Guest post by Dena Norton
Eggnog seems to be a love-hate thing.
Well, starting now, it’s a love-LOVE thing.
This easy, classic eggnog recipe is thick and rich, with the perfect amount of natural sweetness and warm holiday spice — eggnog fans and skeptics alike will find it irresistible!
The raw cream and pastured egg yolks give it a beautiful color and creamy texture; the honey and maple syrup add it a light, natural sweetness; and the nutmeg and cloves bring in just enough warm, holiday spice.
Add all those together, and this truly is the ultimate holiday beverage! (If chocolate’s more your style, check out my other favorite holiday drink!)
As a child, I looked forward to eggnog each Christmas season. The funny thing was, I never wanted more than a couple of sips of it. As an adult, I’ve realized the turnoff is because “eggnog” in the dairy case at the grocery store is overly sweet, artificially flavored, and nothing like the real thing.
In preparation for this post, I bought a carton of eggnog just to give it one more try. The color and flavor was so fake, I could hardly swallow it. And it’s no wonder – here’s what was on the ingredient list:
Milk, Cream, Skim Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Less than 2% of Natural and Artificial Flavors, Nutmeg, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Mono- and Diglycerides, Annatto and Turmeric.
In contrast, real eggnog like this one, made with the highest quality wholesome ingredients, is altogether outstanding!
Eggnog is the Perfect (Easy!) Holiday Treat!
The other thing I love about this recipe is that it’s so easy, your kids could make it (hey, there’s an idea!). Unlike some eggnog recipes, it requires no cooking – just toss everything in the blender and give it a whirl. I chill it for a few hours in the blender pitcher, then give it another quick blend just before serving.
The end product is plenty thick and creamy for my liking, but you could also whip some extra cream and fold it in just before serving if that’s your thing.
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If my first batch of eggnog hadn’t vanished so quickly, I would have tried some out in the ice cream machine, too. I can’t imagine it being anything but fabulous.
I love this classic eggnog any time of day, but it’s really wonderful cuddled up by the fire with your husband and a few holiday cookies after the kids go to bed.
Best Classic Eggnog (easy, no-cook, refined sugar free)
- 2 cups raw cream (or 1 cup milk + 1 cup heavy cream)
- 8 pastured egg yolks
- 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 dash ground nutmeg to taste, plus more for garnish
- 1 generous pinch ground cloves to taste
- pinch sea salt
- Blend all ingredients, first on low for about 20 seconds, then on high for another 20 seconds. Chill before serving (I chill mine in the pitcher attachment for my blender, then give it a quick whirl just before serving).
- Serve chilled in small glasses with a dash of ground nutmeg on top.
This recipe makes approximately 30 oz. It's plenty thick for my liking but, if you want to add even more thick, creamy goodness, fold in a bit of whipped cream just before serving.
For more favorite (healthy) holiday recipes, check out my new ebook!
Have you made homemade eggnog? What are your favorite ways to enjoy this classic holiday beverage?
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