Learn how to make homemade pecan milk with this easy recipe! It’s a creamy, delicious dairy-free milk that’s perfect for your morning coffee, tea or oats.
Pecans make delicious dairy-free milk that you can make at home in minutes. Pecan milk provides a adds a sweet, nutty flavor and creamy texture compared to other nut kinds of milk.
How to make pecan milk at home
You’ll only need a few ingredients to make pecan milk: pecans, water, and a sweetener like dates or maple syrup. I like to roast the pecans first to bring out more toasty flavor. But you can use raw pecans and still get delicious milk.
Start with raw, unsalted pecans. Nuts that have already been roasted might contain additional oils and may not be very fresh. Don’t use pre-roasted pecans. The flavor will fall flat.
What you need to make pecan milk
1 cup soaked pecans, drained
2 pitted dates (or maple syrup)
1 t vanilla extract
1 pinch kosher salt
4 cups filtered
A high-powered blender
Nut milk bag or cheesecloth for straining
Tips for the best pecan milk
Soak the pecans overnight. This is important to get that creamy milk. If you are short on time, you can quickly soak the pecans in hot water for 2 hours to soften them.
Drain the pecans. I know it seems wasteful but be sure to drain the water from the soaked pecans. You can use it to water a plant if you’d like.
Sweeten it up a little. In the video, you’ll see that I used maple syrup. That is fine. However, I’ve updated the recipe to use a couple of dates instead. I like the dates for the little nutrition boost. The dates also give the milk more body.
Add flavor. I like keeping the pecan milk pure with just a little vanilla extract. But you can spice it up with cinnamon if you’d like. You don’t but the salt sure does help bring out the pecan flavor.
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How long does pecan milk last?
Homemade pecan milk will last about 5 days in the refrigerator. I like to store mine in a quart-sized mason jar with a lid. Separation is normal. Even after the first day, shake well before drinking.
How to enjoy pecan milk
Pecan milk is delicious as is. My favorite way to enjoy it is as a base for chai tea lattes. You can also pour it on oats to add a hint of nutty flavor. It’s so creamy that it makes for a decadent and delicious coffee creamer too.
How to use up pecan milk pulp
Once you strain the pecan milk, you will have leftover pecan solids.
Add the solids to smoothies, energy bites, muffins, or cookies. You can also dry it out in the oven and grind into a flour to use for breading vegetables and more.
Pecans are expensive. Unless you have a tree in the backyard (we do), you’re probably buying pecans at about $7-10 per pound. Don’t waste them. Be creative.
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Homemade Pecan Milk
- 1 cup pecans, soaked and drained
- 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup (or 2 pitted dates)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups filtered water
- pinch coarse salt
- Add the soaked, drained pecans, filtered water, dates (or maple syrup), vanilla, and salt to a high powered blender. Blend on high 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth. You shouldn't see any large flecks of pecan in the milk. NOTE: The time may vary widely depending on your blender.
- Strain the pecan milk into a jar using a sieve and cheesecloth or nut milk bag. Seal and refrigerate 3-5 days. Shake well before pouring into tea or coffee or over cereal.