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Makeover Eggnog

If traditional eggnog is too rich for your tastes, give our lighter version a try. It boasts one-third fewer calories, only a quarter of the fat and less than half the cholesterol, but is still a satisfying frothy blend that's sure to please.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    18 servings (about 3 quarts)


  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 quarts 2% milk
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 4 cups fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Gradually whisk in milk and eggs until smooth. Cook and stir over low heat until a thermometer reads 160°, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in extracts. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.
  • Just before serving, strain eggnog mixture; stir in the cream and nutmeg. Pour into glasses.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 197 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Foreverdixie
    Dec 17, 2012

    This was excellent! Much better than the store bought eggnog and easy to make too. I used fat-free milk, further lowering the fat content. YUM!

  • yankees123
    Nov 8, 2010

    I found this recipe in the back of a Guidepost book around five years ago. I'm was never an eggnog person. I started making this orginally for my special needs son, but has become a family favorite since the first time I made it. This morning my son asked me to make eggnog, and make it good!! So I am going to start my eggnog earlier this year. When he gets home from school, he'll have this treat. You have got to try it.

  • joyheart
    Jan 1, 2010

    We couldn't believe how much this tastes like the real thing! I used Almond Milk instead of the 2%, which is another reduction in calories but still has enough fat content to make it creamy. Will definitely be passing this recipe on.

  • tr96oyrg
    Dec 7, 2009

    I have been making this recipe from my Light and Tasty cookbook for several years. It is easy to make if you are patient and careful not to scorch. Very tasty! It has become a family favorite for those who enjoy eggnog. My husband has already requested it and it is just after Thanksgiving so I am glad to find the recipe online as I do not have my cookbook nearby.