Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: All the Vegan Nogs & Much More!

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Updated for 2018! Did you know that there are almost more brands of vegan “eggnog” on the market than dairy-filled ones? How cool is that? In stores like Whole Foods, dairy-free holiday beverages will actually dominate the shelves. But have no fear, you can find many of these delights at conventional grocers, too. And I’ve confirmed with all of the brands below that these should be popping up for purchase now through the holidays. The shelf-stable ones can also be purchased online in some cases.

The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages - with vegan, nut-free, and soy-free options too! Store-bought and recipes for nog, eggnog, chocolate peppermint, pumpkin spice, and more!

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages Available in Stores

Unfortunately for eggnog traditionalists and lactose intolerant dairy-free consumers who are not vegan, the market currently lacks “just” dairy-free holiday beverages.  I haven’t found any as of yet, anyway. In other words, all of the dairy-free “eggnogs” are also egg-free and vegan. This doesn’t make them any less delicious, but it does put them an extra degree of separation away from the traditional.

The creamy dairy-free holiday beverages don’t stop at (not-so-traditional) eggnog either. I’ve also included other seasonal sips that you might enjoy. And this list has been fully updated – all of these dairy-free holiday beverages are available this season!

So Delicious Dairy-Free Holiday Nog

Perhaps the richest in the bunch, the So Delicious Nog received high marks from all of my tasting friends. (Sorry, the Pumpkin Spice and Mint Chocolate were discontinued). And it’s sold in shelf-stable packaging. These dairy-free holiday beverages might still be found in the refrigerated section in some stores, but don’t be fooled. The packages will keep in your pantry until opened or expired. Read our Full Review of So Delicious Dairy Free Holiday Beverages.

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages - So Delicious Nog (Coconut Milk Based)

Silk Holiday Nog

Silk’s popular Holiday Nog with an amazingly creamy soymilk base is back! Unfortunately, it looks like they have discontinued their Almond Nog this year, and their Pumpkin Spice Nog last year. But don’t worry. I’ve got good pumpkin news from other brands below. For more details and tasting notes, read our Full Review of Silk Holiday Nog.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Soymilk
  • Availability: U.S. (I don’t think it is in Canada)
  • Info: silk.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: Silk Soy Nog picturedFriendly Farms Almond Nog (ALDI)

Sarah found dairy-free nog at ALDI this year! It’s fortified, sweetened with cane sugar, and carageenan-free. It contains almonds, but no other top allergens. However, it is certified kosher-D (see our Understanding Kosher Guide). Here’s what Sarah had to say about it:

Aldi is carrying a seasonal Almond Nog. It’s very smooth and creamy, but not nearly as thick as dairy eggnog. For me this is a plus, but others might want a thicker consistency. I like that it doesn’t weigh you down like traditional eggnog. It is very mildly spiced and has a pretty yellow color. The coloring is provided by fruit juice, but the ingredients don’t specify what type of fruit is used. I think it would make great French toast batter or be a fun addition to coffee.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Almond Milk
  • Availability: U.S. (not sure if it is available at Aldi stores worldwide)
  • Infowww.aldi.us

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Good Karma Nogs pictured)

Dream Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages (+ Westsoy)

Hain Celestial offers their own line of dairy-free holiday beverages in Rice Dream Nog, Westsoy Chocolate Peppermint Stick, and Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice. Their nog is more on the light and refreshing side than most others. But the other two sips step it up a notch in richness. Read our Full Review of Dream Holiday Beverages.

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages - Rice Dream Nog, Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice, Westsoy Chocolate Peppermint Stick

Califia Farms Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages

This rapidly expanding almond milk company offers a beloved dairy-free Holiday Nog. But they buck tradition with their unique Pumpkin Spice Latte cold brew coffee almond milk and Peppermint Mocha cold brewed coffee almond milk. Read our Full Review of Califia Farms Holiday Nog.

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Califia Farms pictured)

Trader Joe’s Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages

This year, Trader Joe’s has launched a new Almond Nog! Also, their rich, creamy Pumpkin Spice drink is back for its second year, and Chocolate Peppermint has joined the pack! For more details and tasting notes, Read our Full Review of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage and of Trader Joe’s Almond Nog & Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage.

