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Dairy-Free Eggnog | Delicious, Easy Recipe!

by Capri Lilly

This creamy Dairy-Free Eggnog is a luscious twist to your typical eggnog. It is made with coconut milk, almond milk, and is naturally sweetened with the option to make it boozy! It tastes absolutely incredible — no one would guess it’s dairy-free! Good luck having just one glass! (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe)

If you love tasty holiday drinks, you’ll definitely want to check out my Homemade Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate, Homemade Hot Chocolate Bombs, or Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte next!

two glasses of dairy free eggnog made with coconut milk and almond milk

This luscious eggnog recipe will be the best eggnog you’ve ever had. For all my dairy-free friends, you no longer have to miss out on this delectable holiday classic. This recipe provides you with creamy, satisfying eggnog made of the perfect mixtures of plant-based milk and of course eggs—thankfully those are not considered dairy!

two gluten free dairy free eggnog drinks with cinnamon stick next to the drink and decorative ornaments

Eggnog is an enjoyable tasty treat, and perfect for fun holiday gatherings. This recipe is a healthier spin on your traditional eggnog and Paleo-friendly too (sans the booze)! It will soon become your go-to spiked eggnog recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Eggnog Recipe! Its:

  • Creamy and rich, without the dairy
  • A healthier, traditional eggnog
  • Perfectly sweetened with natural sweetener (maple syrup or date syrup)
  • Ready in less than 20 minutes!
  • The perfect holiday treat!
two gluten free dairy free eggnog drinks with cinnamon stick next to the drink and decorative ornaments and christmas garland

Dairy-Free Eggnog With Almond And Coconut Milk

The secret that gives this dairy-free eggnog the dynamic flavor that will have you craving more is the perfect blend of almond milk and coconut milk. The full-fat coconut milk gives the eggnog a thick consistency similar to using heavy cream. The almond milk helps give the eggnog a smooth, velvety consistency.

Here’s You’ll Need To Make This Decadent Dairy-Free Eggnog

Full-Fat Canned Coconut Milk: You will need about 2 cans of full-fat coconut milk. This will make the egg nog creamy, thick, and rich. (make sure to use full-fat canned coconut milk for the best consistency and flavor)

Almond Milk: Adding almond milk at the end marries everything together and gives the eggnog the smooth consistency we all love. If you are allergic to nuts, oat milk would also work well!

Natural Sweetener: You can use maple syrup, date syrup, or coconut sugar. You most likely won’t need it, but feel free to add up to double the amount of sweetener if you like your eggnog extra sweet! (I recommend starting with recipe recommendations and adding more to taste.)

Vanilla and Spices: You’ll need vanilla extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon to give this eggnog the traditional warm, cozy flavor.

Brandy, Bourbon, or Rum: Adding alcohol is completely optional. This drink is enjoyable with or without alcohol!

ingredients needed to make dairy free eggnog: coconut milk (canned) nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract, eggs

How To Make The Best Dairy-free Eggnog

Step One: Start by blending the egg yolks with maple syrup.

  • Using a handheld mixer or blender, combine the egg yolk and maple syrup. Gradually increase the speed as you blend. When the mixture is a bit lighter in color and fluffy, it is ready. (I use a blender and leave the egg yolk mixture in the blender as I move onto the next step.)
  • You can use maplye syrup, date syrup, or coconut sugar.

Step Two: Heat the coconut milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the coconut milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Make sure it is not boiling.

Step Three: Slowly pour the coconut milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture

  • With the egg yolk mixture in the blender, turn the blender on a low setting and slowly pour the warm coconut milk mixture into the egg mixture. Continue to blend for about 2-3 minutes. Then, slowly pour in the almond milk to make the mixture even more smooth and creamy, blend for 1 minute.
eggnog mixture in blender after adding in coconut milk
Eggnog mixture in the blender after adding in coconut milk and almond milk

Step Four: Cook until eggnog thickens

  • Transfer the mixture back into the pan over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until the mixture has thickened slightly and is completely smooth, about 5-7 minutes.
  • You will know it has thickened when it begins to coat the spoon as you stir. Be sure not to boil the mixture or it will curdle. (If the eggnog curdles, blending it again may help make it smooth.)
Cooking the eggnog to thicken it
Cooking the eggnog to thicken it

Step Five: Remove from the heat and strain

  • Remove the eggnog from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any curdled eggnog. Allow the mixture to cool completely
Straining the eggnog to remove any curdled bits
Straining the eggnog to remove any curdled bits

Want To Make Boozy Dairy-Free Eggnog?

After straining the eggnog mix in the alcohol. Allow The mixture to chill. Then, Enjoy!

Not sure what alcohol to use? (What alcohol can I mix with eggnog?)

Most traditional recipes use brandy for eggnog. Many recipes will call for bourbon, but keep in mind it does strongly influence the flavor of the eggnog, making it extra boozy in flavor. Rum and Cognac are great to use as they compliment the flavor of the eggnog.

