Between the heavy cream, sugar, and eggs, eggnog can quickly become a real calorie bomb. Thankfully, that doesn't mean you need to give up the classic holiday drink this season. In fact, as with most foods and drinks, the secret is all in the healthy swaps.
That's where this eggnog recipe comes in. Get ready: This version uses almond milk (instead of cream or whole milk), bananas (instead of refined sugar), and spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, for a flavorful yet clean eggnog recipe the whole family will love. Even better, it also happens to save you over half the fat and calories compared to a traditional eggnog recipe. But don't worry, we kept the bourbon. (Note: If you decide to leave it out, it's practically a healthy breakfast smoothie!) Candice Kumai, author of Clean Green Eats, shares the recipe, so you can sip—and still zip your pants when the New Year rolls around.
1 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or you could try coconut milk)
2 frozen bananas
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon clove
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons high quality bourbon, optional
1 tablespoon grade B maple syrup, optional
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, say cheers, and drink!