Homemade Healthier Eggnog

Let the Heavenly Homemakers Second Annual Christmas Brunch begin! (I wish we really were sitting around my fireplace chatting and “brunching” together.)

First up in the brunch line-up, a traditional holiday beverage made just a little healthier. I think eggnog is incredibly tasty, but just way too sugary. I played around with recipes this year and found a healthier variety that is sweet, but not too sweet. Feel free to add or take away from the maple syrup amount to make this to your liking.

Homemade Healthier Eggnog

Homemade Healthier EggnogYum

6 eggs
4 cups milk, divided
3/4 cup real maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

In a large saucepan, whisk together eggs, 2 cups of milk, maple syrup, and sea salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture reaches 160°. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and the remaining two cups of milk. Mix well. Pour mixture into a jar, cover, and refrigerate overnight or until chilled.

Whip 3/4 cup cream until it is thick, but not yet “whipped cream”. Stir the thickened cream into the eggnog mixture. Serve in glasses. Top with additional whipped cream and sprinkles of nutmeg if desired.

Are you an Eggnog lover?

Comments

  1. Missy says

    I love egg nog. It’s like kryptonite to me. I bought a half gallon yesterday and it’s half gone. And I’m the only one in my family who drinks it! Thanks for this healthier version. I won’t feel as guilty when I indulge in a glass! :)

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  2. sheree says

    Love that its a healthier version and cooked, too. We get fresh eggs from a local lady but I still prefer not to give the kids completely raw eggs.

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  3. Kristi says

    my 6 year old has fallen in love with eggnog. Love that I can make a healthy version that I might actually be willing to give her!

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  4. says

    Oh, I love this egg nog! I do a very similar one (just different cinnamon and nutmeg measurements) and it’s soooo good! I got the idea of using maple syrup to sweeten it from Cooking For Seven. It’s perfect! :)

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  5. Lisa says

    I have made a similar recipe and have loved it! So do you think that the eggs are “cooked” enough to be safe? I always feel a little weird about drinking eggnog because of this. We don’t have access to farm fresh eggs, so we just get the ones from the grocery store. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

    And thanks so much for including all of us on the giveaways for your brunch! So fun!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I’d say the eggs are fully cooked in this, so I wouldn’t worry.

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  6. Dara says

    mmm, hubby & i are both into eggnog. for a family get together (with an expecting sister-in-law!), im wondering if this is unborn-baby-safe? I suppose there is a lot of controversy on that. But what is your opinion? Also, just this friday, a new friend (who is also into eating healthy) insisted that the only good milk to drink is from Jersey cows, and maybe she meant other “old fashioned” breeds as well. She said the popular Holsteins, tho they produce a lot, have a mutant gene that makes their milk bad for us. Have you heard this before? I have looked it up a little but of course you can’t trust EVERYTHING you read ;) Again, just curious of your opinion. thanks in advance!

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  7. says

    I am not a fan of eggnog. But I am sure there will be plenty of other foods/drinks that I will enjoy at our brunch. I do appreciate, though, that you made this holiday drink healthier.

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  8. Jocelyn Skelly says

    I’ve been wanting to search for a recipe as all the supermarket ones have scary ingredients but I love them! So going to try this…putting heavy cream on my shopping list, thank you!

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  9. Season says

    I love eggnog so yes I will be trying out your version. Thanks for all your hard work on your site. I love all the info.

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  10. says

    This sounds delicious and it is without wine – I am rolling around here nine months pregnant so no alcohol for me.
    I thought this was something that you drink as a warm beverage. Does it have to be cooled?
    In Germany, eggnogg is with white whine and rum, only a little cream and whipped cream on top – and it’s hot.
    Think I am going to give it a try! Thank you for posting.

    Greetings from Germany,
    Reini

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    Laura Reply:

    This is good warm or cold – I prefer it cold. :)

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  11. Rebecca says

    Love, love, love eggnog! I have always had it homemade though… and because of that, have never been a fan of store-bought eggnog.

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  12. Tiffany says

    I love eggnog! We traditionally drink it every year when we put up the Christmas decorations. I found a yummy organic brand this year, for which I don’t mind spending a little more. I’m drinking it in my coffee this very minute!
    I made eggnog a couple of years ago, when we had a little Christmas in July celebration and eggnog was not available for purchase in stores. I will definitely keep this recipe in mind for the future. Thanks!

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  13. Alyssa says

    Ok, this may make me sound crazy, but we LOVE eggnog around here…as in we go through quite a bit during the holidays…some to drink and some to freeze…so I can make things like eggnog muffins year round… :) :) I’ve been wanting to make my own to get away from some of the bad stuff…so excited for this recipe…might have to try it NOW!!!

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  14. Rachel says

    My three boys all love egg nog. I am not all that fond of the rich, sweet stuff from the store so maybe this would be a good alternative.

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  15. Barbara says

    My family has been asking for egg nog – THANK YOU for sharing this recipe; can’t wait to make it.

    The chickens are moulting right now so I have to use store-bought eggs (sad face). Since this recipe heats the eggs, it’s ok for us to use the ‘inferior’ store eggs, right?

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  16. Shawna Cale says

    My family loves egg nog. We start the day after Thanksgiving and serve it for the last time New Year’s Eve. My 10 y.o dd just realized this year is has eggs (egg nog). We had to laugh. Will try your recipe tonight.

