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Lucuma Horchata Smoothie

Lucuma Horchata Smoothie

Jul 15th 2014

 Lucuma Horchata Smoothie

We've got an amazing recipe from our friend Jennifer at To Be Nourished to share with you!

Horchata (or-CHA-tah) is a Mexican or Latin cinnamon rice milk or drink typically made with white rice, almonds or tiger nuts, water, cinnamon and sugar. It is smooth, creamy, sweet and so yummy! While I love horchata in its true form, I also enjoy “healthifying” recipes. It is so fun to transform a recipe into something a bit healthier (notice I didn’t say completely healthy). This is exactly what I did in this horchata smoothie recipe. If you’d rather just have the milk, not the smoothie, simply leave out the banana. I’ve also added Lucuma Powder to this smoothie as a superfood booster! Lucuma provides 14 essential trace elements, including calcium, potassium and magnesium, plus fiber, protein and antioxidants.


  • 2/3 cup of uncooked brown rice
  • 4 1/2 cups of fresh water
  • 1 cup of blanched almonds, skins removed (blanching directions below)
  • 2 khadrawy dates, pits removed
  • 1 large banana (if you’re making a smoothie)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon of Sunfood tropical lucuma powder
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Add the uncooked brown rice to the blender and pulverize until you are left with a rice-powder.
  • Transfer the rice powder to a large bowl; add the raw almonds (skins removed), cinnamon stick and 2 ½ cups of boiling water. Let cool, cover and refrigerate overnight. 
  • Add the rice/almond mixture, dates, ground cinnamon, vanilla and remaining two cups of water to a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  • Place a large metal sieve over a bowl and line with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Slowly pour the horchata mixture through the fine mesh stirring and using a wooden spoon to press the pulp against the sieve to extract as much liquid as possible. Lift the cheesecloth or bag and use your hands to squeeze the remaining pulp to get all the liquid out. Discard the pulp.
  • Pour the horchata into a glass bottle or pitcher and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

To Make a Lucuma Horchata Smoothie

  • Pour two cups of horchata into the blender.
  • Add the large banana, Lucuma Powder and a handful of ice.
  • Blend until smooth. Pour into one large glass, or two smaller glasses, and drink immediately! So delicious!!! 

**Blanching Almonds**

Add the raw almonds to a large glass bowl. Pour boiling water over the top and let sit for one minute. Pour the almonds and water through a strainer and rinse with ice-cold water. Use your fingers to slide the skins off the almonds. That’s it!

Lucuma Horchata Smoothie

Lucuma Horchata Smoothie

Original Recipe by Jennifer at To Be Nourished