I love eggnog, but it’s just too rich and creamy (and too bloody hot here to be drinking it at Christmas). This is a healthy, chilled version that you can drink anytime (I just had it for a late breakfast). I suppose it’s really just a banana breakfast smoothie… but I like that it feels Christmasy.
Eggnog was one of the most common holiday traditions of Colonial America. Before there were Christmas trees, Santa and the holiday called Christmas there was the annual tradition of eggnog. George Washington’s recipe called for 1L of cream, 1L of milk, a dozen eggs, 500ml of brandy, 250ml of whiskey, 125ml of rum and 125ml of sherry. He was famous, especially after the Revolutionary War, for holding festive Christmas gatherings featuring his unique brand of eggnog that only the most courageous were willing to try.
Traditional eggnog is made with milk, sugar, raw eggs, and spices (usually nutmeg) and sometimes cream for a richer and thicker drink. Grated nutmeg is sprinkled on top and some other toppings can include whipped cream, meringue, cinnamon, ice cream, and chocolate curls.
Teresa says “This is just the thing to cool you down during the festive season here in OZ. Eggs are a great source of quality protein, containing all the essential amino acids needed for growth and repair. They also contain every vitamin except C as well as many trace minerals including iron, copper, iodine and zinc. The banana helps to thicken the eggnog and make it extra delicious, plus it contains chromium and potassium to help stabilize blood sugar and for energy”.
Christmas Eggnog on ice
1 organic/free range egg
250ml (1 cup) milk of your choice
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp honey
1 cup ice to blend
(I like a pinch of cinnamon too)
– Combine all the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately and enjoy.
*Add 2 scoops of your favourite vanilla protein powder for an extra protein boost + it adds a lovely creaminess.