There is a joke that goes: “How do you know someone is a vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you!” I always chuckle when I hear that joke and I find it funny that to this day people think that veganism is some sort of tortuous food affair. Listen when I tell you that today is a great time to be a vegan. No longer are people simply taking non vegan food and trying to mimic it in a vegan fashion- oh no- veganism has become a celebration of the bounty of Mother Nature’s plants.
Now I’m not a vegan, but I endeavor to eat a mostly vegetarian diet while dabbling in veganism; an act born primarily out of work commitments. Testing vegan recipes inevitably means that I eat vegan food on a fairly regular basis. Now yogurt of the dairy variety is huge no-no in the vegan community, because it’s made from cow’s or goat’s milk; and although there are many soy based yogurts out there to satisfy a cream tooth, soy has come under fire for a great many reasons, which I will spare you. So let’s just say vegan yogurt was a hard find, until Yoso Coconut Yogurt.
Coconut yogurt, ever heard of it? I had tried it in the past, and even though I consider myself a card carrying member of the coconut tribe, it just didn’t do it for me. So when Yoso came to my attention with their coconut yogurt, I decided to try it- if I am one thing, it’s willing to try new things! Upon my first spoonful I knew the vegan yogurt game had changed; smooth and creamy, reminiscent of its dairy counterparts without all the, well, dairy. Yoso Coconut Yogurt is made from organic coconut, sweetened with organic agave nectar and contains 100% non dairy bacterial culture.
Yoso and I have partnered together to bring you AMAZING vegan fare that even the carnivores will love; how do I know this? Well I live with carnivores, big ones, and when I made this Vegan Eggnog Smoothie I let them try it, without mentioning the dreaded V word (vegan); and they loved it. When I revealed that it was free of dairy and eggs they were shocked that something vegan actually tasted good- carnivores can be a funny breed!
Now let me repeat, this recipe is delicious; not delicious for something vegan, but straight up delicious PERIOD. What gives this smoothie the creaminess is of course the Yoso Vanilla Coconut Yogurt, but the act of freezing the yogurt creates a velvety texture like that of eggs. To freeze yogurt for smoothie use, pour it into an ice cube tray, and when you are ready for a smoothie, just pop out some cubes and Bob’s Your Uncle!
This vegan eggnog smoothie is classically flavored; brandy, nutmeg and vanilla- with hemp seed milk thrown in for good measure. I may or may not have had this boozy sipper at 11:00 am; but that’s a topic for another day.
I once heard someone say that Eggnog is not be messed with; well, I messed with it and made it better!
½ cup Yoso Vanilla Coconut Yogurt, frozen
½ cup light coconut milk
½ cup hemp seed milk
¼ tsp ground nutmeg + 1 tsp for garnish
¼ tsp vanilla extract
To freeze the Yoso Vanilla Coconut Yogurt for use in the smoothie, freeze in ice cube trays.
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Serve with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Be sure to visit my new partner Yoso’s website to find out more about their chocolate and vanilla flavored coconut yogurts.