Eggnog Chai Smoothie

I had not bought eggnog in years and I’m not exactly sure why.

This smoothie reminded me what I have been missing.

And what a fool I’ve been the past few holiday seasons for not eggnogging it up.

I like eggnog best when it’s doctored up with other flavors.

I had some chai spice on hand and combined that with some sugars, a banana, the eggnog and seconds later got my ‘nog on.

Creamy, sweet, frothy, and made me feel like the holidays and Christmas are just around the corner.  They are, but it’s been unseasonably warm here and the eggnog reminded me that yes, it really is almost Christmas.

The chai flavor was present and delicious, but if you are not a chai fan, you can skip it.

I loved it in this smoothie and think it complemented the eggnog well.

Then again, rum would complement the eggnog well, too.


Eggnog Chai Smoothie

1 c eggnog

1 medium banana (previously frozen in chunks is optimal but not necessary)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 c white sugar

1/4 c brown sugar

1 c ice

1/2 tsp + chai spice blend, or more to taste (buy it here or here or here)

Make your own chai spice blend by combining and mixing the following in a small bowl:

  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper (or 1/2 teaspoon black pepper)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Store the extra spice blend in a cool dark place in a covered container


Add nutmeg, garam masala, allspice, all to taste.

Use another sweetener such as stevia in place of the sugar.

The banana is mostly added for texture rather than flavor.  You could replace the banana with approximately 1/2 c soaked cashews or approximately 1 c tofu, pressed and diced, if desired.

Add 1 ounce of rum or other liquor, i.e. Bourbon, brandy, whiskey, cognac, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Triple Sec, Vodka, Malibu, etc.

Directions: Combine eggnog, banana, chai spice, other spices, sugars, and ice in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  In a Vita-Mix, this took about 20 seconds.

Yields: About 2 cups of smoothie.


All ingredients listed are essentially optional and to taste.  Adjust seasoning types and levels to your palate and preferences.

Share with a friend or save half for later in the freezer and remove frozen portion about 30 minutes prior to drinking to allow it to melt a bit and come up to room temperature.  It’s best when slightly melty for optimal creamy flavor.  I make double portions of all my smoothies as long as I am dirtying dishes, I make extra.

Steep one teaspoon of chai spice blend in a teapot with your favorite tea for a delicious treat or add to coffee, water, etc.


Apparently everyone had nog on the noggin’ the past few days because my local TJ’s was sold out of the regular version of eggnog.

 The Trader Joe’s Light Egg Nog I used was a little “thin” tasting on it’s own, but used with the banana and other ingredients, it was perfect for smoothie making.

This smoothie and eggnog and the tweaks I can make and the directions I can go with it will be on my noggin’ for awhile.

I’m thinking:

eggnog and coffee

chai spice + bananas + eggnog in muffins

eggnog cake

chai spice anything

Oh, so many things I could make….

But for now I slurp.


1. Do you like eggnog?  If so, favorite brand or recipe?  With or without alcohol added?

It’s a seasonal offering and that puts the buy-it-now-or-else pressure on and of course I’d like to buy a tasty version of it.

And alcohol added is welcome, depending on the time of day or what else is going on.

Some days you just need a little somethin’ somethin’ extra.

2. Do you like chai spice?

It’s one of those flavors not everyone ‘loves’.  Same with eggnog, some people love it, some people would rather leave it.

I like it but occasionally rather than daily.  I know some people could drink a chai latte every day.  I’m not in that category but I do enjoy a good chai drink every now and then.

P.S. A few of my other recent favorite smoothies are

Blueberry Banana Recovery Smoothie

Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie  <— dessert in a cup!

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  1. when I was younger, I would get excited for eggnog every year, and then only end up having a tiny cup of it. I think its thickness was a little intense for me. But there something about the smell of it that instantly brings me back to a festive spirit. Maybe I’ll try this lighter version at TJ’s.
    As the “spice lady,” I LOVE chai spice. I’ve even used traditional chai spices in stir fries…so delicious and warming!

    Thanks for sharing this idea, and for letting me know about the existence of light eggnog!

  2. I feel like I may be one of the few that isn’t swooning over egg nog. I mean I don’t mind it but I don’t seem to go crazy over it around this time of year. However, I am going crazy at how good this sounds. :)

  3. I know just what I’ll be making now for my first holiday party this weekend with all my friends. Definetely going to kick it up a notch with some rum I’m thinking. This sounds sooo wonderful I think it’ll be a big hit!

