Healthier Egg Nog Recipe
December 11, 2019 29 Comments
A healthy eggnog recipe? Can it be done?
I don't know if I would call this recipe "healthy"- but I would call it a massive improvement over the original recipe and anything you can buy in the store.
The problem starts when you ask me, "Snack Girl - make eggnog into a zero calorie treat!" - my reaction is BLECH.
There are recipes for eggnog that feature egg substitute, stevia, almond milk and non-fat milk - and I just can't go there. How can you get a concoction with that combo that touches the real ingredients of eggnog - milk and/or cream, sugar, eggs, and liquor (with a little nutmeg).
It is not supposed to be healthy - is is supposed to be DREAMY.
But, I do HATE the corn syrup, additive filled, containers of eggnog that grace our supermarket dairy section. They are packed with calories and they taste, well, fake.
You have to make your own eggnog to get the TRUE flavor of eggnog. After trying homemade eggnog, you will never buy a container of eggnog again.
Now, I use raw egg in my eggnog. For those of you with a deep fear of salmonella, this is not for you. I know the source of my eggs (a family farm in my region) and they have never had an outbreak of salmonella so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
Below my raw version is a cooked version for the risk averse.
Where can you cut calories?
- portion control - stick to 4-6 ounces and savor them!
- use lowfat milk - not as DREAMY but still tastes good.
- make it once or twice for the holiday season and share with friends.
Since I am WAY over 21, I like rum in my eggnog. Bourbon, brandy, and scotch are also good additions. I've seen eggnog served in a martini glass - which I think is a great idea to help you SIP it.
Have you made homemade eggnog?
Healthy Eggnog Recipe
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups lowfat milk
1/2 cup rum (optional)
nutmeg for dusting
Separate the eggs and beat the yolks with the sugar. Stir in vanilla, milk, and rum. Beat the egg whites and fold them into the milk mixture. Pour eggnog into a SMALL glass and top with nutmeg. ENJOY!
For cooked eggnog:
Separate the eggs and beat the yolks with the sugar in a medium bowl. Reserve egg whites for another use. In a medium saucepan over high heat, mix milk, and vanilla. Bring to a just to a boil and remove from heat.
Mix the hot liquid gradually into the egg and sugar to prevent the egg from cooking. You add small amounts and mix thoroughly until all of the hot milk is mixed in. Pour everything back into the pot and heat until it reaches 160 F. Remove from heat, add rum, and put in the refrigerator to chill. When eggnog is cold, top with grated nutmeg and serve.
For a five ounce glass without rum: 99 calories, 3.4 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 10.3 g carbohydrates, 10.6 g sugar, 6.9 g protein, 0 g fiber, 85 mg sodium, Green 4, Blue 3, Purple 3 Points
Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes
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