How to Make Organic Horchata Fast with Cooked Brown Rice
Jun 23, 2017
Linda Watson in beverages, brown rice, homemade rice milk, horchata, organic, quick, something from nothing

Horchata is a cold, creamy, usually dairy-free drink often made with rice, cinnamon, sweetener, and water. Some recipes add almonds or other nuts and even cows' milk for a richer, creamier beverage.  I can't believe how easy it is to make at home using leftover rice! By using cooked rice instead of raw rice, you can skip the planning ahead, soaking, waiting, and straining of traditional horchata recipes. This is my new favorite something-for-nothing recipe, a real bargain at only 34 cents a glass using organic ingredients.

fast organic horchata with cinnamon

My Taster and I used to stop for fajitas and horchata on the way back from visiting his parents in Florida. Now I can have this cinnamon-scented creamy drink any time, in a glass with ice or just poured over cereal. It's a perfect non-alcoholic drink to serve with Spanish or South American meals.

Active time: 5 minutes. Total time: 5 minutes. Makes one quart, serves 4. Vegan and gluten free.
Cost: 34 cents a glass using organic ingredients.

2 cups water
1 cup cooked organic brown rice (I use California basmati)
1/4 cup agave syrup or 1 quarter cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for topping if desired
2 cups ice cubes

  1. Put all ingredients except ice into a blender, cover, and process on high until smooth, about one minute for a high-speed blender like a Vitamix and about 3 minutes for a regular blender.bubbles rise from horchata made with cooked rice in a Vitamix
  2. Add ice and process until nearly smooth again, with just small ice fragments remaining, about 30 seconds for the Vitamix and a minute or two for a regular blender. Taste and add spices or sweetener until the horchata rocks your world.
  3. Serve over ice, topped with a little extra cinnamon if desired. If not serving immediately, pour horchata into a pitcher, refrigerate, and stir before serving.


Nutritional information (1 serving or 1/4 recipe):

Calories: 129

Protein 2 grams (4% daily value), total fat: 1 gram (1%), cholesterol 0 grams, total carbohydrates 29 grams (10%), dietary fiber 1 grams (4%)

Calcium 15 mg (2%), iron trace (3%), potassium 54  mg (2%), zinc 1 mg (4%), Vitamin C trace (0%), Vitamin A 23 IU (0%), Vitamin B6 0.1 mg (6%), Thiamin B1 0.1 mg (6%), Riboflavin B2 trace (1%), Folacin 5 mcg (1%)

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