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24 Nov

Creamy Hot Cocoa and Egg-Less Nog

When the weather turns chilly and you’re craving a festive beverage, bypass all the stores selling over-sugared Venti drinks and head home to make your own Primal Hot Cocoa and Eggnog (or in this case, Egg-Less Nog). Sinfully rich with just the right amount of sweetness, these beverages are all pleasure and no guilt.

The naturally sweet flavor and creamy texture of coconut milk is a perfect non-dairy base for hot drinks. Adding a chopped date that’s simmered and then pureed with the milk makes the hot cocoa and nog even sweeter, for those who want their holiday beverage to taste like drinkable dessert. The date is optional; you can use half the amount suggested or none at all. However, dates are a great way to sweeten without adding noticeable flavor, like honey or maple syrup would.

If you’re making hot cocoa, then the ingredient that’s up next is chocolate and lots of it. Unsweetened cocoa powder brings an intense dark chocolate flavor and also thickens the drink. Add a drizzle of vanilla and your perfect mug of Primal hot cocoa is complete. Unless, of course, you want to add a dollop of unsweetened, whipped cream or a shot of espresso just for fun.

If it’s Eggnog you’re craving, then skip the chocolate and simply flavor the warm, sweetened coconut milk with nutmeg and vanilla. You’ll be surprised by how much the custard-like flavor of this simple version tastes like real Eggnog. You can, of course, throw a few raw egg yolks into the blender too, if you like, or make more traditional Primal Eggnog.

But if you don’t want to bother with slowly heating the yolks or you want to avoid raw eggs altogether, Egg-Less Nog is a delicious solution.


Servings: 2

Time in the Kitchen: 15 minutes


  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk (400 ml)
  • 1 date, pitted and roughly chopped (this is optional for sweetening – you can omit the date or use less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (2 ml)

For hot cocoa:

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (30 ml)

For Egg-Less Nog:

  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg (2 ml)


Bring the coconut milk and chopped date to a boil in a small pot over medium-high heat.

Gently boil the coconut milk for a few minutes then turn off the heat. Let the date soak in the milk for ten minutes to soften.

Pour the coconut milk and date into a blender and blend at medium or high speed for twenty-five seconds or more until the date pieces completely dissolve in the milk.

If making hot cocoa, add vanilla and cocoa powder. If making Egg-Less Nog, add vanilla and nutmeg. Blend again until combined and frothy.

Heat gently on the stove before serving if needed.

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  1. I was just thinking about eggnog today! ‘Tis the season. I like the date sweetening idea. You know, they sell date sugar now, which is just granulated dates. Very convenient.

    j3nn wrote on November 24th, 2012
  2. Oh – The date for sweetness is genius!! I just wish I had come up with that first :-) Finally – we’re going to have hot chocolate in the house again!

    Lisa wrote on November 24th, 2012
  3. My sister was just saying we need eggnog for our Christmas Tree decoration tradition… Now I can make some myself! And hot chocolate, I’m stoked!
    The Healthy Sauces is definitely at the top of my list for Christmas. It’s going to be a great gift for some non-Primal kin too!

    Andrew wrote on November 24th, 2012
  4. Interesting: I made a cuppa cocoa yesterday with a Tbsp butter, Tbsp heavy cream, about 2 tsp cocoa, then filled the mug with coconut milk for delish cup of creamy yumminess. No sweetener needed.

    hummingbird wrote on November 24th, 2012
  5. For those of you who don’t object to nuts, unsweetened almond milk makes a fine base for hot cocoa. Just be sure to warm some of it before adding the cocoa or it’s hard to get the fine powder wet.

    Stella B wrote on November 24th, 2012
  6. Wow. Just made a cuppa for the wife and me. It was great. Only problem is it’s all gone,

    Weedon wrote on November 24th, 2012
  7. Good recipes for those who enjoy nog and cocoa. I never liked nog and am so over cocoa.

    Harry Mossman wrote on November 24th, 2012
  8. SWEET idea!

    Chance Bunger wrote on November 24th, 2012
  9. These are awesome recipes, thank you! I love the idea of using a date to sweeten them. I am having a friend over tonight and we are definitely going to be making some hot cocoa!

    Emily Drew wrote on November 24th, 2012
  10. I always make cocoa with just pure cocoa powder and hot water. It’s bitter like coffee!

    fifer wrote on November 24th, 2012
  11. Though it should be noted that if you’re celiac, you shouldn’t have dates (or probably date sugar).

    Sue wrote on November 24th, 2012
    • I’m curious as to why you say this?

      marian wrote on November 24th, 2012
    • I am curious as to why you say that too. Why would dates be a problem for people with celiac?

      Emily Drew wrote on November 25th, 2012
  12. Curious as to why you’d ever want “egg-less” nog, though…

    I take a mason jar, crack an egg in it, add coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, tiny bit of maple syrup, and a couple ounces of whiskey, screw the blender base onto mason jar (which fits perfectly), blend till frothy, drink, repeat.

    Graham wrote on November 24th, 2012
    • I was wondering what the point of “egg-less” nog was myself. Non-factory eggs don’t have cleanness issues and even then I’ve had many, many raw eggs and lived to type the tale.

