Although I don’t really celebrate Cinco de Mayo, one of my lovely friends always throws a fantastic party for Cinco de Mayo which brings us all together to eat, laugh and generally be merry! As such, her wonderful parties get me excited for Cinco de Mayo and this year, I thought it would be fun to make a creative and healthy dessert with a traditional Mexican drink; Horchata!
The first time I ever tried horchata was in Valencia, Spain. I bought it off of a local street vendor and it was the most delicious drink I had ever tried in my whole life! It took me years and years to find another one that even came close to how good the horchata in Valencia was; it was not until I came to the US that I got to taste delicious horchata once again. Interestingly enough, I read online that in Spain, it is traditional to make horchata from tiger nuts whereas in the US and Mexico, it is commonly made from rice. Today’s horchata chia seed pudding utilizes rice, but I foresee attempts to make a Spanish style horchata in the future #staytuned
At first, I thought I could get away with using store bought rice milk to make this horchata chia seed pudding. False, try again, Alice! Although it tasted alright, I realized that I had to go the homemade route and make the rice milk myself. Honestly, I should have done the homemade way from the very start because it was so simple and easy to do. All it required was some rice, water, dates, a good blender and a nut milk bag (found them at Bed, Bath & Beyond of all places).
Horchata Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 cup long grain white rice
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 pitted medjool dates
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup + 1tbsp chia seeds
- Place the rice, dates and cinnamon stick in a container and add boiling water. Keep this in a dry and dark area overnight (approx. 8 hours).
- The next day, throw away the cinnamon stick and blend the rest of the ingredients in a high speed blender. Add the vanilla extract to the blender as well. This step may take several minutes.
- Now, get a large jar and place your nut milk bag in it. Empty the contents of the blender into the nut milk bag and let it drain out the liquid. You may have to strain it towards the end.
- Now, add your chia seeds and let soak for 3-4 hours.
- Eat and enjoy!
- Add 1tbsp honey if you want it sweeter
- Garnish with ground cinnamon if you wish
So easy right?! I cannot wait for you to try this healthy take on the classic (and sugar laden) horchata drink. I think it be a great dessert to follow these easy and healthy shrimp tacos. Let me know what you think by either leaving me a comment on this post or on any of my social media networks. Better yet, I would LOVE to see a photo of your recreation 🙂