Keto Horchata Smoothie

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Mexican Horchata is a simple recipe not only for Cinco de Mayo. I discovered Horchata a couple of years ago and immediately fell in love with it! In this recipe, I combined the traditional horchata drink with aroz con leche which is more like a pudding. It's made from rice and almonds, flavored with lime and cinnamon and sweetened with a lot of sugar. I found many recipes: some of them used a cheesecloth to strain it, some of them left the rice in and made it a pudding.

It would be easy to replace the sugar with a low-carb sweetener, but the rice... Don't worry, I didn't use Cauli-rice as I've done in other recipes :) Recently, I have been experimenting with chia seeds (Home-made Strawberry & Rhubarb Jam or Easter Smoothie) and to my surprise, it worked really well in this recipe - try it for yourself and let me know what you think :-)

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Nutritional values (per serving)

5 grams 8.6 grams 11.9 grams 22.2 grams 2.3 grams 282 calories
Total Carbs13.6grams
Fiber8.6grams
Net Carbs5grams
Protein11.9grams
Fat22.2grams
of which Saturated2.3grams
Calories282kcal
Potassium255mg

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (7.5%), protein (17.8%), fat (74.7%)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

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Instructions

  1. Place the blanched almonds, fresh lime zest and cinnamon stick in a bowl. Cover with 2 cups of warm water. Let stand for at least eight hours or even better overnight.
    Note: If you only have unblanched almonds, you will have to peel them after they get soft and before blending.
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  2. After the nuts have soaked and softened, remove the cinnamon stick and lime zest.
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  3. Place the rest (almonds and water) into a small sauce pan. Add the almond milk and puree with a hand blender until very smooth.
    Note: You can get unsweetened almond milk in most supermarkets or on-line. However, if you can, make your own almond milk to avoid any unnecessary additives. Here is a simple recipe for almond milk (I would skip the dates). Almond Breeze, which is probably the most commonly used one, has a long list of ingredients. Some of them are harmless vitamins but it also contains "carrageenan". The health effects of this additive are not clear and may cause inflammation which could lead to more serious problems.
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  4. Heat the mixture up until it starts sizzling and add cinnamon and the sweeteners.
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  5. Whisk the egg and pour it slowly into the mixture while stirring constantly to avoid clumping. Keep stirring and cook for a minute or two.
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  6. Take off the heat and mix in the chia seeds. Allow to thicken, pour in a glass and serve immediately or refrigerate and serve chilled. If you don't like the grainy texture of chia seeds, simply place in a blender and pulse until smooth.
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Hi! Just a comment about...horchata is a drink usually made from cantaloupe or honeydew seeds -soaked in a little water-, water, sugar and milk (most frequently evaporated milk), blended and strained (sometimes a tiny amount of vanilla extract and powdered cinnamon is added -to taste-) although it may be made from the water in which rice has been soaked usually overnight with a small amount of the very soft rice in it to be blended.
It has nothing to do with arroz con leche which is boiled rice 2/3 cooked, and the last third of the cooking adds evaporated and condensed milk and a stick of cinnamon (sometimes cardamom for the exotic flavor).
I understand that you mixed both to make a unique recipe, but please do not confuse one with the other, the first is a common drink the other a dessert, it would be something like saying that making eggnog and vainilla pudding one step away from the other! You have excellent and very useful recipes. Thank you for all of them. Oh! and horchata consistency is not thick, like lemonade or jamaica is thin and refreshing, despite being sugary quenches thirst and makes hot wheater bearable!

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Thank you for your feedback and tips, Martha! When it comes to keto recipes, none of them are like the original but some can be very close, and in fact sometimes even better. I agree that this was a fusion of two different recipes 😊 Here's another recipe you may like: Low-Carb Spanish Horchata

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Hi Martha
I think you're wrong at all. And she is fine with the description. Spanish horchata is made from chufa seeds aka tiger nuts. Mexican horchata is made from rice, cinnamon, vanilla and milk. It has a resemble to rice pudding with the only difference that horchata is raw rice milk blended with milk and the spices mencioned. Some people can make horchata from almonds, coconut meat, cantaloupe seed or even wild pumpkin seeds all of them are delicious and have very healthy proprieries. All depends of the person who is making it.

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Love it! I used ground chia seeds and it was like a Horchata smoothie 😊

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Thanks Kate! I know it's not the tradition recipe but I like the "smoothie twist" too 😊

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Great recipe, perfect for cold autumn evenings! 😊

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Thank you AJ!

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Thank you for this post - I like this low-carb version of Horchata!! So tasty and filling - I did it for breakfast and everybody liked it

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