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Mexican Horchata: Rice and Almond Drink [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Horchata is one of Mexico’s most common agua frescas and this easy-to-make recipe is perfect if you’re new to this rice-flavored drink.

Mexican Horchata: Rice and Almond Drink [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan

Calories

251

Serves

6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 teaspoon ground)
  • 8 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Preparation

  1. Add 1 cup white rice to a blender or food processor and grind it as fine as you can.
  2. Add 3/4 cup raw almonds, 1 cinnamon stick, 1/4 cup sugar and only 4 cups of warm water.  Blend together.
  3. Let this mixture sit overnight in the fridge.
  4. The next day, give it another blend and then add 4 cups of cold water and another 1/2 cup sugar.  Combine well and taste for sweetness, adding more sugar if needed.
  5. Strain the mixture and discard the leftover solids.  Using a fine mesh sieve works but you can also add a few layers of cheesecloth to it if you want.
  6. Serve immediately over ice and optionally add a final dash of cinnamon.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 251 | Carbs: 35 g | Fat: 6 g | Protein: 3 g | Sodium: 6 mg | Sugar: 26 g

Notes

Sometimes I keep the concentrated version on hand (with only 4 cups of water) and use it to make smoothies. My latest smoothie: add a few servings of Horchata to a blender along with coconut milk (approx. 1/3 cup), ice, and vanilla protein powder. You could also use the concentrated version to make milkshakes. I typically use raw almonds but I've used roasted, salted almonds before and still got a good result.

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AUTHOR & RECIPE DETAILS


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Two years living in Cozumel, Mexico turned Patrick into a Mexican food foodie.  He is the author of Mexican Craving:  9 Easy Steps to Cooking Authentic Mexican at Home.  Patrick returns to Mexico at least three times per week (in his kitchen) and shares authentic Mexican recipes and techniques on his blog Mexican Please.


 

 

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