Last week, on our first Dairy-Free Nog foray of the season, I had an epiphany about this creamy dessert. True, it isn’t earth-shattering, but don’t you think Nog ice cream sounds like an amazing dessert? Yes, I know it is cold outside, but it is warm inside. And when an icy treat is paired with the warm flavors of the season, it shouts ‘Tis the Season to me!
This recipe highlights my current favorite ingredient, and was created for So Delicious Dairy Free. It is insanely simple. I mean, it is really, really, really easy. So easy that maybe even posting it as a recipe is cheating, but darn if it isn’t worth sharing.
I used So Delicious Dairy Free Nog, which has a nice, rich consistency, added a little gold rum (come on, it’s the holidays!), churned it in my cheapo ice cream maker and viola! A wonderful, yet surprisingly refreshing dessert. The Nog is lighter than cream, so the resultant ice cream is a bit frosty. Adding a little alcohol (though optional for tots) helps to keep ice crystals from forming, but it still has that chilled edge.
No worries if you don’t have an ice cream maker. Freezing it in little cubes and then blending away in a food processor or powerful blender yields a delicious dairy-free Nog soft serve!
Please ignore my poor soft serve swirling skills. For a prettier presentation, whiz the frozen mixture until it is nice and creamy, then pipe it into the serving dish using a piping bag (with wide hole) or plastic bag with a bottom corner snipped.
I think the soft serve may have been my favorite way to enjoy this treat, but even if it starts to melt, you will still have mazing dairy-free nog frosties!
The frosty is an excellent option if a) your blender isn’t very mighty (simply let the frozen dairy-free nog sit at room temperature for 15 minutes or so, then blend away) b) your soft serve gets a little too soft (if it is melting, toss all back in the blender, give it just a quick pulse or two, and pour into glasses) or c) you prefer a slushier treat.
Special Diet Notes & Options: Dairy-Free Nog Chilled Treats
When made with this Nog, the recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, vegan and vegetarian. For concerns with coconut, see this post: Are Coconut-Based Dairy Alternatives Safe for Nut Allergies?
Note: Dairy-Free Nog is a seasonal thing, so get some now! You should see the So Delicious Dairy Free quarts in the refrigerated section (at grocers in the U.S.) through January.
For a Discount: on some dairy free nog, print this So Delicious Coupon
- 1 quart dairy-free nog
- 1 to 3 ounces rum (we use Bicardi Gold)
- Combine the ingredients and churn in an ice cream maker.
- At this point, it will be soft serve. You can spoon it into a chilled freezer safe container, cover, and freeze for 3 hours for hard-packed. If it sets up too much, let the container sit at room temperature for 10 minutes for the ice cream to soften a bit.
- Follow the instructions above, but serve immediately rather than freezing, or...
- Freeze nog into ice cube trays.
- Pop out into a food processor or high-speed blender and let sit for 10 to 20 minutes to soften.
- Blend until smooth, creamy, and soft serve consistency.
- Spoon or pipe into serving dishes.
- Follow the Soft Serve directions, but let the cubes sit for a little longer before blending, or...
- If your soft serve begins to melt, blend it briefly and reserve as frosties.