Make this, Don’t buy that: Eggnog

Merry Christmas!…..and in with keeping in the holiday theme I have chosen the next installment of Make this, Don’t buy that to be a replacement recipe for eggnog! Just a small glass of eggnog carries about 400 calories with it, but the recipe will give you great eggnog for only 90 calories in half a cup. We hope you have a wonderful holiday and that you can now enjoy this delicious guilt-free eggnog!


2 cups nonfat milk

2 large strips orange and/or lemon zest

1 vanilla bean

2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cornstarch

White rum or bourbon (optional)

Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish


Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and the citrus zest in a medium saucepan.

Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds; add the

seeds and pod to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugar and cornstarch in a medium

bowl until light yellow.


Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking

constantly, then pour back into the pan. Place over medium heat and

stir constantly with a wooden spoon in a figure-eight motion until the

eggnog begins to thicken, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and

immediately stir in the remaining 1/2 cup milk to stop the cooking.

Transfer the eggnog to a large bowl and place over a larger bowl of

ice to cool, then chill until ready to serve.


Remove the zest and vanilla pod. Spike the eggnog with liquor, if

desired, and garnish with nutmeg.


Per serving (1/2 cup): Calories 90



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