December 21, 2016

A Healthy-ish, Easy-ish Eggnog

Eggnog. This word either brings you warm thoughts of nutmeg and a cozy fire…orrrr…brings on the gag reflex (feel free to look away if you fit into this category, I won’t mind). Me, I do love it, and as luck would have it, so do my kids. So when my son said the other day he was craving eggnog, the thought of buying the stuff from the grocery store just didn’t do it for me. Like most things, the grocery store version just doesn’t compare, often too sweet, kind of blah or downright funky tasting. I thought I’d try making my own that was a little less calorie dense and a whole lot better tasting. I did some research and realized, huh, there’s a bit to this eggnog thing. “Healthy” versions sometimes eliminated the healthy stuff…even eggs (umm…it’s “egg”nog people). Classic versions had a whole lot of cream and sugar, along with quite the process.

But don’t despair, I was able to adapt one that I felt had a pretty easy process and I’ll tell you, it was a big hit with the eggnog experts in this house…to quote my daughter “This is so much better than the normal stuff!” And a new LaMonica Holiday tradition was born.

3 cups whole milk

2 large eggs

2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup*

Dash of salt

½ tsp nutmeg*

½ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Pour 2 cups of milk in a saucepan and add the eggs, maple syrup, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • Whisk together and place over medium heat.
  • Keep on whisking while the mixture warms and thickens. This can take 10+ minutes.
  • Do not let the mixture boil.
  • When it begins to thicken start checking the temperature. Once it is at 160 degrees take off the heat and whisk in the 3rd cup of milk and vanilla.
  • Pour into large jar/container and let cool a bit on the counter. Then put in fridge overnight where it will thicken even further.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon on top and you’ve got the holidays in a glass!


  • This wasn’t quite sweet enough for my kids so they added a little more maple syrup to their glass or you can up the amount of syrup in the recipe to 1/4 cup. Adults, pretty sure some dark rum would sweeten it right up for you!
  • Nutmeg can be too strong for some people, so if serving to a crowd, reduce or eliminate the nutmeg and people can sprinkle on as they please.

*adapted from – A Healthier Eggnog

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