For a post I’m writing over on the Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog, I need to compare some of the festive non-dairy holiday beverages that are out there, like Rice Nog, Soy Chocolate Mint Drink, and Coconut Nog. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Usually I stick with water for my numero uno beverage choice, but this time of year, it’s hard to resist the sweet, holiday beverage treats.
This is the first year I’ve seen a coconut milk version of “egg” nog, so I picked it up at my local Whole Foods and gave it a taste test. It is the closest thing I’ve ever tasted to traditional egg nog. Practically milkshake-thick, subtly spiced, and borderline overly sweet (but I like it sweet). It’s juuuuust about too thick and sweet to drink straight up, so I thought it’d be fun to incorporate into french toast for dinner, or as Funk likes to call it “brinner” (breakfast for dinner). Instead of drizzling maple syrup over the French toast, I whipped up a quick blueberry compote using frozen blueberries.
1/2 loaf of Challah bread, cut into thick slices
2 whole eggs
1 cup coconut milk “egg nog”
Earth balance (soy butter)
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp cornstarch
In a shallow bowl, whisk together eggs with the nog. One slice at a time, dunk bread into egg mixture, flipping the bread over on both sides so it soaks up the mixture. Repeat with all bread slices.
Heat up a flat pan or skillet and grease with Earth Balance. Lay slices of bread on the pan and cook a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove from pan.
Meanwhile, add frozen blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch into a small pot and heat on high until blueberries defrost and release juice. Lower heat to medium and simmer mixture until it begins to thicken. Remove from stove and let cool slightly before topping over French toast.
I loved the subtle hint of egg nog in each bite of French toast. Also, it should be a requirement that French toast is always made with Challah bread. You just can’t go wrong.
I’m thinking of incorporating some more of the coconut nog into a smoothie with frozen banana. I know it’s not really smoothie weather, but our apartment is set at a balmy 85 degrees all winter, so it sounds nice and refreshing to me right about now!