Pecan Milk

This pecan milk recipe is easy to make and creates a creamy, flavorful homemade nut milk. It’s an easy dairy-free milk substitute, made with only a few ingredients. Pour this homemade nut milk over cereal, use it in smoothies, or even add it to your favorite hot beverages, like coffee or teas.

Two glasses hold pecan milk with paper straws. There are pecans all around them.

I’m always looking for ways I can make my own ingredients at home. Not only does it save money, but it also saves plastic containers. This nut milk is a perfect example. I love using it in my green smoothies or with some peanut butter granola.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Because raw pecans are a soft nut, there’s no need to soak them or strain this nut milk after blending
  • Adding a bit of maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness
  • A pinch of cinnamon is added because pecans and cinnamon go well together, so it’s only natural to combine these flavors.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Raw pecans — This recipe begins with raw pecans. I regularly buy the big bags from Costco because I love using pecans in my recipes…besides eating them plain as a snack too.
  • Water — Of course, any nut milk will include water. I used filtered water usually, but at times I have used water from the tap. It depends on your water. If yours has a strong taste (hey, I have lived in Missouri my whole life and have experienced some strong water flavors!), filtered is best.
  • Maple syrup — Adding maple syrup is completely optional, but it is just a bit and it does enhance the flavor. If you’re going to be using this milk mostly for baking, you may not need it, but if you want to add it to your coffee or drink it with some cookies, a bit of syrup helps. Use Monkfruit if you want to keep the carbs extra low.
  • Vanilla extract — I love adding a bit of vanilla extract here to add flavor.
  • Sea salt — You’d be surprised what just a little bit of sea salt can do for nut milk. It enhances the other flavors of the milk perfectly.
  • Cinnamon — Another optional ingredient, but I highly recommend adding a pinch of cinnamon.
A mason jar holds milk. There's a glass storage container in the background with pecans coming out of it.

How to Make Pecan Milk

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender jar and pulse until creamy
  2. Transfer the milk to a lidded jar (like a mason jar) and store it in the fridge.

Pecan milk is one of my favorite homemade nut milk recipes because it’s so simple to make. No soaking the nuts. All you need is a high-speed blender. Personally, I think pecans are soft enough that you could even make this nut milk with any blender!

OK. Don’t blink or you’re going to miss today’s instructions. That’s because there’s so few of them. Yes, that’s a small-town joke, but I think it works here too.

There are only two steps to making this milk. Let’s do this!

Pecans are in the bottom of a blender.

Step One: Add Ingredients to a Blender

Add all ingredients to a blender jar and then pulse until creamy.

Wait! Are you wondering how long to soak pecans before milking them? Pecans are such a tender nut that I find it unnecessary to soak them first. That said, if you don’t have a high-speed blender, soaking your pecans for an hour before adding them to the blender can be helpful.

I like to use a rubber spatula to push down any ingredients along the side of the blender. Then pulse again. Repeat this as necessary to get nice, smooth milk.

Nut milk is in the bottom of a blender.

Step Two: Transfer to Lidded Jars

Transfer the milk to a lidded jar(s) (like a mason jar) and store it in the fridge. It will keep in the fridge up to 5 days, but be sure to shake it before serving as the ingredients will settle.

Can you freeze pecan milk?

You can freeze pecan milk but it does change the consistency enough that I don’t recommend drinking it straight in a glass. However, I use defrosted pecan milk in my smoothies, baked goods, and poured over cereals.

Nutrition

I think the nutritional benefit to homemade pecan milk is better than what you’ll see from many store-bought nut milk recipes. First of all, I’m not even recommending straining this milk which means you’re getting pure pecan goodness in every glass.

You’ll find pecans are a powerhouse of nutrition, thanks to the vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients they deliver. I love eating pecans raw as a snack, so I knew I’d love this pecan milk.

This recipe creates 8 servings, each of which delivers only 89 calories, 9g of fat (the healthy kind), 51mg of potassium, and only 2g of carbs.

That makes pecan milk a nice addition to your low carb or vegan keto diet.

More Pecan Recipes

You may have noticed that I love pecans. That means I have my fair share of favorite pecan recipes too.

I find this nut milk so creamy, I also love serving it in my tea-infused hot chocolate.

A pitcher pours a creamy milk into a small glass. There are pecans around it.
A pitcher pours a creamy milk into a small glass. There are pecans around it.

Pecan Milk

This creamy pecan milk is perfect to serve with your morning oatmeal or cereal. Or you can use it in your favorite baked goods or drink it straight from the glass!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 89kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to the blender jar and pulse until creamy, using a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Transfer the milk to a lidded jar (like a mason jar) and store it in the fridge. It will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, but be sure to shake it before serving as the ingredients will settle.

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Nutrition Facts
Pecan Milk
Amount Per Serving
Calories 89 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 7IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2020 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

One Response to Pecan Milk

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly Reply

    As the author of this recipe, I’m happy to report that it’s easy to make and results in a creamy, easy nut milk!

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