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Healthy Eggnog!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way

No sugar, no dairy, no raw eggs... A healthy alternative to traditional eggnog. Surprisingly, it's really good!   http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/12/06/healthy-eggnog/

Come July, I’ll still be drinking this sweet Christmas-y shake, because it is that good.

Might need a new song, though.

healthy eggnog protein shake!

Let’s go surfin now, everybody’s learning how, come on and safari with meeeeeee…

Or not.

Maybe I’ll just stick to the Christmas carols in July as well. Yes, drinking homemade eggless eggnog on the beach while singing Christmas carols. I can hardly wait!

healthy eggnog

Healthy Eggnog

(Single-serving and high in protein!)

  • 1 cup milk of choice (240g) (Use a thicker milk for best taste. Silk almondmilk works well. Coconut milk (the full-fat kind that comes in a can) works well too. Or you can do 1/2 milk and 1/2 Silk creamer for a deliciously-rich shake (240g)
  • 1/2 cup Mori-Nu silken-firm tofu (There are a few soy-free substitutions for this recipe. See “nutrition info” link below for all options.) (120g)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (2g) (omit if desired)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp xylitol or sugar (8g)
  • 1 nunaturals stevia packet, or 1 tbsp sugar (or evaporated cane juice, coconut sugar, etc.)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp each nutmeg and ginger
  • 1/16 tsp (tiny dash) cloves
  • optional: a little rum if desired

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. (I used a Magic Bullet. If you don’t have a blender, perhaps you can use silken tofu and just stir by hand.) Drink cold, or heat if desired. Recipe is single-serving and can be sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, cholesterol-free, low-fat, and gluten-free. And no raw eggs! For troubleshooting, substitutions, and nutrition facts, see link below:

View Healthy Eggnog Nutrition Facts

vegan eggnog

Come on baby, surfin safari…

Question of the Day: Any Oldies music fans out there?

I just read an article on Brian Wilson, so now all the Beach Boys songs are stuck in my head. Not exactly appropriate for December, but it’s been so warm recently that singing Frosty the Snowman doesn’t seem suitable either.

Link of the Day:

lemon bars
………….Healthy Lemon Squares

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. What a great recipe! I’d been planning to try a different one that I came across that uses avocados, but they can be so expensive! This might just do the trick :)

    Thanks, as always!

    1. You could still add some avocado to this recipe to make it extra creamy!

  2. Amy McCann says:

    I don’t like eggnog or tofu, but I’m totally game to try it!! I have tofu in the fridge to make your cheesecake and yet there it still sits. Thinking I’ll make the shake for breakfast for my 4 girls. WE LOVE ALL YOUR STUFF KATIE!! Seriously, almost everyday we have a CCK recipe :) Thank you for what you do, I tell everyone about your sight!

  3. Dana says:

    Oh, I am so excited to try this! Eggnog was one of my top five things about Christmas when I was kid. But now I’m mostly egg-free/ lactose intolerant so the traditional kind isn’t really an option. Thanks!! :)

  4. I’ve never had eggnog before, but there’s a first time for everything. May just have to be this year! :)

  5. Lea says:

    I’ve never been a big fan of eggnog but this recipe might make me a convert :) Eggnog sounds much tastier without the raw egg!

  6. Oh my, I love eggnog, but always feel just a little yucky after downing my entire glass. What a fantastic solution! Eggnog for breakfast please!
    For old music, I’m all about the classic carols right now! Dean Martin, please sing me your Christmas tunes (thank you Pandora!)

  7. laura says:

    looks great, i love all those flavours! out of curiosity, whats the lemon juice for?

    1. It adds a nice flavor kick. But I know people don’t always have lemon juice on hand, and the shake will still be good without it.

  8. Maya says:

    Quick question- if you heated it, would the tofu cook and be a scrambled tofu texture? Or does blending it with everything else prevent this?

    1. Taylor says:

      No, the tofu wouldn’t scramble.

    2. It didn’t scramble when I heated it :).

      1. Jamie says:

        Mine became thicker when I heated it, but I liked the thicker texture, more like real eggnog! I just stirred it before drinking and it was good. I also felt it became sweeter when I heated it.

  9. kimthevegan says:

    This looks super tasty! I’m soy-free and appreciate the substitutions (the cashew one sounds especially good to me).
    As it’s December, I’m on the holiday-tune mix, so my oldies consist of Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe & Nat King Cole.

