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Hot Eggnog Breakfast Drink

Three Hot Eggnog Drinks – Perfect for Breakfast!

Hot Eggnog Breakfast Drink

It has FINALLY gotten cold where I live in Arizona! Last night on my way home around 8:30pm my car's temperature gauge said it was 38°F. I haven't turned the heater on in the house yet and this morning it's 61°F in the house. That's cold enough for me to be wearing my thrift store find muk-luks (just $2.99!!) and my fluffy robe over my clothes as I sit here typing.

When it starts to get cold, I love hot drinks in the morning. Sometimes I wish I could just run into Starbucks and order something from there but I don't tolerate coffee [affiliate link] all that well, I live 15 miles from the nearest one, not to mention I'm not paying that kind of money, I honestly don't need that many calories, all that sugar and I could just go on and on and on, but I'll spare you and stop now.

I've made several variations of this drink for breakfast in the last couple of weeks and look forward to my hot drink every morning. I'm going to share the base recipe, and two variations. Of course you could also drink this hot eggnog before going to bed at night, and some people might even add in adult ingredients (alcohol).

The variations are seemingly endless and I've been happy with every variation. You'll see that I used coconut milk [affiliate link] sometimes, and other days I used coconut cream [affiliate link] concentrate mixed with water. You could certainly use raw dairy milk or almond milk or any other milk you prefer. I've tried using a bit of coffee (I do tolerate small amounts and LOVE the flavor of coffee) and chocolate and spices. Stevia is not technically GAPS legal but some people on GAPS do use it and don't find it to be an issue. I feel like it's a pretty healthy sweetener so I have acclimated myself to the taste (it took some time) and I am actually using an equivalent of 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of sweetener. If you choose to remain GAPS compliant and only use honey, you can start at two teaspoons and add more from there to your desired level of sweetness. Oh, peppermint! I used a few drops of peppermint one day with cocoa powder [affiliate link]. Yummy!

Honestly, the gelatin [affiliate link], butter and coconut oil [affiliate link] are optional, but I feel like it adds more super food ingredients to the drink and makes it that much more nutritious.

Basic Hot Eggnog

  1. Blend eggs and coconut milk.
  2. Add to a small pan over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in cinnamon, vanilla, honey and gelatin.
  4. Heat to just boiling, or 160°F. If it boils, the egg will separate and you'll have clumps (although blending will fix the problem).
  5. Add in coconut oil and butter and hit with your stick blender.
  6. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
Basic Hot Eggnog Superfood Breakfast Drink
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Recipe type: Breakfast Drink
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
 
Drink your breakfast on the drive to work with this easy recipe.
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • honey to taste
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Blend eggs and coconut milk.
  2. Add to a small pan over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in cinnamon, honey and gelatin.
  4. Heat to just boiling, or 160°F. If it boils, the egg will separate and you'll have clumps (although blending will fix the problem).
  5. Add in coconut oil and butter and hit with your stick blender.
  6. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
  7. Perfect for one person and a tall travel coffee mug.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Hot Eggnog

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cooked pumpkin [affiliate link], butternut squash or winter squash
  • 2 teaspoons coconut cream concentrate
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • honey to taste
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  1. Blend eggs, pumpkin, coconut cream concentrate and water. (Coconut cream concentrate plus water makes coconut milk)
  2. Add to a small pan over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, sweetener and gelatin.
  4. Heat to just boiling, or 160°F. If it boils, the egg will separate and you'll have clumps (although blending will fix the problem).
  5. Add in coconut oil and butter and hit with your stick blender.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Hot Eggnog
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
 
Drink your breakfast on the way to work with this simple pumpkin pie hot eggnog.
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup cooked pumpkin, butternut squash or winter squash
  • 2 teaspoons coconut cream concentrate
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • honey to taste
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Blend eggs, pumpkin, coconut cream concentrate and water. (Coconut cream concentrate plus water makes coconut milk)
  2. Add to a small pan over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, sweetener and gelatin.
  4. Heat to just boiling, or 160°F. If it boils, the egg will separate and you'll have clumps (although blending will fix the problem).
  5. Add in coconut oil and butter and hit with your stick blender.

Mocha Cocoa Eggnog

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coffee or coffee substitute
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • honey to taste
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  1. Blend eggs, coconut milk and cocoa powder.
  2. Add to a small pan over medium heat.
  3. Add in coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, honey and gelatin and whisk together.
  4. Whisk frequently while heating.
  5. Heat to just boiling, or 160°F. If it boils, the egg will separate and you'll have clumps (although blending will fix the problem).
  6. Add in coconut oil and butter and hit with your stick blender.

