My husband “cooks” about one time per year! His signature dish is actually a drink: Coquito! Coquito, sometimes called Puerto Rican Eggnog, is basically a Spanish version of EggNog. Like traditional EggNog, it’s milky, custardy and includes flavors like vanilla and cinnamon. One main difference between Coquito and traditional eggnog is that most of the milk is replaced with coconut cream, giving Coquito a coconut flavor.
Keto-friendly Coquito means all the flavor without the guilt.
This recipe is a low-carb and keto-friendly version of this popular drink, meaning that you and I can sip this comfortably without worrying about the amount of sugar and carbs we’re drinking!
This recipe makes 6 - 8 oz drinks.
Each serving, a 8-oz drink, has 522 calories and 3g net carbs. I calculated the macros by plugging the ingredients into MyFitnessPal.
All Vanilla Extracts are Not Equal!
Most of my keto & low-carb dessert and sweet treat recipes, including this one, contain vanilla extract. While I typically get anything that says “vanilla extract” in the market, last week, I got the opportunity to try Amoretti Vanilla Madagascar Bourdon Extract and realized that all vanilla extracts are not created equally! Amoretti’s Vanilla Extract is all-natural and has a syrup like consistency, a drastic change from the juice-like extract that I used in the past. Besides this, Amoretti tastes more that a rich vanilla, a world beyond the strong alcohol flavor that sometimes dominates some alternatives.
This recipe includes Ketologie. Is this necessary?
This recipe includes a serving of Ketologie Vanilla Shake. I used it as a substitute for sweetened condensed milk, a key to Coquito’s creaminess. Traditional sweetened condensed milk is essentially sugar, butter, vanilla and milk. Some recipes for making it at home require nearly an hour of cooking those ingredients on low heat, a commitment that I wasn’t willing to make. Ketologie has vanilla flavor, healthy fats, and sweetness. It also has collagen, a protein source that helps make smoothies and drinks creamy. If you have Ketologie Vanilla Shake, you should use it as a short cut. This is what I did.
Another option for Keto Sweetened Condensed Milk is…
If you don’t have Ketologie Vanilla Shake, and you still want to make this drink, you should be able to substitute it with this recipe, which is a modification of several highly rated recipes like this one for keto sweetened condensed milk: Add 2 cups of heavy cream, 2 tbsp of unsalted butter, 1/3 cup Sukrin Gold, and 1 tsp Amoretti Vanilla Madagascar Bourdon Extract to a pan. Whisk the ingredients together and cook on low until the milk reduces by half (~30-40 minutes).
1.5 cups heavy cream
1 packet (or 2 scoops) of Ketologie Vanilla Shake
3 egg yolks, beaten
1 can (2 cups) Coconut Cream (full fat Coconut Milk)
1 cup Unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup rum (optional)
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp Swerve Granular
Add heavy cream and Ketologie Vanilla Shake to a small pot and whisk it to incorporate the powder mixture
Bring the milk and Ketologie mixture to a simmer then remove the milk from the heat & prepare to whisk in the eggs
Whisk about a third of the beaten egg yolks into the milk mixture. Ensure that the yolk is fully incorporated before adding more. Adding the egg yolks too fast might cause them to cook and no one wants scrambled egg bits in their eggnog. Repeat until all of the egg yolks are in incorporated.
Return the pot to low heat and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens just enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon (~5 minutes)
Pour mixture into a blender with the remaining ingredients and blend
Allow the mixture to cool then store in the refrigerator overnight (for best flavor) or until chilled. This drink will thicken overnight so don’t worry if it seems too loose.