Holiday Nog

Healthy holiday Egg Nog recipe.
  • Yield: 1 servings

Pear augments the sweetness in this drink without adding a discernible “fruity” flavor.


1/4 ripe pear, cored (no need to peel)
1cup unsweetened plain or vanilla rice, almond or soymilk*
2teaspoons lucuma powder (optional, but highly recommended)
2tablespoons raw cashews (heaping)
1teaspoon chia seeds**
1/2teaspoon cinnamon
1/4teaspoon nutmeg
1teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4teaspoon rum flavoring (optional)
8-12drops plain or vanilla stevia liquid, to your taste
up to one ounce (30 ml) bourbon or rum, if desired/permitted


  1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender** and blend until perfectly smooth.
  2. Refrigerate until ice cold, at least an hour (this will also help it to thicken up considerably).
  3. To serve, whisk once more and top with a sprinkling of cinnamon; serve immediately.

*if you use soymilk, the recipe is, obviously, no longer soy-free.

**if you don’t have a high-powered blender, grind the seeds to a fine powder first in a coffee grinder.

Reprinted with permission from Diet, Dessert and Dogs. Using only whole foods ingredients, a generous pinch of humor and input from her two chatty canines, Ricki has posted over 600 gluten-free, allergy-friendly and sugar-free (low glycemic) recipes on her blog. She is also the author of the bestselling cookbook, Sweet Freedom. As an Associate Editor for Simply Gluten-Free Magazine, Ricki creates fabulous vegan and gluten-free recipes. Ricki’s second book, offering allergy-friendly, gluten-free and lower glycemic desserts, will be published in fall of 2013.