I LOVE egg nog. Anything holiday, really. Ok, it’s more the idea of egg nog than the actual thick dairy beverage that I love, when I think about it. When egg nog is out at the grocery stores, it’s holiday time!
So, the holidays are over. But that doesn’t mean the delicious flavor profile of egg nog has to be packed away with the Christmas tree for 11 more months.
In Make Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles, there is a recipe called Eggless Egg Nog. I was really excited about this one, and it lived up to my expectations. I made some modifications to the original recipe (substituted stevia for maple syrup and decreased the amounts on the spices). If you like egg nog, you might want to give this smoothie a try!
Today I was feeling inspired to have some kind of refreshing banana-based smoothie around noon. I have been putting raw sunflower seeds in my green smoothies and really love the mild hint of flavor they add. I decided to decrease the amount of cashews in Tara Stiles’ version, and added in some sunflower seeds. It was yummy!
Here is my new take on the Eggless Egg Nog (note: I don’t get too concerned with exact ingredient amounts when making smoothies – it’s fun to throw whatever you feel like in the mix and see what happens! You can usually fix it if something is off – the biggest thing I would warn against is not adding too much stevia; less is more when it comes to stevia):
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- About a quarter cup of raw sunflower seeds
- About a quarter cup of raw cashews
- 1 banana
- Almond milk (add last – enough to cover all ingredients and almost all of the ice cubes)
- Cinnamon (about a quarter teaspoon)
- Nutmeg (about a quarter teaspoon)
- Vanilla (about a half teaspoon)
- stevia (about a half scoop if you are using Kal Pure Stevia Extract Powder)
- 4 ice cubes
Add chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and cashews to your mixer (I use a NutriBullet). Add enough water to cover the ingredients, and blend until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients, blend until smooth.
This smoothie is so easy to make. You don’t need to add the sunflower seeds. If you don’t have any on hand, add more cashews. And if you don’t have cashews, use peanut butter. Get creative! I had been making peanut butter banana smoothies for about a year before discovering that cashews could also be used in banana smoothies to give them a whole new personality. Add a few traditional egg nog spices, and you’ve got yourself a holiday treat to enjoy all year long (if you are anything like me and pretty much celebrate Christmas year round).
If you try this smoothie, or have other smoothie tips, please share your thoughts!