I’m writing this post while still on a high from Harper learning how to laugh just a few hours ago. We’ve been hearing glimmers of laughter the past few days, but this time it was official. Brett and I were babysitting our niece and nephews–if we can even call it babysitting because they’re old enough to do most things on their own–and Brett and the big kids were jumping on the trampoline. I was sitting on a wooden swing nearby with Harper on my lap and we were just watching the craziness play out when all of a sudden Harper started giggling. Soon the giggling turned into full on belly laugher. I could feel her body shake as she let out the joy of watching her cousins bounce up and down.
Ah. I literally teared up. It was the best sound ever.
What a gift to see her grow and develop day by day and to be her mom!
I’m hoping these warm summer nights will bring about more bouts of laugher in the near future.
Speaking of warm summer nights, this Brown Rice Maple Syrup Sweetened Horchata is probably going to be my new go-to summer beverage. If you don’t know what Horchata is a milky drink made from ground up nuts or rice. It sounds complicated, but it surprisingly easy and oh so delicious! I’ve made Horchata a few times in the past and wanted to see if it was possible to make it with brown rice and also use a natural sweetener.
Oh, it’s possible all right!
This recipe requires just a few minutes of preparation and time to soak overnight. You basically make your own cinnamon rice milk and then sweeten and flavor it in the morning with maple syrup, vanilla and an extra splash of non-dairy milk. It’s so easy and incredibly creamy and sweet!
You can definitely make this with white rice too. Use what you already have in your house and you’ll be good to go! This Brown Rice Maple Syrup Sweetened Horchata tastes amazing when chilled and would make the perfect hosting drink. You’re friends will be super impressed and would never guess how easy this drink is to make.
I’d love to know if you give this recipe a try. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below or take a photo of the finished product, post it on Instagram and tag @theconscientiouseater so I can see your creation!
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- 5 cups water, divided
- 1⅓ cup brown rice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- ¼-1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place 2 cups of water into a blender and add in the brown rice and 2 cinnamon sticks. Blend for about a minute until the rice starts to break down.
- Add the last three cups of water into the blender and blend again for another 30 seconds or so until everything is combined.
- Transfer the blended cinnamon rice mixture to a pitcher and place it in the fridge overnight.
- The next day, strain the mixture through a coffee filter or fine mesh strainer.
- Place the strained cinnamon rice milk back into your blender and add in the non-dairy milk, maple syrup and vanilla and blend briefly to combine.
- Serve chilled!