Eggnog Recipe is Eggless, Dairy-free and Low in Fat
For all your guests who are vegetarians or vegans, who are lactose intolerant, or who are watching their cholesterol, there are eggnog recipes that are both eggless and dairy-free. An added bonus is that they are typically lower in fat and calories than most traditional eggnogs and cholesterol-free.
Eggnog can be healthy and lower in fat
The word “eggnog” literally means “eggs inside a small cup.” Eggnog is often used to toast to one’s health, even though the ingredients in traditional eggnog—cream, milk, eggs, and sugar—result in a drink that is high in fat, calories, and cholesterol. “Nog” is an old English dialect word that once described a strong beer (noggin). Eggnog was first mentioned in the early nineteenth century.
If you choose a traditional eggnog from off the refrigerated shelf at the grocery store, you may be pouring yourself a glass containing more than 400 calories, 20 grams of fat, and 150 mg of cholesterol. Reduced fat and lower calorie versions usually knock off about one-third of the first two values, but the cholesterol lingers.
Or, you could make your own healthier eggnog that is eggless, dairy-less, cholesterol-free, and higher in protein than traditional fare.
- Two 10.5 oz. packages of soft, silken tofu
- 16 oz. vanilla soymilk or almond milk
- 1 Tbs vanilla extract
- 8 to 10 drops stevia liquid
- ¼ tsp ground turmeric
- ½ cup bourbon, rum, or brandy
Combine all the ingredients except the nutmeg in a food processor or blender and process until well mixed. Chill and top with powdered nutmeg.
Regular soft, silken tofu provides 4 to 6 grams of protein, 0 grams saturated fat, and about 40 to 50 calories per 3-ounce serving. You can reduce the calorie count of the tofu in your recipe by about one-third if you use a light tofu.
Regular vanilla soymilk packs about 100 calories per 8-ounce cup, while a light variety has about 70. Almond milk (which is made from nuts, so beware if anyone has a nut allergy) is an even better deal on calories: a mere 35 for unsweetened light and 60 to 90 for regular, depending on the brand.
This recipe uses the herbal no-calorie sweetener stevia instead of sugar, which cuts your sugar and calorie counts. If you prefer to use sugar, ¼ cup is the amount to substitute.
This holiday season, use your noggin and really toast to your health. Try a chilled cup of eggless, dairy-less eggnog and say goodbye to the high fat, high calorie, and high cholesterol eggnogs.