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Eggnog Oatmeal

This creamy eggnog oatmeal recipe is made with eggnog, maple syrup, and nutmeg, and loaded with delicious holiday flavor. It comes together quickly and is the perfect cozy breakfast for Christmas brunch and chilly winter mornings.

We have a few more oatmeal recipes on the blog, like this evaporated milk oatmeal and McDonald’s oatmeal recipe.

bowl of eggnog oatmeal recipe on a white plate with a red and white striped kitchen towel.

Creamy oatmeal with eggnog

Spiced eggnog oatmeal is so delicious! Full of warm spices and a subtle sweetness from eggnog and maple syrup, this festive oatmeal breakfast recipe is perfect for the holidays.

The combination of eggnog, oats, and nutmeg creates a cozy holiday flavor.

This oatmeal recipe is a quick and easy breakfast, ready to go in about 30 minutes.

It’s the perfect option when you need something quick and satisfying for Christmas morning brunch and holiday meal prep.

Looking for more treats for your Christmas morning brunch? This Christmas fruit salad, butter rum muffins, and Pillsbury cinnamon roll casserole would be delicious additions!

And be sure to serve our Christmas morning punch, apple cider mocktail, or hot chocolate as drinks alongside this dish.

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Ingredients

Using a handful of simple ingredients, this homemade eggnog oatmeal is so delicious that it will be love at first bite! Please see the recipe card below for exact measurements.

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats are best for this eggnog recipe.
  • Eggnog gives the oatmeal a delightful holiday flavor and incredibly creamy texture. I like to use my homemade vanilla eggnog for this recipe, but your favorite store-bought brand will work just fine.
  • Water: Besides eggnog, we also need a little water to get the perfect consistency.
  • Maple syrup is the perfect sweetener because it’s liquid and blends nicely with the oat mixture. Honey or brown sugar would be good substitutes if you don’t have maple syrup.
  • Ground nutmeg is the perfect warming spice for this oatmeal. You can’t go wrong with the combo of eggnog + nutmeg!
  • Salt: A pinch of salt brings all the flavors together.
  • Topping: Pecans and red currants create a festive and crunch topping. You could also use walnuts, almonds, pomegranate seeds, and dried cranberries.
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How to make eggnog oatmeal

My eggnog oatmeal recipe is simple, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll keep coming back and making it over and over. I can’t wait for you to try it!

step 1 cook oats.

1. Cook oats

  • Add the rolled oats, eggnog, water, maple syrup, nutmeg, and salt to a medium saucepan.
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.
step 2 simmer oatmeal.

2. Simmer oatmeal

  • Then, reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue cooking for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir occasionally so the mixture doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pot.
  • The eggnog oatmeal is ready when the oats are creamy and have soaked up most of the liquid.
step 3 serve eggnog oatmeal.

3. Serve

  • Transfer the eggnog oatmeal to individual serving bowls.
  • Drizzle with eggnog and garnish the top with pecans, red currants, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Microwave eggnog oatmeal

To prepare eggnog oatmeal in the microwave, just add all ingredients to a large microwave-safe bowl. Leave plenty of room for the liquids to bubble up.

Microwave for 1 minute at high, stir, and then microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each one.

Cook until the oatmeal has reached the consistency you like. You know it’s ready when the oats are hot and most of the liquid is absorbed. I typically microwave mine for 3 minutes.

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Tips

  • Adjust the sweetness: Depending on how sweet your eggnog is, you may use more or less maple syrup – or none at all.
  • Best type of oats: I created this recipe with old-fashioned or Irish rolled oats in mind. You can substitute quick oats or instant oats in an equal amount, but the texture will be softer. I don’t recommend steel-cut oats as they need to cook much longer to soften.
  • Eggnog overnight oats: To turn the recipe into eggnog overnight oats, prepare the oatmeal the night before. Let it cool, then transfer to an airtight container or mason jar. Refrigerate overnight, then eat cold or reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave with a little extra eggnog.
  • More servings: This spiced eggnog oatmeal is great because you can easily double or triple the recipe for meal prep or make more servings for Christmas morning.
overhead shot of a bowl of eggnog oats garnished with red currants and pecans.
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Variations

This eggnog oatmeal is an easy recipe with minimal ingredients. That said, you can totally customize your eggnog oats with the toppings and mix-ins! Here are a few ideas that would be delicious:

  • Eggnog flavor: Feel free to prepare the recipe with chocolate eggnog, cinnamon oatmeal, or pumpkin eggnog instead of classic eggnog.
  • Toppings: Try chopped apples, sliced bananas, raisins, dried cranberries, candied pecans or walnuts, granola, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, a drizzle of almond butter, apple butter, or caramel sauce.
  • Protein: Stir in 1/2 to 1 coop vanilla protein powder after cooking to boost the protein.
  • Spices: Add additional spices like ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspices, cardamom powder, or pumpkin pie spice.
  • Fruit: Top your oatmeal with fruit compote, sautéed apples, or pie filling such as apple, cherry, or peach.
  • Gluten-free: To avoid gluten, make sure the oats are certified gluten-free.
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Storage instructions

  • Store: Keep leftover oatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
  • Reheat: When you’re ready to eat, warm the oatmeal in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir every 30 seconds until the oats reach your desired temperature. You may want to add an extra splash of eggnog or water because the oats thicken up as they sit. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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More eggnog recipes

Eggnog is a holiday classic. You can use the sweet, creamy drink to create all kinds of delicious desserts and baking recipes. I love the taste it brings to a recipe. Try some of these delicious eggnog recipes!

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Eggnog Oatmeal Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

This creamy eggnog oatmeal recipe is made with eggnog, maple syrup, and nutmeg, and loaded with delicious holiday flavor. It comes together quickly and is the perfect cozy breakfast for Christmas brunch and chilly winter mornings.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup / 80 g / 2.8 oz rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups / 360 ml / 12 fl oz eggnog
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml / 4 fl oz water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch of nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Cook oats. Add the rolled oats, eggnog, water, maple syrup, nutmeg, and salt to a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Simmer oatmeal. Then, reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue cooking for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir occasionally so the mixture doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pot. The eggnog oatmeal is ready when the oats are creamy and have soaked up most of the liquid.
  3. Serve. Transfer the eggnog oatmeal to individual serving bowls. Drizzle with eggnog and garnish the top with pecans, red currants, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Notes

Tip

  • Adjust the sweetness: Depending on how sweet your eggnog is, you may use more or less maple syrup – or none at all.
  • Best type of oats: I created this recipe with old-fashioned or Irish rolled oats in mind. You can substitute quick oats or instant oats in an equal amount, but the texture will be softer. I don’t recommend steel-cut oats as they need to cook much longer to soften.
  • Eggnog overnight oats: To turn the recipe into eggnog overnight oats, prepare the oatmeal the night before. Let it cool, then transfer to an airtight container or mason jar. Refrigerate overnight, then eat cold or reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave with a little extra eggnog.
  • More servings: This spiced eggnog oatmeal is great because you can easily double or triple the recipe for meal prep or make more servings for Christmas morning.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 200mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 7g

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