How to Make Festive, Low Carb Keto Eggnog

How many of you sip a glass of homemade eggnog when you return home for the holidays? This festive treat can be quite nostalgic, serving as a holiday tradition for many families. A batch of homemade eggnog can be enjoyed all on its own, with a splash of bourbon, topped with whipped cream, or with your morning mug of coffee as a faux “eggnog latte.”

Homemade eggnog actually requires very few ingredients — just raw eggs, sugar, milk, and cream. Plus, it’s rather simple to make, requiring zero cook time. If you’re following a low carb or keto diet, three out of these four ingredients will suit you just fine. If you could just replace the sugar, this holiday hit would be ready to serve.

Luckily, this creamy keto eggnog recipe fits perfectly within any low carb meal plan. With less than two grams of net carbs per serving, you can add it to your list of holiday recipes to whip up this year.

To make a low carb eggnog, your first (and most critical) step is to find a replacement for sugar. In fact, if you swap out the sugar, you could use the same eggnog recipe that’s been in your family for generations. Luckily, there are several options which can transform classic eggnog into a low carb recipe:

The best low-carb desserts are made with one of these four sugar substitutes. For this sugar-free eggnog, you’ll use Swerve, a sugar alternative which contains erythritol as its main ingredient. It contains less than 0.2 calories per gram, and has been shown to not affect blood sugar or insulin levels (3, 4). Best of all, it can be used as a one-for-one replacement for sugar.

Dairy always seems to be a gray area on the keto diet.

Here’s the scoop: You can enjoy dairy on keto if your digestive system tolerates it (i.e. you don’t experience any bloat or other discomfort) and if you choose high-quality dairy products (organic and grass-fed whenever possible). Don’t choose dairy with high levels of carbohydrates (like skim milk or half and half).

If you don’t hit all three of these criteria, you have several options. Most eggnog recipes (including the one listed below) typically include a combination of heavy cream, milk, or heavy whipping cream, all of which are keto-friendly dairy products.

You can easily make a dairy-free eggnog with a milk alternative, such as coconut milk or almond milk. However, there are a few things you should know.

First and foremost, the taste will be a little different. Coconut milk, for example, has a distinct coconut flavor that won’t be entirely masked by the various seasonings (vanilla extract, rum extract, cinnamon, or allspice) used. Secondly, the texture might be a bit lighter, instead of the rich, thick, luxurious eggnog holiday dreams are made of.

If you are a dairy-free household, here are two recipe notes to combat the above issues:

The best combination we tried seems to be two cups almond milk and one cup coconut milk.

Any who’s made eggnog in the past knows the secret is separating the egg yolks from the egg whites. If you’re a newbie in the eggnog-making scene, this step might seem a bit silly. After all, what is the point of separating the yolks from the whites, only to add them back in later?

The secret, or so it seems, is thickening the ‘nog first with yolks, then adding a depth of texture by layering in the egg whites. Here’s how to do it:

Grab two large mixing bowls. Crack each egg, dividing all the yolks into one bowl and all the whites into the other. Next, you will whisk your chosen milk and sugar substitutes in with the yolks until smooth.

On its own, the yolk mixture would be an overly rich drink. To make it airy and frothy, you will whisk the egg whites with a hand mixer, right before serving your eggnog. You will know the egg whites are ready to be mixed in with the rest of your concoction when white, soft peaks start to form.

If you’re partial to a virgin eggnog, your holiday beverage is ready to enjoy the moment you combine your whisked egg whites with the other ingredients. If, however, you would like to make the beverage a bit more festive (and 21+ friendly) you can spike it.

Eggnog is almost always enjoyed with one of three alcoholic drinks: rum, whiskey, or bourbon. Luckily for you, you can take your pick — because all three are keto-friendly. These forms of liquor all contain zero net carbs, which make them suitable for a low carb diet.

On that note, we suggest you raise your glass and welcome this holiday season with a glass of homemade keto eggnog.

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