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.

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Vanilla Pecan Milk Chai Lattes

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:
  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. Veronica Harrell

    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. ☺️☺️☺️

  2. Laurie L

    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.

  3. Nicole S

    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.

  4. CK

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

  5. Brenna

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

  6. Amanda from

    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!

  7. Heather Christo

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

  8. Elle

    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!

  9. Wendy

    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!

  10. shani

    i love using fresh herbs like mint for tea

  11. Kristine

    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!

  12. Erin

    This sounds perfect for cozy mornings.

  13. 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!

  14. gerry speirs

    Yum, these are perfect for fall 🙂

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

  16. Jennifer from

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

  17. Megan from

    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.

  18. Jennifer

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

  19. Addie

    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!!!

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