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Eggnog (Dairy Free, Paleo, Primal)

by Deliciously Organic on December 19, 2011

Dairy-Free Eggnog |DeliciouslyOrganic.net (Paleo)


As a kid, I looked forward to the eggnog my mom would buy at our local grocery store. My brothers and I would sprinkle it with nutmeg and drink the thick sweet liquid while listening to Christmas music. My parents would add a little Baileys or Kahlua – I never understood how good that combination was until I grew up a bit.

I hadn’t actually made homemade eggnog until a few days ago. It’s not difficult, but takes a bit of patience to whisk the liquid until it gets thick. All the effort is worth it, though. I mulled over different recipes for several days beforehand and predicted my “perfect” eggnog would include raw yolks. Boy, was I wrong! The cooked eggs create a caramel-custard flavor I couldn’t match with raw yolks. I prefer my eggnog spiked with a little brandy and sprinkled with a bit of nutmeg. Now that’s something I can look forward to.

Dairy-Free Eggnog | DeliciouslyOrganic.net (Paleo)

Eggnog (Dairy Free, Paleo, Primal)

Serving Size: Serves 12

Eggnog (Dairy Free, Paleo, Primal)

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.

Ingredients

    For the eggnog:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 
2 large egg yolks

  • 3/4 cup maple syrup (I prefer Grade B)

  • 4 cups coconut milk or whole milk (if you can tolerate dairy)
  • 1/2 cup brandy (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, whipped into soft peaks (if using coconut milk, use this method to whip)
 (or heavy cream whipped into peaks if you can tolerate dairy)
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Instructions

Whisk eggs, yolks and maple syrup in a large saucepan until combined. Whisk in milk, one cup at a time, blending well after each addition. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until custard registers 160ºF on a candy or instant-read thermometer and thickens, about 25 minutes. (It should coat the back of a spoon.) Pour custard through a sieve into a large bowl. Stir in liquor (if using), vanilla, and nutmeg. Cover tightly and refrigerate until well chilled, at least three hours and up to three days.

Pour eggnog into a punch bowl and top with whipped cream (it will float on top) and sprinkle with nutmeg. Or, pour eggnog into a pitcher and serve in individual glasses. Dollop with a bit of whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.

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Bev Weidner December 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

I could seriously nog my face all over this!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles December 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

This looks delicious! Raw eggs in eggnog make me nervous even when I’m using eggs collected that day. I’ve made cooked eggnog before too and absolutely love it! I will never go a year without making it now that I’ve tried it. I can’t get enough of the nutmeg :D

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VA DE PAN December 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

I’ve never heard about this eggnog recipe, but looks awesome.

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Susan Young@ Cooking in the Florida Heat December 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

Carrie,
The recipe doesn’t show up when I click print. The header does though.

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Deliciously Organic December 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

I fixed it. Thanks!

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Susan Young@ Cooking in the Florida Heat December 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

Thanks Carrie! I am making this today! So excited to try it!

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Kristina Vanni December 19, 2011 at 11:33 am

Anything egg nog…count me in!!

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karen December 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

This sounds terrific! I can’t wait to whip some up, forget about cooling it down, I’m going to use it as creamer in my coffee :) I love a ‘real’ eggnog latte’, not so much into the liquor. Eggnog always brings back memories of going to a great aunts house every Christmas Eve for Aunt Diddie’s famous eggnog. I could never understand why there were too different punch bowls. I learned when I was older, too…One was always “spiked”. Thanks, again!

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Katrina December 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Mmm my grandma used to make this for me when I was little! It still makes me so happy thinking about it :)

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Jill December 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm

The only way I’ve ever made eggnog is this custardy way too. I love the flavor! But I’ve never tried it will maple syrup. Will definitely do that this year.

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Megan @ boho mama December 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

This recipe looks excellent. My dad is a huge eggnog fan, so I promised him I would make a homemade version this year, and this is it! If only I could get him to stop adding Sprite to the mix…

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Susan December 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Raw eggs don’t scare me but this eggnog sounds wonderful. Might have to try it.

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Georgia Pellegrini December 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Just glorious. I love the idea of the raw eggs, bring it on!

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Marla December 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Yay! Homemade eggnog….such a treat i’m sure :)

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Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] December 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm

This looks so decadent. I don’t like eggnog but this post is making me want to like it!

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HeatherChristo December 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

Carrie- I may be willing to give eggnog another try after seeing this recipe!

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Nina Suggs December 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

I’m trying to go as dairy free as possible. Do have a recommendation for any other type of milk? Do you think. Coconut or almond milk would work as well. I’m new to clean eating and have not experimented with substitutions. Thanks

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Deliciously Organic December 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

Coconut milk would be really nice in this recipe. It will have a bit more of a “coconutty” flavor, but it’s a great substitution. If you try it, let me know how it turns out! :)

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TidyMom December 20, 2011 at 9:02 am

This would go great with the eggnog cookies I made! lol
Merry Christmas Carrie!

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aida mollenkamp December 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

I’ve always made raw egg, eggnog on Thanksgiving and waited weeks to have it cure. This recipe sounds so much simpler and more delicious!

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Lucy Lean December 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

this must be a typo – brandy optional – I think not – brandy essential to a great egg nog – cooked or raw!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

This looks and sounds so good. Just pinned it for you

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Jennifer November 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thank you! I’ve been wanting a dairy-free egg nog recipe.

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Kristy December 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Yum! I made this last week, I’m making it again today and I plan to make it at least twice more this Christmas season. It’s delicious.

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Rachel November 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I love eggnog…do you think it would work with just yolks, I can’t have the whites?

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Deliciously Organic November 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

I haven’t tested it, but I think using a total of 10 yolks might work well.

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melissa November 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Hi,

Thank you so much for this recipe. I thought I would have to miss egg nog terribly. What kind of coconut milk do you mean? The kind in the refrigerator in a carton or the thick stuff in a can?

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Justine November 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Hi I’m making this right now. I’m putting it through the sieve and am surprised how much thick custard isn’t going through. Is that normal? I feel like I’m not gonna have that much eggnog!

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Justine November 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Can I do anything with the custard?

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