  • Packaging: Shelf-Stable (Pumpkin & Chocolate Peppermint); Refrigerated (Nog)
  • Base: Almond Milk
  • Availability: U.S.
  • Info: www.traderjoes.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages (Trader Joe's Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Peppermint Almond Milks pictured)

365 Holiday Almond Nog

Look what I spotted at the store! Not satisfied with selling just the nogs listed here, Whole Foods released their own vegan and non-dairy version this year. It appears to be soy-free, too!

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Whole Foods 365 pictured)

Good Karma Nogs

These vegan nogs are lower in sugar than some other brands, but not light on flavor. They’re  not too rich, and very drinkable, with definite hints of sweet holiday spice. The holiday nog even tastes a touch “eggy” like traditional nog, despite being free of top allergens.

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Good Karma Nogs pictured)

Almond Fresh Noel Nog

I’m not sure why Earth’s Own doesn’t promote their holiday nogs, but thanks to Vaalea for emailing me about this option. And I have confirmed with the company that their almond-based Noel Nog will be back this year.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Almond Milk
  • Availability: Canada
  • Infodrinksofresh.ca

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Almond Fresh pictured)

Almond Breeze Nog

Almond Breeze has returned with their Classic Almondmilk Nog. The formula has changed a smidgen since we last tried it years ago, but we’ve heard it’s still a strong contender.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Almond Milk
  • Availability: U.S. (not sure on Canada)
  • Info: www.almondbreeze.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: Almond Breeze Nog varieties pictured

Pecan Malk Nog

Malk makes a rich, ultra-pure line of nut milks with no binders, fillers, gums or carrageenan! They also sweeten naturally with maple syrup. This Nog holds up to those same standards, and I’m sure is amazingly indulgent. But be sure to keep an eye out for their new packaging this year. It is pictured below. Full Review of Malk Pure Nut Milks.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Pecan Milk
  • Availability: U.S. (Whole Foods (Southwest, Rocky Mountain regions) and natural food stores nationwide)
  • Infomalkorganics.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Pecan Malk Nog pictured)

Rebbl Spiced Coconut Milks

They aren’t technically dairy-free holiday beverages. In fact, you can get these flavors year round. But we think the creamy, healthy Ashwagandha Chai Elixir and Vanilla Spice Protein beverages have a festive feel that fits the season.

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Coconut Milk
  • Availability: U.S.
  • Inforebbl.co

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages: A Big Round-Up of Vegan Nog, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Mint Drinks (Rebbl pictured)

Marin Living Foods Nog

This hand-crafted nog is only available regionally. But we simply had to mention this fresh option for anyone who lives in or may be visiting Northern California.

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages including Vegan Nogs and more!

Urban Remedy Not Egg Nog

Urban Remedy is a Bay Area juice, dairy-free milk, and cleanse company that has their own stores, and sells in store locally. But you can order their rich, wholesome not egg nog online if you don’t live in the area. They ship nationwide!

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Almond Milk and Cashews
  • Availability: San Francisco Bay Area or via shipping online
  • Infourbanremedy.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages including Vegan Nogs and more!

Sammi’s Best Soy Nog

We haven’t sampled this unique holiday beverage, but it has many properties that the others don’t. For one, it is powdered and shelf-stable, so you can mix up a glass whenever you like! It’s lower sugar than most, and is fortified with calcium, vitamin D, B vitamins, and more. Like most dairy-free milk beverages, it is made in a shared facility. But dairy cross contamination can be more problematic with powders, and a bigger concern for those with a severe milk allergy.

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages (Sammi's Best Soy Nog pictured - powder)

Dairy-Free Holiday Creamers Available in Stores

There are also a few seasonal dairy-free creamers that you can use to create your own dairy-free holiday beverages.

Nutpods Winter Creamer Collection

Vegan, kosher pareve, Whole30 approved, gluten-free, and no added sugar – yes, really! And this year their holiday flavors include Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha, and Dark Chocolate Orange. You can buy all three together in their Winter Collection.

