Ridiculously Healthy Horchata

A healthy twist to the classic Mexican beverage, AKA..almond rice milk. 

Light, creamy and so yummy. 

Dates add a lovely sweetness making this a delicious drink, plain. 

Cinnamon is traditional, but…

I took the cardamom route. Mmmm. 

Squeezing the milk out might be a little time consuming. But, so worth the effort. 


Drink plain or enjoy with unsweetened cereal.



Skill level – Easy

Ridiculously Healthy Horchata


1/2 cup raw white long grain rice, rinsed and drained

25 raw almonds

6 Noor dates, pitted

2 cardamoms

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups water


1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (I soak directly in the blender, so I don’t have to dirty another dish). Let soak overnight.

2. Blend for 3-5 minutes (depends on the power of your blender), until smooth. 

3. Strain mixture in batches, using a Nut milk bag/thin dish towel. Simply place a strainer over a bowl, and place the dish towel over the strainer. Pour horchata in batches, into the dish towel lined strainer, gather all four corners and lift up. Squeeze until all milk is extracted. Discard pulp, between batches. 

3. Pour milk into serving glasses and enjoy with/without ice. 

Makes 1-2 servings




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  1. Has anyone else tried making this recipe or has everyone just read through the ingredients like I did? The recipe sounds delicious in theory BUT did not work out for me at all. Not sure what I might have done wrong. I followed the recipe to a tee, (except I used cooked white rice, was it suppose to be uncooked)?Soaking ingredients over night in the blender. I blended everything up really well this morning, and of course the contents were a tan color because of all the dates. (It would never look the whiteish color as pictured in the photo or thin like almond milk), I tried to strain the drink through a nut milk bag sitting inside a strainer. After a couple of hours the drink would not even strain through because of the thickness of the blended up dates and rice. When I then squeezed the bag to get the liquid out, it ALL squeezes through (did I blend too much)? You basically end up with a very sweet thick brownish liquid that cannot be strained. Is my whole problem from the fact that I used cooked white rice and not uncooked?…and did I over blend? Not sure what to do with this very sweet thickish liquid except use it to cook oatmeal in or include it in a banana bread recipe or something? I doubled it so I don’t want to waste 12 dates! Help? What went wrong? 🙁

    1. Hi colleen, I’m so sorry that it didn’t work for you. The main issue here is that the recipe requires raw rice and not cooked. That is the reason for a more porridge like consistency. Also, straining in batches (discarding the pulp between every batch), really helps in easing the process. Now, not to waste the liquid that you have on hand – try blending it more regular milk and drink up straight with some ice (or) use a portion of it along with oatmeal (or) blend it some strawberries and plain yogurt / milk to make a flavored drink. Hope it helps. Extremely sorry again:)

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