1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup hot water (2 cups of hot water for the warm drink)
3 dates, pitted
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
Optional: Rum or Amaretto
To enjoy as a Spiced Icing or Sweet Dip:
Place all the ingredients in the blender, blend until smooth (about 1 minute). Drizzle over baked goods or try as a dip for fresh apples.
Booze it up: add a tablespoon of brandy and sprinkle with chopped, toasted pecans to fully top off your treats.
For the Warm Spiced Drink- It's a wonderfully creamy, thick and warm version of a non-chocolate hot chocolate:
Make the icing as noted above. Add in an additional 1.5 cups of hot water and blend until combined.
Booze it up: Enjoy as is or add in a few tablespoons of Amaretto for further warming.
As a Cold Cocktail- It becomes a more healthy, eggless, eggnog version:
Make the Spiced Drink as noted above. Add in an additional 1.5 cups of cool water and blend until combined. Chill in the refrigerator until desired temperature is reached.
Booze it up: add in a few tablespoons of rum to really complete the EggNog tradition.