  4. I love egg nog I think it’s silk brand (?) and chai is my favorite… I am one of those people who could have it daily – I like chai like others like chocolate

  5. I love the occasional glass of nog! I’ve been wanting to try the soy nog and may pick some up this week. I’m thinking it’d be a fabulous coffee creamer. Not big into chai. Your mix looks so yummy

  6. I LOVE me some eggnog. I pinned this post before I even read the ingredients. Gotta make it, just gotta!

  7. I love egg nog, but usually have too much guilt over the calories to fully enjoy it! The soy stuff is OK but I find that soy makes my tummy hurt. This year I found So Delicious’ Coconut Milk Nog…and I am obsessed already. Closest to the real ting, but without the dairy and all the calories! (Which means I can add a splash of rum, haha.) Seriously though, it’s thick and just sweet enough, I’m pretty amazed by it. I’m gonna have to try this smoothie recipe with it ;)

  8. I hardly eeeever drink it, but I’m going to change that right now! and have some for BREAKFAST.

    I’m kidding.

    I’ll wait for lunch.

  9. I love chai (and eggnog, but interestingly enough, chai more). Yesterday at work, someone brought in a whole box of chai tea because they had bought it, didn’t like it, and wanted to give it to someone who would make use of it. And I have indeed made use of it…about 5 cups worth by now!

  10. That looks so delicious. I love that first sip of eggnog during the holidays. And a smoothie…all the better!

  11. with alcohol! (she says as she fondly looks forward to an evening gin martini). :)
    i haven’t enjoyed eggnog since before becoming vegan, though, and i’m now curious if Silk offers a vegan alternative! i’m sure of it. and wow, the banana sounds like a fantastic addendum. good recipe! x

  12. Yum, I love the sound of this – especially the bananas making the smoothie all nice and thick. I find the true eggnogs to just be too heavy, so I like the Silk Brand. They made a pumpkin egg nog last year that was to die for!

  13. I always hated the flavor of eggnog until I tried the Silk Soy version. Um, not sure what the difference is, but love that one. And it’s so good in coffee. Love the idea of the muffins or maybe even eggnog pancakes/waffles.

  14. I HATE egg nog with a passion. The thickness of it just makes me want to barf. I like the flavor and the spices that go into it though. And again, we’re on the same wavelength – I was just day dreaming cookie edeas for chai and/or eggnog cookies! I want to try to make the cookies without actually using the nog though, just the flavor….

  15. I love, love, LOVE eggnog. I put it in my coffee a lot this time of year. This smoothie looks awesome!

  16. looks fabulous!! I want some of this now

  17. I’ve never tried egg nog but everyone keeps talking about it this year – I might have to give it a shot.

  18. What an awesome recipe!!! It’s starting to get really cold where I live so I might have to save the blending for later, but I’m inspired to make an eggnog latte now. The flavor profiles of chai and eggnog together sound absolutely divine!

  19. I love the taste of eggnog, but it’s a little too much for me to ever commit to buying a carton! I usually just want a little swig and then I’m set for the season. This smoothie looks like it could be right up my alley though!

  20. What a great recipe! This recipe is a prime example of why I started reading food blogs. The flavor combination ideas that I would never think of! I like alcohol in eggnog buy only if I add it myself. Never buy those premixed ones in the liquor store. They are awful! I can’t wait to try this smoothie and to make my own chai spice blend:)

  21. Good find with the TJ’s eggnog. I haven’t seen it in our local store yet, but once I do, I’m making this drink (with the rum…yes…I need that during the holidays). I found you through The Edible Perspective and will definitely be back to read more. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Hey there Averie. Here is another thing we have in common, eggnog and chai. I love eggnog but always feel so guilty drinking it so I usually just save it for Christmas eve. My kids hate it, GASP? How strange is that? I am totally 100% going to make this concoction though, seriously! Yummy!

    I love chai tea in the afternoon. I make it at home when it’s cold and rainy and I need a warm spicy tea to sip on. I like the Oregon Chai brand. I mix it up with a little 1% and sit back and sip away.

    Ok, you have to make that eggnog cake! If anyone can come up with an eggnog cake recipes, it’s you :)

  23. My mom would always buy eggnog during the holidays….loved it, always looked forward to it. There’s just something oh so special about eggnog. Never had it with alcohol though (yet). Chai…oh yeah! I have a cup of chai every morning, can’t get enough cardamom…..mmmmm. Silk has a nice version of eggnog, hope they do the same with their almond milk. Love your pics Averie!

  24. i loveeee eggnog. that looks SO good. i’ve been making vanilla shakes and adding all those spices and it tastes just like eggnog. i need to make my own chai spice blend though! so i’ll be coming back to this recipe :)

  25. I just linked through to your post from LondonBakes sloe gin cocktail recipe…clearly I’m on a pre-Christmas drinks prowl :-) This eggnog looks amazing – love the addition of chai and can tell from the pictures it’s beautifully thick and creamy. Delicious!

  26. So much eggnog popping up recently! I’m determined to buy it this year and not end up throwing half of it out. I usually crave it, take a sip and then remember how thick and rich it is and barely drink anymore. But this year I have cakes, smoothies and cookies to make with it :) love this!

