Vegan Warm Cinnamon Horchata with Whole Grains and Almonds

Serves 3 servings     adjust servings

Wow your friends with this unusual hot drink. You make a plant-based milk with oats, rice, and almonds and flavor it with cinnamon and vanilla. Then heat it up and warm yourself up!


Overnight Soak Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup long grain brown rice
  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats (or an additional 1/4 cup brown rice)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

Heating Ingredients

  • sweetener of choice, to taste (I used 1/4 cup raw sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt, optional


  1. Add the water, almonds, brown rice, oats, and cinnamon sticks to your blender and soak overnight or up to 12 hours.
  2. Transfer the cinnamon sticks to a medium saucepan, then blend the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag into the saucepan.
  3. Add the sweetener, vanilla, and pinch of salt, if using, then heat over low heat, stirring constantly to keep the oat milk from forming small lumps until it's just hot.
  4. If there are some lumps, just pop it back into the blender and it will come out creamy.


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