Sponsored Post: An Avocado Horchata Smoothie

July 9, 2014 | By | COMMENTS

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What is the most refreshing summer drink? Some might argue lemonade. With its puckery punch and bright yellow color, it’s a tough drink to beat in the summer months. And yet, ever since moving to L.A., I find myself gravitating towards another drink when I’m hot and want something a little less tart, a little more smooth. That drink, as you can tell from the title of this post, is horchata. It’s a drink that’s naturally thickened from the starch in white rice and heavily spiced with cinnamon. I’d never made it before (I usually get it from one of the plentiful Mexican restaurants here in my neighborhood), but making it just by itself seemed a little boring. Which is why I had the idea to incorporate another ingredient, something to give the drink more body and also to make it more healthful; that ingredient, as you can also tell from the title of this post, is an avocado–rich with Omega-3 fatty acids. Together, horchata and avoado might make a killer smoothie. Only way to find out was to try.

Luckily, I had a new tool that was sent to me by the sponsor of this post: a Vitamix S30. It’s a personal blender made by Vitamix that’s super easy to store and clean; it comes apart very neatly. It also makes perfectly portioned smoothies and blends everything up fast.

I used the S30 in three different stages for this drink: stage one was blending long-grain rice with a cinnamon stick and water. That mixture is poured into a bowl, more water is added, and you let it sit (covered) for a few hours while the rice softens and thickens the water.

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Stage two is to blend that mixture again, which you then strain into another bowl:

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At that point, you whisk in half a cup of sugar (horchata’s guilty secret, but all the best summer drinks have sugar; I’m looking at you, lemonade):

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At this point, you should chill the mixture for an hour at least. But congratulations, you’ve made horchata.

To finish, rinse out your blender. Remove the horchata from the fridge and slice an avocado in half, removing the pit:

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Scoop the avocado into the blender (this is stage 3, by the way):

And ladle in enough horchata to cover. Add 3 cubes of ice, a pinch of salt, and a splash of vanilla:

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Then blend on high speed until smooth and creamy.

To finish, and to thin it out a bit, I squeezed the juice of a lime directly in there:

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And blended one more time.

Voila, a beautiful summertime smoothie, garnished with a little more cinnamon.

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It’s a drink that offers all of the refreshment of horchata, but feels healthier because of the avocado. Plus you get to use your blender THREE times. And who doesn’t enjoy the thrill of flipping a blender on? Happy summering.

Recipe: An Avocado Horchata Smoothie

Summary: An original recipe except for the horchata, which comes from Aaron Sanchez.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Juice of one lime
  • Ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Begin by blending the rice, the cinnamon stick, and 4 cups of water in a blender. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add another 4 cups of water. Allow this mixture to soak (covered with plastic wrap) at room temperature for three hours.
  2. Then, pour the mixture back into the blender (in batches) and strain the results through cheesecloth or a fine sieve into a separate bowl. Whisk in the sugar; taste to adjust and chill the mixture.
  3. To make the smoothie, rinse out your blender and scoop the avocado into it. Ladle in enough horchata to cover (you’ll have plenty of horchata leftover to drink or for more smoothies), add three cubes of ice, the salt, and the vanilla and blend for at least 30 seconds, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Taste and then adjust with lime juice. Garnish with ground cinnamon.

Preparation time: 3 hour(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 2

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  • Randolph Croft

    I’m going to come off as a total idiot – but is that rice cooked or not?

  • Adam Amateur Gourmet

    Not cooked. Just infuses the water!

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  • Randolph Croft

    Thanks. That explains a few things. =D

  • http://Healthyroadadventures.blogspot.com Angel

    Cool!

  • http://organicsfs.com/ organicSFS

    Wow!… this is interesting. Never thought of using rice in a smoothie. Can’t wait to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

  • cath

    I read this. Got up. Grabbed cashews because there’s no rice in the house. Soaking them now. Thank you for the inspo … genius!

  • KarenL

    Yeah…I Was Thinking Maybe Almond Milk…How Did It Turn Out?

  • Omowumi Binyotubo

    It’s wonderful to think about something new.I am not so clear if the rice should be cooked before blending because i want to try it.Thanks for that knowledge.

