Healthy Mexican Horchata

by Angela
4 Servings
15 min

Horchata is a classic Mexican drink that is often more sugar than rice! But there are simple ways to make a healthier version that still has all the flavours of the original dish. This is perfect for those warm mornings where you want something a little sweeter to start the day. Or for a cool and fresh drink at any time. Try a healthy version of a classic Mexican drink with this simple homemade Horchata recipe using white rice and cinnamon so you can get that great start to the day without worrying about that sugar crash around lunch time.

Horchata with cinnamon sticks

The rice makes this drink super filling

Pop the cinnamon sticks in for more flavour

Healthy Mexican Horchata
Recipe details
  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • 1 c. long-grain white rice, rinsed and thoroughly drained
  • 1 small organic cinnamon stick
  • 6 c. water, divided
  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1/3 c. Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2-3 T. honey, preferably local
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • ½ c. raw almonds
Optional garnish
  • 4 long cinnamon sticks
  • Ground cinnamon

add the rice, cinnamon and 4 cups of very warm water to the medium glass bowl. Leave it to soak overnight at room temperature or until the rice is soft and the cinnamon easily breaks into smaller pieces.
move the rice mixture to a high powdered blender and blend to combine. Add 2 cups of water, almond milk, dates, honey, vanilla extract and almonds. Blend until all solids are gone then taste test and add more honey if you like.
strain the blender contents with a fine mesh strainer and 1-2 layers of cheesecloth. Discard the solids and move the liquid to a pitcher to drink straight away or a container with a lid.
refrigerated until chilled or serve over ice with a cinnamon stick or a little ground cinnamon to garnish.
  • Milk: you can swap the almond milk for any type of milk you like. You can go with normal milk or try something like coconut milk. You may want to change the almonds if you do or just leave them and test the taste.
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