I love the Holiday season and all the classic comfort foods and drinks that come with it, including eggnog! While I love the flavor of traditional eggnog, I wanted to share the easy way I have found how to make healthy eggnog. I know it is typically a vibrant and high-calorie beverage, but I knew I could make it healthier with a few changes. This recipe features almond milk, zero alcohol, eggs, and the classic spice blend you expect. You are going to love this at your holiday parties!
How to Make Healthy Eggnog
Chances are you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen to create this easy eggnog recipe in your kitchen! All you need is about 20-25 minutes and you’ll have a decadent homemade eggnog recipe that tastes delicious.
Instead of using heavy cream, whole milk, and bourbon in this recipe, you are using alternate ingredients and bumping up the flavor with vanilla extract and spices.
If you are looking for another great cold-weather drink to serve, make our hot apple cider. This is a great recipe to cook in the slow cooker while gathering with friends and family.
Ingredients for Healthy Eggnog
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Vanilla extract
- Ground nutmeg
How to Make Eggnog Healthy
Begin by heating a small saucepan over medium heat.
Next, you will pour in your almond milk and vanilla, and bring it to a simmer. You do not want this to boil!
While simmering, you will whisk together the eggs, sugar, and cornstarch until just frothy.
Temper the eggs in the heated milk mixture. Be careful as you do not want to scramble the eggs – this is why you want it to simmer but not boil.
How do I Temper Eggs for Eggnog?
How to Make Traditional Eggnog
- 2½ cups milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- cinnamon to taste
- nutmeg to taste
- OPTIONAL: light whipped topping
- Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the milk and cream, and heat until it almost simmers (do not bring to a boil.)
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, and sugar until frothy
- Temper the eggs into the heated milk mixture. To do this, add about ¼ cup of the milk and cream to the egg mixture, whisking quickly. Add another ¼ cup, and whisk again. Tempering allows both liquids to come to the same temperature before combining them, so the eggs do not curdle
- Add the cooled-down egg mixture to the milk and cream, and whisk to combine. Stir frequently until it begins to thicken, about 6-8 minutes
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste
- Serve warm or chilled and top with optional whipped topping as desired
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