      Dairy free nog I get because of the dairy connection. (I’m allergic to dairy as well.) I’m usually willing to brave the reaction for the seasonal treat.

      We just cooked some eggnog this year and it was no big deal. More tedious than difficult. We used stevia to get rid most of the sweetener but unfortunately ended up throwing in 1/4 cup of cane sugar because egg has a really delicate flavor.

      Except for the egg and stevia it was totally unPaleo. (And well worth it.) Does the coconut milk create a coconut flavor? Does the whiskey help??

      Amy wrote on November 24th, 2012
    • I’m going to answer my own question – Mark already has a primal eggnog that includes eggs on the site. Just a guess, but I’m thinking that there might be folks allergic to eggs and/or he’s got this all in drink base going.

      Amy wrote on November 24th, 2012
  13. Looks lovely.

    Sadly I am such an addictive person I cannot do 80/20 as cocoa and anything sweet are like giving cocaine or alcohol to an addict,. I have to say clear. Wish I had been born with different biochemistry.

    EnglishRose2012 wrote on November 25th, 2012
    • Try the coconut milk without the date. I made this last night and the coconut milk was so naturally sweet, I skipped the date altogether. I did use fresh grated nutmeg and vanilla and it was incredibly delightful. Will definitely be having it again; next time I may add a dash of cardamom too!

      Lauryn wrote on December 9th, 2012
  14. Homer: Marge! We only get thirty sweet noggy days. Then the government takes it away again. [pours some on his cereal]

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on November 25th, 2012
  15. Why can’t we just use stevia to sweeten the cocoa? That’s what I’ve been doing so far, though I wonder if I’m having too much stevia :(

    Alisha wrote on November 25th, 2012
  16. Looks delicious, I will be making this as a treat for myself…

    Bev wrote on November 25th, 2012
  17. One time this summer I cracked 2 raw eggs into a 16-oz glass, filled the rest of the volume with milk (whole of course), and stirred. It tasted very much like eggnog minus the sugar.

    Bill C wrote on November 25th, 2012
  18. My 80/20 Holiday Drink

    80% Vanilla Almond milk + 20% Bourbon + a sprinkle of nutmeg = Mmmmmm

    CheyneyR wrote on November 26th, 2012
  19. I don’t use dates/coconut sugar/maple syrup in these types of recipes either. I’m kind of amazed at the amounts that are used sometimes. Once you drop sugar for a while, coconut milk seems to taste sweet enough on its own.

    Anna wrote on November 26th, 2012
  20. I think the eggless nog would be great with a couple of egg yolks thrown in.

    Diane wrote on November 26th, 2012
  21. Coconut milk gives me horrible stomach cramps (yes, even homemade-bummer) and now I think I’ve become allergic to almond milk. Is their any other non-dairy milk out there that anyone can recommend? I’ve looked at hemp @ WF but it sure looks like a bunch of additives.
    Is it possible to make milk out of sunflower seeds?

    Sara wrote on November 26th, 2012
    • Try making raw cashew milk. Easy & Yummy!

      Kate wrote on November 28th, 2012
  22. My 4-year old who won’t eat anything not made of processed wheat and sugar drained the cocoa without even a date or stevia for added sweetness. This will be a staple this winter!

    Craw wrote on November 27th, 2012
    • If you only offer your kid healthy food, they will eat it. YOU buy the food for your kid. If they are hungry, they will eat what you give them. Don’t cave into giving them junk food.

      Emily Drew wrote on November 27th, 2012
  23. In a blender crack 1 egg. Add 2 tbsp (or more) of butter or coconut oil. I tbsp cocoa and sweetener of choice.
    Turn the blender on and add 1 cup boiling water. Perfect hot cocoa!

    Omit cocoa and add nutmeg and you have yummy eggnog. Warm and frothy.

    Just egg, fat and water tastes just like warm milk. Really!

    Gabi wrote on November 29th, 2012
  24. Turn on your air condition and sit in front of it while driinnkg your hot chocolate LOL Yeah in my opinion using real quality chocolate with hot milk brings out the real taste of hot chocolate without a doubt .. It might be need more time than using cocoa powder but it’s worth it ooh my ultimate ultimate hot chocolate experience which I did (fact) Hot chocolate made from real chocolate and hot milk, a half piece of Flake chocolate standing in the glass and spoonful of whipped cream .. You think I’m done? partnered with a plate of 2 freshly made chocolate chip cookies (warmed) I promise you this .. You’ll end up in a coma hehehe but it will be the BEST coma you will ever experience!

    Edi wrote on December 5th, 2012
  25. Sounds weird, but a dash of salt mixed in the hot chocolate really helps!

    Gavin wrote on December 11th, 2012
  26. Finally tried the hot cocoa. The date is enough to sweeten it. I am amazed.

    Patricia Purdy wrote on December 15th, 2012
  27. In Israel, there is a syrup called Silan, which is very popular. From what I understand it’s just pure dates in syrup form. I wonder if it’s available in the States as well.

    Sari wrote on December 20th, 2012
  28. All the family drank it on Christmas eve. Awesome hot cocoa recipe

    Cedric wrote on December 24th, 2012

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