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A Healthy Twist on A Mexican Horchata

Real Momma
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 4


  • 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
  • 4 long cinnamon sticks optional garnish
  • Ground cinnamon optional garnish


  • Add rice, organic cinnamon stick, and 4 cups of very warm water to a medium-sized bowl. Let soak overnight at room temperature, or until the rice softens and the cinnamon stick is soft enough to break into several smaller pieces.
  • Transfer the rice mixture to a high-powered blender and blend to combine. Add 2 cups cold water, almond milk, dates, 2 tablespoons honey, vanilla extract, and almonds. Blend until thoroughly combined and no large solids remain. Taste and add additional honey, if desired.
  • Strain contents of the blender with a fine-weave mesh strainer and 1-2 layers of cheesecloth. When finished, discard remaining solids in the strainer and transfer the reserved liquid to a pitcher or other container.
  • Refrigerate until chilled, or serve immediately over ice with whole cinnamon sticks or a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, for garnish. Enjoy!