Quick & Healthy Horchata Recipe

Last Updated on March 31, 2022 by Anne-Marie

Looking for an easy horchata recipe made with rice milk? Try this healthy horchata recipe that's sugar-free.

Glasses of Quick & Healthy Horchata on a gold tray.

Why this recipe works

If you’re having a Mexican style brunch, try this Quick & Healthy Horchata.

This goes great with Mexican dishes like Breakfast Chilaquiles, Authenic Carne Asada, Easy Mexican Picadillo, and Chicken Enchilada 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!

Glasses and a pitcher of Quick & Healthy Horchata.

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 or Swerve Sweetener.

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


Quick & Healthy Horchata Recipe

Quick & Healthy Horchata Recipe

Looking for an easy horchata recipe made with rice milk? Try this healthy horchata recipe is sugar-free.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 cups plain rice milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered monk fruit sweetener
  • 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

2 thoughts on “Quick & Healthy Horchata Recipe

  1. Valerie

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    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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