This is a refreshing drink from Mexico that is very similar to horchata but healthier and easier to make! Serve cold.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine 5 cups water, quick-cooking oats, and cinnamon stick in a blender; blend until combined, about 1 minute.

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  • Pour the oat mixture through a strainer, collecting the liquids in a pitcher and reserving the solids. Pour remaining water through the strainer containing the solids and into the pitcher. Add sugar and vanilla extract; refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Cook's Notes:

Old fashioned oats can be substituted for quick oats, if desired.

Most of my family enjoys this beverage with a full 1/2 cup of sugar, but it also tastes great with 1/3 cup for those of us who don't like our drinks too sweet.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of oats. The actual amount of oats consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

91 calories; protein 1.3g 3% DV; carbohydrates 19.8g 6% DV; fat 0.7g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 7.9mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2017
I make this all the time I just don't add vanilla or cinnamon unless I'm making it with milk and drinking it hot. It's very hydrating and refreshing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/30/2016
I scaled this recipe down to 4 servings but followed the directions otherwise. I just didn't care for this beverage. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2017
I make this all the time I just don't add vanilla or cinnamon unless I'm making it with milk and drinking it hot. It's very hydrating and refreshing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2019
Made this and my 9 month old baby LOVES it as do we! Sweetened with a handful of dates instead of sugar. Does anyone know how long this will keep in the refrigerator? Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/29/2016
I scaled this recipe down to 4 servings but followed the directions otherwise. I just didn't care for this beverage. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/06/2019
Not my favorite; it was watery where I hoped for a little creamier. It was received with politeness but nobody requested more at our cookout in high temperatures. I guess it wasn t so refreshing as I had hoped for. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2018
This is very refreshing and easy to make. I did add some ground cinnamon and a little extra vanilla. Best served on ice! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2018
I thought this was good--I liked the hints of cinnamon and vanilla. I had to strain it two more times for me to like the consistency. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2017
If you follow the recipe it is great. Just like I remember. Grew up in Costa Rica and for years could not figure out how they did it. Now I know thanks Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2018
I love this recipe! my God mother used to make it growing up. I always found it refreshing but after doing some research h I learned that people do it for weight loss! one cup a few minutes before eating helps u feel full. so its a refreshing drink that can also help u lose weight! also I like to add a splash of milk after pouring myself a cup. tastes like an horchata:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2018
I made this after trying the recipe for Lola's Horchata which is stellar. Rather than adding the sugar though I used raw honey instead for this recipe because I hated to cancel out the benefits of the oats with all that white sugar. The result was something very close to the flavor of Cheerios so we call this Cheeriata.:) I want to try this recipe exactly as is at some point but I'm about at my sugar limit after all that horchata lately. If you're going to use honey remember that honey is sweeter than sugar so you don't need as much. I also added a little bit of flax seeds with the oats when I blended them. I'm so glad y'all posted this recipe because I'd have been too scared to try it without knowing it was "a thing." Read More