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
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.
How do you make pecan milk?
Soak 1 cup of pecans
Blend pecans and fresh water continuously for 1-2 minutes
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.
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Soak your pecans in cold fresh water for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Drain and rinse the pecans.
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.
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.
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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This Gluten-Free Carrot Cake is so easy to make, has such classic flavors and is perfect to serve a crowd. This healthier, more nutrient dense take on the classic carrot cake is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly and made without any refined sugars! It can be topped with a classic cream cheese frosting, or made dairy-free with homemade fluff. Either way it will be welcome at any celebration or holiday dinner (or just a regular tuesday afternoon)!
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake
We are so in love with this Gluten-Free Carrot Cake! Aside from the fact that this carrot cake is just darn delicious, our version is so much more nutrient dense and healthier than a traditional cake that we don’t feel so ridiculous eating it for breakfast. It’s the perfect cake to serve at a celebration of family holiday and is a breeze to make! The cake itself is also dairy-free and paleo, plus we give options below for changing out the cream cheese frosting..
This Gluten Free Carrot Cake is SO EASY to make because it’s made all in one bowl! So we wanted to keep the rest of the cake simple too by making it a sheet cake. We baked it in a 9×13″ cake pan, but it will work in any similar sized baking dish. We’ve done layer cakes in the past year (see chocolate and vanilla versions) so this just felt like the way to go, though you can bake this as a layer cake if you wanted. In the past we’ve recommended always baking our style of gluten free cakes in 6″ pans because they are slightly more delicate while also being heavier than traditional wheat cake, but this one might work well baked in 2-8″ cake pans if you’d like to make it a layer cake.
Which gluten free flour is best for cake?
As always we love our favorite blend of almond and coconut flour. It is so moist and tender and really easy to use. Most people wouldn’t be able to tell the cake was gluten free. If you are looking for a nut free cake, check out this recipe here.
Other frosting options:
We’ve opted to top this with a classic cream cheese frosting, but you can feel free to use either a dairy-free cream cheese with this recipe or instead top it with our Marshmallow Fluff recipe which is dairy and refined sugar free. This cake is also delicious by itself and can be served alone, but this gluten-free carrot cake uses less sugar than most carrot cakes so you may notice it more without a frosting.
Tips for Making Gluten-Free Cake
Sift your almond flour and coconut flour first if they are lumpy. It makes it easier to fully incorporate.
Use an electronic kitchen scale if you have one. It makes it easier to measure the gluten free flours, and we’ve included grams in the ingredient list.
Gluten free cakes are a little tricker to check when they are done. Some signs to look out for: the cake is nice and golden brown, it has completely puffed up throughout, cracks are not uncommon, when you stick toothpick it it should come out clean, and when you gently press in in the center of the cake it will spring back as opposed to leaving a dent (which is a sign it is underdone).
Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
The cake can be made up to two days in advance. Leave it at room temperature covered until ready to frost.
We direct you to use a parchment paper sling to bake the cake in. If you plan to serve the cake inside of the baking pan you do not need to use this. If you want to take the cake out and serve on a different platter the sling will help you easily take it out of the pan.
Once it is frosted it needs to be kept in the refrigerator. It can be assembled up to two days in advance. As most cakes, it will get more moist each day it sits.
You can swap out the avocado oil for another baking oil you have on hand, such as melted coconut oil or light olive oil.
Looking to make a smaller cake? We've included a halved recipe below. You can bake it in either an 8x8" square baking dish, or a 8" cake pan. Baking time will be between 30-35 minutes. Look for a lightly browned top that has puffed up all over and the middle springs back when lightly pushed in.
Ingredients for a half recipe of Gluten Free Carrot Cake:
1/4 cup avocado oil
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
This Herb Chicken and Candied Pecan Salad is the perfect low-carb, flavorful, and tasty Summer salad! With a little bit of crunch, a hint of sweet, and a lot of flavor, this salad is my new favorite! Made in partnership with the American Pecan Council!
I am so excited to partner with my friends at the American Pecan Council to bring you today’s delicious salad. I am seriously obsessed with this one!
Pecans are one of my all-time favorite nuts. Their crisp and buttery texture and naturally sweet taste makes them my go-to for salads and other savory dishes.
They are low in carbs, high in fiber, and they contain the same heart-healthy unsaturated fats that are found in other nuts, but they’re among the highest in monounsaturated fats, including the beneficial oleic acid that’s found in olive oil!
Another fun fact? Pecans have 3 grams of protein per ounce and 11% daily value of fiber per ounce! A heart healthy, nutritious snack that is so delicious!
