Quick & Healthy Horchata

Quick & Healthy Horchata

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. However, there are other styles of horchatas made in Latin America and Spain.

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!

This Quick & Healthy Horchata is easy to make with ready made rice milk and stevia.

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 dairy free rice milk from a carton in my 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!

I sweeten my easy horchata recipe with powdered powered stevia instead of sugar to reduce the calories. (You can also use powdered monk fruit.)

Do you have a Mexican glass pitcher for margaritas? Mix up a batch of horchata drinks in that!

Quick & Healthy Horchata

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


  1. Place all ingredients in a pitcher or large measuring cup with a spout.
  2. Whisk until combined and pour into glasses.
  3. Drink immediately. If contents settle, stir with a spoon.
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 5 Minutes
Servings: 4 servings (32 ounces)
  • Serving size: 1 8-ounce servings
Quick & Healthy Horchata

2 thoughts on “Quick & Healthy Horchata

  1. Valerie

    Thanks for this awesome easy recipe! I needed to make it quickly, without blending actual rice and cinnamon sticks, using a carton of rice milk instead. So good! My kids love it.


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