If you are wondering what I use, I add rum to my eggnog and it tastes great! It complements the coconut-milk eggnog perfectly and has a subtle flavor. I would recommend making a traditional version for the adults and an alcohol-free batch for the children. Trust me, they are going to love this eggnog just as much as you do!

close up of dairy-free eggnog in a glass with cinnamon stick

Recipe Tips & Recommendations:

  • The almond milk added towards the end makes the eggnog even more creamy and rich. I highly recommend adding it. You can also use oat milk instead of almond milk.
  • After making the eggnog, taste and adjust. Feel free to add up to double the amount of sweetener if you like your eggnog extra sweet!
  • After combining all the ingredients and straining the mixture, you can add the mixture to the blender one last time to achieve your desired level of creaminess. I finish my eggnog by blending the mixture for 1-2 minutes before transferring it to the refrigerator.

How To Store The Eggnog

This recipe makes 40 oz of Eggnog. Store in an airtight mason jar or pitcher. It can last up to five days in the fridge and is best served cold! Be sure to give the mix a good stir before serving.

two gluten free dairy free eggnog drinks with cinnamon stick next to the drink and decorative ornaments

I hope you enjoy this Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe! 

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two gluten free dairy free eggnog drinks with cinnamon stick in each drink

Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe

This creamy Dairy-Free Eggnog is a luscious twist to your typical eggnog. It is made with coconut milk, almond milk, and is naturally sweetened with the option to make it boozy! It tastes absolutely incredible — no one would guess it's dairy-free! Good luck having just one glass! (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Eggnog Recipe)
5 from 19 votes
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Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 403kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 2 (13.5 oz) Canned Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup (or Date Syrup)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Freshly Grated Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Rum, Brandy, or Bourbon (optional)

Instructions

  • Start by blending the egg yolks with maple syrup.
    Using a handheld mixer or blender, combine the egg yolk and maple syrup. Gradually increase the speed as you blend. When the mixture is a bit lighter in color and fluffy, it is ready. (I use a blender and leave the egg yolk mixture in the blender as I move on to the next step.)
  • Heat the coconut milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
    In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the coconut milk, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Make sure it is not boiling.
  • Slowly pour the coconut milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture.
    With the egg yolk mixture in the blender, turn the blender on a low setting and slowly pour the warm coconut milk mixture into the egg mixture. Continue to blend for about 2-3 minutes. Then, slowly pour in the almond milk to make the mixture even more smooth and creamy, blend for 1 minute.
  • Cook the mixture until the eggnog thickens.
    Transfer the mixture back into the pan over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until the mixture has thickened slightly and is completely smooth, about 5 minutes.
    You will know it has thickened when it begins to coat the spoon as you stir. Be sure not to boil the mixture or it will curdle. (If the eggnog curdles, blending. it again may help make it smooth.)
  • Remove from the heat and strain.
    Remove the eggnog from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any curdled eggnog. Allow the mixture to cool completely.
  • Want To Add Alcohol?
    After straining the eggnog mix in the alcohol. Allow The mixture to chill. Then, enjoy!

Notes

Recipe Tips & Recommendations:

  • The almond milk added towards the end makes the eggnog even more creamy and rich. I highly recommend adding it. You can also use oat milk instead of almond milk.
  • After making the eggnog, taste and adjust. Feel free to add up to double the amount of sweetener if you like your eggnog extra sweet!
  • After combining all the ingredients and straining the mixture, you can add the mixture to the blender one last time to achieve your desired level of creaminess. I finish my eggnog by blending the mixture for 1-2 minutes before transferring it to the refrigerator.

How To Store The Eggnog

This recipe makes 40 oz of Eggnog. Store in an airtight mason jar or pitcher. It can last up to five days in the fridge and is best served cold! Be sure to give the mix a good stir before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcal

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40 comments

Homemade Dairy Free Hot Chocolate - Good Food Baddie September 15, 2020 - 8:17 pm

[…] you love this warm winter drink, then you’ll love my Dairy-Free Eggnog or my Golden Milk Latte […]

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RGK October 6, 2020 - 11:39 pm

5 stars
Love Eggnog and for it to be dairy-free!!! YUm.

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Capri Lilly October 7, 2020 - 4:12 am

I love it too! Tastes even better dairy-free!

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Amy October 7, 2020 - 6:31 am

You know, I have never tried eggnog? Well I’m Australian so it’s not something we have but based on the ingredients, its sounds so delicious! Is it customary to not have it with egg yolks? I can imagine it would be very different without it.

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Capri Lilly October 7, 2020 - 4:55 pm

Hi Amy! I actually like it better without the egg yolks, but that may be a personal preference. I find it lighter and even tastier!

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Sunrita October 7, 2020 - 7:29 am

I need to try this recipe. Love your boozy suggestion 😊 and tip of whipping egg yolk with maple syrup! Sure that makes a great consistency and taste.

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Capri Lilly October 7, 2020 - 4:54 pm

Hi Sunrita! Definitely, it’s my fav part! The whipped egg makes the drink so creamy!

