Whether you celebrate Cinco de Mayo or are simply looking for a delicious, low carb alternative to milk, this delicious low carb, sugar free horchata is freaktacular. I just gosh dang love it, gosh dang it.
If you’ve never tried it before or have no clue what horchata is, sit down a moment. We need to have a chat.
Close your eyes and think of a more refreshing egg nog, perfect for any day of the year. Now know that I put my horchata up against a local, high carb, authentic rice horchata, and mine is as flavorful–but minus the carbs. *does my little Snoopy horchata dance* The flavors are right on, but for health, you can’t beat this beauty of a beverage. That means we’re all winners. We must all Snoopy dance. We simply must.
As an aside, I love the added, fresh strawberry as a garnish because not only is it pretty, the flavors combined with the cinnamon are spot on.
You can see the cinnamon floating on the surface there. Amazing. That’s cinnamon floating, along with all of my hopes and dreams of a really tremendous, simple, refreshing drink.
Thinky drinky thoughts and righteous recipe ruminations:
- Don’t want to make almond milk? You bum! I kid… I kid… You can omit that step by purchasing unsweetened, unflavored almond milk (check the labels) from the store in a carton. It comes both shelf stable or refrigerated.
- This recipe doesn’t contain any dairy products, so woohoo! That’s right. You have my permission to boogie.
- Have a nut allergy? Use coconut milk instead. Ba-zing! Is there nothing that drink can’t do?
- Since the almonds absorb their fair share of liquids (especially when soaked overnight) in the milk process, I had less than 3 cups of almond milk. I added water to give me some lovin’ (as discussed below) to amount to 3 cups of liquids total.
- If you use pre-made almond milk, the container contains 32 ounces, or 4 cups of liquid. In this case, don’t bother combining 2 cups of almond milk with water to get three cups. At only 1 net carb per 8 ounces of milk, you’re really dealing in minutiae. I would rather you go and do something special for yourself with that time. Like let me borrow your cute socks. Hey; altruism is good for you.
- So knowing I could buy almond milk to make this, why go from scratch? Because horchata is made from scratch with rice and I wanted to go for the most authentic product for the best taste/texture results. I have realized you can go with the boxed almond milk or make your own–either way is pretty fabulous–and I include notes for each in the recipe below.
Low Carb Horchata
2 cups raw, unsalted almonds
4 cups water + extra
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup sugar equivalent substitute
To make the almond milk:
Pour almonds and water into the bowl of a blender; blend until the almonds begin to break up, about 20 seconds. Let stand at room temperature for a minimum of 4 hours-overnight. Strain the liquids into a pitcher through a cheesecloth, wringing to extract as much liquid as possible (set aside the nutmeats use in a different recipe). Add water to almond milk until liquids equal 3 cups.
Mix vanilla, cinnamon, and sweetener into 3 cups of almond milk. Chill and stir before serving over ice.
Makes 3-8 ounce servings
Nutritional information per 8 ounce serving: Calories: 40, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fiber: 0g, Net carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g