Easy Low-Carb Egg Nog Recipes for Holiday Beverages

Several glasses of egg nog
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  • Prep Time
    15 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    15 min
  • Yield
    6 servings of 8 ounces each

Egg nog, also known as egg milk punch in some  is a holiday beverage usually drank between the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas in North America, particularly Canada and the United States. It is traditionally made with raw eggs, milk, sugar, and brandy and/or bourbon and/or rum. There are also non-alcoholic versions, while others have varying degrees of alcohol in theme. Though it is known as a carb-heavy drink, it is easy to convert to low-carb and sugar free. Below we share our recipes for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic egg nog

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 4 cups (1 quart) milk, unsweetened soy milk, or unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup sugar substitute, or more to taste (liquid or other zero-carb preferred)
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup rum or bourbon
  • Nutmeg

Preparation

Traditionally, egg nog is made with raw eggs, which are discouraged nowadays because of the risk of Salmonella illness. There are several options you can take to avoid the risk:

  1. Buy pasteurized eggs, if you can find them
  2. Use the recipe to make a stirred custard, using half the liquid and adding the rest of the liquid after the mixture cools
  3. If you are willing to throw caution to the wind and use raw egg, use fresh eggs directly from a farm with a small flock of hens
  1. Super Easy Fake Low-Carb Egg Nog - Make fake egg nog by substituting Da Vinci's Sugar-Free Egg Nog Syrup in place of the egg and sweetener. This tastes as good as the cartons of eggnog in the supermarket.

Two No-Cook Egg Nog Recipes:

Easy Method: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend it up. Sprinkle with nutmeg

Traditional Method:

  • Separate the eggs
  • Beat the yolks until light, and the whites until they form soft peaks.
  • If you want, you can even whip the cream as well.
  • Then combine everything with a whisk (don't overmix) and sprinkle nutmeg on the top when serving in each individual cup.

Non-Alcoholic Method:

  • Instead of adding the alcohol, use 5 cloves, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract for the ingredients.
  • Combine the milk with the spices, excluding the ground nutmeg and vanilla extract, over low heat in a deep sauce pan, making sure to avoid a hard boil.
  • Take the egg and sugar substitute and, using a whisk, stand mixer, or hand mixer, beat until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly add all of the egg mixture, a tablespoon at a time or so, to the milk and spices in the pan while still on low heat.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients: the cream, nutmeg and vanilla extract and whisk together. Add that mixture to the pan to finish heating through, no more than 2-3 more minutes. 
  • Strain the mixture with a mesh strainer and serve warm or refrigerate four or more hours to serve cold. Add a pinch of ground nutmeg on top when serving.

Nutritional Facts for Low-Carb Egg Nog Recipe made with calorie-free sugar substitute and almond milk in a one cup serving: 

  • 258 Calories 
  • 21.5 grams fat 
  • 10.8 grams saturated fat 
  • 197 milligrams sodium 
  • 216 milligrams potassium
  • 2.8 grams carbohydrate 
  • 0.7 grams fiber
  • 7.1 grams protein

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