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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, a similat yet different recipe as for the texture. It's made from rice and almonds, flavored with lime and cinnamon and sweetened with a lot of sugar.

It was easy to replace sugar with a low-carb sweetener, but the rice... Don't worry, I didn't use Cauli-rice, I used chia seeds instead!

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Serving size 1 smoothie

Allergy information for Keto Mexican Horchata Smoothie

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
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Nutritional values (per serving, 1 smoothie)

Net carbs5 grams
Protein11.9 grams
Fat22.2 grams
Calories283 kcal

Calories from carbs 7%, protein 18%, fat 75%

Total carbs12.1 gramsFiber7.1 gramsSugars2.5 gramsSaturated fat2.3 gramsSodium113 mg(5% RDA)Magnesium101 mg(25% RDA)Potassium438 mg(22% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)


  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 that if you only have unblanched almonds, you will have to peel them after they get soft and before blending. Keto Mexican Horchata Smoothie
  2. After the nuts have soaked and softened, remove the cinnamon stick and lime zest.
    Keto Mexican Horchata Smoothie
  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.
    Keto Mexican Horchata Smoothie
  4. Heat the mixture up until it starts sizzling and add cinnamon and the sweeteners.
    Keto Mexican Horchata Smoothie
  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.
    Keto Mexican Horchata Smoothie
  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.
    Keto Mexican Horchata Smoothie
  7. Serve immediately. Keto Mexican Horchata Smoothie

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 smoothie)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Almonds, nuts (blanched)
2.6 g6.4 g15.8 g177 kcal
Almond milk natural (unsweetened)
0.5 g0.6 g1.4 g17 kcal
Eggs, free-range or organic
0.2 g3.1 g2.4 g36 kcal
Chia seeds
0.4 g1.6 g2.6 g41 kcal
Lime zest (peel), fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g6 kcal
Cinnamon, spices
0.4 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.8 g0 g0 g3 kcal
Stevia extract (SweetLeaf or NuNaturals, natural low-carb sweetener)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 smoothie
5 g11.9 g22.2 g283 kcal
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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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Comments (8)

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!


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


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.


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


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


Great recipe, perfect for cold autumn evenings! 😊


Thank you AJ!


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