How to Make Pecan Milk

This Pecan milk recipe is creamy and rich and is so easy to make! It can be used in almost any recipe calling for almond milk, but it also just taste delicious on its own. We’re walking you through how to make this pecan milk recipe with all the tips and tricks you need!

pecan milk recipe in a bottlePecan Milk Recipe

Everyone has heard of almond milk these days, but did you know it’s possible to make milk out of most nuts? Pecan milk has a nut forward taste and so super creamy and delicious; it’s similar to cashew milk. Like most other nut milks it is also simple to make at home. Actually, pecan milk is one of the easier nut milks to make homemade because it doesn’t require any straining. Pecans are soft nuts, so as long as you soak them and use a high-speed blender, no straining is necessary and the resulting milk is so thick and creamy.

pecans soaking in a jar

How do you make pecan milk?

  1. Soak 1 cup of pecans
  2. Blend pecans and fresh water continuously for 1-2 minutes
  3. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

Why You Don’t Have to Strain Pecan Milk

Pecans are such a soft nut that after you are finished blending, there isn’t any pulp that needs to be strained away. And because of this pecan milk is ultra creamy comparatively to other nut milks. Don’t have a high-speed blender? It’s possible to make it without one, but you may have to strain it in order to get it really smooth.

pecan milk in a blender

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How to Make Pecan Milk

Prep Time 00:05 Inactive Time 04:00 Total Time 04:05 Yields 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw unsalted pecans
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Pinch salt (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. Soak your pecans in cold fresh water for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the pecans.
  3. Place pecans, 4 cups fresh filtered water, pinch of salt and maple syrup (optional) in a high-speed blender and blend continuously for 1-2 minutes, until the nuts are finely ground.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, though it is better the fresher it is. Separation is normal in non-dairy milks, just shake it up before using it.

Recipe Notes

  1. These nuts are soft so they do not need to be strained. If however your blender is not able to get the milk fine enough, or to a consistency you are happy with you can certainly strain it! Do this with a clean thin kitchen towel or a nut milk bag.
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Vegan and Dairy Free Milk Guide

We tasted and tested so many dairy free and vegan milks to find the BEST and EASIEST ones for you to make at home! Scroll down for our Vegan and Dairy Free Milk Guide that dishes out all the details.

lineup of dairy free milkVegan and Dairy Free Milk Guide

We drank a lot of non-dairy milk for you all! And we’ve got our favorites for sure! We’ve created recipes for all of them so you can try them at home. Even if you don’t need to be dairy-free, these milks are nutrient dense and a great addition to any diet. They are free of any gums or stabilizers and truly all quick and easy to make. We hope you’ll give some of them a try.

Here are our favorite dairy free milk choices and how to make them:

Almond Milk:

This is of course the most well known alternative milk. A simple process of soaking raw almonds and blending with fresh water. Homemade almond milk has tons of flavor, and you can concentrate the flavor by increasing or decreasing the amount of water it is blended with. 

Cashew Milk:

Cashew milk is so rich and creamy. It’s also one of the easier nut milks to make because after you soak and rinse the cashews, you blend it with fresh water until creamy with no straining necessary.

Pecan Milk:

Pecan milk is darker in color than the rest, and has a very nut forward taste. Similar to cashew milk this is a simple nut milk because it also doesn’t need any straining.

Oat Milk:

Oat milk is a pretty neutral tasting milk, and we suggest adding a bit of salt and sweetener to help bring out the flavor. Oat milk is super creamy and thick, and our recipe doesn’t require any soaking.

Coconut Milk:

Who knew you had other options for coconut milk than buying it in the can? Coconut milk is made by quickly soaking unsweetened shredded coconut in hot water, blending and then straining. It’s naturally sweet and creamy. It will separate and have a harder layer on top just like the canned coconut milk after it’s been chilled.

nuts soaking to make dairy free milk

Tips for Making Alternative Milks:

  • Make sure to soak the nuts as directed and then drain and rinse them! Always blend with fresh water.
  • If you don’t drink your tap water for any reason, do not use it to make this recipe. Alternative milk recipes call for filtered water, making the assumption that you do not drink your tap water. You’ll be drinking the water you use to blend it, so make sure to use filtered water if you do not drink your tap water.
  • Finished alternative milk separates after it is chilled since there are no stabilizers or preservatives. Give it a good shake before you use it.
  • You can increase, or decrease the batch amount as needed. Nut milks are best when they’re fresh, so to minimize waste make a smaller batch if you won’t use it up as quickly. Most nut milks will last up to 5 days, but try to use them up quicker than that.
  • To prevent spilling the nut milk when transferring to a jar, use a ladle and funnel. Ladle the nut milk from the bowl into a funnel in the jar you plan to store. Nothing is worse than spilling half your precious milk!

pouring vegan milk through a strainer

Mix and match!

It’s totally okay to mix and match these milks, especially the nut milks. We love the blend of almond milk and pecan milk, or cashew and almond milk together. Experiment and see what works best for you! Making them together is okay, even though technically you don’t have to strain some of the milks. For instance, when making almond and cashew together we do blend and strain both of them at the same time.

