Butter Pecan Dairy-Free Iced Coffee


Scalding hot coffee loses considerable appeal as temperatures inch back upwards, finally recovering from a long winter’s retreat. The staff of life for early risers and night owls alike, there’s no discussion of going without the daily cup of mud, no matter the heat or humidity Mother Nature is brewing up this season. Thankfully, mercifully, switching over to dairy-free iced coffee makes the morning routine no sweat.

Butter Pecan Dairy-Free Iced Coffee Recipe - an amazing, fast (just 5 minutes!), easy, rich, energizing delight that's naturally vegan, gluten-free & soy-free!

Fanciful flavored lattes are all the rage these days, and while some of these coffee concoctions veer a bit too far into dessert territory for the average caffeine-infusion, a lot can be learned from the innovative new blends on the market. Cafes across the country are experimenting with a broader palate of dairy-free creamers than ever, employing everything from coconut to almond, and of course the classic option of soy. Their creations inspired me to whip up my own easy creamer for a delicious dairy-free iced coffee, based on a nut that is quite overdue for some time in the spotlight: Pecans.

Naturally buttery whether raw, roasted or toasted, creamy pecan butter needs only a bit of added sweetness and extra liquid to brighten any cool brew. Though this buttery pecan dairy-free iced coffee recipe is simple enough to whip up any day of the week, the resulting flavors are far better than those of your average Joe.

Butter Pecan Dairy-Free Iced Coffee Recipe - an amazing, fast (just 5 minutes!), easy, rich, energizing delight that's naturally vegan, gluten-free & soy-free!

Special Diet Notes: Butter Pecan Dairy-Free Iced Coffee

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

Homemade Pecan Butter Option: You can easily make your own nut butter for this dairy-free iced coffee. Just pick up some raw pecans, optionally roast or toast them (to add flavor and help release the nut oils), and then grind until a creamy butter forms (patience!). For the Roasted Method, see this Food.com Recipe, for the Pan-Toasted Method, see this Cookie & Kate Recipe.

Butter Pecan Dairy-Free Iced Coffee
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Serves: 1 large serving
  • ½ cup plain dairy-free milk beverage
  • ¼ cup smooth pecan butter (see post above for homemade option)
  • 3 tablespoons firmly-packed light brown sugar*
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup strong, cold brewed coffee
  1. Blend or whisk all ingredients together until completely smooth.
  2. Serve over ice.
*If you prefer to use an unrefined sweetener, finely grind coconut sugar as a substitute for the brown sugar. It will affect the flavor a touch, for a deeper, slightly less sweet end result.

About Author

Hannah is the author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, and Vegan a la Mode. She works as a food stylist and recipe creator for several international publications, and is currently pursuing a career in food photography. Hannah blogs many of her crafts, photos, and food creations at Bittersweet.


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  2. Oh my goodness, this sounds wonderful! I usually only drink black coffee, and just for certain occasions, but this would be perfect for those brutal summer days in Michigan.

  3. I just woke up and I think right now I need this glass of iced coffee in my life! Love the richness and flavor pecan butter adds to the coffee! Pinned, too! 🙂

  4. Mmm, this sounds rich and decadent! I am all about iced drinks already – we are having temps in the 80’s this week in Portland! perfect time for this recipe, thanks Hannah!

  5. This is so perfect for the mornings where I’m not really keen on putting milk or creamer in my coffee but still want the sweetness and flavor! Thanks!

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