Not horchata

Horchata in Spain is made with nuts. Mexican horchata is made with rice.

Neither one is made with bananas. But, bear with me here.

We recently started (and then failed at, but are trying again) Whole30, and I randomly started craving horchata. I don’t know why — I rarely order it, even though it is sweet and refreshing and delicious. But since I wasn’t supposed to have any extra sugar (or rice, for that matter), I had to improvise.

smoothie ingredients

Hence, this not-horchata smoothie. I realized later that I am actually supposed to make my own almond milk for Whole30, but whatever. This is good regardless: cold, sweet, milky and chock-full of cinnamon. It also takes approximately 30 seconds to make. Try it and tell me what you think.

not horchata

Not-horchata smoothie (Makes one)
1 very ripe banana
Scant 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Several ice cubes (I used 8, but I have a pretty powerful blender)

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of your blender. Cover and blend until liquified. Drink immediately and feel bueno.


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