This post is sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market. All thoughts and ideas are my own.
This low sugar dairy free chocolate eggnog recipe is so delicious, you’ll never know if has half the sugar of regular eggnog!
Do you love that classic egg flavor or chocolate eggnog, but not all that sugar? This chocolate eggnog is not only lower sugar but also dairy free and gluten free so everyone can enjoy it!
This almond milk eggnog is so good!
If you’re looking for a fun holiday drink that won’t leave you feeling sluggish, you’re going to love my chocolate eggnog recipe below. It’s super smooth and the nutmeg and chocolate go together perfectly… with a little hint of coconut!
Does eggnog usually have dairy?
Yes. Traditional eggnog uses heavy cream or whole milk. I explain below why I used almond milk for this particular recipe.
How many carbs are in eggnog?
Traditional eggnog has on average over 20g of sugar and about 35g carbohydrate in just one 8 fl oz. cup.
Is eggnog healthy?
In the traditional sense of the word, no eggnog wouldn’t be something I’d call healthy, but if you’ve been around here long enough, you know I don’t really like to use that word to describe individual recipes. Can you still eat a balanced diet and enjoy a few glass of eggnog this holiday season? Absolutely!
Is eggnog gluten free?
Most eggnog recipes are gluten free. And, while most store-bought versions are gluten free as well, it’s always best to double check on the carton. Sometime the store-bought versions have added fillers that are not gluten free.
Can eggnog be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze eggnog, including my recipe for chocolate eggnog below! It will keep in a sealed container (with a little extra room left for expansion when frozen) for up to 6 months. If you plan to add alcohol, I’d leave that out and add it in when you’ve defrosted just before serving.
Why make a dairy free eggnog?
I chose go with a dairy free recipe here because I was trying to cut down on the amount of total carbohydrate and sugar in this recipe. I love milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. and really enjoy eating them but when it comes to beverages that need some amount of sweetener, I prefer to go with an unsweetened almond milk and then have more control over how much sweetener I add. In this chocolate eggnog recipe it’s maple syrup.
The trick with almond milk eggnog recipes
Now, the problem with an almond milk chocolate eggnog recipe is that if you only used almond milk it wouldn’t have as rich of a creamy taste as we’re used to with eggnog. SO, we also need to add in a bit of coconut cream for the perfect consistency and texture.
Low sugar chocolate eggnog benefits
Making a lower sugar version of chocolate eggnog lessens the possibility of intense blood sugar swings, which means you’re less likely to experience energy slumps or sugar crashes like we might see with traditional eggnog.
Diabetes friendly eggnog
If you want to make this recipe even more diabetes friendly, you could add in some vanilla or chocolate protein powder to up the protein content!
My dairy free eggnog recipe
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, maple syrup, coconut cream, almond milk, nutmeg, and cocoa powder (and alcohol if using) until it is one uniform consistency and starts to get a little bit frothy. Set aside.
Add your egg whites to a large glass mason jar or a medium sized bowl and using a stand mixer with whisk, hand mixer, or immersion blender froth the egg whites until it forms a foam that is no longer liquid. Gently fold the frothed egg whites into the chocolate mixture that is in the other bowl.
Divide your eggnog into 4 glasses and top each with additional nutmeg or whipped cream (use non-dairy if needed) if you’d like. Enjoy!
Other ways to make low sugar eggnog
You could also try using a non-nutritive sweetener (sugar substitute) of some sort, or another unsweetened nut milk like cashew milk or coconut milk.
And if you’re in the mood for a diabetes friendly hot chocolate, make sure to check out my Low Sugar Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate!
Low Sugar Dairy-Free Chocolate Eggnog
- 4 large eggs yolks and whites separated
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup coconut cream
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Optional: 4oz. Bourbon or whiskey
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, maple syrup, coconut cream, almond milk, nutmeg, and cocoa powder (and alcohol if using) until it is one uniform consistency and starts to get a little bit frothy. Set aside.
- Add your egg whites to a large glass mason jar or a medium sized bowl and using a stand mixer with whisk, hand mixer, or immersion blender, froth the egg whites until it forms a foam that is no longer liquid. Gently fold the frothed egg whites into the chocolate mixture that is in the other bowl.
- Divide your eggnog into 4 glasses and top each with additional nutmeg or whipped cream (use non-dairy if needed) if you’d like. Enjoy!
- See post above for storage and freezing instructions.