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Egg-free eggnog

Egg-free Paleo Eggnog

This Egg-free Paleo Eggnog is a favorite around here during the holidays! It is creamy and deliciously spiced. This eggnog is dairy-free and made without any refined sugars, and can be served hot or chilled, with or without rum. It is also high in collagen protein, so you can feel good about enjoying this holiday drink.

Dairy-free, egg-free eggnog

The main ingredient in this eggnog recipe is coconut milk. It is a great alternative to cow’s milk and it contains healthy saturated fats, iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It also contains medium-chain triglycerides which may aid weight loss by balancing your microbiome and blood sugar levels and by lowering your appetite. Coconut milk is also high in electrolytes, which help balance fluids in the body, and it may have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic benefits.

If you are following the Paleo diet or can tolerate tree nuts, you can also use unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk instead of coconut milk for this recipe.

Eggnog typically contains eggs, which help thicken the milk. Instead of eggs, I use arrowroot starch for this recipe. Just two tablespoons is enough to thicken the milk a little and give it a great eggnog texture. Even if you plan on serving this eggnog chilled, you need to heat the ingredients first to get the arrowroot starch to thicken the milk. It takes just 5 minutes to simmer the eggnog, and the results are always worth it.

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Protein eggnog

I like to add a tablespoon of collagen protein to this eggnog. It dissolves instantly in the eggnog and doesn’t add any flavor or aftertaste, but it does add 4 important amino acids to this eggnog drink. These amino acids help repair and strengthen muscles and promote healthy hair, skin, and nails. So enjoy this holiday eggnog knowing you’re nourishing your body with healthy protein!

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Eggnog spices

The spices that give eggnog the classic wonderful, warming flavors are ground cinnamon, ginger, anise, cloves, and nutmeg. These spices are not only delicious, but good for your bodies, too. They have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. They also contain antioxidants, which protect the body from oxidative stress and free radicals.

You can omit any of the spices to taste, but the main spices that I recommend using are cinnamon and nutmeg, and a bit of ginger for a touch of heat.

Eggnog serving ideas and garnish

This eggnog can be served hot as soon as it is prepared, or it can be chilled. Both are equally delicious, and it all depends on your preference! I like to serve the eggnog with a garnish of a cinnamon stick, and to rim the glass or mug with ground cinnamon. To do this, simply add a little water to a shallow bowl and a teaspoon or two of ground cinnamon to another shallow dish. Dip the rim of the mug or glass into the water, and then into the cinnamon. Then carefully pour the eggnog into the glass, without disturbing the cinnamon rim.

Another fun serving idea is to froth the eggnog to give it a foamy topping. I recommend pouring most of the eggnog into the serving glasses, and then frothing just a little bit. This way, the eggnog won’t splash out of your container while being frothed. Just pour or spoon the frothy eggnog to top off the glass, and enjoy!

This eggnog is a great drink to serve during the holiday season, and goes great with spiced desserts, such as Paleo Apple Cider Donuts, Pumpkin Spice Ginger Snap Cookies, or Paleo Pumpkin Muffins.

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Egg-free eggnog

Egg-free Paleo Eggnog


2 servings

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

5 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups coconut milk unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup *avoid if following The Myers Way®
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 tbsp The Myers Way® Collagen Protein
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon plus extra for rimming the glass
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp star anise
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 to 3 oz light rum *avoid if following The Myers Way®


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together all the ingredients. Heat over medium heat until the mixture reaches a gentle simmer, whisking frequently. Stir in rum, if using. Pour into a mug or glass and enjoy hot, or chill until serving.

  2. Optional serving and garnish ideas:
    1. Add some water to a shallow bowl, and some ground cinnamon to another shallow bowl. Dip the rim of the glass into water, then into cinnamon. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
    2. Pour most of the eggnog into your glass, then use a milk frother to froth the rest of the eggnog. Spoon the frothy eggnog to top off the eggnog.

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