This eggnog drink is made using low carb ingredients including almond milk and a sugar-free sweetener. It’s perfect for a keto diet, and you can enjoy it with or without alcohol.
Eggnog is one of Mr. Savory Tooth’s favorite holiday treats, and he’s always asking me to check and re-check the stores to see if they’re selling them. Our nearest grocery never sells them early enough (“but it’s already October”), and they abruptly stop selling them too soon (“what do you mean it’s no longer available after Christmas?”). I started making homemade eggnog so that we could enjoy it on-demand any day of the year, and Mr. Savory Tooth tells me that it’s better than the store-bought versions, after tweaking it to our tastes. And it has almost no carbs — guilt free eggnog. The texture is creamy and smooth, with a sweet taste and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s surprising how easy it is to make, consisting primarily of heavy cream, almond milk, egg yolks, and a low carb sweetener.
STEP BY STEP: HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE LOW CARB EGGNOG:
Digging into eggnog’s history, I learned that it originated with the British aristocrats, who drank hot eggnog and spiked it with sherry or brandy to prevent it from spoiling. Eventually, eggnog hopped the pond and American colonists started enjoying eggnog with cheaper and more readily available liquors such as rum. Soon it became a popular fixture at winter holiday parties and it has since kept that tradition. No one is really sure how the name came about, but some suggest that “nog” comes from “noggin,” which is a wooden mug used for serving alcohol. The combined term “eggnog” became commonplace by the late 18th century.
My list of eggnog ingredients is typically sans alcohol and whipped egg whites, but I’ve included instructions in my recipe on how to incorporate them. For alcohol, I recommend rum, bourbon, whisky, or brandy, and about one ounce per serving. You can add the liquor at the last step after the eggnog has chilled. The whipped egg whites are also optional. If you prefer the texture of store-bought eggnog drinks, you will likely want to skip the egg whites; on the other hand, if you prefer a foamier eggnog, then you will love the extra volume and fluffiness of the drink once you’ve stirred in the foamed egg whites. Whipping egg whites does take a nontrivial amount of work — it probably takes me 10 to 15 minutes to whip the egg whites using a hand mixer on low to medium speeds.
I use powdered erythritol as my low carb sweetener of choice, which is about 70% as sweet as sugar. It has no effect on blood sugar or insulin, and your body actually cannot digest it. I buy erythritol online in granulated form, and use my Nutribullet to pulverize it into powder, making it more easily dissolved with other ingredients. You may substitute with another type of sweetener as long as it’s also in powdered or confectioners form, but note that the nutrition information may change.
A few quick tips:
- Shake your almond milk carton prior to using. The liquid will settle and you don’t want to use separated parts of it.
- Use an instant read thermometer to judge how long to heat the eggnog mixture — better than guessing.
- Start the recipe the night before you plan to serve it. It’ll take time for the eggnog to chill and it tastes better the next day.
Low carb eggnog
An easy eggnog recipe using low carb ingredients, and great for anyone on a keto diet.
- Separate the egg yolks from the whites. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks until beaten. Set aside the egg whites.
- Add almond milk, heavy cream, powdered erythritol, and beaten egg yolks to a saucepan, and place over medium-low heat.
- Stir together the ingredients until the mixture reaches 160 F, about 10 minutes, stirring almost constantly. The mixture should not be hot enough to simmer.
- Remove the saucepan from heat. Stir in vanilla extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Let stand to cool, and then refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight to chill.
- When the eggnog is chilled, give it a stir and pour in individual glasses. Top with additional nutmeg and garnish with cinnamon sticks.
- Optionally for a foamier drink: Use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add as much of the foamy egg whites as desired by stirring with the chilled eggnog, and serve.
- Optionally for an alcoholic drink: Add desired alcohol to each serving glass, and pour the chilled eggnog over it, stirring a bit.
This recipe yields <0.5 g net carbs per serving (about 2/3 cup). Nutrition information does not include erythritol, which cannot be digested by the body.
|Nutrition Facts Per Serving|
|Total Fat 36g||55%|
|Saturated Fat 22g||112%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carb 0.5g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber <0.5g||1%|
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