Light and Easy Eggnog


  • 2 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 strips lemon zest
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 6 oz dark rum
Light and Easy Eggnog
Total Time: 20 minutes
Amount Per Serving: 1/2 cup


Servings: 6

90 calories; 2 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 96 mg cholesterol; 59 mg sodium; 13 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 5 g protein


  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and the citrus zest in a medium saucepan.

  2. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds.

  3. Add seeds and pod to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

  4. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugar and cornstarch in a medium bowl until light yellow.

  5. Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, then pour back into the pan.

  6. Place over medium heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon in a figure-eight motion until the eggnog begins to thicken, about 8 minutes.

  7. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the remaining 1/2 cup milk to stop the cooking.

  8. Transfer the eggnog to a large bowl and place over a larger bowl of ice to cool.

  9. Chill until ready to serve.

  10. Remove the zest and vanilla pod.

  11. Add liquor, if desired, and garnish with nutmeg.