A creamy, healthy and simple homemade Mexican Horchata that’s naturally sweetened with medjool dates instead of refined sugar!
Horchata is one of the first things I have a tendency to order at a Mexican restaurant. It’s a combination of refreshing, sweet, quenching, and fragrant.
I never really had horchata growing up. In my rural farm town in southeast Minnesota, we pretty much had the traditional Minnesota fare. That fare included lots of casseroles, brats, cheese curds, and milk.
It wasn’t until around 2001 when I had horchata. Every time I stopped for Mexican food I found myself guzzling it down faster than ever.
Date Sweetened Mexican Horchata
Horchata relies on the beautiful spice of cinnamon to flavor the beverage while at the same time uses sugar as a sweetener. Lots and lots of sugar. While I absolutely love the delicious taste of horchata, I don’t necessarily want to be swallowing loads and loads of sugar.
But I still want horchata.
This easily recipe for horchata relies on simple medjool dates. Dates naturally sweeten the beverage without taking away from the authenticity of this delicious beverage. It is, after all, one of the most widely consumed beverages in Latin America.
One half cup of medjool dates resulted in the perfect sweetness for the kids and I — which is about 6-7 dates.
Save the pits from the dates – they grow incredibly well in warm weather climates!
Making this horchata is so incredibly easy. I love to soak the rice the night prior, then blend in the morning. The blender does the challenging work of pureeing it up as best as it can, before being strained through a fine, mesh strainer into a quart-size jug.
Raw milk from pastured cows, in its natural form, is one of the most nutrient dense foods around. Combined with healthy dates, organic rice and cinnamon makes it a wonderful, refreshing drink.
Once you blend up your horchata, strain it into a jug and give it a good stir to distribute the flavors. Serve over ice in your favorite glass. Then watch out — because there likely won’t be much left!
Date Sweetened Horchata
- 8 C. raw milk
- 1 C. uncooked white rice preferably organic
- 1/2 C. medjool dates about 6-7 dates
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Soak the uncooked white rice and the cinnamon stick in 4 C. of milk 6-8 hours if not overnight.
- Transfer the rice, cinnamon stick, milk and dates to the blender and blend for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes until finely mixed.
- Pour the blended liquid into your jug through a fine mesh strainer. Add the pulp from the strainer back to the blender with the additional 4 C. milk - blend again, for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Pour that mixture through the strainer into your jug, and give the mixture in the jug a good stir.
- One last time, take the pulp from the strainer and re-add back to the blender along with 2 C. of liquid from the jug for 30 seconds to 1 minute - then strain one last time into the jug.
- May need to shake or stir before serving. Serve in glasses over ice.