We Tried All the Vegan Eggnogs & These Were Our Favorites

By: Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.

We filled our cups with all the dairy-free "vegnog" we could get our hands on to find out how they stack up nutritionally and which plant-based nogs are the tastiest.

Vegans rejoice! Non-dairy holiday nogs have hit stores to help make this holiday season a little more festive and a little bit sweeter.

Traditional eggnog is made with whole milk, cream, eggs and sugar. It's a rich drink and isn't low in calories or sugar. There are about 190 calories and about 20 grams of sugar in just 1/2 cup. And since eggnog is often spiked with booze, you can add a few more calories to that number.

If you're vegan (or dairy-free or egg-free), eggnog has been off limits. Luckily, lots of non-dairy milk companies have released their own holiday nog blends and the nutrition numbers look a little more impressive than the classic drink. We wanted to figure out what they taste they like so we put them to the test.

Nog—whether vegan or egg—is a treat. It's a special drink that we enjoy around the holidays, so don't stress about calories and numbers too much. The options we tasted all deliver between 8 and 15 grams of added sugar. The Dietary Guidelines recommend we get no more than 10 percent of our calories from added sugar, which would be 200 calories on a 2,000 calorie diet. 200 calories of sugar is about 50 grams. These nogs can fit within your day easily, just remember all these numbers are for 4 ounces, which isn't much.

Here's our favorite store-bought vegan nogs and how they stack up nutritionally.

Taste Test Winner: So Delicious Holiday Nog

so delicious holiday nog

Photo: So Delicious

Serving: 4 ounces

Calories: 90

Sugars: 15g

Protein: 0g

Sodium: 115mg

Calcium: 0%

Tasting notes: Our group favorite! This was the only coconut nog we tested. It had a rich and creamy texture and mild coconut flavor. The traditional nog flavors are spot on, but it was a little sweet.

Runner Up: Silk Nog Original

silk nog original

Photo: Silk

Serving: 4 ounces

Calories: 80

Sugars: 11g

Protein: 3g

Sodium: 80mg

Calcium: 0%

Tasting notes: Our runner up. This had a strong nutmeg flavor, just like classic eggnog. The soy-based nog was also creamy and reminded us of regular soy milk. Silk also makes an almond milk nog.

Almond Breeze Almondmilk Nog

almond breeze nog

Photo: Blue Diamond

Calories: 70

Sugars: 11g

Protein: 1g

Sodium: 75mg

Calcium: 15%

Tasting notes: The nutty flavor of almond milk came through but some of our tasters wanted some more eggnog spice. Our resident almond milk drinker liked this one a lot.

Trader Joes Almond Nog

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Calories: 50

Sugars: 8g

Protein: <1g

Sodium: 65mg

Calcium: 15%

Tasting notes: Some tasters didn't love the nutty flavor, but if you're used to almond milk this could be a go. Plus, it clearly has some fans on instagram and we liked that it has less added sugar than some of the other brands we tried.

Good Karma Holiday Nog

good karma nog

Photo: Good Karma

Calories: 45

Sugars: 8g

Protein: 0g

Sodium: 80mg

Calcium: 15%

Tasting notes: Tasted sweeter than we expected based on the 8 grams of sugar. We liked that it was nut free in case you need to avoids nuts and dairy in your diet. The texture was creamy, but we weren't getting a strong flavor of eggnog. This nog is made with flax milk, so you'll get some healthy omega-3 fats while you sip.

Califia Farms Holiday Nog Almondmilk

califia farms holiday nog

Photo: Califia Farms

Calories: 50

Sugars: 8g

Protein: 1g

Sodium: 90mg

Calcium: 25%

Tasting notes: This almond milk was our least favorite from a taste perspective. It wasn't as sweet as many of the other options but it left a slick taste on our tongues and wasn't as creamy as some of the other nogs we tasted.

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