Horchata; Dairy Free Rice Nut Milk

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Serves 4-6 Prep Time 5 minutes   Rated:

Drinkies anyone??? This drink is rumoured to be a cure for a hangover and is frequently served at breakfast time. Even though the drink has a milky appearance it is completely dairy-free. It is Mexican in origin and is supposed to be sweet, but if you wish to have it with less sugar, you can add sugar to taste after you have blended it. Served in market places throughout Mexico, it is the perfect answer to a milkshake but of course, being dairy free, has a longer shelf life in the sun! Use lots of ice…and lots of cinnamon…and apparently you can add lime zest to be more traditional as well….us?

Serve it with frozen fruit chunks instead of ice! We LOVED it.

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  • 350 Grams rice (any variety)
  • 200 Grams raw cashews
  • 30 Grams sesame seeds
  • 700 Grams water for soaking plus some more
  • 100 Grams Coconut Sugar or rapadura sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick(s)
  • Frozen fruit for serving (We loved big watermelon chunks but any fruit works!)



Soak rice and nuts in 700g water overnight or minimum 8 hours.


Place liquid rice, nut mixture, sesame seeds, sugar, cinnamon stick and 1-2 cups extra water into Thermomix bowl and blend 2 min/speed 9. Scrape down sides of bowl and lid and repeat for a further 30 sec/speed 9.


Strain through nut milk bag and serve over the frozen fruit chunks of choice.


Add more or less water, sugar, ice to taste. This is meant to be sweet, but refreshing. If you are really precious about the grainy bits, you can strain it through a fine sieve or piece of muslin….but I personally had no problem. The longer you blend, the smoother the result….now to try it frozen and churned into ice cream. There’s a thought!

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