This Keto Eggnog is a rich and creamy low-carb version of the holiday classic that features the warm flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. The combination of almond milk and heavy cream provides a luscious base, while optional bourbon adds a grown-up twist. Whipping the egg whites creates a velvety texture, making every sip a joy. Whether enjoyed by the fireplace or as a sweet treat at holiday gatherings, this keto eggnog is the perfect way to celebrate without guilt. It also makes a lovely holiday gift, poured into a pretty glass bottle with a ribbon.
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Enjoying a glass of creamy eggnog over the festive season is a tradition for many, and now those living a keto lifestyle can join in the fun with our keto eggnog recipe. Almond milk whipped egg whites, and heavy cream make this low-carb eggnog a silky delight to enjoy with friends and family over the holidays. To achieve the eggnog taste, a spice blend of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves is needed to transform the milky mixture into a fragrant, honey-colored classic beverage.
This eggnog recipe is suitable for all ages, but for adults, a drop of bourbon truly hits the spot and has the power to get everybody into the festive swing of things. Adding Erythritol keeps the eggnog low-carb and keto-friendly whilst also ensuring each sip is delicately sweet and warmly spiced. Although it’s tempting to delve straight into the eggnog once all of the ingredients are combined, the drink is best enjoyed after spending 2 hours in the refrigerator and served over ice in a glass.
Keeping a jug of eggnog in the refrigerator is handy for when guests show up last minute, or you want to enjoy some downtime with a book, in a cozy chair, or with an ice-cold glass of keto eggnog in your hand. Our recipe serves four and takes only 10 minutes to prepare, giving you the perfect amount of time to clean the kitchen and catch up with loved ones while the eggnog works its magic in the fridge.
Keto Eggnog Ingredients
- Eggs: As the name suggests, eggs are a big part of eggnog! The yolks provide a luscious golden color and rich texture, while whipped egg whites help create a light, velvet consistency. As the eggs are whisked into the other ingredients, the egg flavor comes through as a sweet custard with a punch of warm bourbon.
- Sweetener: Erythritol has an essential role to play in our keto eggnog as it acts as a sugar replacement, keeping things sweet and delicious. Avoiding sugar in eggnog is a wise move for those concentrating on limiting carb intake, as many recipes typically contain added sugars and syrups, which can increase the total carbohydrates substantially.
- Almond Milk: Deliciously nutty and creamy, unsweetened almond milk is the liquid we opt for to thin the eggnog mixture and create an enjoyable texture. Other milks may work well in the recipe, but the gentle nutty undertones of almonds match perfectly with the warm spices, vanilla extract, and foamy egg whites.
- Heavy Cream: Heavy cream is an ideal base for our keto eggnog as it is thick, luscious, and able to support all of the other ingredients, such as spices and bourbon. Along with bringing a wonderfully smooth and creamy texture, heavy cream also lightens the color of the eggnog, helping create the classic sand-colored beverage many love and enjoy each holiday season.
- Vanilla Extract: Erythritol keeps the eggnog sweet, but the background hum of vanilla extract is also one of the reasons the eggnog is so delicious! A drop of vanilla extract can transform a recipe, bringing sweet flavors together and creating a stunning floral undertone of vanilla. High-quality vanilla extract is the best to go for as it generally doesn’t contain added sugars or syrups, instead letting the vanilla take center stage.
- Ground Nutmeg: An eggnog would be lost without warm, festive spices, and one of those is ground nutmeg. The earthiness of nutmeg is a welcome addition to the eggnog, bringing depth of flavor and a sweet, spicy fragrance that fills the kitchen instantly.
- Ground Cinnamon: Cinnamon is arguably the most popular spice used over the festive period, and for good reason! The scent of cinnamon alone is enough to make mouths water, and in this keto eggnog recipe, it brings a delicate woodiness, uniting all of the spices together.
- Ground Cloves: Ground cloves have a bold, punchy flavor, and when used in large quantities, they can be overpowering and bitter. When used in small amounts alongside familiar ingredients such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, ground cloves bring warmth and deep earthy flavor.
- Bourbon (Optional): Adding a splash of bourbon to the eggnog is the ideal way to spice things up for adults, adding a fiery caramel edge that makes the eggnog dangerously moreish! Bourbon tends to be a little sweeter than whisky, making it the perfect addition to a glass of creamy keto eggnog.
