Eggnog Oatmeal

Sadly, my family was never an eggnog family. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I asked my mom what it was, so she bought me a carton of the store-bought variety so I could try it. I’ll admit now that most of it ended up being poured down the sink two weeks later (i.e. I was unimpressed). I’ve never had homemade eggnog, but it’s never been high on my priority list for foods to try, either.


Now that I avoid dairy, I have even less desire to try the real stuff. However, I was exceptionally curious to try the dairy-free varieties after reading some reviews. I saw the rice ‘nog appear in Whole Foods even before Thanksgiving, but it wasn’t until a week ago that I finally captured the coconut ‘nog! As soon as I spotted it on an obscure refrigerated shelf in the corner of the store, I snatched a jug up in less time than it takes for my roommate to complain whenever we play Christmas music. 😉


You can use any eggnog for this recipe (anything from homemade dairy-and-egg-included eggnog to store-bought rice ‘nog), but I definitely used the coconut ‘nog and was satisfied with my choice!

Have you tried any of the vegan ‘nogs from the stores yet? What’s your favorite?

Eggnog Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup eggnog (I used So Delicious Coconut Nog)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 pitted date, chopped finely (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring eggnog of choice to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. If using dates, add immediately.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add optional cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Stir.
  4. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with a splash of your milk of choice (or more eggnog) and any other additional toppings (a dusting of nutmeg, dried cranberries, shredded coconut, nuts, chocolate chips, crushed peppermint candies, etc.).

Just an FYI:

For Overnight Oats
Simply combine all ingredients in a mason jar (reduce amount of eggnog to 1/2 cup) and add 1/2 tsp of chia seeds. Shake until combined and refrigerate overnight.

Variation: Pumpkin Eggnog Oatmeal!

If you, like me, tire easily of the eggnog taste (and thus have no way of using up that dreadful jug in the fridge), switch it up by incorporating pumpkin!


In the second step, add 1/3 cup pumpkin puree. In the third step, increase cinnamon to 1/2 tsp and add a tiny pinch of cloves (you won’t need to add nutmeg because there should be plenty in the ‘nog). Depending on your taste preferences, you may also need to add 1/2 tsp of maple syrup or honey.

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

7 Responses to Eggnog Oatmeal

  1. Lyndsey B says:

    The props in these pictures are so dainty and Christmas-y! It makes me wish the holiday season was already here. I am in love with the Silk soy milk eggnog. I’m not a vegan, but it’s so much healthier and lighter than traditional eggnog. I love it so much, especially in baked oatmeal!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I would like to try it in baked oatmeal. I’m not a huge fan of eggnog (I’ve only had it twice–once dairy, once nondairy, but both were store-bought), but I wish I liked it. I feel like there are so many oatmeal possibilities there… 🙂

  2. Christine says:

    I haven’t had egg nog in years, even though I like the taste. I plan to get some this holiday season so that I can try this recipe. I have a couple ideas for variations too. Starbucks used to (or still does) have an eggnog latte. I suppose I could recreate that by using 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules, and maybe less eggnog and more water. When I was little, my father made pancakes with eggnog in the batter. I have no idea how much eggnog he used, but the flavor definitely came through in the pancakes. Maybe you could try making eggnog oatcakes.

    • Kelsey says:

      I love the idea of eggnog oatcakes! I’m about to get some to try and that would be a good way to use it besides regular oatmeal.

      • Lauren Smith says:

        I saw Silk eggnog at Whole Foods last night and *almost* bought some, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it haha.

        • Christine says:

          I’m trying to resist buying it too! I think that I’ll hold out until at least after Thanksgiving. Egg nog oatcakes would be an excellent recipe to feature. When my father made egg nog pancakes, he probably followed the recipe on the Bisquick box, but replaced some or all of the milk with egg nog.

  3. Christine says:

    I broke down and bought some Silk Nog yesterday. It was my first time trying non-dairy eggnog. So good! I tried the overnight version of this recipe. I added an extra 2 tablespoons of liquid but it still turned out extremely thick and dense. Next time, I would try upping the eggnog to 3/4 cup.

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