Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® almondmilk, however all opinions, experiences and enjoyment of Almond Breeze almondmilk are completely my own!
Growing up, one of my favorite drinks my mom would make us was horchata. Traditionally, this is a soaked and blended rice milk drink that is sweetened and flavored with vanilla and cinnamon. Making horchata from scratch is pretty labor intensive (thanks for the recipe, Mom!), but in the end, you have a sweet, creamy and refreshing cold drink! Lucky for me, I recently discovered that Almond Breeze® has come out with Almondmilk Horchata and I’m totally here for it. Day made!
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® has a variety of beverages, from their sweetened and unsweetened original and chocolate almondmilks, to their blended drinks like Almond Cashew Milk and their new and delicious Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas--that is so good on its own or mixed into my favorite smoothie recipes! Even though I include dairy products in my diet, I really enjoy the flavor and nutritional quality of non-dairy products. Whether you are a strict plant-based eater or not (like me), there is no denying the innovation by the Almond Breeze team. Their products are so tasty and are so versatile, and I must say, Almond Breeze did an amazing job with their version of horchata because I haven’t tasted a pre-made version of this drink quite like it! It’s great on its own, added into coffee (yum!) or cooked into this fab arroz con leche recipe. Yes, arroz con leche! Keep reading….
Because I love all things horchata, I experimented with Almondmilk Horchata in a cooked rice pudding (arroz con leche) recipe and….wow! So much flavor and so few ingredients. This arroz con leche recipe was devoured by my biggest food critics (my kids!) who immediately asked for a seconds. To further enhance the almond flavor, I toasted up some sliced almonds to topped this dessert. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I did!
Check Almond Breeze® website to find out where Almondmilk Horchata is sold in your area.
Arroz con Leche with Almondmilk Horchata
Makes 3 servings
Total cook time: 45 minutes
Total prep time: 60-90 minutes
1 cup rice (preferably Arborio)
2 cups water
1 cinnamon stick (more for garnish, if desired)
1 cup Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Horchata
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 teaspoon turbinado (raw) sugar, divided
Ground cinnamon and nutmeg for dusting
Over high heat, add water, rice and cinnamon stick to a medium saucepan. Once water boils, turn down heat, cover pot and steam rice until fully cooked, about 15 minutes.
Place cooked rice in into a bowl and allow it to cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
To a small saucepan, add 1 cup of cooked rice, Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Horchata, and vanilla extract. Stirring occasionally, simmer rice until almost all of the almondmilk is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat and allow rice to stand, uncovered for 5 minutes.
While horchata rice is cooking, set oven to broil.
Divide rice into three small bowls or ramekins and dust with ground cinnamon, nutmeg and about 1/3 teaspoon of sugar. Place bowls on a small sheet pan and broil for 1-3 minutes or until sugar has caramelized.
Garnish each serving with a cinnamon stick and serve warm.