Eggnog is a highly sought out seasonal beverage come wintertime. Being creamy in texture and rich in flavor, the spiced drink is nothing short of tempting. With this healthier-for-you eggnog recipe, you can guiltlessly indulge and balance health goals this holiday season!
How to Make Eggnog
Instead of relying on that notorious eggnog carton to pop up during the holidays, you can produce a homemade eggnog not only in the comfort of your own kitchen, but throughout all seasons! And when sifting through the ingredient list of commercial eggnog products, you may start to notice some components are largely unnecessary, as eggnog is produced from a few common kitchen ingredients. Clean up the ingredient label and slim down the calorie and fat values with the eggnog recipe below!
Produces approximately three, 8-ounce servings
- Medium saucepan
- Small paring knife
- Large mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Serving glasses or mugs
- 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup Stevia (or other tolerable sugar substitute or sweetener)
- 1 tsp. cornstarch
- 1 tsp. each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
- Heat two and a half cups of the milk in a medium saucepan, saving the other ½ for step four. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and add the pod to the saucepan with the milk. Simmer together over medium heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, Stevia, and cornstarch until the mixture is fully incorporated.
- Whisking constantly, add one cup of the heated milk at a time into the egg mixture. Once fully incorporated, pour mixture back into the saucepan.
- Place saucepan back over medium heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts to thicken. Immediately remove from heat, stir in the remaining ½ cup of milk, and displace the vanilla pod.
- Enjoy warm or chill in a pitcher until ready to serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a dash of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves as desired!
Though enjoying eggnog in moderated portions can certainly fit within the diet, swapping out the traditional eggnog carton with a homemade, healthier variation offers a nutritionally balanced alternative. As compared below, bistroMD’s eggnog cuts down on calories, saturated fat, and total sugar!