Mocha Cocoa Eggnog Breakfast Drink
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Recipe type: Breakfast Drink
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
 
Drink your breakfast on your morning commute.
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½ cup coffee or coffee substitute
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • honey to taste
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Blend eggs, coconut milk and cocoa powder.
  2. Add to a small pan over medium heat.
  3. Add in coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, honey and gelatin and whisk together.
  4. Whisk frequently while heating.
  5. Heat to just boiling, or 160°F. If it boils, the egg will separate and you'll have clumps (although blending will fix the problem).
  6. Add in coconut oil and butter and hit with your stick blender.

 
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Thick Pumpkin Eggnog Dairy-Free

Thick Pumpkin Eggnog (Dairy-Free)

Thick Pumpkin Eggnog Dairy-Free

I love creating recipes so much and I wish I had more time because my head is very often full of ideas. Especially around the holidays. I get great enjoyment from recreating recipes and making them grain-free and GAPS legal.

My sister has settled into having Thanksgiving on the following Friday and I try to make it there even though there's not much I can eat except the turkey. There were about twenty people in attendance and at least half were twenty-somethings. There was “lite” eggnog to drink at the table, and they were asking what makes it light? One of the guys said it was made with skim milk. I don't think the commercial producers go that far, I actually think they use 2% instead of whole milk and cream.

I was telling them how the commercially produced stuff is just weird because it's so thick and sweet. But that's all they know, so the lighter version was weird to them.

In spite of my aversion to the thick eggnog, I've wanted to recreate it for those who prefer it.

I thought pumpkin [affiliate link] would work great to thicken, and this year I actually saw pumpkin eggnog in the store, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to combine the two flavors.

By the way, pumpkin worked wonderfully. You could also use butternut squash or winter squash. The pumpkin I used was a big white flat pumpkin which looked like a turban and it had no sweetness to it whatsoever. I believe this is why I had to use so much honey [affiliate link] to make it sweet. You should add honey one teaspoon at a time to sweeten it to your liking. I'm sure you could also use maple syrup if you prefer (and you are not doing GAPS).

I happened to have vanilla [affiliate link] made using bourbon whiskey, so I used that instead of my regular homemade vanilla (made with vodka).

Warning about raw eggs [affiliate link]: If you’re going to have your eggs raw, it's best to have them from your own hens or from a farmer you trust, rather than using commercially produced eggs. We are lucky to have a few hens who provide us with just enough “safe” (IMO) eggs for making mayonnaise and the occasional eggnog.

Thick Pumpkin Eggnog Dairy-Free

2 small servings or 1 large serving

  1. Add coconut milk, pumpkin, egg, vanilla and pinch of sea salt to a blender and mix 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add honey to taste. The pumpkin I used had almost no sweetness to it so if you use butternut squash, you may already have a sweet tasting drink. I used two tablespoons to make it taste nice and sweet.
  3. Grate nutmeg on top.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Thick Pumpkin Eggnog (Dairy-Free)
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Recipe type: Holiday
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
 
Thick eggnog with a pumpkin twist. Honey sweetened and dairy-free.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup coconut milk (I used homemade)
  • ½ cup cooked pumpkin, winter squash or butternut squash
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 1 teaspoon regular or bourbon vanilla (make your own using bourbon whiskey instead of vodka)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or less)
  • freshly grated nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Add coconut milk, pumpkin, egg, vanilla and pinch of sea salt to a blender and mix 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add honey to taste. The pumpkin I used had almost no sweetness to it so if you use butternut squash, you may already have a sweet tasting drink. I used two tablespoons to make it taste nice and sweet.
  3. Grate nutmeg on top.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 oz

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If you love desserts like this, I have two cookbooks you really need to check out ASAP! Naturally Sweetened Treats for gluten-free dessert needs and Baker's Dozen 2 Pumpkin Treats.

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Simple Eggnog

Homemade Simple Delicious Eggnog (Dairy-Free)

Simple Eggnog

When I was growing up we never had store bought eggnog. Never. Not even once do I remember having it. But my mom made it every year at Christmas. That was back before raw eggs [affiliate link] were considered a dangerous food, and I can see the need for concern, considering the way hens are raised nowadays.

Insert standard warning about raw eggs: If you're going to have your eggs raw, best to have them from your own hens or from a farmer you trust, rather than using commercially produced eggs. We are lucky to have a few hens who provide us with just enough “safe” (IMO) eggs for making mayonnaise and the occasional eggnog.

Back to the eggnog. Buying it for the first time as an adult, I was really confused by the store bought eggnog. It was super thick, almost like a melted shake and super sweet. I used to cut it with regular milk to thin it down.

