(Better Than Starbucks!) Homemade Eggnog Latte

Here’s a tasty eggnog latte recipe that’s better and healthier than the Starbucks eggnog latte recipe. And it’s so easy to make a latte at home even without an espresso maker!

Eggnog Latte

I have to admit that I used to love my occasional trips to Starbucks. It was such a treat to have a tasty latte prepared just for me.

However, the frequency of these decreased over the years and now they simply don’t exist anymore. Why? Well…

  • first of all, because I embraced a clean eating lifestyle. Clean eating and Starbucks are not compatible.
  • second of all, because my once-beloved “treat” turned into an expensive habit routine.

I started thinking… what if I make healthy lattes at home?

Then, I thought about what actually goes into a latte and, suddenly, it didn’t seem so difficult to try it out at home without an espresso machine. So, I gave it a shot (ha — pun totally intended!) and… I learned how to make a latte. It was phenomenal!

Thanks to my handy-dandy Stick Blender, this is all a breeze.  Man, I love that thing!

But, it’s also totally possible to make using just a mason jar and lid.  Seriously, is there anything mason jars can’t do? Once I learned how to make a latte, I’ve made homemade Eggnog Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Mocha Lattes (*eh hem* all my favorites from Starbucks, in case you were wondering).

Truthfully, these actually rival the best lattes I’ve had at Starbucks. Plus, they cost just a fraction of the price. And they are so much healthier and good for you. Um…that’s a HUGE difference!

So, here you go!  Try out this eggnog latte recipe.  It is so simple and so delicious (and so darn cheap). Plus healthy and nutritious. I hope you (and your wallet) like it as much as Dustin and I do.

HOW TO MAKE EGGNOG LATTE

Making homemade eggnog latte is incredibly easy if you follow my eggnog latte recipe. But if you’re curious about the steps, here they are:

  1. first, start by making eggnog. I’ll highlight the steps for how to make eggnog in a minute.
  2. then make espresso or strongly-brewed coffee;
  3. to make eggnog latte, combine the hot coffee with the homemade eggnog and some nutmeg in a blender;
  4. blend until frothy (if you don’t have a blender you can mix the coffee and eggnog in a sealed mason jar by shaking it vigorously);
  5. transfer to a festive mug (it doesn’t have to be festive but it’s a nice touch);
  6. garnish with nutmeg;
  7. serve hot.

Separated ingredients ready to make the homemade eggnog ice cream, including egg yolks, whole milk, vanilla, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and whole cloves.

WHAT IS EGGNOG?

Wait… I forgot that not everybody knows what is eggnog. If you were wondering what I was talking about, eggnog is a well-loved beverage in North America, particularly in the US and Canada.

Eggnog is also known as milk punch made with eggs. That might give you an idea about the texture and sweet taste. Also, if you asked the internet “what is eggnog” and it told you it’s an alcoholic beverage, that’s correct. Traditionally, it is. However, I like to make non-alcoholic eggnog so my kids can enjoy it.

And I like my eggnog coffee non-alcoholic too.

Is eggnog good in coffee?

Oh, yeah. It’s so GOOD. Eggnog coffee is for Winter what pumpkin spice latte is for Fall. So, I’d say adding eggnog in coffee during this time of the year it’s a great way to make your coffee seasonal and festive without compromising your healthy diet.

Light Eggnog | Introducing Eggnog without the guilt (and you can have it all year round!). Yes, you can rejoice now. | A Sweet Pea Chef

HOW TO MAKE EGGNOG

To make a healthy eggnog flavored coffee, you have to learn how to make light eggnog. Eggnog can be purchased from the grocery store but we all know that’s never the healthiest option. Making it at home is, so here’s how to do it:

  1. combine milk, egg yolks, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a blender and blend until smooth;
  2. transfer the mixture from the blender to a saucepan;
  3. add cloves;
  4. cook the eggnog until it thickens;
  5. add vanilla extract;
  6. use a fine mesh strainer to remove cloves;

For detailed steps and recipe notes, check out my non-alcoholic eggnog recipe.

As I said, I don’t follow the traditional eggnog recipe because I like my eggnog healthy and non-alcoholic. Also, I like to cook the eggs not use them raw as the traditional recipe requires for safety reasons.

