If you’re having a Mexican style brunch for Cinco de Mayo weekend, try this Quick & Healthy Horchata. I made it to go with my Easy Chorizo Breakfast Casserole.
What I love about this healthy homemade horchata recipe, besides that it’s dairy free, is the comforting flavor combination of cinnamon and vanilla. It feels sort of Christmassy even though horchata’s a cold drink that’s served throughout the year.
Mexican horchata is made with rice. There are other styles of horchatas made in Latin America and Spain. For example, in Puerto Rico, horchata is made with sesame seeds and maybe almonds. So if you’re eating at a Latin American restaurant and order a horchata, ask what it’s made of if you have a seed or nut allergy. Don’t assume it’s a rice drink!
Making a healthy horchata recipe
An authentic Mexican horchata recipe will have you pulverizing rice and soaking it overnight to make rice milk. Who has time for that? Instead, I use rice milk from a carton in my Quick & Healthy Horchata recipe. So much easier!
If you’re making this for a Cinco de Mayo or a weekend brunch, feel free to add a little rum to it. Magnífico!
Do you have a Mexican glass pitcher for margaritas? Mix up a batch of Quick & Healthy Horchata drinks in that!
Quick & Healthy Horchata
- 4 cups plain rice milk
- 1/4 cup powdered stevia or monk fruit
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a pitcher or large measuring cup with a spout.
- Whisk until combined and pour into glasses.
- Drink immediately. If contents settle, stir with a spoon.
- Serving size: 1 8-ounce servings