The Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe You Won’t Feel Guilty About

Homemade Eggnog for Christmas

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There’s a new ingredient that may be making its way onto your trendy bar cart this season (hint: it’s not Prosecco). While eggnog is a staple on most drink menus during the holidays, the traditional inclusion of heavy cream and whole milk make it a major indulgence for anyone wanting to cut back on dairy, not to mention a no-go altogether for vegans. So when Elmhurst told us they have completely changed the game and found a way to turn this into a not-so-guilty pleasure, we were all ears. How are they pulling this tasty heist? With their collection of minimally processed milked nuts called Elmhurst Milked.

Using their Milked Cashews, vegans and calorie-counters alike can enjoy the creaminess of eggnog without the heavy cream. The brand uses whole, raw nuts and a patented cold milling technique called ‘milking’ to produce a clean label nutmilk, which contains the full nutrition content of every nut they use. Pour yourself an eight-ounce glass and you’ll be consuming 11 cashews in a gluten-free, non-GMO, lactose-free bliss.

The Queens-based company was once called Elmhurst Dairy. In the 1920s, Max and Arthur Schwartz started hand-bottling their own milk in their father’s milk house and delivering it to Brooklyn and Queens. In recent efforts to support the plant-based movement of today, the company is simply called Elmhurst, which better represents their full range of products. Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award-winner  Dr. Cheryl Mitchell is helping to drive this change with her “milked plants.”

Shake up your cocktail hour by using Elmhurst Milked Cashews for holiday favorites and leave your guests feeling merry, sans lactose-induced stomach ache.

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Elmhurst Milked Cashews Eggnog

4 egg yolks
2 cups Elmhurst Milked Cashews
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
a pinch of clove
2 tbsp of rum (add 2 tbsp of bourbon if you’re in the mood for a boozier drink)

Whisk together until all ingredients are blended.

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