Diabetes-Friendly RecipesEggnog

Winter Spice Eggnog

Our recipe swaps the dairy for almond milk and a dash of coconut cream.

Rochelle Bilow

Traditional eggnog is packed with sugar and fat: It’s a dessert in a glass. This version keeps it nicely spiced but lightens things up with almond milk. The secret to that oh-so-creamy texture? A small amount of coconut cream!

Serving Size




  • 14 oz. vanilla-flavored almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut cream, skimmed from the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk (see recipe for process)
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg, plus a dash for the garnish
  • ¼ tsp. ginger

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 101 calories; 7.4g fat; 4.6g saturated fat; 0g cholesterol; 130mg sodium; 7.9g carbohydrate; 1.2g fiber; 1.4g protein; 6.1g sugar; 174mg calcium


Step 1Do ahead: Prepare the coconut cream. Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight so that the cream separates from the liquid. (Coconut milk combines at room temperature.) When ready to make the cocktail, carefully open the can to avoid shaking. Use a spoon to transfer ¼ cup cream into a measuring cup. Proceed with the recipe.

Step 2Make the eggnog: Combine the almond milk, coconut cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a small sauce pot. Heat over medium-low, whisking as the coconut milk dissolves and thickens the almond milk. Once the mixture begins to form small bubbles around the edge of the pot, remove from the heat.

Step 3Ladle into two glasses, and top with half of the toasted almonds on each. Finish with a dash of nutmeg.

Rochelle Bilow

Rochelle Bilow

Rochelle Bilow is a recipe developer and food writer who splits her time between New York and Vermont. She is the author of the food and farming memoir, The Call of the Farm, a former New York City line cook, and the former social media manager at Bon Appétit and Cooking Light magazines. She also appeared on season one of Beat Bobby Flay. Connect with Rochelle online at @rochellebilow

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