Horchata is a rice-based drink from Mexico. While horchata is not traditionally dairy-free this recipe is dairy-free! This recipe has has rice, toasted almonds, brown sugar and vanilla!
- 1 1/2 cups (6.5 ounces) blanched almonds divided
- 2 1/2 cups (17.5 ounces) uncooked white rice
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 10 cups filtered water
In a medium skillet, set over medium-low heat, add 1/4 cup blanched almonds. Toast the almonds until medium golden brown, about 3-5 minutes, tossing them every so often.
Transfer the toasted almonds and untoasted almonds to a large bowl. Pour in the white rice, cinnamon sticks, browns sugar, vanilla extract, salt and filtered water. Mix everything up until combined and cover the bowl. Let sit at room temperature for 5 hours. Or overnight in the fridge.
Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to do this in batches. Transfer the horchata mix (including the cinnamon sticks) to your blender (adding what will fit, giving room at the top for blending). Blend for about 1 minute, until the horchata turns cloudy and white. Pour through a mesh strainer into a bowl to catch the majority of the nut pulp.
Place a nut bag in the center of a bowl and pour the once-strained mixture into the nut bag. This will eliminate the majority of the grit from the horchata and make it silky smooth. Gently squeeze the nut bag so the horchata runs out.
Continue this process until you work with the rest of horchata mixture. Serve over ice and top with a dusting of ground cinnamon
Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg