A good cup of eggnog is hard to beat in the holiday season, especially when you're free from worry about 1) the fat or sugar content, and 2) the risk of salmonella. This simple, easy recipe alleviates all fears. It is low-fat as is. Check the "Variations" section for sugar-free, fat-free, non-alcoholic, and eggless versions, or scroll down to the bottom for a vegan, dairy-free alternative.
Note: This recipe will come out a lighter color than traditional eggnog, as it includes fewer yolks. If you're feeling nostalgic, add a little yellow food coloring to the mix, along with the vanilla extract, and you'll be good to go.
Holiday Drink Recipes
Low-Fat Eggnog & Variations
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 whole eggs
- 4 egg whites
- 2 cups skim milk
- 2 cups fat free half-and-half
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup rum or brandy (optional)
Combine dry ingredients in medium mixing bowl. Add eggs and egg whites and beat together with wire whisk, manual egg beater, or electric mixer, about 4 minutes or until frothy and light. Warm skim milk over low heat in medium saucepan. When hot, gradually add egg mixture, stirring constantly, and continue to heat until consistency begins to change and thicken. Stir in vanilla, remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly before mixing in fat-free half-and-half, then cover and chill. When ready to serve, mix in liquor (if desired) and garnish with fresh ground nutmeg or whole cinnamon sticks.
- Sugar-free: Substitute Splenda for sugar. See also: Eggless.
- Fat-free: Substitute ½ cup Egg Beaters or similar egg substitute for 2 whole eggs, OR 3/4 cup Egg Beaters for both eggs and egg whites.
- Non-alcoholic: Substitute 2 tsp rum extract for liquor, adding at the same time as vanilla extract.
- Eggless: Substitute 1 3.5-oz package instant vanilla pudding (sugar-free, if you like) for sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Dairy-Free & Vegan Eggnog
- 4 cups unsweetened soy- or rice-milk
- 8 oz extra-firm silken tofu
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup rum or brandy (optional)
Add all ingredients to blender and process until creamy and smooth. Chill and serve sprinkled with nutmeg or garnished with whole cinnamon sticks.
- For low-fat, dairy-free eggnog, use reduced-fat silken tofu and low-fat or fat-free soy- or rice-milk.
- Above variation for non-alcoholic version still applies.
- If making dairy-free eggnog as part of a vegan diet, please note that some sugar and alcohol manufacturers do use animal products as part of their processing. For a list of which manufacturers do and do not use bone-char filters, click here for liquor and here for sugar.
Ann Leavitt from Oregon on December 17, 2015:
Wow, I'm excited to try this! I was looking up dairy free eggnog on pinterest and happened to see this. I just realized now that this is a fellow Hubber! How exciting. :)
Sandy from NW Ohio on November 06, 2014:
Oh I so glad I found your hub. I love eggnog. My grandma used to make it from scratch every year. She has since passed away. Now I can continue the tradition.
teamrn from Chicago on March 08, 2011:
ragnart, iits great in a cup of coffee, too!
RagnarLodbrok on March 08, 2011:
I love Christmas and the celebration of the darkest coldest time of the year. This eggnogg recipe will be my gift to my circle of friends and I'll love the drink just as much!!
teamrn from Chicago on January 19, 2011:
I'll have to try it out. Looks like a fun one to the egg-nogg lover in my family-ME!
azure on December 20, 2009:
I have always loved eggnog so I must have one every Christmas. Until recently I found out I'm allergic to eggs so I'm happy to see this recipe and will try it one day.
Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on December 23, 2008:
I've got to try these. I've never made it at home before. When my son who absolutely loves it found out that it could be homemade, he began to beg me to make it once it left the stores for the season.
MSCASAD on May 15, 2008:
I have always loved eggnog but can only get it on the West Coast during the Holidays. I understand it is sold the year round on the East Coast. Why isn't it sold in the South West . Don't we count for part of your sales?
My doctor wants me to gain weight & egg nog will do it.
blueeyes3907 on December 24, 2007:
I was looking around for a non-dairy recipe, packed mine up in the pod and haven't been able to get to it. This one sounds very good.
William F Torpey from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on December 23, 2007:
I've always loved eggnog, but I never get enough! Unfortunately, I do very little cooking, or kitchen work except for washing dishes. I rely on the supermarkets for eggnog, but it's only available around the holidays, unfortunately.
Fit Body 2 Day on December 23, 2007:
Can you believe I have never had eggnog. I think I will try the lowfat version on Christmas.
Sandy from NW Ohio on December 23, 2007:
This sounds like a great recipe.
1dollar on December 23, 2007:
thekingjohann from Seattle on December 22, 2007:
oh god I will recommend you in my latest hub if you become my fan
chabrenas from middle of France on December 22, 2007:
Good recipe, and, as usual, a well-written hub. However, you won't get me using half-and-half or yellow food colouring - and I imagine the warmth would go out of it if I omitted the brandy.
But then, as my poor wife says, life is unfair. Even after Christmas, it takes me only a couple of weeks to get back to the 136 pounds I weighed 45 years ago, even if some of it is fat rather than muscle these days and my waistline has grown about 4 inches...
MrMarmalade from Sydney on December 20, 2007:
not keen on egg nogs. Fed them as a child and grew to dislike them
The hub was well constructed
Rudra on December 20, 2007:
I must say that I haven't tried this ever but will be trying it out. Will let you know how it went.
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 20, 2007:
These sound very good! I like the combination of skim milk with half and half for the nice flavor.
Shrihari Sawant from Goa (India) on December 20, 2007:
Good post and nice receipee for Christmas and New Year.