Suuuper Creamy Homemade Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš gluten free & keto

Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog
Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog

Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš

Suuuper Creamyย โ˜๏ธ

To kick off the holiday cheer we’ve got one of our favorites: a ridiculously creamy and velvety low carb & keto eggnog. And if you’re anything like us, its taste will be enough to swoon you back to Christmas past. And definitely not in an Ebenezer Scrooge sort of way.

Fact is, this custard-based drink is thought to be around since the late 1600s. And whether you enjoy it warm or chilled, spiked or virgin, creamy or frothy, this keto recipe will cover all your bases.

Oh, and 2g net carbs peeps.ย ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฟ

The Spicesย ๐Ÿ‚

Freshly grated nutmeg is truly ideal here. You may have noticed this, but nutmeg looses its kick very fast. So the pre-ground version will never compare.

And also ideal are cinnamon sticks. But you can get away with subbing here for 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

The Sweetenerย ๐Ÿฏ

This recipe works best withย Swerveย or xylitolย (same amounts), as theyโ€™re roughly 1-to-1 in sweetness to sugar. Also, no funky aftertaste.

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as itโ€™s highly toxic to the little guys!ย ๐Ÿ•

The Boozeย ๐Ÿฅ‚

Totally optional… but then again,ย highly suggested! And we recommend you either go for a dark rum or a bourbon. Both nil carbs and great pairings.

Fun fact: when eggnog made it’s travel across the Atlantic to the colonies, rum was a cost-effective substitute to the other heavily-taxed liquors. But during the American Revolutionary War, the supply of rum dried out, and bourbon began to be used as a substitute. So both rum and bourbon are the traditional alcohols of choice.

Though if keto, know your limits as booze can hit you way harder.ย We use 2/3 cup here, but anywhere from half to one cup will work great. Or just pour to taste.

The Methodย ๐Ÿ”

There are many (many!) ways to make eggnog. With the traditional being raw and cured…! But given that that takes roughly two weeks, we decided to go for the cooked route.

And in terms of the eggs, if you’re ever to splurge on free-range or organic eggs this is it. At least in our opinion, you really can taste the difference here. Unsurprisingly perhaps, as the yolks take center stage.

Fact is, since you’re essentially making a custard, the yolks are the thickeners here. But we still went for a 1:1 ratio of (unsweetened) almond milk to heavy whipping cream. Though you can play around here a bit if you so wish.

Oh, and we opted out of the folded egg whites at the end. Fact is, even though it’s the traditional way, we’re not that fond of the added frothiness. We simply like our eggnog thick and creamy, like most commercial varieties out there. But if that’s your thing, go for it: right before serving, beat your egg whites until soft peaks form and fold them into the eggnog. Just note that if you have leftovers, the egg whites will separate.

Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog
Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog
Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog
Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog
Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog
Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog
Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog
Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog

Low Carb & Keto Eggnog ๐Ÿฅš Suuuper Creamy & 2g net carbs #ketoeggnog #lowcarbeggnog

Low Carb & Keto Homemade Eggnog

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, European, Gluten Free, Ketogenic
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 257 kcal

To kick off the holiday cheer weโ€™ve got one of our favorites: a ridiculously creamy and velvety low carb & keto eggnog.

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Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Swerve or xylitol (we use 1/2 cup)*
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3-1 cup dark rum or bourbon to taste

Instructions

  1. Add egg yolks and Swerve to a large bowl, and using a whisk or an electric mixer (easier), beat them until light, fluffy, and all the sweetener is completely dissolved. Set aside. 

  2. Add almond milk, heavy cream, cinnamon and nutmeg to a medium saucepan and bring just to a boil, stirring every so often. Remove from heat and gradually temper the hot mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Tempering means adding the hot milks little by little to your egg mixture while whisking constantly, so your eggs don't curdle.  

  3. Return everything to the saucepan, and cook over medium/low heat for roughly 8-10 minutes, or until your mixture reaches 160ยฐF/70ยฐC. Remove from the heat and sieve onto a medium mixing bowl. Stir in vanilla and liquor of choice, to taste. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator to chill.

