Creamy sugar-free keto eggnog is perfect for the festive season.
This easy homemade eggnog recipe is served warm and there are NO raw eggs. There are even dairy-free, nut-free, and alcohol-free options.
With only 2.8 g NET carbs per cup, this indulgent and creamy low-carb eggnog is the perfect healthy Christmas recipe to indulge in and enjoy, with friends.
What is eggnog?
Eggnog is a creamy drink made of raw egg yolks, cream, sugar, and may have maple syrup, whiskey, brandy, or rum. It often has winter warm spices such as vanilla, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. Eggnog can be served cold with whipped cream or hot in a heat-proof mug.
Why is regular eggnog so unhealthy? Because it has a combination of high sugar, high fat, high calories, and very little protein. Often people are concerned about eating raw eggs too.
But this keto eggnog recipe is sugar-free and has cooked eggs. This healthy homemade eggnog recipe tastes exactly like the real thing.
How many carbs are in eggnog?
Many traditional eggnog recipes are packed with added sugar and flavored syrups. All the extra processed sugar increases the carb can add up to almost 20g per cup!
If your favorite Christmas drink is a Starbucks eggnog latte, then you will drink 26 g - 68 g of sugar (with 28 g - 74 g of carbs).
Creamy keto eggnog recipe nutrition facts: 2.8 g net carbs (0.7 g sugar), 4.5 g protein, 32 g fat, 315 calories. Per serving.
A traditional eggnog recipe can be made into a low-carb or keto version by making a few simple adjustments that will reduce the sugar and carbs dramatically.
- Omit the sugar and unnecessary carbs.
- Substitute some of the heavy cream with unsweetened almond milk.
- Avoid all sugar syrups.
This is the best creamy keto eggnog, an indulgent treat to be enjoyed on special occasions with friends and family this holiday season.
If you love eggnog, this creamy sugar-free version is so filling, that you won't be tempted by unhealthy high-carb snacks or nibbles on offer at a festive party. This will help keep you on track with your macro goals for the night.
Does eggnog need alcohol?
Alcohol in eggnog is completely optional. It is a personal choice as to whether you add alcohol to your low-carb eggnog. It will also depend on whether alcohol fits into your keto diet plan. Many people who start a low-carb diet or keto diet choose to avoid all alcohol for a period to really kick start weight loss.
Which alcohol is best for keto eggnog? If you do choose to make boozy eggnog the best low-carb alcohols are brandy, whiskey, cognac, bourbon, or rum. If you want to make alcohol-free eggnog you can use rum essence, rum extract, or brandy essence instead.
If you love a classic eggnog cocktail with plenty of alcohol but have guests who prefer an alcohol-free drink, you can make keto eggnog then add the alcohol to individual servings, depending on who wants to drink alcohol.
How to make a small batch of eggnog?
If you want to adjust the servings, you can make half or quarter the keto eggnog recipe. There is an adjustable serving slider in the recipe card so you can even make a single-serve.
If you are entertaining for a crowd, then press the 2x, or 3x on the recipe card below, and the recipe quantities will magically calculate the ingredients for you.
Ingredients you need
To make a homemade sugar-free keto eggnog recipe you only need a few simple ingredients So take a look in your fridge now. You might just have everything you need to make homemade egg nog from scratch.
- heavy cream
- unsweetened almond milk
- fresh raw whole eggs - medium
- unsalted butter or salted butter
- granulated sweetener of choice - the most common sweeteners are monk fruit, erythritol, allulose, or stevia drops. You can use powdered sweetener or a granulated sugar replacer.
- vanilla essence or vanilla extract
- ground cinnamon
- ground nutmeg
- brandy, bourbon, whiskey, cognac, or rum
- Garnish with unsweetened heavy whipping cream whipped to soft peaks and sprinkle with ground nutmeg or ground cinnamon.
How to make the best keto eggnog
Most recipes for egg nog require making a hot milk mixture then adding it to an egg mixture in a medium mixing bowl and whisking constantly while tempering the egg and cream mixture.
To make my homemade eggnog as easy as possible, you can make it in 3 simple steps. The full instructions are in the recipe card below and in the recipe video.
1: MIX: Place all the ingredients (apart from the alcohol) in a small saucepan on low medium heat and mix gently with a whisk whilst heating.
2: COOK: Heat for 3-5 minutes on a gentle low medium heat. Do not allow the eggnog to boil. The mixture will slowly thicken as the eggs gently cook. Whisk constantly to avoid lumps.
3: GARNISH AND SERVE WARM: Remove your cooked eggnog from the heat, stir in the alcohol if required. Pour each serving into heatproof glasses or coffee mugs, garnish with whipped cream, and a sprinkle of grated nutmeg.
Keto Eggnog FAQs
Adding alcohol such as dark rum, brandy, bourbon, cognac, or whiskey is completely optional. Always choose low-carb alcohol and avoid sweet sugary liqueurs.
If you are uncomfortable eating raw eggs, you can buy pasteurized eggs. But if you have ever eaten raw cookie dough, raw cake batter, or homemade mayonnaise, you have eaten raw eggs.
A regular drink is considered to be 1 cup (250 ml) but the serving size for eggnog is half a cup (125 ml).
You can replace the heavy cream for half and half and omit the butter will reduce the fat and reduce calories.
You can swap the heavy cream for full-fat coconut cream, unsweetened coconut milk, flax milk, or nut milk such as almond milk or cashew milk. But be aware of the higher carb value of some nut milks and always read the labels to avoid any added sugars.
You can make eggless eggnog with all the same ingredients below but omit the fresh raw eggs. Place everything in your blender or your food processor with a few ice cubes. Process and whip until thickened and you have eggnog slushy.
Instead of almond milk or any other nut milk, use coconut milk or swap almond milk for more heavy cream.
Yes, allow the cooked eggnog to cool then pour over ice cubes in a tall glass. Serve chilled eggnog with whipped cream and ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg.
Store the freshly made and cooled keto eggnog in a screwtop jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, place your eggnog in a small saucepan and slowly heat on low heat. Do not boil, your eggnog may separate and split.
Eggnog is historically an egg milk punch. Holiday nog cannot be called eggnog because it does not contain a certain percentage of eggs.
More keto Christmas recipes
The most popular low-carb holiday recipes and keto desserts will help keep you on track with your low-carb diet. Don't let the festive holiday season undo all your hard work.
Your whole family will love these healthy recipes and favorite holiday treats that are all sugar-free and gluten-free.
- Christmas Mince Pies
- Frozen White Christmas
- Walnut & Brandy truffles
- Keto "fruit"cake (keto Christmas Cake)
- Chocolate Mint Truffles
- Candied sugar-free roasted almonds
- Keto snowball cookies
- Sugar-free gingerbread cookies
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Creamy Sugar-Free Keto Eggnog Recipe
- 250 ml (1 cup) heavy whipping cream
- 250 ml (1 cup) almond milk unsweetened unsweetened
- 2 eggs - medium
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon granulated sweetener of choice or more to your taste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoon brandy (optional)
- whipped cream to garnish (optional)
- Place all the ingredients (apart from the brandy) in a saucepan and mix gently whilst heating.
- Cook for 3-5 minutes on a gentle low medium heat. Do not allow to boil. The mixture will slowly thicken as the eggs gently cook.
- Remove from the heat, stir in the brandy, pour into glasses, garnish with whipped cream, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
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Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a healthy new year.