Spiced Eggnog Oatmeal

hand stirring spoon in bowl of garnished eggnog

This Spiced Eggnog Oatmeal is the perfect holiday breakfast! Creamy, rich and perfectly sweet, this bowl is the perfect warm treat to cozy up with this season. 

Alright friends, I couldn’t make it into another season without sharing a new oatmeal recipe! 

I don’t know about you guys, but I find myself eating the exact same breakfast everyday for months on end. And then I immediately need something new and exciting. 

And the cycle begins again, ha! 

One of the best things about oatmeal though, is how VERSATILE it is! You can have blueberries and cream oatmeal, carrot cake oatmeal, cinnamon roll overnight oats….the list could go on. 

But, for this holiday season, you *must* eat this Spiced Eggnog Oatmeal. 

Why You’ll Love This Breakfast: 

First off – if you’re an eggnog lover, you will be SO happy with this oatmeal. 

I actually never had eggnog before I met Benjamin – and he is a HUGE eggnog lover. The thick sweetness of the nog really just adds SO much to the oatmeal overall. It’s truly delightful.

side view of garnished oatmeal with coffee cup and cinnamon sticks in the background

The eggnog is so creamy and rich. It really pairs perfectly with the oats to create a warm and cozy breakfast. 

I also *love* how simple this recipe is. It takes no time at all to whip it up on the stovetop – and I highly suggest you go the stovetop route for EXTRA goodness! It just makes the oatmeal that much more thick and delectable.

close up of creamy oatmeal in the bowl with cinnamon spice on top

And what s eggnog without some extra spice?!

The added cinnamon and nutmeg spice is the perfect way to have even more of a holiday treat 🙂 

You can eat it as is – creamy and thick and delicious. However, I love adding some pecans on top! These add a wonderful crunchy texture to cut through the creaminess as well as a good source of extra protein.

Pair with a cup of hot coffee or tea and you’re set! 

So let’s get into what you need to make it. 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Rolled Oats
  • Eggnog
  • Whole Milk (can sub dairy free!) 
  • Maple syrup 
  • Brown sugar 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans (for garnish, optional) 

Tips for Making the Best Oatmeal: 

Alright, friends, as I mentioned above, I truly believe the best way to make this oatmeal is on the stovetop. I know that the microwave might seem like the quicker option – but truly, I feel like the stovetop produces superior results for just a little bit more time. 

So….trust me on this one and get out a small pot! 

To the pot, go ahead and add in the oats, milk, and eggnog. You can sub both the whole milk and eggnog with dairy free options.

Stir together until combined and let this heat up on medium heat. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom. 

cooked oatmeal in pot with large wooden spoon

By now, it will have began to thicken up. Add in the brown sugar, maple syrup, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract and stir together. Stir to combine and let cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the desired consistency of your oatmeal is reached. 

If you like your oatmeal more thin, you might need to add a splash more milk (or eggnog!) – otherwise, this oatmeal is THICK! 

close up of silver spoon in bowl of garnished oatmeal

Be sure to taste it before you serve – just in case you need to add more sweetener 🙂 

And now – time to serve! This makes 2 servings. Top with chopped pecans and if desired, an extra splash of eggnog on top for aesthetic as well as a pinch of cinnamon. 

Enjoy every bite of this, my friends!

Garnish Ideas: 

  • Chopped pecans or walnuts 
  • Sliced bananas 
  • Cooked pears or apples 
  • Eat just as is 🙂 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few other oatmeal ideas you might like: 

Gingerbread Oatmeal 

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal 

London Fog Oatmeal 

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Spiced Eggnog Oatmeal

This Spiced Eggnog Oatmeal is the perfect holiday breakfast! Creamy, rich and perfectly sweet, this bowl is the perfect warm treat to cozy up with this season. 

Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy oatmeal, eggnog oatmeal, spiced eggnog
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie


  • 1 and 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole milk (can sub dairy free!)
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon + more for garnish
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Extra splash of eggnog + chopped pecans for garnish


  1. In a small sized pot, add 1 and 1/4 cup of oats with the 1 cup of eggnog and 1 cup of whole milk. Stir to combine. Place on stovetop and cook on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. It might come to a gentle boil and that's okay - just be sure to stir every 30 seconds or so to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.

  2. When it starts to thicken, place on low/medium heat. Add in brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and spices. Stir to combine. 

  3. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on low heat to let it warm up with the spices.

  4. Once your desired consistency is reached and oatmeal is fully cooked and warm - taste and adjust if needed. Add additional sweetener, more spice etc to your liking. Add a splash or two more milk if you prefer your oatmeal more thin. 

  5. Dish out into bowls, garnish with nuts and an extra splash of eggnog and pinch of cinnamon. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can sub both the whole milk and eggnog with dairy free options!

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