Tis' the season for healthy holiday makeovers, and I dare say that this homemade eggnog would go great with these oatmeal bars while you curl up by the fireplace. Merry Christmas! ~ Emily
Several years ago I hadn’t even heard of eggnog. Now, it's one of my favorite holiday drinks. I used to get the carrageenan and soy filled carton at the store, but it’s easy to make your own nutrient dense homemade eggnog.
Now I’m not much of a drinker, however I don’t think eggnog is eggnog without a splash of rum. You can omit this of course if you’re pregnant or serving it to little ones though. My son doesn’t like homemade eggnog, but he does like eggnog popsicles. I just pop some of the extra in these popsicle molds for an easy and nutritious snack for him.
What makes homemade eggnog so nutritious?
I’m able to buy high quality raw milk locally, so I typically use this in my homemade eggnog. Unpasteurized and non-homogenized milk is full of healthy fats, protein, the eight essential amino acids, healthy fats including conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), minerals, vitamins A, D, and most B’s, enzymes and cholesterol. If you’re not sure if milk is good for you, you can check out Emily’s article on the subject here.
Eggs are one of our main sources of protein because they’re readily available and affordable. Growing up we ate conventional eggs of course, but my family has since switched to free range and usually local eggs. You want to look for chickens that are free to roam and eat bugs and aren’t fed GMO corn or soy feed.
Not only do eggs provide 8 grams of protein, but they supply the body with healthy fats and necessary cholesterol. Little brains (and big brains too!) need cholesterol to develop and function properly. They’re also high in B vitamins, selenium and phosphorous (source).
I’ve included coconut oil in here because it gives the homemade eggnog an extra creamy foam on top. There are plenty of reasons to love coconut oil, and I use it every day for so many things. You can read more about the health benefits of coconut oil here.
Homemade eggnog ingredients
- 2 T. spiced rum (optional)
- 2 cups pastured, full fat raw milk (can sub cashew or almond if dairy free)
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
- 5 raw egg yolks
- 2-3 T. maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
Homemade eggnog method
- Combine all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth and foamy. I like more cinnamon in mine, so I use 1/2 tsp, but try 1/4 tsp first and adjust as preferred.
- Pour into your favorite cups and sprinkle with some additional nutmeg and cinnamon.
Jamie Larrison blogs at The Herbal Spoon. She has a passion for herbalism and aromatherapy and creates her own plant-based, safe for the whole family bodycare items for her etsy shop. Learn more about Jamie here.