Make your holidays bright with this light, frothy holiday nog. Made with nondairy milk, sweetened with dates and maple syrup plus a hint of vanilla and spices, it offers lots of festive cheer with no saturated fat, cholesterol, or added sugar. A bit of cardamom makes it reminiscent of a spiced chai latte. Serve this nog chilled or warm. You can make up a batch several days in advance, but give it a whirl in the blender just before serving for extra frothiness.
Prep: 15 mins
Yields: 4 servings
1/2 CUP pitted medjool dates
1/4 CUP hot water
4 CUPS unsweetened soy or almond milk
1 TABLESPOON pure maple syrup
1 TABLESPOON vanilla extract
1 TEASPOON pumpkin pie spice
PINCH fine sea salt
1/8 TEASPOON ground cardamom - optional
FOR GARNISH freshly ground nutmeg - optional
1Place dates in a small bowl and cover with 1/4 cup hot water.
2Let sit until dates are softened, 10 to 15 minutes.
3In a blender, combine soy milk, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and cardamom if using.
4Add softened dates along with any remaining soaking liquid.
5Blend at high speed until dates are pureed and mixture is frothy.
6Divide between 4 glasses.
7Top each glass with a sprinkle of nutmeg to taste, if desired.