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My favourite drink of the holidays, Sugar-Free Protein Eggnog, Venezuelan Ponche Crema. This is a healthier version from the original recipe, it’s creamy, aromatic, spiced, and with extra nutrients coming from the protein.
I used to make the full version in Venezuela, 10 years ago, and let me tell you it was scrumptiously delicious, but girl! The amount of sugar and fat that eggnog has, was gigantic! About 54 grams depending on the recipe. I never drank one glass but sometimes two or three. Now, I realized why I did gain weight every Christmas.
Ponche Crema is a traditional Venezuelan Christmas drink. It is an equivalent of Baileys Irish Cream made with Irish Whiskey. It’s what families drink while they prepare the Christmas dinner, or what you offer to friends when they visit you on Christmas Eve or Day. However, there is a store-bought version, but since I learned how to make it, I never went back to buy it again.
WHAT TYPE OF SPIRIT DID I USE TO MAKE THIS SUGAR-FREE PROTEIN EGGNOG?
The original recipe is made with Venezuelan dark rum, I used to use Cacique Anejo, Santa Teresa Reserva, Pampero Aniversario, or Diplomatico the best rums in the world. In my opinion, I ordered the list from the cheaper to more expensive, also taking into account flavour, and aging. Although I have to make emphasis that all the rum listed are delicious I have tried them all, I have always used Pampero Aniversario until I moved to Ireland because I couldn’t find it. So, I started using Spiced Rum like Captain Morgan at first, and then I found Lambs Spiced Rum that has become my favourite. Delivers a sweet vanilla and spiced taste that goes well with this Sugar-Free Protein Eggnog and with my macerated fruit and nuts (mincemeat) for Christmas bakes.
In the end, you can use any dark rum you like, to be honest.
WHY HEALTHY PONCHE CREMA, VENEZUELAN EGGNOG?
There is no surprise here, that I try to include protein in all my meals, and Christmas will not be the exception. A little bit of extra protein won’t do any harm, the opposite it will help to keep you satiated for longer stopping you from having crazy cravings stepping you away from your goals.
However, if you don’t have or don’t want to use protein, it is fine you can omit it, but later on in the post, I will tell you what you need to use instead.
Well, I know it is not entirely 100% sugar-free, because the rum is made of sugar cane and still has sugar, but we are not adding extra sugar, we are using zero-calorie natural sweeteners like erythritol, allulose, and stevia. Also, if you use the protein that I use Iso Whey Zero it is Gluten, Sugar, Lactose, Palm oil-free, you will be stepping down a bit more in the sugar content per drink.
I have sensitivity to lactose so that I am using almond milk instead of cow milk or condensate milk, also the latter has too much sugar. And by using a lactose-free whey protein I am sorted.
HOW TO SERVE THIS SUGAR-FREE PROTEIN EGGNOG, PONCHE CREMA?
The best way to drink this eggnog is on the rocks, because it is thick and as the ice melts the Ponche Crema will thin out and you will be sipping through for longer. Garnish with some ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick, and enjoy!
FAQS ABOUT MAKING PONCHE CREMA, VENEZUELAN EGGNOG
CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE PROTEIN POWDER?
Yes, sure you can, only you need sugar-free vanilla pudding, also you might need to adjust the sweetness to your liking.
CAN I USE ANY OTHER TYPE OF MILK?
Yes, you can use any type of milk you want, in the end, it all goes down to your needs, if you are lactose intolerant or not. Just, if you are using plant-based milk, try to stick with almond because has a more neutral flavour, than coconut, hazelnut, and so on.
CAN I ADD MORE RUM TO THE EGGNOG?
Yes, it is up to you how strong you like your drinks. For me, the amount listed is perfect, although sometimes after serving a glass I would go for ½ of a shoot more, depending on my festive moods.
FOR HOW LONG THIS SUGAR-FREE EGGNOG WILL LAST IN THE FRIDGE?
This is a good question, in fact, last year I made this recipe I didn’t drink it all, and after six months in the fridge. So, I decided to give it a go, and to my surprise, it was damn delicious! the flavours were more intense and mature.
No worries if you don’t drink it all in the holidays you still have several months after to finish it.
CAN I MAKE THIS PROTEIN EGGNOG ALCOHOL-FREE?
If you don’t drink whether, for religion, diet or you choose not to, the answer is yes, of course, you can make this Sugar Free Protein Eggnog without any alcohol. Just simply add Rum extract/flavoring 1 or 2 Tablespoons to get the right taste, and add more non-dairy milk to achieve the right consistency and enjoy!
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SUGAR FREE PROTEIN EGGNOG, VENEZUELAN PONCHE CREMACourse: Dessert, Recipes, Snack, DrinksCuisine: VenezuelanDifficulty: Easy
This healthy version of Eggnog. I make every Holiday my Sugar Free Protein Eggnog recipe. It’s one of my favorite holiday cocktails. In my home town Venezuela it is called Ponche Crema. This version is sugar-free, lactose-free, and high in protein. Also, it’s sweet, low carb, low fat, and full of flavour. Great to enjoy on the rocks, on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Enjoy this Holiday without the extra calories and guilt-free.
750 ml /g Almond milk, unsweetened, 3 cups
50g Protein Powder, vanilla cinnamon roll, caramel, or vanilla*
1 tbsp Corn starch/tapioca starch
1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
½ tsp Nutmeg, ground
1 tbsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Lemon zest
2 large eggs (60g each)
1 large egg yolk
250ml/g Rum (optional) **
1 box Sugar-free Vanilla Pudding (optional, just use in case not using protein powder)
- In a large pot over medium-low heat, place 2 cups of almond milk, stevia powder packets, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon zest until start soft boiling.
- Meanwhile in a large bowl whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sweeteners, and corn starch until creamy consistency.
- When the milk mixture starts soft boiling point turn off the stove and now, we are going to temper the egg mixture by adding 4 tablespoons (one at a time) of the hot milk and whisking vigorously, this will bring up the temperate of the eggs without scrambling them. ***
- Then pour the tempered eggs mixture into the milk and keep stirring continuously, turn on the stove to medium heat, and don’t stop stirring until the mixture is thick enough about 5 min.
- Now, turn off the stove and add the one cup of almond milk you left behind, and stir until all come together, this will stop the mixture from cooking.
- Transfer the mixture to a blender, add the rum, blend, add the protein or pudding mix and blend again for about 30 seconds to a minute. Let it cool down before transferring into a glass bottle.
- Make sure the eggnog is cool before storing it in the fridge.
- Enjoy over ice and dust with cinnamon!
- * If you are not using protein powder, use 1 box of sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
- ** If not using rum read the FAQS for substitutions.
- *** This step is very important because you can go from uncooked eggs to scramble eggs in seconds. So, go a little and slow when tempering the eggs.
9 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories130
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0.8g 4%
- Cholesterol 77mg 26%
- Sodium 20.2mg 1%
- Potassium 22.6mg 1%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
- Sugars 0.1g
- Protein 7.1g 15%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.