It’s just not the Holidays without eggnog…this one is no sugar added –


(No sugar or eggs added)

Some things just scream “HOLIDAYS!”…and eggnog is one of those things!  Just because we are trying to eat low or no sugar doesn’t mean we have to forgo this wonder.

There are a lot of recipes out there where you could simply sub Splenda Granular for the sugar and they would work great.  But I’m a girl who gags at the thought of drinking raw eggs – and would rather find a great alternative – and has.

This is surprisingly ‘real’ tasting and in feel, also.  Easy to whip up and is great as creamer in your coffee.  I drizzle it over warm apple crisp, too…WOW!




1 cup fat-free half & half

One 1-ounce pkg (four 1/2- cup serving size) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding powder (Jell-O brand works best…see note)

5 cups 2% milk

3 tablespoons Splenda granular

3/4  teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons brandy or rum extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together the half & half and pudding powder until smooth – this will be very thick. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth. Whisk in Splenda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and extracts. Allow to chill for at least 2 hours. Serve with whipped cream and a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg. Makes approx twelve 1/2-cup servings.

Per Serving: 82 Cal; 4 g Protein; 4 g Tot Fat; 7 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 5 g Sugar; 155 mg Sodium

**Jell-O brand works best for this recipe.  I love them, but the generic brands are sometimes bigger packages and will make the drink too thick.  Then you have to add more milk, and it just ‘waters’ it down.  Go with Jell-O!

33 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicky says:

    I have made LF’s eggnog before (using real rum) and it was oustanding.

  2. gharkness says:

    I have made this several times and it is better than any eggnog I have ever made that isn’t the real thing. Safer too, because it has no raw eggs.

  3. Linda Skow says:

    I LOVE this stuff…. and I hate eggs! Made it last year and everyone raved. Didn’t tell a soul it wasn’t the real thing.

  4. Hi Linda- Wow, this recipe looks great! I’m definitely going to give it a try. I haven’t had eggnog in ages…partly because of the raw egg idea, not to mention all the sugar/fat 🙂

    Glad to have found your blog!

    Georgie Fear RD

  5. CaSaundra says:

    I looove egg nog! I recently tried the Silk soy egg nog which is 80 cal 1/2 c. It was rather good for a soy based nog!

  6. BethieofVA says:

    Just made this and it is delicious!

  7. saeed says:

    Will definitely try it.

  8. Peggy says:

    sounds delicious! maybe even better than actual eggnog!

  9. Tammy says:

    I made this twice over the Christmas holidays. It’s just that good! Even better with freshly grated nutmeg!

  10. takethecake says:

    YAY! It’s back again! Whoever brought this out of the closet for the season, thank-you. I love this one, for sure!

  11. Vanessa says:

    This is delicious…..I kept staring at the egg nog at the grocery market this week but knew I would not purchase it no matter what..I just don’t want anymore clogged this recipe was like finding a gold mine…thank you so much, Linda

    1. Linda says:

      You’re welcome, doodles!!! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I LOVE this stuff!

  12. Deb L says:

    OMG, so glad the holiday’s are here!! lol! Even tho I drink this year round, it just tastes better this time of year!! lol! IMHO that is!


    Thanks again, Sis!!


    1. Linda says:

      Deb-Doll!! I can always count on you to be my number one cheerleader!!

  13. John M says:

    Great idea for both those wanting low-cal/lowfat and those of us who are diabetic. I too have looked yearningly at the eggnog in the stores. Some years ago one of the cartoned milk companies… Hood, or perhaps it was CarbSmart, made a low-carb Eggnog (which was also low-sugar) in a half-gallon carton, but it has not been seen in my area for four or five years now.
    I made this in a threefold batch, and substituted a package of sugar-free butterscotch pudding for one of the three vanillas. Mmmm! Also, I replaced some of the nutmeg with mace, and it was fine.
    GREAT RECIPE, thanks for sharing it!

  14. Rebecca says:

    This recipe sounds great, and I will be making it over the holidays. I’m just wondering if one could use fat-free evaporated milk instead of the fat-free half & half? Thanks!

    1. Linda says:

      The ff evaporated milk would work great. I hope you love it!!

    2. Kathleen says:

      The fat free half and half is not half and half. It has corn syrup in. My husband and I have picked it up by mistake. I think it’s horrible stuff! Ingredients: Skim Milk, Corn Syrup, Cream*, Contains less than 0.5% of the following: Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono and Diglycerides*, Vitamin A Palmitate, Color Added (Ingredient not in regular half & half).

