Eggnog is one of my favorite holiday indulgences. Sure, I love a nice plate of cookies, a perfectly cooked slice of prime rib and the festive finger foods served on New Years Eve. But to me, nothing can hold a flame to my favorite glass of nog, spiked with bourbon, rum or enjoyed on its own. So, when I was asked to do a post promoting a dairy-free nog by Silk, I was both intrigued and skeptical.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Silk’s products. Their almond milk might just be my new favorite coffee addition ever. However, nog is meant to be full-fat and full dairy, so selling me on something that’s just as tasty without those two components was a little difficult. That was until I had my first sip.
To say I was utterly surprised by the flavor, the taste and the consistency is an understatement. To me, it tasted JUST like my favorite eggnog, just without the fat, the calories and the tummy-ache inducing dairy. As a girl who usually indulges in a few classes of this thick and creamy beverage a year, that’s a pretty HUGE selling point! Oh, and did I mention it has less than 80 calories a glass?
I know. Plus, it’s an amazing accompaniment to the Sri Lankan cinnamon sticks I bought in India for less than 2 dollars. (Humble brag, I know, but it was truly the best thing I bought over there!) Even though I could drink this in it’s beautiful form all day long, I wanted to see how it held up in my favorite holiday loaves.
Typically, soy milk isn’t a great addition to baked goods, but I was totally surprised by how well it held up! My noggy pistachio bread tasted just as good with Silk Nog as it did with dairy nog. And even better? It has far less calories and fat, making each bite a little less guilty.
I’m curious – what are your thoughts on egg nog? Would you try Silk’s Dairy free alternative? Leave a comment below with your thoughts! Oh and make this bread. Your belly (and waistline) will thank you.
Cranberry, Orange & Pistachio Eggnog Loaf
Yields 3 mini loves or 1 large loaf. Recipe inspired by Taste of Home.
Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Total time: 75 – 80 minutes
- 3/4 cup butter, unsalted and softenen
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup Silk dairy free egg nog
- 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon freshly zested orange
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Dash of salt
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup sugar
For the glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons eggnog
- About 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 3 mini loaf pans (or one standard loaf pan) with nonstick cooking spray. Dust with flour.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and orange zest together. In another bowl, beat the butter, sugars, eggs, eggnog, yogurt and vanilla together. Stir in the dried cranberries.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pans. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely.
- Whisk the powdered sugar and eggnog together. Glaze each of the loaves and garnish with chopped pistachios.
Nutritional information per serving (about 1 slice of standard loaf; 2 slices of mini loaf)
Fat: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 17.5 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 3 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 4
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk . The opinions and text are all mine.