- Ice Cubes (Optional): Serving the eggnog over ice isn’t a necessity, but it makes for a cool, refreshing glass of eggnog. As the eggnog contains raw egg, it’s best to keep it in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve.
All that’s needed to make the best keto eggnog is 10 minutes, a handful of ingredients, and basic tools such as a whisk and bowl. If you’ve been thinking about creating a festive drink for this year’s holiday party, this eggnog is the ideal match. It’s lusciously rich and creamy, and you can even make a jug of non-alcoholic eggnog for younger guests to feel included, too!
Step one: Separate the egg yolks from the whites, placing the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another.
Step two: To the egg yolk bowl, add Erythritol and whisk until combined. Slowly pour the almond milk and heavy cream into the mixture while continuing to whisk.
Step three: Add vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves to the bowl, adjusting the spices to your taste.
Step four: For an adult version, you can add bourbon to the mixture, stirring well.
Step five: Use a hand whisk or electric mixer in the bowl with the egg whites to whip the whites until stiff peaks form. Once whipped, add the egg whites to the eggnog mixture.
Step six: Refrigerate the keto eggnog for at least 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled. Serve the eggnog as it is or over ice cubes with a sprinkling of ground nutmeg on top.
Keto Vegan Eggnog: Making eggnog suitable for plant-based eaters is a breeze by simply omitting eggs and heavy cream from the recipe and using a few spoonfuls of full-fat coconut milk instead. The eggnog may not have the classic honey color of traditional eggnog made with eggs, but it will still be a light and creamy drink that vegans can enjoy.
Keto Eggnog With Rum: Bourbon adds a wonderful caramel flavor and a subtle kick to a glass of keto eggnog, but if you don’t have any to hand or would prefer to use a different spirit, rum is a great choice to go for. Eggnog is generally made with bourbon, brandy, or rum, so it’s a personal choice as to what spirit you choose to add to yours!
Keto Eggnog Gift: Our keto eggnog is perfect for enjoying at home in front of a festive movie or crackling fireplace, but it’s also a wonderful gift. Pouring the eggnog into a glass bottle and decorating it with ribbon is a creative way to show those closest to you how much they mean. Making gifts in the kitchen puts your skills to the test and means everything is made from love.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Eggnog High In Carbs?
Traditional eggnog recipes containing added sugars or syrups can be high in carbohydrates. Our keto eggnog recipe, however, contains 2.2g of net carbohydrates as we use unsweetened milk and Erythritol in place of sugar.
Can You Make Eggnog Without Using Eggs?
It’s possible to make eggnog without using eggs, and coconut milk is a great way to retain the thick texture without any animal-derived ingredients involved. A glass of eggnog without eggs won’t have the typical golden color of eggnog, but with the inclusion of warm spices, it should still echo the flavors of eggnog.
How Can I Serve Keto Eggnog?
Eggnog is usually served cold over ice, but it’s possible to enjoy a glass of warm eggnog. Slowly heating the eggnog in a pan over the stove creates a warm, custard-like drink that’s perfect to enjoy after a day out in the snow!
Keto Eggnog Recipe
- 4 medium Eggs
- ½ cup Erythritol
- 2 cups Almond Milk unsweetened
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cloves
- ¼ cup Bourbon optional
- Ice Cubes to serve
- Start by separating the egg yolks from the whites. Place the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another.
- In the bowl with egg yolks, whisk in the Erythritol until well combined.
- Slowly pour in the almond milk and heavy cream while continuing to whisk.
- Stir in vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves.
- Adjust the spices to your taste.
- For an adult alcoholic version, you can add bourbon to the mixture. Stir well.
- In the bowl with egg whites, use a clean, dry whisk or electric mixer to whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the eggnog mixture.
- Refrigerate the eggnog for at least 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
- Optionally, serve over ice cubes and sprinkle a dash of ground nutmeg on top before serving.
Nutritional information for the recipe is calculated based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe we provide. Erythritol and other sugar-free sweetener carbs are not included in the carb counts. Net carbohydrates are the total carbohydrates minus dietary fiber.
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