Low-Fat Eggnog Pancakes for Christmas


For many people, it just isn’t Christmas without eggnog pancakes. Making eggnog pancakes is one way to use up any leftover eggnog—if there is any left over!

History of Eggnog
Eggnog means “eggs inside a small cup,” and it is used as a toast to one’s health. Eggnog is believed to have originated in England, where it was mostly enjoyed by the upper class. It descended from a hot British beverage called posset, which contains milk, eggs, ale, or wine. Eggnog in the United States consists of milk or cream, eggs beaten with sugar, and some type of liquor. In some parts of the world, such as Puerto Rico, eggnog is made with coconut milk. In Mexico, eggnog is known as rompope and contains Mexican cinnamon and rum or grain alcohol. In Peru, eggnog is made with a brandy called pisco.

Low-Fat Eggnog
If you can’t find low-fat eggnog in the stores or you want to make your own, here is a recipe.

3 cups nonfat milk
½ cup egg substitute, such as Egg Beaters
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of stevia, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon rum extract (optional)
In a saucepan, heat the milk and egg substitute. Stir continuously until it thickens slightly. Stir in the stevia, vanilla, rum extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Remove from heat, cover, and place in the refrigerator until the eggnog is cool.


Eggnog Pancakes
Many people are fighting an expanding waistline, but they still want to enjoy the seasonal favorite foods. Here is an eggnog pancake recipe that cuts some of the calories.

Butter-flavored spray
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1 1/3 cups low-fat eggnog
2 eggs
Pinch salt
No-sugar added fruit jam or low-calorie maple syrup

Melt the one tablespoon of butter and set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl and stir well. In another bowl, pour in the eggnog and beat in the eggs. Stir in the melted butter and pour the eggnog mixture into the dry ingredients. Whisk well.

Heat a nonstick frying pan or griddle and spray with no-calorie butter-flavored spray. Pour about ¼ cup of the batter into the pan for each pancake. After a few minutes you should see bubbles on the surface of the pancakes. When you do, turn the pancakes over and cook for a few more minutes on the other side. Serve hot with no-sugar added fruit jam or low-calorie maple syrup.

For many people, eggnog and eggnog pancakes are a Christmas tradition. When you reduce the fat and sugar, you get a healthier treat. Merry Christmas.



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