Vanilla Pecan Milk Chai Lattes

Homemade pecan milk is so delicious and easy to make! This dairy free nut milk creates the perfect fall vegan chai latte.

Vanilla Pecan Milk Chai Lattes

So, by now you all know that I don’t drink regular milk. I do enjoy cheese occasionally, and I love greek yogurt, but regular milk… no matter if it’s just a little, it’s just not my thing (although, my entire family loves it and I’m totally fine with that – to each their own!).

Suffice it to say that I’ve been drinking, baking with, and altogether enjoying non-dairy milk for years, but I had yet to discover how lovely and delicious homemade PECAN milk is until now. This post is in partnership with Pure Leaf Tea Home Brewed Teas because their Chai Tea + homemade pecan milk = perfection. The spices in the tea – cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and spicy black pepper – work so well with my creamy homemade pecan milk. The milk is deliciously nutty from the pecans and sweetened lightly with maple syrup and vanilla. I’m really trying to embrace fall this year, in case you can’t tell 🙂

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I know, homemade nut milks seem fussy, but this pecan milk takes only a few minutes of actual work – I promise. I soaked my pecans for an hour or so, blended them with water, a touch of maple syrup, vanilla and a bit of cinnamon…

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… strained it, and that’s it! Soak, blend, and strain! Store it in the fridge until you’re ready to make chai lattes. To make the lattes, heat up the pecan milk and steep it with Pure Leaf Home Brewed Chai Tea.

Take your latte, sit by a window, and enjoy a chilly fall day at home 🙂

Vanilla Pecan Milk Chai Lattes

To help enjoy fall to it’s fullest we’re giving away $50 Gift Cards for Pure Leaf Tea to 5 lucky readers. Leave a comment below telling me how you like to enjoy tea in the fall!

Winners will be chosen at random, the giveaway ends on December 5th and is available to U.S. and Canadian Residents.


4.3 from 4 reviews
Vanilla Pecan Milk Chai Lattes
 
Author:
Ingredients
for the pecan milk: (makes about 4 latte servings)
  • 1 cup raw pecans, soaked for at least 1 hour
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
for each latte:
Instructions
  1. Make the pecan milk: Drain and rinse the pecans and add them to a blender with fresh filtered water, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, salt. Blend until smooth.
  2. Place a nut milk bag (or cheesecloth or use a fine mesh strainer) in a large bowl and pour the liquid from the blender into the bag. Twist and squeeze the bag to strain as much liquid through as you can. Pour the strained pecan milk into a 33 ounce bottle and chill until ready to use.
  3. Make the lattes: For each serving, place one pyramid tea bag in a mug. Pour 8 ounces of boiling pecan milk over the tea bag and let steep for 3 to 4 minutes. Squeeze bag and remove. Dust with cinnamon, if desired.

This post was created in partnership with Pure Leaf.

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  1. Michelle
    11.27.2017

    I love to enjoy my tea during quiet, reflective moments, where I can collect my thoughts while enjoying the warming aromas of spice and tea leaf combined.

  2. Jessica
    11.27.2017

    Looks delicious and perfect for this weather!!!!

  3. Kelsea
    11.27.2017

    I love to enjoy spicy teas that are jam packed with holiday spices and flavors! And, the tea must be consumed in cozy pj’s while reading a book 😉

  4. Adriane
    11.27.2017

    What are the ratios for a single serving?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.27.2017

      8 oz. pecan milk for each tea bag – the pecan milk recipe makes about 4 large lattes.

  5. Pamela from lunadavistadesign.com
    11.27.2017

    There isn’t much better than a hot cup of spicy tea, a great book, and a cozy blanket on a fall weekend afternoon… and I live in Southern California!

  6. Traci
    11.27.2017

    I love to drink tea in the early evening – I love when the days are shorter and lights go on early, and home feels cozy and just right.

