Indulge in our dairy-free egg nog this holiday season (without the extra calories).  

This time of year is filled with plenty of parties and meals with family and friends. Nothing beats a traditional Christmas song to get you in the mood and if you are prepping for a holiday party, decorating, or just enjoying some down time by the fire, you might want to try this dairy-free cocktail to add to your good times.

Many holiday foods tend to lean toward heavy milk, cream, and butter. This adds to your total calorie intake and often some very upset tummies. The following recipes can be made with traditional milk, however, using the dairy-free version will offer fewer calories, avoid food allergy issues, serve up a drink that won’t promote inflammation, and provide a different yet enjoyable flavor than what most are accustom to. So, whip up this eggnog and start pouring the holiday cheer!


Coconut Milk Eggnog Recipe


  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolk
  • ½ cup liquid honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut whipping cream
  • 1 ½ oz whiskey, rum, or brandy


  1. Whisk eggs, yolks, sweetener and salt together in a large saucepan. Slowly whisk in coconut milk until well combined. Using a thermometer, cook mixture over low heat while stirring constantly until it becomes thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and registers 165F (this can take up to 15 minutes).
  2. Stir in 2 tsp vanilla and nutmeg. Cover tightly with a lid and allow to chill for at least 3 hours.
  3. Just before serving, whip cream and remaining vanilla into soft peaks and gently fold into the egg mixture. Add 1 ½ oz liquor to each glass and pour eggnog over. Stir and sprinkle with grated nutmeg and add a cinnamon stick.

A few varieties:

  • Use almond milk, cashew, or hemp milk instead of coconut milk.
  • For a chai variety, substitute 1 cup of chai tea for 1 cup of milk.
  • Peppermint Eggnog – add in 1 tsp peppermint extract and garnish with crushed candy cane and a peppermint stick

Written by Kimberly Lackey. Lackey is the Founder of EMPATH Coaching and an Integrative Health Coach. She works with individuals and families through coaching, nutritional counseling, motivational speaking and more to build healthier happier lifestyles. Ms. Lackey may be contacted at

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