Eggnog Smoothie (Dairy-free, egg-free)

Winter is here! (I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "Winter is most certainly not here. Winter begins December 21st, and this my dear, is just Fall). 

But Mother Nature is on my side, you see, dumping a happy winter storm right outside my door. It's been snowing for two days now (and the day before that it was quite warm and everyone was wearing t-shirts outside, including me, but shhhh! Winter is here!). While I am not into being cold (really not into being cold) I love when the weather changes, no matter the change. And this storm was perfect: big flakes, fluffy snow, and biggest-down-coat-in-your-closet temperatures. 

There are three things to do when you look out the window to see such pretty white fluff:

#1: Make hot cocoa (check!)

#2: Homamade Peppermint Mocha (check! drinking it right now!)

#3: Eggnog (check! even dairy-free!)

...Ok, so I really developed the recipe for this Dairy-Free Eggnog Smoothie weeks (months?) ago. But it was so good, that I'm revisiting the idea now because it actually seems reasonable to post about now. This week's snow clearly means it's Official Eggnog Time. 

Eggnog Smoothie (Dairy-free, egg-free) makes two 10-ounce smoothies

1 ripe banana (Use a frozen banana for a cold smoothie OR use a fresh banana and run the blender on the soup setting (if you have that) for a warm frothy beverage)

1 and 1/2 cup milk of choice (organic dairy milk, coconut milk, or almond)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, plus more for garnish

Optional: 3 whole allspice berries and 2 whole cloves

 

1. Place the banana, vanilla, milk, and nutmeg in a blender. If using the allspice and cloves, grind them and add them before blending. Puree until smooth and frothy. 

2. Pour into glasses for serving, and top with more nutmeg.