Homemade Mexican Horchata

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Horchata (pronouncedor-CHA-tah) is a refreshing summer drink made from rice. Horchata is dairy free and a great option for those who are lactose intolerant or prefer to stay away from dairy. Traditional horchata recipes can be packed with sugar, but this recipe uses stevia to lighten it up!  We’re also upping the nutrition by using brown rice instead of white. Grab a glass and enjoy!


  1. 1 cup long grain brown rice, uncooked
  2. 8 cups water
  3. 2 cinnamon sticks
  4. ⅓-½ cup sweetener ( we used stevia)
  5. 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  1. Soak rice and 4 cups of the water with cinnamon sticks for 4 hours to overnight.
  2. Discard the cinnamon sticks and blend the rice and water mixture along with stevia and ground cinnamon on HIGH for about 3-5 minutes, until SUPER finely ground.
  3. Add additional 4 cups water and pulse to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture through nut milk bag, or a strainer lined with cheese cloth to get rid of any grainy bits and pulp.
  5. Chill the horchata before enjoying. It will separate, so stir before serving over ice.
  6. Enjoy!
  1. per 8 oz glass (yields 8): 75 calories | 17g carbs | 1g fat | 2g protein

recipe: mindovermunch.com