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 Eggnog

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?

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Comments

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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