There’s something that feels super indulgent about eggnog, am I right?! This thick, rich beverage that only comes out during this time of year feels like such a treat to me. However, dairy tends to really mess with my stomach, and I wanted to see if I could make a version that didn’t leave me feeling yuck with tons of sugar, dairy, and preservatives. This recipe, inspired by Ourpaleolife, hit the nail on the head. After making this recipe, I was ready to sit under a cozy blanket by the fire and watch all the old Christmas movies and play family games. Isn’t it interesting how certain foods evoke nostalgia like that?
So we start by heating up full fat coconut milk, cloves, and cinnamon in a saucepan on medium-low.
Meanwhile, the eggs are separated, and the yolks are whisked together with honey and maple syrup until nice and frothy.
1 cup of the milk mixture is slowly incorporated into the yolk mixture, and then all of that is combined with the rest of the milk in the pan.
Temp is increased to medium and mixture is cooked for 3 minutes. It gets nice and thick.
Take it off the heat, and let cool for an hour. This was the hardest part for me-I just wanted to get at it and try it out!
Once it cools, add vanilla and nutmeg and chill overnight before serving.
- 2 (13oz) cans full-fat coconut milk
- ¼ tsp ground cloves or 3 whole cloves (I used whole)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 6 egg yolks
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- In a 2 quart saucepan, mix coconut milk, cloves, and cinnamon over medium-low heat.
- Meanwhile, whisk together egg yolks, honey, and maple syrup until frothy.
- Take out 1 cup of the milk mixture and very slowly pour into the eggs while whisking, being careful that the eggs do not scramble.
- Once fully mixed, pour entire egg yolk mixture into saucepan with milk, and increase heat to medium.
- Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Turn off heat, and let cool for 1 hour.
- After cooling, add vanilla and nutmeg and give a stir.
- Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate overnight before enjoying.