Vegan Horchata

Vegan Horchata

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Adjust Servings:
1 cup (uncooked) Long Grain White Rice
1 cup Raw Cashews
1 cup Raw Almonds
2 Cinnamon Sticks
32 ounces Filtered Water
0.5 cup Maple Syrup
a pinch (8th teaspoon) Sea Salt

Vegan Horchata

  • 13 hours
  • Serves 6
  • Easy




Dairy free, vegan horchata with a cinnamon spice over ice!

This Spanish inspired drink is so refreshing and yet so creamy!

Though made famous and many Mexican taquerias, Horchata, or orxata, originated at least as far back as 13th-century Valencia, Spain.

Horchata is a name given to various kinds of plant milk beverages of similar taste and appearance.

Horchata de arroz is the most common horchata in Mexico and Guatemala.

This recipe is dairy free and just uses rice, cashews and almonds for that creamy milk base.

The horchata is sweetened with real maple syrup and spiced with cinnamon.

It is poured over ice which makes it a refreshing treat during the warmer months.

When I lived in Los Angeles, I tried the most incredible horchata.

This recipe is inspired by that horchata drink. It was light, cold and refreshing, sweet and cinnamon spiced.

Similar to other plant-milks, the nuts and rice are first soaked then blended along with cinnamon and salt.

The salt acts as a natural preservative and also enhanced the flavors.

I like to sweeten my horchata with real maple syrup. A liquid sweetener will always work better for colder drinks.

Give this flavorful vegan horchata beverage a try send me a picture via Instagram and leave a comment below!



Soak The Nuts & Rice

Add the cashews, almonds and uncooked rice to a large bowl and cover it in cold, filtered water.

Cover and soak for 12-24 hours.


Get Your Blender

First, drain and rinse the nuts and rice mixture well.

Next, add them to a blender along with 32 ounces of fresh, filtered water, 1/2 cup of maple syrup, a pinch of salt and 2 whole cinnamon sticks.

Blend on high for 2-3 minutes.


Strain The Liquid

Using a nut milk bag or a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth, strain the liquid and discard the pulp.



To serve, I pour the horchata into a glass over ice as it is best served chilled.

Store any leftover horchata in the refrigerator for up to 1 week!

The liquid may separate but that is totally normal. Give it a quick shake before serving.


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I have never made horchata before and have only had it at restaurants. My kids would love to try making this at home. Can I use a food processor if my blender is a little weak on power?

Great! I don’t recommend using a food processor, as most of them cannot hold that much liquid and the tops are not fully sealed.

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