  • Packaging: Shelf-stable
  • Base: Coconout Cream and Almonds
  • Availability: U.S.  (you can buy it on Amazon!)
  • Info: www.nutpods.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages - New Nutpods Creamer Winter Collection!

Silk Pumpkin Spice Almond Creamer

  • Packaging: Refrigerated
  • Base: Almond Milk
  • Availability: U.S. (I don’t think it is in Canada)
  • Info: silk.com

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages Helper - Silk Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Trader Joe’s Cocoa Peppermint Almond Creamer

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages Helper - Trader Joe's Peppermint Cocoa Almond Creamer

Califia Mint Cocoa, Toffee Tidings & Pumpkin Spice Almondmilk Creamers

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages Helper - Califia Holiday Creamers

Dairy-Free Holiday Beverage Recipes (Homemade Nog & More!)

These recipes include vegan options and “just” dairy-free drinks (traditional eggnog with egg), too.

Vegan Pumpkin Soy Nog

The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free Holiday Beverages - with vegan, nut-free, and soy-free options too! Store-bought and recipes for nog, eggnog, chocolate peppermint, pumpkin spice, and more!

Downward Facing Dairy-Free Eggnog

Downward Facing Dairy-Free Nog

Easy Maple Dairy-Free Eggnog

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Wild Blueberry Dairy-Free Eggnog with Vegan Option

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbucks Copycat!)

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47 Comments

  1. How are the other nogs in comparison to the Almond Breeze Nog? I just purchased this today and I am used to the strong spice taste you get with regular dairy eggnog (Darigold) and this is somewhat lacking, plus the consistency is a little congealed in texture which is a bit off putting. Can you suggest another brand I can try that has a strong nutmeg/cinnamon flavor, but doesn’t has the texture of snot? Thank you!!

    • That sounds horrible! You might want to contact them as that doesn’t sound normal. I haven’t tried the Almond Breeze one myself. I recently tried Good Karma Nog and it had a nice little jolt of holiday spice and I thought a lightly creamy, pleasant texture. Our old standby is still Silk, which is soymilk based. Most people tend to like it.

  2. Hmm, I can’t seem to find the Almond Breeze nog in the Seattle area. Is it an East Coast product or should I keep searching?

    • It’s not in my local stores yet either and I’m in the west, but it is just rolling out. They said it will be available nationwide this year. Maybe in a week or two for those of us in the West!

    • I just bought the Almond Breeze nog today at the QFC next to Bellevue Square Mall. I am sure the other stores have them in stock.

  3. I think a taste test of all of them is in order! I am sooo excited about the WestSoy Chocolate Peppermint Stick. WestSoy soy milk is my absolute fave for a clean plant milk – soybeans and water – can’t beat that! Can’t wait to try this holiday flavor!

  4. Thank you so much for this round up! I always look forward to the time of year when these drinks are available. It looks like there are so many more this year!

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  6. All the above is well and good but absolutely useless for me.
    I live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and guess what lactose free eggnog we can get here.
    NONE, Nada, nothing.

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    • Yes, for lactose-free I bet that is a good option! As a heads up to other readers here though, Lactaid is not dairy-free, it’s only suitable for those with just lactose intolerance.

  8. Alisa, I make my own eggnog and when making it for dairy-free friends I can use almond milk or another dairy-free choice. But if I have a guest who is vegan or allergic to eggs, I’ll have to try one of these because I wouldn’t know how to make my eggnog without the eggs. I cook the egg custard base and use an instant-read thermometer to ensure a high enough temperature is reached to eliminate any salmonella danger. I think it has a better texture than recipes made with raw eggs.

    • Thanks for sharing that tip Jean! I don’t typically cook / temper the eggs myself – I will have to try it. I must say that if you are used to traditional egg nog, vegan nog isn’t the same, but still offers the same nog flavor vibe and many of them are quite delicious in their own right. I created a Blueberry Egg Nog recipe a couple of winters ago, making both dairy-free (with egg) and egg-free / vegan versions. The two are notably different (the egg gives it distinct body and richness that is hard to mimic), but still very good. My own little at-home experiment 🙂

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