Nothing says the holidays like Keto Eggnog Cream Pie! A deliciously light and airy sugar-free filling with hints of nutmeg and rum. It’s a perfect low carb holiday dessert.
Eggnog ain’t just for drinking, you know! I mean, it’s good stuff as a drink and I can down my fair share of it during the holidays. But it also makes wonderful baked goods and other festive desserts. I’ve put my well loved Keto Eggnog to many good uses over the years and this Eggnog Pie is just may latest creation.
Indeed, that unique holiday flavor is delicious in other recipes, such as Eggnog Bread, Eggnog Scones, and Eggnog Cheesecake Bars. I think sometimes I make a big batch of sugar-free eggnog every year, just so I can play with it and come up with new creations.
Is Eggnog Keto Friendly?
Well, yes and no.
The kind you buy at the store isn’t remotely keto, has tons of added sugar, and typically has upwards of 20g of carbs. So it’s not as simple as hitting your local grocery chain and grabbing a carton to take home.
But eggnog is remarkably easy to make at home and this way, you get to control all the ingredients. You can avoid all the gums and other additives, and sweeten it with whatever you like best. Homemade eggnog can indeed be very keto friendly and, in fact, quite good for you. And it tastes fresher and more delicious than the store-bought version.
It was a revelation for me, making my own eggnog the first time, and I thank America’s Test Kitchen for walking me through the process. I first made it back in 2011, and I’ve been making it the same way ever since. It’s become a holiday tradition for my husband and me to sit by our tree and sip keto eggnog with a splash of rum.
And then I use the remainder to make other delicious keto recipes.
How to make Eggnog Pie
This cream pie is relatively simple, although you do need to prepare a few things ahead of time.
- Keto eggnog: you only need a half batch of my eggnog recipe, and even then, you won’t use it all up. But if you love the nog, I recommend making a full batch so you have plenty on hand for sipping too.
- Keto pie crust: Make this easy pie crust ahead of time and fully bake it. You want it to be cool when you add the filling.
You will also need gelatin for this recipe, as it helps set the filling properly. I looked at a couple of conventional eggnog pie recipes, including this one, and they all took gelatin or vanilla pudding to help them firm up. Otherwise you might end up with an oozy (but delicious) pile of eggnog custard on your plate. This method is quite similar to my Keto Pumpkin Cream Pie and Keto Strawberry Cream Pie as well.
Then you whip some cream to stiff peaks and fold the two mixtures together. This method is quite similar to my Keto Pumpkin Cream Pie and Keto Strawberry Cream Pie, and it really does create a light and airy filling. But it’s deceptive because it’s also incredibly rich.
Nutmeg is part of what gives eggnog its unique noggy flavor, so be sure to use a little in the filling and as a garnish. And a little rum extract can give it that boozy eggnog quality too. If you can’t find it, vanilla extract is just fine.
That’s all there is to it. Ready to enjoy some keto eggnog pie?
Keto Eggnog Cream Pie
- Make the pie crust according to the directions and bake at 325F for about 20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggnog, 1/3 cup of the powdered sweetener, the flavoring or extract, and the nutmeg.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the water and gelatin. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then whisk again to dissolve the gelatin. Whisk into the eggnog mixture.
- In a large bowl, beat the cream with the remaining 1/3 cup sweetener and the vanilla extract until it holds stiff peaks. Fold about 3/4 of the whipped cream into the eggnog mixture until no streaks remain. (Reserve the remaining whipped cream for decorating the top of the pie).
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth the top. Refrigerate until set, at least 3 to 4 hours.
- Garnish with the remaining whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground nutmeg.