For this year’s holiday party, try this healthy eggnog. Made with coconut milk and almond milk instead of unhealthy heavy cream, this eggnog lets you enjoy a holiday treat without guilt.
Full fat coconut milk provides a creamy texture and heart healthy fatty acids. Fatty acids play a role in many of our cellular functions and may have benefit to heart and brain health, depression and mood, and inflammation or joint pain. Coconut milk is one of many sources of these fatty acids, other sources include fatty fish, nuts and seeds and their oils, avocados, and butter. Egg yolks are a nutrient dense addition to this recipe: they add color and texture, and are excellent sources of fat-soluble vitamins, B12, and minerals folate and iron. Studies regarding egg yolk consumption and cholesterol remain varied and controversial but overall the consensus is that moderate consumption of yolks should not have an effect on your serum cholesterol levels. As always, ask your Doctor or Registered Dietitian if you have questions about what’s right for you.Theresa Jackson RD, CSOWM, CDN
- 2 cups canned full-fat coconut milk
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 whole cloves
- 3 allspice berries
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg plus additional for garnish
In a large saucepan, heat the coconut milk, vanilla almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves and allspice over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
In a medium bowl, with a handheld electric mixer, whip the egg yolks until they are light yellow.
With a whisk, whisk constantly, and gradually add about 2 cups of the warmed milk mixture into the egg yolks.
Pour the egg yolk mixture into the remaining milk mixture and whisk to combine. Heat the mixture for 5
minutes, but do not boil. (Boiling will curdle the milk.) Remove from the heat. In a sieve, strain out whole spices. Whisk in the nutmeg.
Transfer to a glass bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Top with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg, if desired.
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe’s nutritional content
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