  7. This looks amazing – I can’t wait to give it a try!
    Ps. Do you have any tips on how to prevent homemade nut milk from separating when using it in warm beverages, like tea or coffee? I loved the idea of using homemade almond milk for my lattes but could never find a solution to stop it from separating.
    Any advice would help! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.27.2017

      Hi Carley – I just shook it real well before I poured it. If it sits long it will separate, but maybe I’m just a fast drinker 🙂

  8. Zada
    11.27.2017

    I enjoy a nice hot tea on a cold morning to start off my day 🙂

  9. Beth Ann
    11.27.2017

    Living in Portland Oregon, I’m loving drinking tea while it’s raining, sitting in front of a crackling fire with a good book, blankie, and soothing music.
    Nourishes and soothes my body and soul.
    Excited! I already have the pecans. This recipe finally inspires me to get a nut milk bag! 😊

  10. Julia
    11.27.2017

    This time of year, chai, and warm spices are synonymous for me. ☺️ I like to drink a chair with some creamy vanilla coconut milk, light a sweet smelling candle, and curl up with my little one reading her favorite book under the covers. ❤️🍵

  11. Colleen
    11.27.2017

    This is just the recipe I was looking for. I love pecans and wanted something non-dairy that was like a hot chocolate! A warm cup of a healthy spiced drink soothes the soul and slows down my busy mind. This recipe will be my next drink to serve my women friends on our next get together. thanks for the new alternative!

  12. Leesa Margarella
    11.27.2017

    I love Chai tea Latte’s, but don’t drink milk— can’t wait to try this recipe, sit by the fire with a good book and enjoy the onset of winter!

  13. Mrs E.
    11.27.2017

    There is nothing like a warm spiced chai in fall to give me the warm cozy feeling of the season change and upcoming winter ahead. I love Chai the spices of cardamom, cinnamon, Ginger, and black pepper and I can only imagine how good the tea will be. I love this recipe and I think the pecan milk will be a brilliant change from my regularly made almond milk. Nice work! Do you know if pure leaf does a decaf version of this?

  14. Jane Pekar from Love%20and%20lemons.com
    11.27.2017

    I’ve never tried the Pure Leaf tea bags. In fact, I’ve only purchased and enjoyed the refrigerated Pure Leaf products. The recipe sounds delicious and satisfying, I look forward to making it!
    Jane

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.30.2017

      I love their tea bags! So many good flavors too 🙂

  15. Gina
    11.27.2017

    I love my tea scalding hot/basically still boiling, with a squeeze of lemon and a bit of sugar. Even better when I can add a good read and some candle light!

  16. Debbie
    11.27.2017

    Irish breakfast tea with a little milk and raw honey is my staple dessert while I sit on the couch and cozy up and watch tv 🙂

  17. Rachael
    11.27.2017

    I drink hot tea at my desk every morning while I work! Often with a little honey… because sometimes you need the splurge!

  18. Lydia
    11.27.2017

    Fall is the beginning of tea season for me. I make like 10 cups a day once the weather cools off! I like black tea with maple syrup and nut milk for breakfast, herbal blends throughout the day, and a nice decaf chai at night. I make almond milk quite often, but have never tried pecan milk. Sounds delish!

  19. Monica
    11.27.2017

    I love drinking tea while I study and to unwind before bed. I’ve been enjoying ginger or raspberry leaf tea lately. I’ll have to try making chai tea with pecan milk sometime. It sounds yummy!

  20. Janet Z.
    11.27.2017

    I love my tea with a little kick *bourbon preferred 🙂 * for a super quick and cozy warm up!

    In times that this isn’t an option – a little lemon and honey are wonderful too

  21. Liese
    11.27.2017

    Don’t forget to use the nut puree in your next muffin baking!

  22. I’m not a huge tea fan, but in the fall and winter I love a big steaming mug of milky chai, with a shot of espresso if possible…!

  23. Emily
    11.27.2017

    I grew up drinking tea with my grandma and still love enjoying a warm cup of tea while sitting and talking with her.

  24. Kathy K
    11.27.2017

    I recently bought a Chocolate Chai tea blend and stopped at Penzey’s today for cinnamon sticks and whole nutmeg. Your pecan milk will be perfect with these! I like to sip tea in the evening, while working on a quilt for my granddaughter.

  25. Melissa
    11.27.2017

    Green tea with some honey mixed in!

  26. Natalie from lilcookie.com
    11.27.2017

    I don’t particularly like tea as much as i like coffee, but this latte would make a great choice, that’s for sure! Can’t wait to try it ♥

  27. kathy from love%20and%20lemons
    11.27.2017

    I’m a big fan of chai tea; but, I am also watching my calories. How many calories are in 8 ounces of Pecan milk?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.30.2017

      Hi Kathy, I’m not sure exactly. Since much of the pecan pulp is left behind, it’d be hard to calculate accurately.