The recipe I am about to share tastes very much like the eggnog my mother used to make, and she was given the recipe by her mother. I have modified a recipe I found at allrecipes.com and one of the commenters (Sarah Stone) for this recipe (Easiest Egg Nog) stated that she had been making this eggnog since finding it in an old Home Economics cookbook. I'm thinking maybe that's where Grandma found it. 🙂

So this eggnog may not be what you are used to, if you are in the younger generation and have only been exposed to store bought eggnog.

This eggnog is delicious, slightly sweet and thin, but with a head of foam on top (due to blending).

And this version is dairy-free, thanks to the use of coconut milk [affiliate link]. Oh, and for the first time ever, I made my own coconut milk! I have been wanting to do that for months, ever since I got my Vitamix. It's very simple, here is the video I followed from Tropical Traditions.

In a nutshell, I heated 3 cups of water (just hot not boiling). Then I placed 1-3/4ths cup of Tropical Traditions unsweetened shredded coconut* into my Vitamix (Amazon affiliate link) and 2 cups of water and blended for 3 minutes. Then I strained out the milk using my nut milk bag (Amazon affiliate link), squeezing the bag to get all the milk out. Then I put the pulp back into the blender with the remaining cup of water and blended 2 more minutes. Squeezed and voila! Coconut milk! It was really very simple and tasted so lovely, and not to mention economical! Canned coconut milk has gotten to be so expensive, it's a hassle to get it and it's just so much easier to keep shredded coconut on hand.

I placed it in the refrigerator overnight to see if the cream would rise to the top and thicken like it does in some canned coconut milk, but it didn't. That's okay, it's still delicious.

Remember that this eggnog will be much thinner and less sweet than commercially produced eggnog.

Homemade Simple Delicious Eggnog

Serves 3 to 6

  1. Place coconut milk, eggs, honey and vanilla into your blender and blend on high speed for 20-30 seconds.
  2. Re-blend after a minute or two for more foam on top.
  3. Pour into individual glasses and sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg over each glass, or grate fresh using a nutmeg (my favorite is to use fresh ground nutmeg)
  4. Serve and enjoy! Refrigerate what you don't use.
  5. Re-blend before serving to refresh the foam on top.

Homemade Simple Delicious Eggnog (Dairy-Free)
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey (more or less to your own preference)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Place coconut milk, eggs, honey and vanilla into your blender and blend on high speed for 20-30 seconds.
  2. Re-blend after a minute or two for more foam on top.
  3. Pour into individual glasses and sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg over each glass, or grate fresh using a nutmeg (my favorite is to use fresh ground nutmeg)
  4. Serve and enjoy! Refrigerate what you don't use.
  5. Re-blend before serving to refresh the foam on top.

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If you love desserts like this, I have two cookbooks you really need to check out ASAP! Everyone Loves Pudding and Naturally Sweetened Treats.

Let me know in the comments what you think about eggnog!

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Pumpkin Hot Cocoa

Pumpkin Hot Cocoa

Pumpkin Hot Cocoa

It's that time of year again… pumpkin [affiliate link] time… I love pumpkin and I know that many of you do as well. Thank goodness pumpkin is something we can have on GAPS! 🙂

My husband brought home two pie pumpkins recently. Did you know that some pumpkins work best for baking and cooking? Those are the pie pumpkins. They are typically small in comparison to the Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins. You can use Jack-o-Lanterns but they tend to be less flavorful and more watery. They are grown for size rather than eating so there isn't much attention paid to taste or texture.

I have not had a lot of time to spend in the kitchen lately, aside from regular food cooking. I've been cooking recipes for my mom from the blog and my e-cookbook Beyond Grain & Dairy and she is loving everything. I'm so fortunate that she likes the food I cook! But I digress… it's been awhile since I created something brand new and those pumpkins were calling my name.

I was thinking of something a little sweet, creamy, smooth and of course pumpkin. This drink is delicious either hot or cold, and I'd recommend you try it both ways. It does need to be heated, then cooled down if you want to try it cold. It's kind of like pumpkin eggnog when it's cold.

By the way, this tastes perfectly delicious without the addition of cocoa powder [affiliate link], if you are abstaining from chocolate (which Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride does approve once your digestive ailments have cleared).

Pumpkin Hot Cocoa

Serves 1

Place coconut milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cocoa butter, salt, cocoa powder and honey in a small pan and heat until warm to your liking.

Using a whisk or preferably an immersion blender, whip the cocoa briefly to mix everything together. Add the egg yolk, if desired and whip a minute or so until frothy.

Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

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If you love desserts like this, I have two cookbooks you really need to check out ASAP! Naturally Sweetened Treats for gluten-free dessert needs and Baker’s Dozen Volume 4, Chocolate Treats for amazing chocolate desserts and snacks.

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