Alisa Fleming ~ Did you know that there are almost more brands of Dairy-Free and Vegan Eggnog on the market than dairy-filled ones? How cool is that? In stores like Whole Foods, non-dairy nog actually dominates the shelves, but have no fear, you can find many of these delights at “regular” grocery stores, too. The shelf-stable ones (which I will note) can even be purchased online.
Unfortunately for eggnog traditionalists and lactose intolerant dairy-free consumers who are not vegan, the market currently lacks eggnogs that are simply dairy-free (I haven't found any as of yet, anyway). In other words, all of the dairy-free “egg” nogs are also egg-free and vegan. This doesn’t make them any less delicious, but it does put them an extra degree of separation away from the traditional.
The creamy dairy-free holiday beverages don’t stop [not-so-traditional] eggnog either. I’ve included some other seasonal sips below that you might enjoy, too. That all said, here are some nog-a-licious dairy-free AND vegan options ...
Silk Nog by Silk Soymilk (refrigerated) – The brand that started the vegan nog tradition.
Holly Nog by Vitasoy (shelf-stable) – They don’t heavily promote it on their website like the others, but trust me, it’s out there in stores!
Earth Balance Organic Soy Nog (refrigerated) – Earth Balance upped the nog ante in 2011 with an organic soy-based version.
Nog Coconut Milk by So Delicious (refrigerated) – Yes, dairy-free, soy-free coconut-based nog does exist!
Rice Nog by Rice Dream (shelf-stable) – Another tasty soy-free (and nut-free) option. They don't list it on their website (at last check), but it is sold in many stores and online.
To note, I have trialed two of the above brands, both very different from one another. You can see my review here: Comparison of Rice Nog and Silk Nog.
Peppermint Chocolate Non-Dairy Beverage by Vitasoy (shelf-stable)
Pumpkin Spice Non-Dairy Beverages by Silk Soymilk (refrigerated) – Pictured above with the their soy nog.
Mint Chocolate Non-Dairy Beverages by Silk Soymilk (refrigerated) – Pictured above with their soy nog.
Mint Chocolate Coconut Milk by So Delicious (refrigerated) - Pictured below.
Did I miss any? Feel free to send me an email!
Article, recipe, and photos by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.