  10. Kerry says:

    Im so in love with eggnog but now that Im eating healthy and clean, I cant justify drinking the unhealthy store bought versions. Thank you for this! I, too, will be drinking eggnog in the summer …basically all year. :)

  11. Taylor says:

    This looks great! I don’t usually like the Silk eggnog that much but I will definitely try this with some rum over the holidays!

  12. Wow – this looks and sounds amazing!! Thank you so much for this, we are spending xmas with the in laws and i want to make some recipes that will be yummy but healthy – this one is definitely going on my recipe list!

  13. Terri says:

    My grandma always said “You have to have a little Nog in it”. That meant bourbon! She made ridiculously rich & tasty homemade egg nog, and even us kids got a little taste of the “nog”! Now that I’m vegan, I’ll have to try your version, with a little nog of course!

    Also, the Bare Naked Ladies song “Brian Wilson” is now stuck in my head, thanks! 😉

  14. I have never ever had eggnog before!
    I love 80’s music. Not exactly crazy old, but I love it!

  15. krista says:

    i have been a huge fan of the beach boys and brian wilson forever! it’s funny – brian wilson actually walks around the park right by my parents house twice a day EVERYDAY, and no one even notices or cares. it’s like there’s a living john lennon just strolling around, and people just assume he’s some old nut…

  16. I’ve been searching all over for a good “eggless” eggnog…I’m not vegan and I don’t have any allergies (in fact, I eat eggs all the time and love them!), but the whole “raw egg” deal makes me a little uneasy. Plus, so many of the brands of eggnog at the grocery store are made with HFCS and all sorts of other highly processed ingredients…Fine for a once-in-a-while treat but not if you would like to drink eggnog daily throughout the holiday season! 😉 I finally discovered Silk Nog, which tastes delicious and has a relatively short ingredient list, but I’ll have to try your version as well! Thanks, Katie!

  17. Trudy Holtz says:

    This is great Katie! Thank you for putting this up. I have never liked real eggnog, but this has so much more fun in it. I think I’ll put bourbon in mine…and a little maple syrup for my nieces!

    My favorite holiday song is Pearl Bailey and Five Pound Box of Money. Have a great holiday! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWLfSInlZ6Y

  18. I have made my own eggnog with tofu before, but I made mine much thicker!

  19. Allison says:

    This recipe is amazing!! I love eggnog, but can’t drink the traditional kind.
    And I love oldies… I may be in my twenties, but basically all I listen to is 60s, 70s and Sinatra! They’re still popular for a reason.

  20. trajayjay says:

    I don’t know too much old music

    But I think a lot of the new stuff on the radio is trash and it sounds like a robot being tortured, while a guy sings about how good sex or money is.

  21. Amber says:

    I love eggnog and can’t wait to try this, but can I tell you how excited I am to have a recipe that uses a smaller amount of Mori-nu? The ones I have made recently (baked french toast, lemon squares) all use a cup and I have probably a half cup begging to be used!

  22. Brittany says:

    Does this egg nog have the same creamy texture as normal egg nog? Or is it just the flavor that’s right?

    1. It depends on the milk you choose. I haven’t had traditional eggnog in years, but I have had Silk nog and I can say that with the Silk almondmilk it is comparable to the Silk nog. If you use canned coconut milk or add some creamer, it is even creamier than the Silk nog.

  23. Kristin says:

    Hi Katie. Is there a soy substitute I can use? I’m not supposed to have tofu.

    1. Kacey says:

      Hi Kristin, I’m not Katie but if you click the “View Nutrition Information” link (under the ingredient list) she gives a few substitution suggestions.

  24. Verenique B says:

    this looks delicious! does it taste like egg nog?? or more like a shake?

    1. I haven’t had traditional eggnog in years, so the only thing I have to go by is Silk nog (as well as asking others’ opinions). Based on all of this, I think it tastes like eggnog.

  25. Wow!!! This looks soooo good!!! I am definitely going to try to try this! However, I actually have never had eggnog, due to the fact that I thought it would taste like, well, eggs! And though I like most types of eggs, I wouldn’t like to try it in a shake. :) But, I’d really like to try this shake!

