Three cheers for a healthy plant-based and delicious cup of cheer! I’m talking about nog, not the eggy, cow-milk filled version, but a rich and creamy plant-based version made from Irish moss, a blend of plant based mylks, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup or dates and a touch of whole vanilla, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg and mace. It’s a very merry cup to keep you yuletiding in good health. We drink versions of this Irish moss-based healthy shake all year round, but it surprisingly tastes like egg-nog and I’m so happy to share our recipe with you to enjoy this holiday.
Irish moss is a nourishing sea vegetable. There’s been some controversy over it as of late, surrounding the hazards of carageenan, a common food thickener chemically derived from Irish moss. I do not see them as one in the same. While I would not advocate consuming carageenan, I think the fact that Irish moss in its natural state has been consumed by generations is enough proof to show it is safe and healthy to consume. Meghan sums up my feelings on this topic very well here.
dried vs soaked irish moss
Beautiful handcrafted walnut board by Sweet Gum Co. See more of Joseph’s work here.