  28. Bianca from 1103510.myubam.com
    11.28.2017

    I am not a coffee drinker (*gasp!*) so I’m all in for 100% tea time all the time! My favorite way to drink it in the fall is steeped strong and then add a splash of my new grocery store find: coconut milk creamer! I am loving it with my chai, chamomile… anything! And it makes the tea sweet enough I don’t need any extras! Autumn + tea + dairy-free creamer + me = #winning 🙂

  29. Mindy
    11.28.2017

    Never a fan of coffee, I drank chai for years but my favorite brand was bought by a larger company and they changed the ingredients, less spice more tooth-achingly sweet : (
    I switched to sencha green tea with a bit of matcha & honey which I enjoy each morning while perusing the NYT or listening to KUT/NPR.
    After reading your recipe, I’m excited to try my hand at making chai rather than buying the boxes of concentrate that disappoint! Thanks!

  30. Laura
    11.28.2017

    I enjoy many types of tea but black, specifically assam is a favorite of mine especially used with spices. I love to play around with different combinations of spice to make my own chai blends. A rainy day by the fire with a good book is the perfect chai tea setting ; )

  31. Heather S
    11.28.2017

    I love chai and hot green tea in the Fall most 🙂

  32. Mikaela from irisandhoney.com
    11.28.2017

    Oh yum! I love chai tea and making it with pecan milk sounds amazing!

  33. Danette from nettiespetals
    11.28.2017

    I love chai while hanging my flowers to dry and watching an episode of the Great British Baking Show! Three of my favorite things at once. 😉

  34. PastelWizard
    11.28.2017

    This looks amazing 🤤, I will definitely try it out for myself. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who dislikes milk 😁🤣

  35. Kelsey
    11.28.2017

    Pecan milk is something I haven’t tried making yet, it looks amazing!!! As soon as Fall hits, I bust out the Chai with heaps of Almond Milk and Honey. Cold rainy days + milky chai + 80 blankets + fuzzy socks + skyping with my sister overseas = smiles all around 🙂

  36. Ron
    11.28.2017

    I like to enjoy my tea as a latte. How does a pumpkin chai tea
    latte sound?

  37. Marie Claire
    11.28.2017

    I like to enjoy my decaffeinated herbal tea in an oversized handmade pottery mug snuggled up on the couch before bed on a cold winter evening.

  38. Addie
    11.28.2017

    I’m an old hippie from long ago, but I just can’t seem to give up milk. There’s nothing like it. I tried making nut milks long ago. Still can’t turn my back on the cow. But i’m going to give this a try. As for chai, nothing in the States has ever beat street chai in India!!!

  39. Jennifer
    11.28.2017

    I love sitting in front of the fire and reading while enjoying a cup of tea.

  40. Megan from Creativevegetablegardener.com
    11.29.2017

    I dry mint from my garden and have a cup of mint tea every morning while I sit in my favorite chair and read for a bit.

  41. Jennifer from grandmasicebox.com
    11.29.2017

    As soon as it starts to get chilly, I love having a cup of tea every night while I read before bed.

  42. Oh homemade pecan milk sounds fabulous! Especially with all those cozy chia flavors. I’m ready to curl up with a mug!

  43. gerry speirs
    11.29.2017

    Yum, these are perfect for fall 🙂

  44. Maria
    11.29.2017

    Such a fun drink!

  45. Love making my own pecan milk. I remember everyone thinking I was odd 6 years ago. Haha! Oh times have changed, thank goodness! These lattes look DIVINE!

  46. Erin
    11.30.2017

    This sounds perfect for cozy mornings.

  47. Kristine
    11.30.2017

    I love a vanilla tea that I jazz up with cinnamon, turmeric, a pinch of black pepper and a little bit of maple syrup for sweetness. If I’m feeling sick, I swap it for English breakfast (or similar) + apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, ginger and a little bit of cayenne!

  48. shani
    12.01.2017

    i love using fresh herbs like mint for tea

  49. Wendy
    12.01.2017

    I’ll be honest, I’m a coffee drinker, but my DIL loves chai anything, so this caught my eye. I plan to make this for her!

