Many of us find eggnog’s sweet, creamy and boozy qualities too good to resist this time of year. Regardless of whether or not yours is spiked with bourbon and brandy though, the nearly 200 calories and 9 grams fat in one small glass of traditional eggnog isn’t ideal.
We received numerous eggnog recipe submissions from users wanting a little help lightening up their recipe. But in the end, it was Nancy’s Best Eggnog that was just too naughty (but nice) to ignore. We’re talking heavy whipping cream, half & half, whole milk and alcohol.
The main ingredient in the remixed nog became 1% low-fat milk. Not only did using milk in place of cream cut major fat and calories, but it more than doubled the amount of protein in a serving.
The remixed recipe tasted identical to the real stuff but, per serving, had:
- 70 fewer calories
- 5 less grams of fat
- More than double the protein — at more than 5 grams in a 1/2 cup
- 3 1/2 cups (820 mL) 1% milk
- 1/3 cup (80 mL) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) bourbon (optional)
- 2 tablespoons brandy (optional)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon (for garnish)
Combine milk, condensed milk, flour, nutmeg and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk.
Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. While whisking, slowly pour 1 1/2 cups of hot milk mixture into egg yolks. Then, add all of the yolk mixture back to remaining hot milk while stirring with a whisk. Cook over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
Pour into a pitcher. Stir in vanilla, and if adding alcohol, bourbon and brandy.
Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 4 hours though overnight is best. Garnish with additional nutmeg or cinnamon before serving.
Serves: 8 | Serving Size: 1/2 cup (120 mL)
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 129; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 62mg; Sodium: 100mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 5g
Note: Nutrition information includes bourbon & brandy.