Eggnog Latte Recipe

Don’t you just hate when the holidays collide with your diet? 

I mean, there are so many sweet options at every single party, it’s almost like they’re sprouting up just to tempt you to cave in... and then, of course, regret it later.

Well, that doesn’t have to be the case. At least, not since we found the Eggnog Latte.

If you’re trying to enjoy yourself and count calories over the holidays, this eggnog latte recipe is a great option. It’s light on the calories and fat, and full of holiday fun!

an easy process of making an eggnog latte

Eggnog Latte

If you’re trying to enjoy yourself and count calories over the holidays, this eggnog latte recipe is a great option. It’s light on calories and fat, and full of holiday fun!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword eggnog latte
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 people
Calories 496 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 shots espresso
  • 1/2 cup light eggnog
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 tsp stevia
  • 1/2 shot rum optional
  • ground nutmeg optional
  • whipped cream optional

Instructions

  1. Add the eggnog, sugar, and milk to a pan over medium to low heat. Whisk it rapidly and continuously.

  2. Once steam comes off the surface of the milk and its texture has become thoroughly frothy, turn off the heat.

  3. Brew the espresso.

  4. Optional: add the rum into the coffee and give it a quick stir.

  5. Add the eggnog mixture to the coffee.

  6. Optional:  add whipped cream and/or ground nutmeg to the top of the latte.

Recipe Notes

If you swap the light eggnog or nonfat milk out for alternatives like normal eggnog or whole milk, go ahead and do so at a 1:1 ratio.
If you swap the stevia out for sugar, change the ½ tsp of stevia for 1 tbsp of sugar for approximately equal sweetness.

How to Make an Eggnog Latte

This homemade eggnog latte recipe is downright delicious.

Now be aware that we’re going to be giving you the healthier version here. With that said, remember that you can always swap out light eggnog for normal eggnog, non-fat milk for regular milk or half and half, and stevia for sugar.

This recipe makes a single serving.

What You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Mug

Extra notes:

  • If you swap the light eggnog or nonfat milk out for alternatives like normal eggnog or whole milk, go ahead and do so at a 1:1 ratio. However, if you swap the stevia out for sugar, change the ½ tsp of stevia for 1 tbsp of sugar for approximately equal sweetness.
  • The preferred choice for the coffee here is espresso, but if that isn’t an option for you, see the extra info on coffee choices and alternatives below!

Method

  1. Begin by adding the eggnog, sugar, and milk to your pan over medium to low heat. 
  2. As the mixture begins to heat up, whisk it rapidly and continuously.
  3. When you begin to see steam coming off the surface of the milk and its texture has become thoroughly frothy, turn off the heat.
  4. Brew your espresso in your mug.
  5. (Optional) If you want to add a little bit of magic, go ahead and pour the ½ shot of rum into the coffee and give it a quick stir.
  6. Add the eggnog mixture to the coffee.
  7. (Optional) As a final flourish, you can add whipped cream and/or ground nutmeg to the top of the latte.
  8. Enjoy!

Extra Notes:

  • When you finish frothing the milk and turn off the heat, let it sit on the burner to keep it warm while you prepare the coffee.
  • An easier way to froth the eggnog is to use a milk frother!
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, get some fresh nutmeg and use a microplane grater (the smallest, finest option on a typical cheese grater) and grind your nutmeg fresh! Here’s a quick video to help illustrate this simple, yet fancy flourish.

It’s Not Actually Cold Outside? Make It an Eggnog Frappuccino Recipe Instead!

If you’re celebrating the holidays in a warmer area where the weather isn’t overly frightful, then you might want to consider cooling this one off a bit.

How? Make it a frappe!

Simply use the above ingredients list with the following additions and changes:

  1. Go ahead and double that espresso to ½ cup (preferably cold by the time you go to make the drink).
  2. You’ll also want about 5 ice or coffee cubes (coffee cubes are simply coffee frozen in ice cube trays. Coffee cubes = no diluting!)
  3. You’ll need a blender.
  4. Get rid of that mug and grab a tall glass and a straw.

Instead of prepping the eggnog mixture in the saucepan, brew the espresso and then add the espresso, eggnog, milk, stevia, ice cubes, and rum to your blender.

Whip it all up until it reaches a frappe consistency. Then pour into a glass, add whipped cream and nutmeg on top, and you’re good to go!

You Can’t Be Too Healthy

This drink is not just delicious; it’s also a great healthy alternative to many of the other holiday drink options out there. 

How much healthier, you ask? 

Well, it’s not like this is one of those protein shakes that you choke down before a good workout.

This one is more of a recreational drink, with a little more focus on taste rather than just the health benefits.

All things considered, though, this latte is going to save you a lot more calories than most store-bought or homemade versions.

This recipe has around two-thirds of the calories and just one-third of the fat of equivalent drinks like the Starbucks eggnog recipe. 

So, no, it doesn’t do much to help you shed that fat (just like that Krispy Kreme diet you tried that one time), but it shouldn’t do too much towards adding any weight either. 

Espresso Alternatives

While we officially recommend espresso for this recipe, feel free to swap out your coffee to preference.

The key here is the strength of the brew. 

If you make a batch of coffee, brew it strong. Use plenty of grounds and a French press or any other method that yields powerful flavor.

Another option is to meet in the middle. 

If you’re lacking the full-on espresso machine, but you don’t want to use coffee, try making a stovetop espresso! Here are some great options for stovetop espresso makers.

Finally, if you don’t have an espresso maker or a stovetop espresso maker, but still don’t want plain coffee, try one of these other homemade espresso brewing alternatives!


Our Verdict

The Eggnog Latte is the perfect way to get you through the temptations of the holidays, without feeling like you “never get to do anything fun when you’re counting calories.”

If you tried this one out, we’d love to hear how it went. Did you make any alterations? Also, please share this one with your friends. It is the season of giving, after all!