  4. Your eggnog will continue to thicken while chilling. So give it a good stir right before serving. 

Recipe Notes

*Sweet buds vary vastly while on keto and low carb diets. We find that using 1/2 cup of sweetener is more than enough to yield a nice and sweet keto eggnog. But if you've got a raging sweet tooth, you can go up to 3/4 cup.ย 

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as itโ€™s highly toxic to the little guys!ย ๐Ÿ•

We opted out of the folded egg whites at the end. Fact is, even though it's the traditional way, we're not that fond of the added frothiness. We simply like our eggnog thick and creamy, like most commercial varieties out there. But if that's your thing, go for it: right before serving, beat your egg whites until soft peaks form and fold them into the eggnog. Just note that if you have leftovers, the egg whites will separate.

Please note that nutrition facts were calculated without the booze. Though in terms of carbs, both rum and bourbon have nil.ย 

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb & Keto Homemade Eggnog
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 227mg 76%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Potassium 59mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 21.4%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 13.1%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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28 comments

  1. Stan says:

    Hello! I was wondering if the recipe could be halved? No offense, but I would like to whip up a trial batch…
    thnx

    • Paola says:

      Hi Stan! Hahaha no offense taken, I do the same with new recipes ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Yes you can go ahead and halve it. I don’t suggest going lower than that as it get’s a bit hard to beat the custard etc… and things never come out quite right. But technically you could even do a 1 yolk ratio.

      xo Paola

      • Stan says:

        Hi Paola! I felt compelled to report back because we tried it this morning and it was excellent! We made half a batch last night and had a bit this morning with coffee and WOW! It was much better than any store bought version we’ve ever had.

        We used xylitol to sweeten and did use more nutmeg than the recipe called for, but it wasn’t freshly ground. And we also used rum extract. Though for Thanksgiving we’ll get all the fancy stuff. Thanks- Stan

  2. Danica says:

    This recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

    Any idea how long could leftovers could safely be stored in the fridge for? I don’t want to make too much and have it go to waste. Thanks!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Danica!

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And THANK YOU for reminding me to add the storage time! It keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days.

      xo Paola

  3. Sofia Esp. says:

    What a DELICIOUS eggnog recipe!! Fed it to my flatmates and one could believe it was keto lol! It was just so thick and creamy wowza! thnx a bunch made my week!

  4. Kendray says:

    Would making this with coconut milk totally ruin it? I’d like to make this to share with my husband, but he’s allergic to almonds.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Kendray! I wasn’t a huge fan of the coconut milk version… too much fat? The texture wasn’t silky smooth… Can your husband go for any other nut milks? Say macadamia? Or even cashew?

      • Paola says:

        Awesome!! Thank you so much for reporting back Sara! You’re the second reader to report back on macadamia nut, I MUST try it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo Paola

  5. Janae says:

    Hello! I would love to try this but I donโ€™t drink alcohol. Would the recipe be okay without or do I need to add more almond milk to keep the consistency the same?

    • Paola says:

      Hi Janae! As stated, alcohol is totally optional! It does help to thicken it slightly more in the fridge, but you will still end up with a nice and thick eggnog. A reader wrote on social media that she subbed in with rum extract rather than actual rum to still get that nice taste ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo! Paola

  6. Tiffany says:

    Hello I just made this ๐Ÿ™‚ what is the amount for each serving? I was assuming 8 oz of nog but I canโ€™t find where it says for sure. Thanks

    • Paola says:

      Hi Tiffany! Serving size is roughly 2/3 cup. I just divided the whole batch by 8 when serving. Volume measurement depends on how much alcohol you added though (if any)… But total carbs for the virgin eggnog are 16g. xo Paola

    • Paola says:

      Hi Klaudie! Technically yes, you can use stevia. But tbh I didn’t find the results to be as good… so I would suggest either sticking to Swerve or xylitol for this one. xo Paola

    • Paola says:

      Hi Scott! Technically yes, you can use stevia. But tbh I didnโ€™t find the results to be as goodโ€ฆ so I would suggest either sticking to Swerve or xylitol for this one. xo Paola

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