Thick, creamy, nourishing, and delicious, this homemade paleo pumpkin eggnog has it all! It’s so easy to make, you’ll be enjoying it all winter long, guilt-free!
It’s always the season.
Friends, whether you read this recipe in December or July, let me assure of one thing: it’s always the right time to enjoy a cup of eggnog. There’s no need to argue with me, I know I’m right.
Though the drink is traditionally served around the winter holidays, I have no qualms about drinking it mid-summer. I just don’t heat it up. It’s still delicious.
And while I drink it any time of year, I also drink it any kind of way. Plain jane, chocolate, smoothie-ified, chia pudding-ified. However I feel like it.
This easy paleo pumpkin version is one of my latest favorites. Not only because it’s eggnog, but because it’s pumpkin! Another thing I’m up for all year…
And why should I not be? Eggnog and pumpkin happen to be packed with nutrition!
I know, eggnog probably isn’t one of those things you associate with health. And that’s probably because the store-bought stuffed is jam-packed with sugars. But homemade eggnog is another thing, my friends! Not only can you add all the goodness you want into it, you can also consume it raw (if you use fresh, organic egg yolks), and that ups the nutritional value! And while I do like a good hot mug of eggnog, raw is my favorite way to have it. Maybe that’s ’cause I live in the south, where it’s always 90 degrees, or maybe it’s because raw is the easiest way for my body to digest eggs (I’m strange, I know). Either way, it’s delicious.
Now, you’re probably thinking, “Raw eggs can’t be good for you!” You’re partially right. Normal eggs from factory-farmed hens should never be eaten raw. However, if you have a good source for pastured, organic eggs, they’re definitely packed with so many things your body needs!
I used to shy away from eating raw eggs, party due to allergies and partly misinformation, but the GAPS diet changed both those for me. Raw yolks are one of the best ways to get a healthy dose of vitamins B6, folate, B12, A, D, E, and K into your diet! Plus, egg yolks contain 90 percent of the egg’s calcium and iron!
If all that isn’t enough to sway you, just heat your eggnog gently over medium-low heat and enjoy it warmed. It will still be delicious and packed with nutrition! ‘Cause… pumpkin.
Plus pumpkin. . .
Pumpkin is an antioxidant powerhouse – full of vitamin A, C, and E, as well as the B-complex vitamins folates, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin and pantothenic acid. Pumpkin is also a wonderful way to get minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
And beside eggs and pumpkin, I love to up the protein in pretty much any drink with a scoop of collagen powder. Collage is important for healthy skin, hair, nails. It also supports your joints, and improves gut function and digestion.
Paleo pumpkin eggnog.
So you really can’t go wrong with this delicious paleo pumpkin eggnog. It’s delicious, packed with nutritional value, and super easy to make. I usually use almond milk or my homemade coconut milk with it, but you really can use whatever milk you like. I also like to use my homemade pumpkin puree, but any pureed pumpkin will work. Just make sure it’s not pumpkin pie filing… pureed pumpkin only, friends!
For nutritional add-ins, of course we already talked about the collagen. If you don’t have any, or can’t handle it, feel free to leave it out. If you’re not into rum, you can just rum flavoring, or just leave that out all together, too. It won’t taste as much like eggnog, but it will still be delicious!
If you’re doing GAPS or low-carb, just remember that rum is not GAPS/keto-friendly, though it should be safe enough for paleo people.
For the sweetener, I always sweeten everything with honey. Of course, I know there are those rare folk who can’t do honey. In that case you could do maple syrup or even a little coconut palm sugar (you’d want to heat the eggnog if using that) to sweeten your paleo pumpkin eggnog. And if you’re doing keto/low-carb, you can sub in some liquid stevia or monkfruit for your sweetener.
More delicious eggnog-y things.
If you’re a fellow all-the-eggnogs any-time-of-year person, here are a few more delicious variations on eggnog for you to try!
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Paleo Pumpkin Eggnog
Free from grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 2 cups milk of choice (I use almond milk or my homemade coconut milk)
- 2 egg yolks from pastured, organic hens
- 1 tablespoon kosher, non-GMO collagen (optional)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (learn how to make your own)
- 1 teaspoon rum or rum flavoring (optional)
- 1/4 cup honey (or stevia, monkfruit, maple syrup, etc., to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Place all ingredients in a blender (I use a Blendtec) and pulse until pureed. Drink as is, or…
Pour into a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, whisking frequently to prevent the eggs from curdling.