Pecan Milk

I’m sure you’ve heard of soy milk, almond milk, and maybe even oat milk, but have you ever heard of pecan milk? Follow the simple steps below and in no time you will have delicious homemade pecan milk, free of additives. 

Pecans are slightly bitter on the outside but have a sweet and buttery taste on the inside. Especially in this period of lockdown, making homemade nut milk is a good way to engage in some fun, family time activities with the kids!

Pecans are rich in antioxidants and have numerous nutritional benefits.

Try some of these recipes with pecans: Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries, Vegan Pecan Pie, and Sweet Potato Oatmeal with Pecans and Cranberries

Whole and shelled pecans on a wooden background

What Is Pecan Milk?

Pecan milk is made by blending pecans with water. It is usually slightly brown in color, with a creamy consistency which makes it a great alternative to dairy milk. It is versatile and can be enhanced by adding fruits, cacao nibs, or carob. Pecan milk is rich in fiber.

Pecan milk is very good for you as it is antioxidant-rich, helps to build the immune system, and can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Is Pecan Milk Dairy-Free?

Yes, it is 100% plant-based and as such, no animals are harmed in the process. It is the perfect alternative to traditional dairy milk.

 
Is Pecan Milk Vegan?

Yes, pecan milk is 100% vegan.

Are pecans inflammatory?
Pecans contain properties that are anti-inflammatory.

Pecan Milk Ingredients

  1. Pecan – you can purchase pecans from most supermarkets whole or shell. I prefer to use shelled pecans for ease and convenience.  I usually prefer to buy bulk to get the best bang for my bucks. Be sure to look for pecans that are even in looks and size without discoloration. It is best to purchase shelled pecans and store them in an airtight container or freezer bag in the refrigerator for 6 months or up to 2 years in the freezer. 
  2. Maple Syrup – gives a great flavor to your pecan milk, however, you can use your favorite sweetener. Leave out the sweetener if you plan to use your milk in savory recipes.
  3. Water – pure filtered water is best. 
  4. Vanilla – use vanilla flavoring or extract. You can use other flavorings instead. 
  5. Salt – I used Himalayan pink salt.

How To Make Pecan Milk

It is pretty simple to make your own pecan milk and it tastes great. It is perfect to pair with some cookies or use as an alternative in meals that would usually require dairy milk.

  1. Sort and soak pecan in water for 2 hours or overnight or for 8 hours. This makes blending and the digestion process easier. I have to mention that if you have a high-speed blender like my Blendtec or Vitamix, you don’t even have to soak your nuts. Just blend away and strain.

pecans being poured in the blender with water

  1. Rinse pecans and place them in a blender with purified water.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy. 

blender with pecan milk

  1. Strain pecan milk through a fine-mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or Nut Milk Bag.
  2. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt and stir.

pecan milk being strained

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 How To Store Pecan Milk?

Pecan milk should be stored in an airtight container and kept refrigerated for up to 3-5 days. You can also store your pecan milk in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for 3 months.

Tips For Making Pecan Milk

  1. It is best to use raw unsalted nuts in the preparation of nut milk. If you use nuts that are already salted, most likely the end product will contain too much salt. In addition, you can control the amount of salt that goes into your milk, if you add all the salt yourself.
  2. Leave out the sweetener from your pecan milk, use it as a base for thickening gravy, sauces, and soups.
  3. It is best to use a Double Fine Mesh Strainer or  Nut Milk Bag for smooth milk without lots of residues. 
  4. Shake pecan milk before serving because it will separate while it sits.
  5. Reserve the tasteless pulp after you have finished training. Add the pulp to baked goods,  cereals or your compost pile.

 

Health Benefits Of Pecans

Pecans have so many health benefits and can help to keep you energized. Check out some of the benefits below!

Pecans are heart-healthy and can aid in lowering blood pressure. This is a result of the magnesium, potassium, and calcium contained in them. The fats contained in pecans can help to lower bad cholesterol levels as they are monounsaturated fats.

Are you struggling with arthritis pains? Pecans may be a good way to help relieve some of the discomforts. They contain omega-3 which is good for reducing inflammation.

Vitamin A, E, and zinc are some of the nutrients contained in pecans which can aid in boosting the immune system and fighting off infectious disease. This is certainly a good way to get kids and the elderly to get some nutrients in, without popping pills. The USDA has ranked pecans as being in the top 20 for foods that are antioxidant-rich. Antioxidant-rich food helps to shield the nervous system and brain and protect the body from diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

How many pecans should you eat in a day?

It is usually safe to consume about a handful of pecans per day, which is equivalent to 20 kernels. However, if you are consuming other nuts, limit the number of pecans you eat to 15 kernels.

Be mindful of how much you consume at a time though, because while pecans are healthy, they are also very high in calories and so the matter of the portion.

Pecan milk in a glass jar on a cutting board

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 214 kcal / 895 kJ
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Protein: 2.7 g
  • Carbs: 7.2 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • For:
  • 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add water, pecans to a high-speed blender. Soak your pecans for 2 hours in water or overnight if you are using a regular blender. No need to soak if you are using a high-speed blender
  2. Process until its smooth and creamy.
  3. Strain the pecan milk using a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer.
  4. Reserve the pulp for adding to your smoothies, baked goods, or compost.
  5. Add vanilla, maple syrup, or your favorite sweetener and stir.
  6. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days or in the freezer for longer.
  7. Shake pecan milk before serving because it will separate.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.