Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Eggnog Recipe

Coconut Milk Egg Nog Recipe

Eggnog is a delicious holiday treat, but store bought versions often contain pasteurized ingredients, tremendous amounts of sweeteners and other additives. This traditional homemade egg nog recipe is a great source of beneficial fats, protein, spices and optional warmth from the alcohol.

Coconut Milk Eggnog Recipe

Eggnog can almost be a health food when made traditionally (and the alcohol is completely optional in this recipe). The base is coconut milk, which contains many of the benefits of coconut, especially the beneficial medium chain fatty acids.

The addition of Rum or Brandy makes this also a keep-a-smile-on-your-face-because-the-kids-get-to-stay-up-past-midnight-on-Christmas-Eve beverage.

I’ve never been a huge fan of store bought egg nog, but I really like this recipe. Try it! You might too!

Dairy-free Coconut Milk Eggnog Recipe (With or Without Alcohol)




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Dairy Free Egg Nog that can be made with the alcohol or without for a delicious treat!


  • 6 cups of coconut milk (about 3 cans)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup (or more) spiced rum or brandy (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey or cane sugar or a few drops of stevia extract (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon


  1. How To Make (Easy Version)
  2. Put all ingredients except alcohol in Vitamix or high powered blender and blend until smooth.
  3. SLOWLY bring up to low heat in a medium saucepan, being careful not to let it boil. When it is warmed and barely starting to thicken, it is ready.
  4. Chill in fridge for a few hours or overnight and whisk alcohol in just before serving.
  5. How To Make (Traditional Way)
  6. Heat coconut milk and vanilla until warm in medium saucepan.
  7. Whisk or blend the egg yolks, sugar and spices in a blender.
  8. Slowly add in about half of the coconut mixture to the egg yolks to warm it and then add the whole mixture back into the saucepan.
  9. Bring up to low heat and whisk until barely starting to thicken.
  10. Stir in rum or brandy and serve hot or cold.
  11. Enjoy!

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Reader Comments

  1. This looks amazing. I think I will try it. Thanks, Mama!

  2. How long will this stay good for?

  3. Hi – Great web site. You mention that sugar is optional.. I have been off all sugar and grains (and most other carbs for that matter) and as a result have lost 100 lbs in less then a year. That’s a different story but I certainly buy into your premise.. back to my question… since I do not eat sugar, honey, etc… does this still taste yummy withiot the sweetner?


    • Yep… that’s how I drink it. If you’ve been off it all for that long, even the coconut will probably taste slightly sweet to you too.

  4. I haven’t had egg nog in like 20 years and it was a favorite of mine while growing up! This healthy version sounds delicious. Guess what I’ll be making today?!

  5. I might need to bring some of this to our holiday gathering today…sounds delicious!

  6. Sounds yummy!  Can you bring it up to heat in the vita mix, like when making soup?

  7. I made this the other day and it was delicious! I used Almond milk instead of coconut because that’s what I had on hand, used only 2 T of honey and added Xanthan Gum at the end to thicken it up even more. It was delicious and I’ll definitely be making it again!

  8. what do I look for when buying coconut milk? is it in refrig? in a can? brands?

  9. Does it taste better if I give it time to chill vs. serving it right away?

  10. Instead of using coconut milk from the store, make your own by just blending shredded coconut with some water, I even add hemp to the mix and you can use chia seeds to make it a bit thicker. Add tocotrienols to help with emulsifying and to add lots of vitamin E and some natural low glycemic sweetness

    Im gonna try this tonight with some modifications!

  11. I would highly recommend adding a little salt to this. It REALLY makes a difference. Also, adding liquid minerals to this eggnog (and coffee) makes a difference too. You can really taste every flavor better.

  12. Do I use light canned coconut milk or regular? I don’t have time to make my own.

    Thanks for the recipe! I have a severe allergy to dairy and envy my husband when I see him drink regular egg nog, and like you said, the store bought non-dairy ones have too much sugar. Thanks again!