Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe - Dr. Axe

Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe

Dairy free eggnog

If eggnog makes the list of why you love the holiday season, then you’ve come to the right recipe. Eggnog is rich, sweet and creamy. Typically, those desirable attributes come from things like milk, cream, eggs and sugar in the majority of eggnog recipes.

For this eggnog recipe, we’re definitely keeping the eggs, but instead of conventional cow’s milk, we’re going to be using coconut milk. Instead of sugar, maple syrup and real vanilla bean will provide some natural sweetness.

These changes result in an eggnog that is just as festive and delicious yet totally free of dairy and health-hazardous refined sugar. Diet-wise, with just 5 grams of carbs alongside 26 healthy fats per serving, it qualifies as low-carb, Paleo and even keto.

Warning: This just may be the best dairy-free eggnog recipe you’ve ever tasted!

What Is Eggnog?

Eggnog is traditionally a rich and sweet drink created with milk, cream, egg yolks and egg whites (whipped separately) and sugar. Thanksgiving through Christmas is the classic time to consume eggnog and when you’ll see it on store shelves in the U.S. and Canada.


An alcoholic eggnog recipe (like a brandy eggnog recipe) is also called a spiked eggnog recipe. In addition to brandy, other common alcohols added to eggnog include rum and bourbon. Historically, when alcohol was included in a recipe for eggnog, it was referred to as egg milk punch or milk punch.

Culinary historians aren’t totally sure about eggnog’s exact origins, but most guess that it started in early medieval Britain when they drank posset, a hot beverage consisting of milk curdled with wine or ale and spices. Around the 13th century, monks are said to have begun drinking somewhat of a hot eggnog recipe when they added eggs and figs to the posset mixture.

So what about the name “eggnog”? Well, it includes eggs as a unique and key ingredient, so that explains the “egg,” but the “nog” is possibly derived from “noggin,” which, in the 1600s, meant a small cup or mug. By the late 1700s, the name “eggnog” was here to stay.

You can drink this delicious eggnog by itself or make it for recipes using eggnog such as an eggnog pie recipe.

Key Ingredients

This homemade eggnog recipe is high in protein and healthy fats as well as several essential vitamins. Here are some of the healthy ingredients you’ll be consuming in this amazing dairy-free eggnog:

  • Eggs: What would eggnog be without eggs? If you’re concerned about the safety of this eggnog recipe, the FDA recommends making sure that the eggnog base reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring constantly. Eggs are highly nutritious, providing significant amounts of protein, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D and multiple B vitamins in just a single egg.
  • Maple syrup: Instead of using processed white sugar, this eggnog recipe gets its sweetness from healthier natural sweeteners like maple syrup.
  • Coconut milk: Coconuts and their milk are high in fat, but not cholesterol. Coconuts are an excellent source of  medium-chain fatty acids (or MCFAs), which have been shown to have impressive health benefits. One study published in The Journal of Nutrition demonstrates how these natural fatty acids may have positive effects on both fat loss and weight loss for healthy men and women.
  • Spices: No eggnog recipe would be complete without spices. Cinnamon is not only delicious, it’s also been used medicinally for centuries. It’s the same story with nutmeg and cardamom, two valuable spices that add great flavor.
Eggnog recipe ingredients - Dr. Axe

How to Make Eggnog

This is a non-alcoholic eggnog recipe, so it doesn’t require having any alcohol on hand. To make this easy eggnog recipe, you’ll simply be combining all of the ingredients together, but it will be in a very specific way to ensure that you get a perfectly crafted eggnog.

Before you get started, separate the eggs so the yolks are in one bowl and the whites are in a container for the fridge (make egg white omelettes tomorrow!).

Add the coconut milk (you can also use unsweetened almond milk but it will be thinner) to a large pot over medium-low heat. Then add the almond extract, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Eggnog recipe step 1 - Dr. Axe

Scrape the vanilla bean and put the contents into the pot.

Eggnog recipe step 2 - Dr. Axe

Add the maple syrup and stir. Don’t let the pot come to a boil.

Eggnog recipe step 3 - Dr. Axe

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the four egg yolks. Keep whisking until small bubbles form.

Take a small amount of the hot milk mixture and add it to the egg yolks. Temper the yolks, which means to aggressively whisk the egg yolks while adding the hot liquid.

Eggnog recipe step 5 - Dr. Axe

Once the yolks reach the same temperature, add them into the pot with the hot milk mixture. On medium, allow the mixture to come to a slight boil, and then stir well and remove it from the heat.

Eggnog recipe step 6 - Dr. Axe

Allow the eggnog to cool before chilling it in the fridge. Then let the eggnog sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes to one hour before serving.

Eggnog recipe - Dr. Axe

Top with some optional coconut whipped cream (or use the store-bought version), additional nutmeg and enjoy this rich, festive treat.


Holiday Treats to Serve with Eggnog

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Dairy-free eggnog

Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Tis the season for an eggnog! But rather than the excessive dairy festival that is conventional eggnog, make up this delicious batch of dairy-free eggnog with coconut milk, eggs, maple syrup and cinnamon.


  • 4 cups canned, full-fat coconut milk (or unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 4 egg yolks
  • whipped coconut cream, optional (or use the store-bought version)


  1. In a large pot on medium low, combine milk, almond extract, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla bean and maple syrup. Don’t let the pot come to a boil.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk four egg yolks until small bubbles appear.
  3. Take a small amount of the hot milk mixture and temper the yolks.
  4. Once the yolks reach the same temperature, add the yolks into the pot with the hot milk mixture.
  5. On medium, allow mixture to come to a slight boil and then stir well and remove from heat.
  6. Allow the eggnog to cool before chilling in the fridge.
  7. Let sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes to one hour.
  8. Pour out a serving in a glass and top with optional whipped coconut cream and some additional nutmeg.
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 6 oz (139g)
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 1.6g
  • Sodium: 46mg (3% DV)
  • Fat: 26.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 22.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.2g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 5.1g
  • Cholesterol: 82mg

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  1. Junecooperbennett on

    Don’t do eggs about one year now. Four daily before doctor visit. I already enjoy coconut drinks. No sadly because I have better health!

  2. Jewel Bryant on

    This is an amazing beverage, and with my son recently taken off dairy, he was so happy to have this eggnog as a treat. It is easy to make and turned out perfectly. Hardest part was waiting for it to cool! After I added the tempered yolks to the milk I mixed it well then added the beaten egg whites immediately. No problem with eggs cooking so please don’t hesitate to try it.
    I used canned coconut milk (400 ml) and also a bit of almond milk (100 ml) to bring the volume to correct amount.

  3. Jewel Bryant on

    After I added the tempered yolks to the milk I mixed it well then added the beaten egg whites immediately. No problem with eggs cooking so please don’t hesitate to try it.

    • Ron on

      Whether it comes from a can or a carton matters not. The recipe specifies coconut milk, not cream, which is considerably sweeter, thicker and typically used in desserts.


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