    By the way, I wonder if it’d be possible to make a healthy s’more shake? All the recipes I’ve looked up have marshmallow fluff, which I can’t find here! Plus, it isn’t that healthy… at all. :) Maybe it’d be easier to use vegan chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers… Who knows!

    1. Hmmm… I can try! I have marshmallow extract, so I wonder if that would work.

  26. Yum! This is a must try! Love eggnog for the holidays!!

  27. Diane says:

    I just saw this on Veg News’ Pinterest board! I can’t wait to try this over the weekend. Thanks for all the amazing recipes! :-)

  28. I haven’t made my own eggnog before. This looks easy enough for me to make. Bookmark this page for sure.

  29. Gina says:

    I just have to comment on how much I appreciate your extra nutrition facts/substitutions link. It’s so thoughtful of you to include all that information and I realize the extra work that goes into it. You even manage to do it without distracting from the post and original recipe.

    Thank you for all your hard work and wonderful recipes!!!

  30. Nicole says:

    Thank you for this! I’m lactose intolerant, and I’ve been pining away for eggnog for years.

  31. Just once did I make “real” eggnog, and knowing what goes into it makes it so unappealing, no matter how good it tastes. Your version looks fantastic! I bet this would be so amazing with coconut milk. Ooh – maybe even a pudding version, using whipped coconut milk!

  32. Caroline says:

    I’ve been missing eggnog sooo much! I just made this but used chia seeds instead of the tofu option and 2 stevia packets:) let me tell you it’s amazing! It tastes more like eggnog then I was expecting. Yum thank you!

  33. I adore eggnog,but I usually don’t drink it because it makes me feel nauseous in the end (probably because of the alcohol). Thank godness you came up with this recipe so I can easily enjoy an eggnog-y treat while it’s even healthy! Yay! :)

  34. Lisa B says:

    I only ever used to listen to oldies (50s, 60s & 70s) but that radio station chained after something like 40 years :( Now I don’t have one I like to listen to…I’ve switched to classical music at dinner time.

  35. My husband loves eggnog and protein shakes, can’t wait to surprise him with this!

  36. Lia says:

    This is great. We never were much for Eggnog, so I actually never tried the real stuff. My first experience drinking it was after I was vegan and I loved it! I’m all for a heartier healthier version than the sugary stuff in the stores too. Thanks, as usual!

  37. Nicole says:

    I love the holiday-themed fun! Question… do you think you’ll be creating a healthy gingerbread or ginger-molasses type cookie this year? I’m desperate for a good recipe!

    1. It’s on my to-do list, but I don’t know if I’ll get to it this year. I really want to… I also have gingerbread cake on my to-do list. The list is long :(.

  38. Okay i love eggnog and I can’t wait to make this! Will report back ASAP. 😉

  39. Megan says:

    Whoa. I totally made this yesterday for dinner and before even seeing your post. I actually had about 1/4 cup of silk nog left and used that plus some almond milk with the tofu. And then to make it super sweet and creamy I added a small banana. So I guess not exactly the same but I am on your wavelength girl!! Great recipe, as usual.

  40. Mmmm … I’m a healthy egg nog protein shake fan. I usually make mine like a raw vegan shake and add a little protein powder to it. Yours looks delicious.

    Oh, and I also like oldies. It never really gets old.

  41. Fabolous recipe! I’m not an eggnog fan, but my family loves it and I would feel so much better making it for them healthy!

  42. Ed says:

    Have to admit my eyebrow went up when i read healthy eggnog…but looks like you nailed it!! looks awesome and tasty!

  43. Kacey says:

    Can’t wait to make this! I love the taste of silk nog, but the texture just isn’t right. I bet the tofu makes this one nice and thick.

  44. Kelley says:

    Katie, I just made it and it was awesome! I left out the cloves (didn’t have any) and used honey and coconut sugar as the sweeteners. One of my favorite things is those ridiculously expensive eggnog lattes from Starbucks. Bet I can play with this recipe and make my own.

  45. How do you measure 1/2 cup of tofu?

    1. Either with a food scale, or by smushing it fully into a measuring cup.

  46. Flo says:

    i’m very excited to try this! i wonder if it will work for subbing out the unhealthy stuff in a baked recipe?

    1. I don’t know… I’m now curious as well. If you try it first in pancakes or ice cream or anything else, please do report back!