  50. Elle
    12.01.2017

    I love to drink tea in the late mornings and early afternoon. I usually sweeten mine with honey (if it’s a fruity or herbal tisane) or sugar (for black tea) and milk! I’d love to try your pecan milk! It looks delicious!

  51. Heather Christo
    12.01.2017

    I am obsessed!! I have (weirdly!) never had pecan milk, but that is about to change!

  52. Amanda from amandaproudfit.com
    12.01.2017

    I love to enjoy tea in the fall winding down after a day. Sitting on the sofa and talking to my husband or hanging out with our dog. This tea sounds amazing, I can’t wait to try making it!

  53. Brenna
    12.01.2017

    In the evening, writing a letter or listening to music….
    Your recipe looks delish!

  54. CK
    12.02.2017

    I like to enjoy spicy chai in the fall but green tea is also a regular in my house.

  55. Nicole S
    12.02.2017

    I love to enjoy tea (what kind depends on what time of day) while I’m on the couch, under a warm blanket, with a knitting project in hand.

  56. Laurie L
    12.02.2017

    As soon at I get up in the morning, the ocean is ink black, so I fire up the stove. I squeeze half a lemon and make a warm mug of ‘citron presse’ to share with my toddler. (He squeals with laugher, “lemon juice!” By then, the teapot is warmed, and kettle has done its battle. Either two bags of Ty-Phoo, my favourite Orange Pekoe, or four teaspoon of locally made Earl Gray tea by Westholme Tea Co are tossed into my Blue Willow teapot. I always put a well instulated tea cosy on my teapot, which keeps my tea warm all morning. After preparing my little one’s mylk, I have a hot mug of tea. Together we see the ocean become indigo blue.

    For moments when my son gets out of hand, or I feel stress rising in my body, I pour a cup of tea and take a deep breath.

    My favourite use of pecan mylk this autumn was in a simple apple mylkshake. In the blender I whizzed 1/2 cup homemade applesauce/puree, 1/4 cup dates (5 Bam dates), 1 cup of pecan mylk and a pinch of salt.

    As nut mylk shouldn’t be heated too high, I’m thinking it would be best to make a pecan creamer, using two cups of water instead of three, then steeping strong chai tea with hot water in a tea pot, gently heating the mylk, and combining the two.

  57. Veronica Harrell
    12.03.2017

    I am an avid (a few hours before) bed tea drinker. It helps calm my senses and relax my mind to get ready for sleep. Drinking it next to cozy fire doesn’t hurt either. ☺️☺️☺️

  58. Megan
    12.03.2017

    In the fall I like to enjoy my tea after a chilly walk outside. I love it strong with lots of spice 🙂

  59. I enjoy tea in the afternoon waiting for my kids to come back home. Peppermint, or green tea with lemon…either give me a little lift and provide a moment of pause so I can be most present for those important moments at home.

  60. Jennifer
    12.04.2017

    Mmmm I enjoy all kinds of tea and can’t wait to make this pecan milk.

  61. Hannah from bittersweetblog.com
    12.04.2017

    I drink tea by the gallon all year round, but in fall, I definitely go heavier on the spices. Just a pinch of ginger, cinnamon, or nutmeg can utterly transform the plainest of tea leaves.

  62. Milen from weedit.photos
    12.05.2017

    It` amazing! I want to try it!

  63. Lexi from lexiscleankitchen.com
    12.05.2017

    This is so perfect!!! I love all things chai 🙂

  64. Debbie
    12.05.2017

    This is a very creative recipe. I never thought about pecan milk.

  65. Tricia Berkow
    12.24.2017

    My pecan milk separated after I put it in the fridge…is that normal? Water on the bottom and pecan mixture on top

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.26.2017

      It’s normal since there aren’t any added stabilizers – just give it a shake before you pour!

  66. Kathy Gallo
    06.01.2018

    I really love drinking tea rather than coffee! I generally drink tea when I sit to study every night! It helps me to concentrate on my study! I can’t give your recipe to a try! Going to make it tonight. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  67. Reilly
    10.02.2018

    I love my tea HOT in the fall! After a summer of all sorts of iced teas, warm tea is so welcomed. I keep a kettle on my classroom and my students always try to guess what type of tea I am drinking on any given day due to the scents in the room.

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