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FOODHEAL October 7, 2020 - 12:31 pm

5 stars
It’s my first time I am seeing an eggnog recipe lol. You make look so simple and it’s promising to be delicious

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Capri Lilly October 7, 2020 - 4:54 pm

I promise it is so simple! And super tasty 🙂

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Emily October 7, 2020 - 7:43 pm

5 stars
Love eggnog but always feel guilty about all the dairy. Definitely gonna give this a try!

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Capri Lilly October 7, 2020 - 8:36 pm

Definitely do! It’s guilt-free and easy on the stomach! 🙂

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Marta December 2, 2021 - 3:28 am

5 stars
You know I had to try this with the rum in it and it did not disappoint. It was so creamy and velvety smooth. In fact, I don’t know that I’ll ever go back to dairy eggnog!

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Capri Lilly December 2, 2021 - 3:36 am

I am always happy to convert people to dairy-free eggnog! It’s just as rich and creamy, right!? I am so happy you liked the recipe!

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Stephanie December 2, 2021 - 9:29 pm

5 stars
My family is dairy free and always looking for great holiday drinks. I think we found it! Perfect remix on a traditional classic with an pop in flavor. The perfect creamy delicious holiday drink.

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Capri Lilly December 3, 2021 - 3:04 am

Hi Stephanie! I am so happy you and your family enjoy the recipe! This eggnog is popular in my family too! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Bernice December 3, 2021 - 5:46 pm

5 stars
Such a great idea…coconut style eggnog. The taste and texture are amazing.

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serena December 3, 2021 - 6:57 pm

5 stars
Yum! I love having a dairy free option

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Capri Lilly December 4, 2021 - 2:02 am

Me too! It’s so delish!

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angela December 3, 2021 - 7:24 pm

5 stars
I really enjoyed this dairy-free eggnog. Just as creamy as the original.

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Capri Lilly December 4, 2021 - 2:02 am

Hi Angela! I am so glad you liked it!

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Pam Greer December 3, 2021 - 8:48 pm

5 stars
Love this dairy free version!

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Brianna December 4, 2021 - 3:54 am

5 stars
All the great flavor of eggnog without the heaviness! I love it!

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Tatiana December 5, 2021 - 6:55 pm

5 stars
Lucky to find a good eggnog recipe that is dairy free. Delicious

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Capri Lilly December 6, 2021 - 4:43 am

Hi Tatiana! I am happy you like the recipe!

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Robin December 6, 2021 - 12:48 am

5 stars
My nephew used to be our family eggnog expert but he became a vegan in 2020. So I was eleated to come across a recipe that the entire family enjoyed just as much.

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Capri Lilly December 6, 2021 - 4:45 am

Hi Robin, I love to hear it! I am glad you and your family enjoyed the recipe!! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Erique December 6, 2021 - 1:12 am

5 stars
I am a complete fan of dairy-free recipes and this dairy-free egg nog is right on time Honestly, I do not even miss the dairy.

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Capri Lilly December 6, 2021 - 4:43 am

I am so happy to hear that! I don’t miss the dairy at all, especially because this drink is super creamy without it! 🙂

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Kate December 6, 2021 - 12:42 pm

5 stars
So happy I came across this dairy free eggnog recipe. Made mine with some booze and it was perfect. Thank you!

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Capri Lilly December 6, 2021 - 6:13 pm

Hi Kate! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Taneisha December 7, 2021 - 2:31 am

5 stars
I recently had to cut out all dairy and I was so nervous that I’d miss out on my favourite drink during the Christmas holidays – but this dairy free egg nog certainly satisfied my craving! So delicious!!

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Capri Lilly December 7, 2021 - 6:14 am

Hi, my friend! I know what the transition to dairy-free is like: wondering if you’ll be able to enjoy your fav dairy-loaded favorites again. I was there just a couple of years ago. I am so happy that my recipe can bring back a favorite for you, and that you find it satisfying!! Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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Kaluhi December 8, 2021 - 1:24 pm

5 stars
We all really enjoyed this eggnog. This was super fun to make and really flavourful too!!! Can’t wait to make this again and again!!

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Capri Lilly December 8, 2021 - 7:25 pm

I am so glad you liked! Thanks, Kaluhi!

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Dennis Littley December 8, 2021 - 3:53 pm

5 stars
what a delicious way to make eggnog dairy free!

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Capri Lilly December 8, 2021 - 7:25 pm

Thanks Dennis!

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Jazz December 8, 2021 - 4:44 pm

5 stars
This eggnog was delicious and my dad couldn’t even tell that I left out the dairy!

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Capri Lilly December 8, 2021 - 7:26 pm

I am so happy to hear that! Thanks for leaving a review Jazz!

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Chenée December 8, 2021 - 7:47 pm

5 stars
Just made a batch of this in advance for my holiday party on Friday, and my guests are going to LOVE it! It’s so rich and creamy, and absolutely perfect with a little spiced rum!

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Capri Lilly December 9, 2021 - 9:40 pm

Hi Chenee! It’s such a great drink to make ahead and have ready for when you need it! I am glad you like the recipe!

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