Other alternative milks not mentioned, but available to purchase in store:

  • Soy milk
  • Flax milk
  • Rice milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Macademia milk

dairy free milk poured into a coffee

Recipes to use with alternative milks:

Other ways to use milk:

  • Smoothies
  • Cooking (think curries and soups)
  • Baking
  • Drinking straight from the glass
  • Coffee and teas (hello, matcha latte or golden milk latte!)
  • Overnight Oats (like these)
  • Popsicles

NOTE: We love getting our nuts cheaper in bulk online or at Trader Joe’s!

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How to Make Oat Milk

Oat milk is so rich and creamy! It’s a great alternative to dairy milk and a good option for those with nut allergies who cannot have almond milk. Follow below for all of our tips on how to make oat milk!

how to make oat milkHow to Make Oat Milk at Home

Homemade oat milk is naturally thick and creamy and is a neutral tasting dairy-free milk. It’s very simple to make at home using only oats, water, maple syrup and salt. Because oats do have a more neutral taste it is the only alternative milk in our series that we don’t leave it optional to add the sweetener. The sweetener helps bring out the natural oat flavor of the milk.

In addition this milk is thick, so we suggest not squeezing out the milk as much as you typically would for other alternative milks. We tested oat milk a lot of different ways to make sure that this thick milk didn’t border on (please excuse the word hear to describe food) slimy. So we are skipping the step of soaking and rinsing the oats, since this produced the most unpleasant texture of oat milk. Instead our instructions call for blending together oats and filtered water and then squeezing most of the milk out, but stopping at the point where it started to get very thick.

blend oats and waterWays to use it:

  • Smoothies
  • Cooking (think curries and soups)
  • Baking
  • Drinking straight from the glass
  • Coffee and teas (hello, matcha latte or golden milk latte!)
  • Overnight Oats (like these)
  • Popsicles

squeeze out the milk

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How to Make Oat Milk

Prep Time 00:08 Total Time 00:08 Yields 3 cups

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place oats, 4 cups fresh filtered water, salt and maple syrup in a high-speed blender and blend continuously for 1 minute.
  2. To strain it either use a nut milk bag and squeeze into a bowl, or line a strainer with a thin kitchen towel over a bowl and squeeze the nut milk into the bowl. The more you squeeze the oats, the thicker and stickier the oatmilk will be. We preferred to stop squeezing once we noticed the liquid coming from the oats to be very thick, which we found made it have an unpleasant texture.
  3. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, though it is better the fresher it is. Separation is normal in non-dairy milks, just shake it up before using it.
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How to Make Coconut Milk

If you didn’t know How to Make Coconut Milk at home, let me be the first one to tell you: it’s easy! And requires only two ingredients and one appliance. Homemade coconut milk is creamy, naturally sweet and a great dairy-free milk alternative.

homemade coconut milk being poured into a jar for storageHow to Make Coconut Milk at Home

We can’t deny how easy it is to pick up a can of coconut milk at the store but did you know it’s equally as easy doing it at home? All you need is a blender and natural coconut flakes! This alternative milk is naturally full of flavor and sweetness is so so versatile in the kitchen. And the best part is it’s just two ingredients: water and coconut. There are no sneaky hidden additives and no need to check any labels. 

Ways to use coconut milk

  • Smoothies
  • Cooking (think curries and soups)
  • Baking
  • Drinking straight from the glass
  • Coffee and Teas
  • Popsicles

soaking coconut flakes

How do you make coconut milk?

  1. Soak 1 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut flakes in boiling water for 30 minutes
  2. Blend together continuously for 1-2 minutes
  3. Strain it through a nut milk bag or a thin, clean kitchen towel, squeezing out as much of the milk as possible.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

Do you need to sweeten it?

We did not give directions for sweetening this milk because it is naturally sweet. But if you wanted to you can add in about 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup and a dash of salt.

Ways to Use the Leftover Pulp

Once you strain the milk you will be left with shredded coconut! To minimize food waste you can use it in:

  • smoothies
  • oatmeal
  • baked goods
  • oatmeal bakes
  • popsicles

straining the shredded coconut

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How to Make Coconut Milk

Prep Time 00:05 Inactive Time 00:30 Total Time 00:35 Yields 3-4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 4 cups boiling filtered water

Directions

  1. Carefully pour boiling water over coconut flakes in a jar and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Carefully pour the coconut flakes and hot water into a high-speed blender and blend continuously for 1-2 minutes, until the coconut flakes are finely ground.
  3. To strain it either use a nut milk bag and squeeze into a bowl, or line a strainer with a thin kitchen towel over a bowl and squeeze the nut milk into the bowl. If it’s too hot to do it right away, let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, though it is better the fresher it is. Separation is normal in coconut milk and you may get a hardened top just like you would get with a canned coconut milk. You can melt it if you want it to be liquid again.
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