These candied pecans are next level amazing. You may remember my gift giving series this December. I packaged similar candied pecans as little gifts and they were an absolute hit. They’re even better in a salad!
I love this salad because it uses tons of fresh herbs from my garden and CSA, local mixed greens, and an AMAZING dressing.
A little bit of sweet, a little bit of salty, plus the candied pecan crunch!
Toss pecans in the frothed egg white mixture first and then place in spice mixture until evenly coated. Place on sheet tray and bake for 30 minutes. The pecans should be well coated in the maple sugar.
Place chicken on a greased grill or grill pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked through. If using a grill pan, make sure to cover the chicken to ensure even cooking. Take chicken off heat, slice, and set aside until ready to eat.
While chicken cooks, whisk salad dressing ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
Assemble all salad ingredients on a serving platter of choice. Save half of the candied pecans for snacking! Drizzle with shallot vinaigrette (1/4 cup or more, as desired) and devour!
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These Homemade Chocolate Turtles are the ultimate lightened-up homemade candy. They’re so delicious and making them at home is easy, using only a handful of wholesome ingredients like our Vegan caramel, pecans and dark chocolate. They are the perfect treat to have on hand in the fridge or freezer for when you want something sweet!
Homemade Chocolate Turtles
Homemade Chocolate Turtles just might be the best homemade candy of all time. If you don’t know what a turtle is, let me tell you: It’s chocolate with homemade caramel and pecans. We made a handheld version that is easy to make and eat. Plus we lightened these up using vegan, dairy-free caramel and dark chocolate, so these are essential a healthy snack, right?! Run, don’t walk, into the kitchen to get started on these now!
To make these chocolate turtles you mostly just assemble ingredients. The only thing that needs to be prepared is the caramel. For this recipe, we are using our favorite vegan caramel. It is made with a handful of wholesome ingredients and is super simple to make requiring no special equipment and it’s made in just under 20 minutes. We tested this dairy-free caramel with three different types of unrefined sweeteners: maple syrup, honey and coconut sugar. They truly all have their own flavor, so you can make whichever you’d like. We really enjoyed using a mix of the coconut sugar and maple syrup for our turtles recipe.
Here is how simple it is to make the caramel: You put all of the ingredients in a medium-large pot and cook it over medium-high heat, undisturbed for about 15 minutes until it’s slightly thickened and darkened in color. Seriously, how easy is that? We wrote a whole post about it, so go check out all you need to know and the exact recipe to make it there.
You will want to let your caramel cool before trying to use it in this recipe. If possible, let it cool overnight in the refrigerator. As the recipe says, this caramel will be thin when it is first made and will thicken up as it chills.
Once you’ve got your cooled caramel you can mix in some pecan pieces and melt the chocolate. After that, there isn’t too much more to do other than assembling! We used a muffin tin to make our turtle cups. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with parchment paper or silicone liners and then add in some chocolate. Using a spoon, push the chocolate 1/3 of the way up the sides. Next, freeze it for 10 minutes. Then, add in the turtle mixture, before topping with more chocolate and sea salt if desired.
How to Melt Chocolate
We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler. Most people don’t have an actual double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Using this method to melt the chocolate is easy and it ensures you don’t over cook the chocolate. Overcooking the chocolate can make it separate, or “break”.
The microwave is an alternative way to melt chocolate. If you do use the microwave heat the chocolate in very short bursts, no more than 20 seconds, while whisking in between each time.
How to Eat and Store Chocolate Turtles Cups
These chocolate cups are best eaten when they are slightly warmed at room temperature (so the chocolate isn’t super hard), but they’re best stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
They’ll keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or slightly longer. And in the freezer they’ll keep for up to 3 months.
I like to store them in the freezer long term, and then grab out when I’m craving a healthy treat. Let it sit on a plate at room temperature for about 15 minutes and then it will be good to go!
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Place parchment paper or silicone muffin liners in a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
Melt chocolate using the double-boiler method: Bring a small saucepan of water to a simmer and place a heatproof bowl over the top. Make sure the simmering water isn't touching the bowl. Add the chocolate and the coconut oil to the bowl and slowly melt and stir the chocolate, whisking together at the end. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it's fully melted.
In a small bowl combine cooled caramel and pecans and mix together.
Place 2 teaspoons of chocolate into each of the molds with a spoon and gently push the chocolate 1/3 of the way up the sides of the parchment paper. Place in the freezer to harden for 10 minutes.
Remove from freezer and drop in about 1 tablespoon of caramel mixture into the center of the chocolate and smooth down.
Top the caramel with 2 teaspoons melted chocolate and let sit for a few minutes before topping with whole pecan.
Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.
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