Now that you know how to make eggnog, you can make eggnog latte any time you want. But you can also enjoy it on its own. It’s YUMMY. Or you can make eggnog ice cream. Also YUMMY.

Eggnog Latte - Sprinkling The NutmegEggnog Latte

HOMEMADE VS. STARBUCKS EGGNOG LATTES

If you’re not convinced that making eggnog latte at home is the way to go, let’s discuss the Starbucks eggnog latte for a minute.

Starbucks eggnog latte ingredients:

  • eggnog;
  • milk;
  • espresso;
  • nutmeg.

It doesn’t sound that scary. I agree. But you have to remember the eggnog used in Starbucks eggnog latte has tons of sugar and artificial flavors. Still, don’t believe me? Well, a grande Starbucks eggnog latte is 480 kcal. WOOT! Yes, that’s an entire meal for most people. Now that’s scary. And if you are a venti type of person, we’re talking about 630 kcal.

So yeah, homemade eggnog latte is definitely the way to go. I know not all eggnog latte recipes are the same but you can count on mine. Let’s see the eggnog latte ingredients I use:

  • eggnog;
  • coffee;
  • nutmeg.

I already listed the eggnog ingredients for you and you already know they are clean and nutritious. That means you also know you can use it as eggnog coffee creamer without feeling guilty.

Eggnog Latte

3 MORE HEALTHY COFFEE RECIPES

After all this eggnog and coffee conversation, I feel like we have to chat a little longer about coffee. Because I like it a lot and I’m pretty sure you like it too. And, while on a regular basis I just enjoy my coffee with a few drops of maple syrup and a little bit of coconut milk, sometimes I want my coffee drinks to be special. So let’s take a look at 3 more healthy coffee recipes, shall we?

HEALTHY COFFEE SMOOTHIE RECIPE

I’ll start with a Healthy Coffee Smoothie Recipe. This is breakfast and coffee in one drink. Amazing for busy mornings, right?

Side view of 2 glasses of Healthy Coffee Smoothie.

And another great thing about this Coffee Smoothie is that you can make it in 5 minutes. And it’s obviously healthy. Get the recipe.

HOMEMADE HEALTHY PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE RECIPE

If you got excited when I mentioned my Pumpkin Spice Latter at the beginning of this post, there you go – my Homemade Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte | Low calorie, high in protein, low carb, cream-free pumpkin spice latte without an espresso maker! www.asweetpeachef.com

Homemade Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte has all the amazing pumpkin spice flavors but without the sugar and unhealthy ingredients found in Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte. Amazeballs. Get the recipe.

HOMEMADE COFFEE CREAMER

I have to admit that no matter how much I love my flavored lattes, I don’t always have time for them. That’s why I keep Homemade Coffee Creamer in my fridge.

Overhead view of a glass filled with iced coffee and homemade coffee creamer.

Don’t worry, this is not the regular coffee creamer filled with sugar and chemicals. It’s healthy. And easy to make with only 5 ingredients. Get the recipe.

4.78 from 9 votes
Eggnog Latte
Homemade Eggnog Latte Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Here's a tasty eggnog latte recipe that’s better and healthier than the Starbucks eggnog latte recipe. And it's so easy to make a latte at home even without an espresso maker!
Categories: Clean Eating, coffee, Dairy-Free, hot drinks, latte, winter
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: eggnog latte, eggnog latte recipes, starbucks eggnog latte
Servings: 2 lattes
Calories: 227 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
For the Eggnog:
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more for topping
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for topping
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
For the Eggnog Latte:
  • 2 cups strongly-brewed coffee or espresso, hot
  • 1 1/2 cups eggnog (see recipe above)
  • ground nutmeg, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a kitchen blender, add egg yolks, unsweetened almond milk, raw honey, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon, and then blend for a minute or so until smooth.

  2. Pour the mixture into a sauce pan or deep pot, add the whole cloves, and heat over medium heat.

  3. Cook the eggnog for about 10-15 minutes until it starts to thicken and slowly cook the eggs. It will be frothy at first. We want the mixture to get hot, but not simmer or boil. If it gets close to boiling, you can whisk vigorously and temporarily remove from the heat.
  4. Once the eggnog has thickened, turn off the heat, and stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer to remove the cloves, then pour into an airtight container and place in the fridge to chill for 6-8 hours, or overnight.