    • “I usually crave it, take a sip and then remember how thick and rich it is and barely drink anymore” — which is why I didnt buy any for years!

      but yes baking with it is key :)

      my last post…the trick about the ‘Reader situation…still took 30 mins to show, but better than 3 hrs!

  27. Two of my absolute favorite flavors– seriously. This will be made very soon in our kitchen.

  28. The new SoDelicious coconut nog is to die for…I’ve definitely put that in my coffee on more than a few mornings recently.

  29. What a terrific combination of flavors!

  30. I agree with Maia – what a delicious combination. Definitely trying this one. And I think my son is definitely going to dig this one, too!

    Its hard getting into the Christmas spirit with this 80 degree weather. But now that ppl are putting up their lights – its helping to get into the spirit. ;)

  31. Yes! So excited that soynog exists!

  32. I am obsessed with So Delicious’s coconut nog. I have never actually had alcohol with nog before. It seems too thick for an alcoholic drink. But perfect for a smoothie!

  33. My dad puts brandy in his nog. I like a little Captain. Each year (usually the week before Christmas) we bicker about which is better by alternating a glass of EggNog&brandy with a glass of EggNog&rum. He’ll even drink it with my non-nogs (soy, coconut, etc). It’s really my only Christmas indulgence. We get pretty sloshed and have a blast! I guess we both win!

    • Addition: I even have an aunt who puts red wine in her egg nog. She doesn’t get to play with us. That sounds gross!

  34. Ok, I do love me some nog, but I dont think it likes me…then I was just told that there is real raw egg in it, that freaked me out! LOL!!

    This looks delish and I love the nog lattes from starbies when I have the balls to drink one!!!! Yours looks so much healthier!! xxoo

  35. I go back and forth whether I like eggnog or not. I think I need to buy some again to try it out. My taste buds have changed over the years, so maybe this year I’ll love it. As for Chai, I love it. I don’t think I could have it every single day, but I love an occasional Chai Latte.

  36. I adore chai spice and anything thick smoothie really.

    Have you tried making your own egg nog? It’s really easy to do and (imho) always tastes better than the store version. you can do it with egg, or without, with banana, or lucuma is great in there too…

  37. Wowzers! I’ll take one for sure! I just got back into egg nog a few years back. A sip now and then but I’ve never done anything this tasty with it!!

  38. I am not a fan of eggnog, but the rest of my family is so I will be making this for them. I love chai anything though and have made my own spice in the past. I used to drink chai tea every morning, but got hooked on my java again!!

  39. I do love eggnog, which is why I need to get my hands on some of this lightened up version! I too have been thinking about eggnog smoothies…now I can’t wait to get to work on my recipe! Yum!

  40. LOVE chai spice, eggnog and icy-creamy cold drinks. These are an obvious BIG HIT!! Would love one right now. I can’t believe you leave Friday. Bet you are soooo excited! XXOO

  41. Horizon makes a low fat organic eggnog. That’s my FAVE! This smoothie looks DELISH!

  42. Oh yumm.. I love anything chai spiced – definitely making this :)

  43. Funny … I tried putting eggnog in my chai tea after my daughter insisted we buy eggnog, then didn’t drink it. It was SO good! So I bet this smoothie would be just awesome. I want to try the version with the alcohol! Maybe some rum or brandy … mmm :)

  44. Can I be honest here? I didn’t realize people drank eggnog WITHOUT alcohol until my friend told me she does all the time today. She also told me that Silk makes and awesome “Nog” which I will be hunting down soon…this smoothie looks amazing!! LOVE your photos!

    Hope you had a nice holiday!!

  45. God I love eggnog. I rarely buy it , just consume it at holiday parties, so I don’t have a preferred brand.
    If I did buy it though, I think I’d thicken it up with ice cream, or maybe pumpkin…though I’m intrigued by your tofu option:)

    • yeah the tofu option…lots of vegan/veg bakers use it in baked goods, pies specifically, and I am sure that you could get a similar texture from ‘fu rather than bananas but would impart almost no taste. Some ppl hate bananas at all costs. But yeah tofu in raw or in nobake vegan baking…pretty common.

    • Thanks for the tip!
      I don’t hate bananas-they just aren’t my favorite thing:)

  46. What a delicious idea :) Ive just bookmarked to try out tomorrow. Thanks! Belle

  47. I like chai spice … and I have never had egg nog!

  48. Oooooo! :)
    I never knew one could buy egg nog here in Australia, but I saw it in a supermarket catalogue yesterday. This is something to try as I believe I have only had egg nog once! Once! Ahhh!

    A lovely blog you have here:)

  49. I’ve been meaning to tell you this for a couple of months now…I loved this recipe. It was a great starting place. I will say, Lifeway makes a Pumpkin Spice flavor of kefir that reminded me of eggnog. While I would not have drunk it on my own, it was perfect for this smoothie! Also, instead of ice used frozen pumpkin cubes and for liquid I used low sugar chai and no sweetener. Thanks for sharing it!

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