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Keto Eggnog Recipe

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A creamy, frothy eggnog recipe with spices flavor to serve with or without alcohol and perfect to celebrate the holiday season with only 1.7 grams of net carbs.

Disclaimer: Consumption of alcoholic drinks negatively affects your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health and behavioral problems if consumed in excess. On a keto diet, you might need significantly less alcohol to get severely intoxicated. Women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy. Alcohol leads to addiction. If you need help, call your local Addiction Center (In the US: (866) 399-3979, in Canada: 1-800-565-8603, in the UK: 0300-123-1110, in Australia: 1300-85-85-84, in NZ: 0800 787 797).

Is Eggnog Keto-Friendly?

No, a traditional eggnog recipe is not keto-friendly. The authentic recipe contains basically the same ingredients as a custard or ice cream, including a lot of carbs from:

  • White sugar – pure carbs
  • Milk – sugar from lactose

Therefore, if you want to drink eggnog on a keto diet, you must adapt the recipe to avoid the added sugar.

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How To Make Keto Eggnog

Luckily, you can easily tweak a traditional eggnog recipe to make a homemade eggnog recipe 100% keto-friendly!

Let’s see the ingredients you need to make this popular Christmas drink and enjoy a glass of low-carb eggnog this year.

Ingredients

The best keto eggnog recipe is a frothy, creamy egg-based milky drink served chilled or warm with lots of Fall spices.

The keto ingredients you need to make this easy recipe for keto eggnog are:

  • Raw Eggs – some recipes use only the egg yolks, while some require the eggs to be separated, and egg whites are whipped and added to thicken the drink and give it a frothy texture. This is up to you. I provide both options in the recipe below. Eggs are keto-friendly ingredients.
  • Erythritol or any keto crystal sweetener, xylitol dissolves faster but add a minty aftertaste; otherwise, allulose or Monk fruit erythritol blends are great.
  • Unsweetened almond milk – or coconut milk or other keto nut milk, like hazelnut milk.
  • Heavy cream
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla

These basics ingredients make keto eggnog with no alcohol. It’s a delicious virgin cocktail drink for everyone around the Christmas season.

Keto eggnog recipe

Warming the milk

The first step consists of heating up the heavy cream, almond milk, and nutmeg over medium heat and simmering for a few minutes.

This infuses the milk with the spices for a flavorsome eggnog recipe. When warm and fragrant, remove from heat and set aside.

Preparing the egg mixture

In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolk with keto crystal sweetener until light, and pale in color.

Keto eggnog recipe

Tempering the eggs

This step is crucial to avoid curdling the eggs. It consists of slowly adding large scoops of the hot milk into the egg mixture while whisking vigorously to avoid ‘cooking’ the eggs.

After you have added half of the hot milk into the egg mixture, your eggs are at the right temperature, and you can bring back all the ingredients from the mixing bowl to the saucepan.

Thickening the eggnog

This last step consists of thickening the eggnog over medium heat, constantly stirring until creamy like a light custard.

Cooling and flavoring

When the eggnog is thick, add vanilla extract and spirit for the alcohol version.

Keto eggnog recipe

Spirit Selection

An eggnog recipe can be served without alcohol or with a touch of spirit.

Below I share with you the zero-carb spirits that marry well with this keto eggnog recipe, keep in mind that alcohol:

  • Must be taken responsibly, and very occasionally, alcohol in itself is not good for your health.
  • Adds calories, so it may slow down or compromise your efforts if you take too much of it.
  • It won’t (directly) affect your ketosis – because Alcohol in itself is not adding sugar. However, it increases sugar cravings. Combined with its euphoric effect, you are more likely to want to reach for sugary food, so watch out! Now some alcoholic drinks are loaded with sugar (most beers, liqueur, sweet wines, most cocktails, etc.), so stay away from them!

This said, if you want to celebrate and have a holiday treat, you can add alcohol to your eggnog. The most popular zero-carbs spirits for eggnog are:

  • Bourbon
  • Whiskey
  • Brandy
  • Cognac

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Serving Eggnog

You can serve chilled eggnog or hot eggnog on cold days. The serving size is 1/2 cup for this recipe.

I recommend serving chilled eggnog in a small glass and topping the glass with some of the toppings below:

  • a pinch of ground nutmeg or cinnamon
  • a cinnamon stick
  • a dollop of heavy whipped cream – make sure it’s unsweetened as keto diet eggnog must be sugar-free.
Keto eggnog recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I add egg whites into my eggnog recipe?

It depends on your taste. If you love a
Frothy, airy drink with some egg white floating on top of your drink, then YES, add them in!
For a creamy, heavy drink, then NO, don’t add the egg whites.

What does eggnog taste like?

Eggnog doesn’t taste eggy at all! The recipe is using the exact same ingredients as homemade ice cream, and as a result, eggnog tastes like a slightly sweet melted vanilla ice cream.
It’s a thick, creamy drink with delicious flavors of vanilla, nutmeg, and bourbon – for the alcoholic version.
If you add soft egg whites to your eggnog recipe, the drink is less dense and creamy and more like fluffy vanilla custard.