  47. I love oldies! i don’t love eggnog but this I gotta try!

  48. I used to love the silk egg nog thing, but this sounds delicious, too!

  49. Update: when I tried this with almond milk, I wasn’t sold. Then, since I had already made 2.5 times the recipe, I added a can of coconut milk and more sugar and omg it was perfect!! Just like Christmas is supposed to taste, minus the cruelty and cholesterol! Plus, I know exactly what went in it, no overpriced store ” for me :-)

  50. The Beach Boy’s “Kokomo” is one of my all-time favorite songs!!

  51. Colleen B says:

    I am a little surprised at the thought that tofu might be better for you than raw eggs. Now, grocery store eggs, sure. But pastured, organic eggs from a farm near you…that is another story. Soy is just not what is has been cracked up to be. http://www.foodrenegade.com/dangers-of-soy/. This is just one example…google “Dangers of soy” and you find lots. I do enjoy your recipes, I just think this one didn’t hit the mark.

    1. Hi Colleen,

      This is my stance on soy: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2009/06/09/processed-foods-and-soybeans-and-tofu-oh-my/

      As for eggs, I am also a vegan so not eating eggs isn’t just due to health reasons. (Plus, many people like me live in urban areas and don’t have access to farm-fresh eggs.)

  52. Claire says:

    I LOVE EGGNOG! and I really like the silk eggnog,but i decided to try this and it is even better!! New favorite recipe for eggnog. will be making this quite often!
    p.s. have you ever thought of making eggnog pancakes? I would be excited if you did!
    thanks!

  53. Saraquill says:

    It seems rather similar ingredient wise to a couple of other shakes you’ve posted. Could you elaborate on the different between this and say, a chai shake or the vegan frosty?

    1. Ann says:

      Not trying to be rude, so please don’t take this as a criticism, but why do you need someone to spell it out for you? Can’t you just look at the recipes yourself to see how they differ?

    2. I actually used the frosty as a base when starting out with the eggnog experiments. I find that, when creating recipes (any recipes), it’s best to use a good base if you already have one, as opposed to completely reinventing the wheel.

      Didn’t look at the chai shake at all when making this one, so I can’t say whether or not those two are similar.

  54. KM Duff says:

    I made this with Simply Organic Firm Tofu and Silk Vanilla Milk. this morning and it was delicious!

  55. Violet says:

    Hey! Love the pictures on this one, look delish!

    So I just have a small suggestion, I think it would be cool if you changed the name of your facebook page so that it doesn’t have the word diet in it. I feel like if I joined the group people would think I’m trying to go on a diet, you know? That’s just kept me form joining your facebook page so I think it might be more popular if you just took out the word diet. 😀

    1. I really (really really really) wish I could change that title. I’ve googled, asked around, even emailed facebook. The problem is that facebook won’t let you change a page name once it has more than 200 likes.

      I originally named it that way because I was thinking of a diet based on chocolate… but almost immediately, I regretted it and wanted to change it to Chocolate-Covered Katie. I’ll never stop looking for a way, and hopefully they will someday change their rules (or find my long-lost email lol)!

  56. emily says:

    I just made this with skim milk and it was DELICIOUS! Absolutely perfect taste and thickness. I used 4 packets of Truvia, and it was a little too sweet so I diluted it with more milk. So much better (and of course healthier) than all the high fructose corn syrup versions.

  57. Kathy says:

    I’ve never had eggnog before, and whenever I tell my friends, they literally gasp in disbelief! I would totally make this if only I had tofu in my fridge.
    My dad is a huge oldies music (well, the rock + heavy metal oldies), and my older teachers love The Beatles!

  58. Claire says:

    Hey Katie!
    I’ve got an award for you over at my blog http://www.skinny-vegan-food.com/2012/12/one-lovely-blog-award.html
    Feel free to play along or ignore it if you want!
    Love & smiles xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Claire! Happy Monday :)

  59. Sydney says:

    This was so good! Just got done scarfing down a cup, than you so much for the amazing recipe!

  60. Mmmh, that sounds tasty!

    Are you going to post your Mac and Cheese recipe soon? It looked so good in your Thanksgiving post and I’m definitely in the mood for comfort food :).

