3/4 cup raw pecans
3 cups water, plus additional for soaking
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Place the pecans in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them soak for 30 minutes, then drain. (Pecans can be soaked in refrigerator for up to 24 hours to achieve the creamiest consistency.)
- In a blender, combine the soaked pecans, 3 cups water, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and kosher salt. Blend on high for 2 to 3 minutes until creamy.
- Refrigerate about 1 hour until the liquids and solids separate. Strain the pecan milk through fine mesh strainer into a sealable 1-quart jar, using a spatula to push liquid through as necessary. Seal the top and refrigerate until cold; stores refrigerated for up to 1 week. Shake well before serving, as milk may separate over time.
Notes: For flavor variations, consider adding additional vanilla or maple syrup to taste, adding a sprinkle of cinnamon before blending, or using pecans that have been lightly roasted for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.