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    You got a free Vitamix?? Score!!

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  • Guest

    This is awesome! I love avocado drinks. In Vietnam, we blend avocados with lots of ice and condensed milk. Now that I’m all grown up and try to stay away from sugar, I blend avocados with coconut milk and mangos.

  • jane

    Real horchata is made from chufa nuts but I guess they are not very common in LA so rice milk is used.

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    never would have thought to make this at home – such a good idea. the blender looks really amazing, too. I hear vitamix is really an incredible brand – do you think you’ll have a ton of other uses for it beyond smoothies and stuff?

  • Dina T

    I couldn’t believe it when I saw the title of this post! I love it that you came up with this. Although I beat you to it, I’ve been making avocado horchata for a couple of years now – ever since I discovered horchata powder in one of the El Salvadorean stores in my neighborhood, made with ground up morro seed. My most recent experiment with the powder – and, yes, even more delicious than the avocado version – mulberry horchata! The combination of flavors is simply amazing.

  • cath

    With the cashews i didn’t have to strain them out. Added a couple of dates, vanilla and lime juice. Crazy good! Creamy, light, yummy. Hubs asked for a passionfruit in his too!

  • Anonymous

    Love horchata, love avocados. Sounds like an intriguing combo!

  • http://kinaestheology.com/ EAllistone

    Just tried this with short-grain and brown sugar instead. Delicious and, as you say, refreshing for a hot day. Was dubious about the rich-starch base, but gives it a great texture. Thanks :)

  • TSkeezzy

    I’ve done this with homemade almond milk, but not adding the sugar or cinnamon. Was good mix with avacado,lime,vanilla,almond milk. But will have to try this rice tonight! Sounds interesting.

  • KarenL

    Good Idea! I’ll Try It In My blendtec. The Rice Seemed A Little To Starchy For My taste And Blood Sugar :)

  • KarenL

    Good Idea! I’ll Try It In My blendtec. The Rice Seemed A Little To Starchy For My taste And Blood Sugar :)

  • KarenL

    Good Idea! I’ll Try It In My blendtec. The Rice Seemed A Little To Starchy For My taste And Blood Sugar :)

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  • Valerie L. Ramdin

    Sounds delicious! Of course I am always looking for the alkaline non-inflammatory approach to every recipe (www.ibeatms.com). For this one, I would simply follow the drink with a 32 oz glass of fresh lemon water or a 32 oz glass of ACV water! Thanks for making Horchata so fun!

  • Valerie L. Ramdin

    Sounds delicious! Of course I am always looking for the alkaline non-inflammatory approach to every recipe (www.ibeatms.com). For this one, I would simply follow the drink with a 32 oz glass of fresh lemon water or a 32 oz glass of ACV water! Thanks for making Horchata so fun!

  • Valerie L. Ramdin

    Sounds delicious! Of course I am always looking for the alkaline non-inflammatory approach to every recipe (www.ibeatms.com). For this one, I would simply follow the drink with a 32 oz glass of fresh lemon water or a 32 oz glass of ACV water! Thanks for making Horchata so fun!

  • Valerie L. Ramdin

    Sounds delicious! Of course I am always looking for the alkaline non-inflammatory approach to every recipe (www.ibeatms.com). For this one, I would simply follow the drink with a 32 oz glass of fresh lemon water or a 32 oz glass of ACV water! Thanks for making Horchata so fun!

  • Valerie L. Ramdin

    Sounds delicious! Of course I am always looking for the alkaline non-inflammatory approach to every recipe (www.ibeatms.com). For this one, I would simply follow the drink with a 32 oz glass of fresh lemon water or a 32 oz glass of ACV water! Thanks for making Horchata so fun!

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    I also had this same question! I guess we’re both idiots :-)

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    Yes you can make almost anything with a vitamix , bread, soup , cereal, flour, margaritas, you can chop veges, grind coffee, and that’s not even the half of it!

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    It seems very delicius. In my country, it’s now the period you can find avocado, and more, in my garden I have 2 avocado trees. I’ll try this recipe;

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