  15. Gwen Franklin-Barbour says:

    Can Silk be substitued for the milk. as I am lactose intolerate?

    1. Linda says:

      I can, yes. Although, for some reason, the pudding will not thicken as well using soy or almond milks. The taste is great, though!

  16. Dean says:

    I tried using Vanilla Silk before I saw Linda’s or Gwen’s comments that the Egg Nog was thinner then real Egg Nog texture. Well I thought a bit, and thought what could I use to thicken the Egg Nog to a real thick Egg Nog texture. Well simple just put a serving of the runny Egg Nog in a blender, and add No Sugar Added French Vanilla Ice Cream. Then just blend till the ice cream is well blended into the Egg Nog. Now it has the texture of real Egg Nog. The reason I used Vanilla Silk was less sugar in the Nutrition Guide Label. I feel there is to high level of sugar in cows milk. But can not understand why sugar content of half & half is less then any milk (whole, low fat, or even non fat varieties) Did it to help keep my blood sugar in check for I have type 2 diabetes.

  17. Diana Carrera says:

    This one my family could not stop raving about. After reading my mom the recipe from your site, she made me forward her the recipe so she could use it as her coffee creamer like you suggested. This one was gone quick!! EVERYONE LOVED IT!! Thanks!

    1. Linda says:

      Thank you so much for the great compliment!! Isn’t it funny how people can be?! I’m glad your mom enjoys it and she’ll be hooked now!

      Have a wonderful Holiday season!

  18. Jo says:

    I would take sugar any day over splenda which is far worse, not to mention some of the ingredients in the sugar free Jello. I avoid packaged foods at all costs because most of them aren’t actually food. Usually when a packaged product says sugar free, it contains stuff far worse.

    The sugar free vanilla pudding has things in it like Natural And Artificial Flavor, Salt, Calcium Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Mono- And Diglycerides (Prevent Foaming), ASPARTAME (have you ever seen the movie Sweet Misery about the dangers of aspartame)? And Acesulfame Potassium (Sweetener), Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Artificial Color.

    I love eggnog, as long as it is real. Better to indulge here and there eating actual food than fill up on stuff the body can’t even recognize.

  19. EB says:

    Jo, you’re a self centered, condescending, hypocritical jerk. Get off your high horse and consider other people’s situations such as those with metabolic diseases, i.e. diabetes, who cannot have high sugar, high fat and cholesterol and high calorie foods. Yes, I would love a glass of “real” eggnog, but with all the sugar, salt and cholesterol it’s just not feasible. 90% of the time I eat as healthy as possible: low sugar, salt, fat and cholesterol; so for the 10% of the time I fall off the wagon I want to do it with the least impact. The enjoyment of a treat such as glass of this faux eggnog far out weighs the risks from all the artificial ingredients. And, all my doctors agree. So, you’re so health conscious and yet you “love eggnog”? Why do you load your body with all the sugar and salt from whole milk and clog your arteries with the cholesterol from all the eggs and whole milk? As I mentioned earlier, very hypocritical. Or, is this your 10% off the wagon? In which case you’re even more of a hypocrite as it might be OK for you to stray but not others. If you don’t like this, fine, don’t drink it. But why try to sway someone who has few other alternatives away from something they might “occasionally” enjoy with little risk? I wouldn’t preach to you about the risk of all the sugar, cholesterol and salt from the “real” stuff which is equally unhealthy.

    As for this faux eggnog recipe, it’s great! It tastes like the “real” thing and won’t have a terrible impact on your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Enjoy it in moderation and we’ll all be healthier than Jo drinking her “real”, “healthy” eggnog.

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  21. RitaCistone says:

    Thanks Very Much for the Unique Recipes.
    Have a Blessed Holidays!

    1. Linda says:

      Thank YOU!! I just made this this morning to take to my son’s house. I love it as creamer in coffee, too! Happy Holidays and a fabulous New Year!!

  22. Athena Waldron says:

    Possible substitute for half and half ? Non dairy option ? I can use almond milk instead of the two percent but I’m not sure what to do about the half and half.

    1. Linda says:

      Hello Athena! The only problem with using non-milk subs is that it doesn’t get very thick. I have NO idea why the instant pudding doesn’t respond to the non-milk. Still tastes great, but just not as “rich” feeling! You could use ALL almond milk, or some non-dairy creamer, like Mocha Mix for that richer flavor.

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