When to add the egg whites to the eggnog recipe?

Beat the egg whites in a stand mixer until soft peaks form. Then, stir and fold the egg whites into the chilled eggnog.
It won’t dissolve very well, and that’s ok if some floating egg yolk shows on top of your drink.

Can I Make Eggnog Latte?

Another option is to use the virgin eggnog recipe below to make an eggnog latte is a combination of espresso and eggnog. Simply use:
– 3/4 cup of this chilled alcohol-free eggnog recipe
– 1 cup hot, strongly brewed espresso
To make a keto eggnog latte, you must use a blender, add the ingredients above to the blender jug and blend at high speed until frothy. Serve immediately with a pinch of ground cinnamon on top.

Allergy Swaps

If you have some food allergies, I listed below some substitutions to fit this delicious eggnog recipe into your keto diet.

  • Dairy swap paleo option – replace the heavy cream with the same amount of canned coconut cream. Shake the can before measuring. The recipe will have a slight coconut flavor, and the cocktail will have a similarity to the coquito flavor – the Puerto Rican eggnog.
  • Nut swap – you can replace unsweetened almond milk with keto-friendly seed milk like hemp seed milk or unsweetened coconut milk.
  • Egg swap – I am sorry, but there is no egg swap for this keto cocktail recipe.

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keto low carb eggnog recipe

Keto Eggnog Recipe

A creamy, comforting keto version of the classic Eggnog to celebrate the holiday season.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Yield: 8 serving (1/2 cup per cocktail)
Serving Size: 1 serving (1/2 cup)
4.98 from 373 votes

Ingredients

Optional

To serve – per glass

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Instructions

  • In a non-stick saucepan, over medium heat, combine heavy cream, unsweetened almond milk, nutmeg.
  • Stir constantly until it forms a light simmer and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat while you prepare the egg yolk mixture.
  • Separate egg yolks and egg whites. Set egg whites aside – you won't have to use them, see optional step if you want to add them for an extra fluffy texture.
  • Using an electric beater, beat the egg yolks and erythritol on high speed for 40-60 seconds, in a medium bowl until light, creamy and lighter in color.
  • Add large scoops of the hot milk very slowly into the egg mixture, whisking vigorously at the same time to avoid curdling the eggs. This step is called tempering the eggs.
  • Repeat adding a large spoonful of milk one at a time until eggs are temper. Once half of the hot milk has been added to the egg bowl, pour the mixture back to the saucepan.
  • Return the saucepan over low-medium heat, stirring constantly for 6-8 minutes. Don't boil, it should stay around 160°F/70°C and stir constantly until the mixture gently thickens and covers the back of the spoon.
  • Remove from heat and sieve onto a large bowl.
  • Stir in vanilla extract and spirit of choice if used.
  • Cool it down for 15 minutes at room temperature, give a quick stir, and cover the bowl before transferring to the refrigerator to chill for 6-8 hours.
  • The eggnog thickens in the fridge. Stir before serving and if too thick to your liking, add 2-3 extra tablespoons of almond milk and whisk to combine
  • This recipe serves 8 glasses, 1/2 cup each. Serve each glass with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, a cinnamon stick, and a dollop of fresh unsweetened whipped cream if desired.
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Optional – add egg-whites for an airy fluffy drink

  • Just before serving, add the reserved egg white in a stand mixer and beat until a stiff peak forms.
  • Transfer the egg whites to the chilled eggnog bowl and fold, stir until combined. This makes the drink extra frothy, some of the egg white will float on top of the drink too and that's ok and delicious.

Notes

What to do with egg whites? 
If you don’t want to add the egg whites to this recipe, you can make keto cloud bread with them or my French floating island dessert.
Nutrition panel is without alcohol. If you add alcohol, the net carbs per serving are the same, but the kcal per serving will be 244 kcal.
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Serving Size: 1 serving (1/2 cup)
Yield: 8 serving (1/2 cup per cocktail)
Serving: 1serving (1/2 cup)Calories: 209.8kcal (10%)Carbohydrates: 2.1g (1%)Fiber: 0.4g (2%)Net Carbs: 1.7gProtein: 5.3g (11%)Fat: 20.3g (31%)Saturated Fat: 11.3g (71%)Cholesterol: 183.9mg (61%)Sodium: 124.8mg (5%)Potassium: 79mg (2%)Sugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 834.2IU (17%)Vitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 108.1mg (11%)Iron: 0.6mg (3%)
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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

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    4 Thoughts On Keto Eggnog Recipe
  1. 5 stars
    I made this to use in a pumpkin eggnog pie. It was delicious. I only made a half batch in case it wasn’t good. Bit mistake! I had just enough left to save for my coffee in the morning. I plan to make it again!! Thank you so much!!

  2. 5 stars
    OMG, this keto eggnog is perfect! It was delightful. Spiced perfection! Thanks for making my keto lifestyle festive!

  3. 5 stars
    Tried this keto eggnog, and it’s a holiday game-changer! Creamy, rich, and just the right amount of sweetness. A must-have at every festive gathering. Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

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