If you’ve never had horchata you are in for a treat! It’s basically a homemade almond and rice drink that’s flavored with cinnamon and sweetened. My Instant Pot Brown Rice Horchata makes it a little healthier by using whole grain rice and you can sweeten it however you want.
What Exactly is Horchata?
Horchata is a drink that originated in Mexico. It’s a sweetened homemade rice almond drink that’s full of cinnamon flavor.
Traditionally, it soaked in the blender overnight. In this recipe we cook it in the Instant Pot in place of soaking so we can drink it even sooner.
Can You Really Make Horchata with Brown Rice?
You can and it taste great with brown rice.
Do You Need an Instant Pot to Make Brown Rice Horchata?
Honestly, you don’t. But we’re using it to speed up the process. If you’re reading this and you have a blender near by you can still make this.
Soak the rice, almonds, and cinnamon in your blender overnight. Remove the cinnamon stick in the morning, add the sweetener, and blend.
You’ll still need to strain the pulp out with a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer.
What Other Drinks Can I Make in My Electric Pressure Cooker?
See the mixture above? I made a big mistake which made the photo look nicer, but I don’t want you to do it. I broke up my cinnamon stick, but please keep yours whole.
I had to pick each sliver of cinnamon out after cooking, before I pureed the mixture. Do do better than I did!
I Can’t Have Nuts, What Can I Substitute for the Almonds?
You could use all brown rice, but it won’t be quite as thick. If you can have coconut you could use unsweetened shredded coconut in place of the almonds.
Basically, you just need to make a plant based milk that you will sweeten and flavor with cinnamon. So you can use your favorite ingredients.
I Don’t Use Refined Sugar, What Can I Use to Sweeten this Brown Rice Horchata?
To sweeten with dates, add 5 or 6 diced and pitted dates, then cook using the same directions in the recipe below.
You can really use any sweetener to taste. Agave nectar, maple syrup, regular vegan sugar, stevia, monk fruit, or whatever the newest sweetener is at the moment. The only thing you’d need to add into the cooking process is dates.
If it’s a granular sweetener like sugar, add it to the mixture while it’s still in your Instant Pot and hot. That way it will melt.
Is Horchata Served Hot or Cold?
I serve it cold in the summer and warm in the winter. I love how refreshing it is cold, so I guess if I only could pick one I would lean towards that.
Served hot, it’s a great change of pace from coffee, tea, of cocoa. I even have a hot vegan horchata post on my other blog. But you you don’t need another recipe, you can just warm this one up.