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  17. Cathy B. says

    My mom used to make eggnog when I was growing up, and we all loved it! I think I’ll try your recipe and see what my kids think–it sounds yummy!

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  18. Patti says

    Eggnog is not my favorite thing – not sure why. I can drink it but just a little. But my husband loves it and our friends have a Christmas Eve eggnog tradition. I will have to send them this recipe.

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  19. Janet Bradley says

    We like eggnog around here. My 10 year old grand
    daughter had never tried any. Gave her a sip yesterday. She said “no thanks”. I told her it would grow on her. :)
    I would like to try this way to make it!

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  20. carrie says

    I love using eggnog in baking, like eggnog cookies. I don’t usually like to drink more than a small glass because it is just to rich. This is speaking of store bought eggnog though. I never knew you actually cooked / heated the eggs at all in homemade eggnog which is one reason I never looked into making it before. Not comfortable with raw eggs.

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  21. Patty Fromherz says

    this is grand, we love eggnog and this is wonderful now we can make it ourselves. can’t wait to try this recipe.

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  22. Tam says

    I just made your recipe for warm vanilla soother last night for the first time, and I told my husband it was about the closest I’d ever get to eggnog! He loves eggnog, but I’ll stick to the vanilla soother… :)

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  23. Micah says

    Oh, how glad I am to have this recipe! I picked up a bottle of organic eggnog at the store last week and put it down again. I couldn’t bring myself to buy something that had sugar as the first ingredient!! I have never liked eggnog but am confident this will be wonderful. I’ve come across a few other recipes but all used raw eggs. Since we have no chickens right now, I can’t use raw eggs. I will make this for my husband when he gets home from work. It’s nice to have a winter treat that is served cold because sometimes it is very warm in south Louisiana and hot chocolate or warm soothers just aren’t an option!

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  24. Jenny C. says

    I love eggnog, but totally agree that it is way too sugary. My Dad has a special recipe that includes raw eggs… wonder if I could get him to make it with maple syrup this year…

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  25. Carmen says

    I love eggnog, but usually “water” it down with milk because it’s so thick. I’d probably like this version better!

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  26. Darcy says

    My husband just told me last week that I needed to learn how to make egg nog! Thanks for sharing this healthy recipe!

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  27. Crystal says

    We LOVE eggnog at our house. We’ve been buying a gallons worth at a time. I’ve not been looking at the label on purpose because it’s the only time of year we have it… at least it was organic – right? :) I’ve been wishing for a healthier recipe to use to make our own. Thank you so much for this!!! :)

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  28. says

    Oh! That recipe just sounds heavenly. Unfortunately, both my boys and my husband are sensitive to pasteurized milk, and 4 cups of raw milk would cost me $7.00 so I won’t be able to use this recipe…but if I COULD, I SO WOULD!!!

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  29. Kelli Green says

    Thank you for this recipe! I discovered that since we started eating real food, I can’t stand to drink store bought eggnog- it just doesn’t taste real- and definately too sugary!

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  30. says

    My husband loves eggnog and he has been feeling I’ll the past few weeks so I am going to try this maybe it will make him feel better. Thanks for the recipe.

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  31. Jennifer says

    Mmmm eggnog! I love me some eggnog! I made it for the first time last year. The recipe I used called for raw eggs. I couldn’t get over the raw idea of it and after a few sips-down the drain it went.

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  32. says

    I love eggnog and we make it homemade often around this season (costs WAY too much at the store).

    We do usually use sugar, but maple syrup is a great idea! Maybe I can try that next time.

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  33. Myra says

    I personally can’t stomach eggnog, but it’s good to know there’s a healthier recipe if I ever need to make some for family!

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  34. says

    I love egg nog, but have never had homemade. Maybe it is time to start! I haven’t had any this year because I can longer ignore how bad the fake stuff is… :(

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  35. Juli Jacobs says

    It doesn’t say when to add the syrup???

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    Laura Reply:

    Thanks for pointing that out. I edited the post to include correct instructions…hopefully!

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  36. Tammy F says

    I’ve never thought about making my own eggnog…my kids love egg nog. Will try this, and thanks for the lovely recipe share!

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  37. says

    I just tried making this, and before the temp. reached 160 degrees, my eggnog started looking more like scrambled eggs. What went wrong? I tried using a hand blender after adding the rest of the milk until it started getting frothy. I may use this batch for the eggnog muffins but want to try again. Suggestion?

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    Laura Reply:

    My guess is that it needed to be stirred more while it was heating. Hopefully it will work better this time!

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  38. says

    My husband loves eggnog – think I will try this for a Christmas surprise. Thank you so much for this site – it has been such a blessng to me. Have a very blessed Christmas.

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  39. Kathy says

    I want to give this a try as my husband LOVES eggnog but I shudder at buying the store bought kinds b/c of the ingredients.

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  40. meredith says

    You are a gem ! I have been craving eggnog but alas its difficult to find without corn syrup- ugh. Thank you thank you ! Can’t wait to try it !!

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  41. Robin says

    How many servings does this make? How many ounces per serving?

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    Laura Reply:

    This makes 6-8 servings of about 8 ounces each.

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