  61. Rachel says:

    I love Oldies – and somehow have the knack for remembering all the words of the songs! Will be good for when I make this delicious Eggnog – I haven’t had eggnog in years, due to all the no-no’s in it for me! Thanks Katie, I have told a ton of people about your blog, and will continue to- THANK YOU from so many people…:)

  62. I’ve never had either healthy or unhealthy eggnog but now I’m tempted to try your healthy version!

  63. petrina says:

    Just wanted to say that I tried this milkshake the other day and was a little skeptical about it tasting like eggnog, but it really does! I love putting tofu in my shakes now, it makes them so creamy and thick. I also tried the chocolate one, delicious! Thanks for the great recipes and keep them coming!

  64. Jody says:

    Where do you get your coconut meat????

    1. You can buy Thai coconuts at Whole Foods or at Asian grocery stores.

  65. Andrea says:

    Oh wow, Katie! I am so glad I found the MoriNu tofu! Living in such a small northern town, it took me awhile to track some down. I had tried the regular refrigerated tofu in other recipes like this and it just turns out awful. With the MoriNu, this is a wonderful drink! I still can’t convince my husband to try it (he is very anti-tofu), but I guess that just means more for me!

  66. Amber says:

    Has anyone tried using this as the base in Katie’s Pumpkin Baked French Toast? I am thinking of doubling the eggnog recipe and using it instead of the pumpkin mixture for Christmas morning, but wondered if anyone else had tried and had any recommendations?

    1. Amber says:

      Just in case anyone is interested, I did use the eggnog for Christmas morning and it turned out great! I tripled the eggnog recipe, used the bread from the pumpkin french toast (added an extra handful just because) and poured eggnog on top until it was covered. I drank the rest of the eggnog, and then baked the french toast the next morning for the time called for!

  67. Colette says:

    This recipe looks like my new best friend. I’m an egg nog addict and I normally try to stay away, but this means I don’t have to. Now I just need to get myself some tofu…

  68. Carole says:

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about shakes and smoothies. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

  69. Shannon says:

    OMGlob CCK!!!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I LOVE EGG NOG AND YOU RIGHT NOW!!!! YUMMY!!!!! I LOVE EGG NOGG!!!!!!!!!!
    AND YOU AND YOUR RECIEPES YOU ARE SUCH AN INCREDIBLE PERSON AND GREAT COOK!!!!! AND YOU GENUINELY CARE ABOUT PEOPLE!!!! WHICH IS SO RARE!!!

  70. April B says:

    Seeing a lot of eggnog in stores lately & I remembered this recipe. It is fantastic!!!! Looks like I won’t be buying anymore eggnog, just stocking up on tofu!!!

  71. Bryan says:

    I would add some DARK CHOCOLATE to it!!!!!!!

  72. courtney says:

    I am a diabetic, and miss this drink so much around the holidays. I think I might just whip up a batch of this for the season! Is this store-able in the fridge if we don’t want the whole recipe in one shot?

  73. Esther says:

    I made this today, and my family loved it! My brother, who is allergic to eggs and dairy, was also able to have it. I omitted cloves, as we didn’t have any, and I used refrigerated silken tofu. Five stars!! My Dad said it’s the best eggnog he’s ever had and he wants to take it to parties!

  74. raquel says:

    i was just doing the points and I noticed that the eggnog is actually 4 points not 2 but god its soooo good. I will be making it again thank you for the recipe

  75. valerie says:

    Wow Katie! I was blown away about how good your eggnog tastes! To be honest I was skeptical but feeling rather adventurous, I mixed it up in my nutri bullet. I used coconut sugar and nunatural stevia. It is so yummy. Great job! Now I know what my fave Christmas drink will be, with a bit o rum to celebrate Christ’s birth :) !

  76. Amelia says:

    I’ve always been a little afraid to try your recipes with tofu cause I thought they’d taste funny. But I gave this one a whirl and WOW it’s amazing!! It tastes literally just like eggnog, I can’t believe it! Now I’m adding all your other tofu recipes to my must-make-immediately list (first up: chocolate pie!)
    Thanks Katie, you rock!

  77. Katie says:

    OH MY GOSH, I LOVE the Beach Boys!!! I have all their songs memorized! I’m only 16- hah, *dork* So much for “Oldies” music! (What can I say? I have great taste!) =
    And I love eggnog too- you are the best, Katie!!!
    I LOVE YOU