  6. To make the eggnog latte, combine hot brewed strong coffee, the homemade eggnog, and some nutmeg in a blender and blend until frothy. You can also use a sealed mason jar and shake vigorously with your hands or an immersion blender in the pot.
  7. Transfer to your favorite mug and serve hot, garnished with nutmeg.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Eggnog Latte Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 latte)
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 172mg57%
Sodium 221mg9%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 248mg25%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

47 thoughts on “(Better Than Starbucks!) Homemade Eggnog Latte

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  2. 4 stars
    I made this recipe and it is delicious! However, I wouldn’t add all of that sugar. I would suggest only doing 1 tbsp of sugar. If even that.
    Also, I microwaved my milk mixture for 45 seconds in a Mason jar. I have lids that screw onto them. For some reason the lids don’t work very well with the heated mixture. So I put saran wrap over the mouth of the Mason jar and then I put on the lid.
    I will definitely be making this again!

  3. This recipe was great, tastes very good, I would recommend only using 1 tbsp. Of sugar rather than 2, the 2 tablespoons is just a little bit sweet for my liking. Other than that, it’s very tasty.

  4. 5 stars
    Ooo thank you so much! This eggnogg is absolutely gorgeous, and I used this to make some seriously good eggnogg lattes (following your recipe!) ????

  5. Hi there Lacey, when I get home I’ll try that later today as I am craving it! Question though, if I wanted to make it an Iced Eggnogg latte, which is fantastic by the way, which steps exactly would be different?

  6. 5 stars
    Lacey, YES!!! It’s definitely May and I was definitely craving an Eggnog Latte – I used your eggnog recipe and feel relieved that I was able to duplicate and avoided the chemical crap I was about to order online. So good. Grateful I discovered your blog – All the best! 🙂

  7. Hi Lacey, thank you for the recipe! Made the eggnog part today and it is delicious. I was wondering, is this recipe easily doubled (ie. since this a single serving, could I simply double the milk and eggnog, etc.)? If so, would I need to double the time used to blend/shake and microwave the mixture?

    1. When I double the recipe, I usually make the servings individually so I do the microwave piece separately for two. But, it would work all together, if you have a large enough microwave safe container 🙂 Enjoy!

  8. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I too had troubles with getting a nice frothy foam. I don’t have a hand blender, so went with the “shake vigorously” approach. Regardless of lack of foam, this was delicious! Not very time-consuming and a whole lot less expensive than the coffee shop!!

    Many thanks!

  9. 4 stars
    Loved this recipe! I used the same proportions, but to make my foam heated the milk in a saucepan and used an aerolatte (which is wonderful to have on hand!). Next time, I will cut out all the sugar as I felt it was too sweet with it. Definitely a keeper.

  10. 5 stars
    I just made this eggnog latte in my Vitamix. I put all the ingredients (including the nutmeg) in the container and it turned out perfect, with lots of froth. This is the best homemade eggnog latte I have ever made. Thank you so much!

  11. Do you think this recipe could be made using a milk frothed, if one happened to have one? Would you heat the milk mixture first then froth?

  12. Thanks so much for this, I am a Starbucks junkie and have needed to cut back. This is better than the eggnog latte at Starbucks and I’m no longer spending $5 a day for it. This is so exciting haha I can’t wait to try some new ones! Please post your other home made latte recipes. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    K

  13. 5 stars
    Can you post how you make the pumpkin spice latte? I really shouldn’t be spending nearly $5 for a tall latte 🙂 I have a relatively cheap espresso machine (a Mr. Coffee) and it does the job. I don’t use the frother attachment, because it is a pain in the butt! I heat my milk in the microwave and whip it with an Aerolatte.

    1. Hi Penney! I’d LOVE to share a Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. I’m actually planning to do so really soon 🙂 I’m totally there with you on trying to cut down on latte bills 🙂

  14. This looks so yummy Lacey!!
    I also have to make that beef stew from the last post!! We love a great stew and thanks for
    the video!

    Pam 🙂

  15. Tried this today. Tasted just like the real thing. I had a hard time getting enough foam on mine with the stick blender but then my sons with protein powder in it foamed like crazy!It was very good, thanks!

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