I just love the holidays. I mean, how could you not?! People are typically more happy, giving, and generally nicer this time of year (except for Black Friday. The devil comes out of some people!) Then there’s all of the yummy holiday treats we get to indulge in. It’s practically encouraged with all the Christmas parties, cookie exchanges, gingerbread house building, etc..
For us, eggnog is one of those “must-haves” during the holidays. My kids beg for it as soon as we pass it in the milk section at the grocery store. I buy the regular one, but since I can’t handle a lot of dairy I will opt for Silk brand or one of the other dairy free nogs whenever they’re on sale. They’re pretty pricey on average.
Making homemade eggnog was a foreign concept until a few years ago. For some reason it seemed like one of those items that you could only pick up at the store…kind of like cow or goat milk. I don’t know why I thought that…Like there’s an animal that produces eggnog or something, haha! I guess it’s that I had never heard of people making it before, but I saw it made in an episode on Food Network and I immediately put on my “to-make” list (along with the other fifty thousand recipes I plan to make someday;)
I finally made my own dairy and refined sugar free version of eggnog recently and I must admit that I don’t know what took me so long! It is SO good, like even better than the one from the store! I know that doesn’t mean much since most everything homemade is better than store-bought, but I was surprised, especially since it was pretty easy to make! The most tedious part is standing by the stove and stirring it often as it cooks over low heat. It takes a good 20-25 minutes to slowly heat to the right temperature which cooks the eggs thoroughly. I know most recipes use raw eggs, but I’ve never liked the idea of taking that kind of risk with my family, so I make sure it heats up high enough to kill any bacteria. Also, I prefer my eggnog cold, so waiting for it to chill is also pretty difficult for this impatient girl, but other than those two things, this recipe is very simple!
If you like eggnog and are looking for a healthier version, give this a try! It’s a new favorite in our house and I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we did!
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