Blend until smooth and creamy, and the cashews have all been completely blended.

Transfer to the fridge to store chilled. Or to serve warm, transfer to a saucepan and heat over medium heat for a few minutes.

To make boozy, pour 1/2 to 1 ounce of bourbon in each mug. Pour the eggnog on top and stir to combine. Top with vegan whipped topping, if desired, and dust freshly grated nutmeg on top.

vegan eggnog with whipped topping in glass mug on brown plate

Tips for making this recipe  

Sweeten to taste. Start with a lesser amount of sugar, blend, and taste. If not sweet enough for your taste, add more sugar.

Use freshly grated nutmeg. Nutmeg is a key ingredient in eggnog, so you want to use the best nutmeg available to you. Freshly grated nutmeg is sweeter and has more depth of flavor than pre-ground nutmeg. It makes a *big* difference.

Use a creamy plant-based milk (my favorite is oat milk).

Start slowly with the bourbon. If you’re making this into a boozy version, pour ½ ounce of bourbon into each mug with the eggnog. Stir and taste. Then add more bourbon as desired.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Substitutes

Can I make vegan eggnog without cashews?

You can omit the cashews and substitute with the cream from one (13.5-ounce) can of full-fat coconut milk. Strain out the liquid part and reserve for another use, like smoothies or oatmeal.

Can I make vegan eggnog without full-fat coconut milk? 

If you want a lighter version that’s less indulgent, you can use “lite” coconut milk or just use more of the creamy plant-based milk, such as oat milk. If you do that, I would use a lesser quantity of the creamy plant-based milk, so that the eggnog is not too thin.

What if I don’t have cardamom and/or cloves? 

You can still make this recipe! Neither ingredient is traditional in eggnog, but I love using them because they bring more depth of flavor.

adding cinnamon stick to vegan eggnog in glass mug

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Creamy Vegan Eggnog

4.9 from 30 votes
This Creamy Vegan Eggnog is rich, sweet, and indulgent, just like a holiday beverage should be. Plus, it’s so simple to make and so satisfying that you’ll never go back to traditional eggnog. 
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Soaking Time 1 hour
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 4


  • 1 cup (140g) raw cashews, soaked in boiling water for 1 hour*
  • 1 (13.5 ounce) (400 ml) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) creamy plant-based milk (I use oat milk)
  • 6 – 8 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt
  • 2 to 4 ounces bourbon (optional)


  • Vegan whipped topping or coconut whipped cream (optional)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for dusting
  • Ground cinnamon, for dusting


  • Drain the soaked cashews and rinse well. Add to a blender with the coconut milk, plant-based milk, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, vanilla, and salt.
  • Blend on medium-high or high speed, until creamy and smooth and all cashews have been pulverized, scraping down the sides as you go. This should take 1-3 minutes.
  • If you want to serve the eggnog hot, transfer it to a saucepan and heat over medium heat for a few minutes until warm.
  • To serve chilled, transfer the eggnog to the fridge until chilled.
  • To make boozy eggnog, add 1/2 to 1 ounce of bourbon to each of 4 mugs. Divide the eggnog and pour into each of the four mugs, stir well to combine.
  • If desired, top with vegan whipped topping or coconut whipped cream. Dust with a bit more cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg.


If you don’t have a high-powered blender, I recommend soaking the cashews overnight so they full soften.

Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 6mg


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42 comments on Creamy Vegan Eggnog

  1. Michelle

    I made this on Christmas and it was absolutely delicious, creamy and decadent. Definitely better with the bourbon.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Michelle, we’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating alongside your review? Star ratings are big help to readers who are thinking of making the recipe. Thanks!

  2. Kathy

    5 stars
    My husband used to love eggnog, but then developed an allergy with eggs. I decided to surprise him today with your recipe. He LOVED it and so did I!! Confession: we pretty much finished all four servings in a short period of time!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hey Kathy! Wow, I can feel your enthusiasm about this recipe through the screen! So happy to hear the vegan eggnog was a huge hit :)

  3. Sasha

    4 stars
    This was a very tasty drink, but I think the eggnog is a bit misleading. Its a rich coconut flavor, which is delicious, but doesn’t conjure up eggnog memories.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Sasha, we’re glad you enjoyed it and are sorry you weren’t the biggest fan. We appreciate your feedback nonetheless!

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