Gluten Free Menu: Vegan Rice Almond Milk Recipe and Horchata Carob Cocoa Drink Recipe

kidfriendlyegKid-friendly gluten free and vegetarian meal:
Annie’s/Trader Joe’s gluten free mac and cheese with steamed broccoli, vegan nutritional yeast gravy with biscuits, bbq tofu and beans

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Chard GF Pizza

Here’s the menu for the week!

Monday: Italian
Corn Pasta and Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

Tuesday: Thai
Rice noodles in Peanut Sauce with veggies

Thursday: Japanese
Vegetarian Vegan Onigiri Rice Balls and Miso Soup

Friday: Italian
Chebe grilled pizza

You can find more great menus over with Org Junkie. As always, many thanks to Cheryl for temporarily housing the Gluten Free Menu Swap at her blog.

Last week Cheryl hosted the swap with a carob theme, and this recipe is for her. I was inspired to make a dairy-free rice milk, and although I wanted to make Only Sometimes Clever’s Rice Milk recipe I didn’t have many of the ingredients. Luckily looking around online I found an easy alternative- a mexican cold rice beverage called horchata. I took my inspiration from a recipe I found online that used a lot of high protein almonds along with rice as its base, and cut the sugar so it could be sweetened (or not) to taste. For Cheryl, I made the following recipes, and enjoyed a nice, creamy cup of hot carob cocoa made with dairy-free (lactose-free, casein-free) homemade rice milk. The DH does not like carob so it wasn’t his thing, but I really enjoyed my healthy caffeine-free chocolatey recipe.

Gluten Free Rice-Almond Horatcha Milk Recipe
Rice  Mexican  
1 cup long grain white rice like Jasmine Rice (not basmati)
2 cups blanched, skinless almonds
1-inch piece cinnamon stick/bark
7 cups water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sweetener to taste (up to 1/2 cup sugar)
Ice (optional)

Rinse your rice and drain it thoroughly. Clean a spice grinder or electric coffee grinder by running some old, raw rice you don’t care about through the mill and then wiping it out. (This will get rid of old spice remnants and coffee). Grind your rice in batches until it is as fine as possible.

Then, place in a large bowl with almonds and cinnamon. Pour 3 1/2 cups water over the rice, almonds, etc. and cover bowl with a towel or cling wrap. Leave overnight.

The next morning, blend in batches in a blender, adding 2 1/2 cups water to the mixture as well as your vanilla extract. When mixture is well blended, strain through a metal strainer and then a very thin towel or double layer of cheesecloth. Add 1 cup water or more to get the desired texture.

Serve on ice with liquid sweetener to taste (agave, honey, or simple syrup works well) or use in a recipe such as my Hot Carob Haratcha recipe.

The leftover rice/almond sludge reminds me of the leftovers after making tofu (okara). I’m going to look for recipes using it…
Gluten-free Rice Almond Milk Hot Carob Drink Recipe
Rice  Mexican  
2 cups freshly made unsweetened horchata (Mexican rice-almond milk)
2 tbsp. carob powder
2 tbsp. honey or agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
dash salt

2 tsp. raw sugar (less or more to taste, or sub extra honey or agave)

Water to adjust thickness
cinnamon stick, grated nutmeg to taste

Combine horchata, carob, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a heavy bottomed small pan and gently heat on medium low. Whisk to combine ingredients and get a little foam. Taste as it starts to warm and add any raw sugar or additional sweetener to taste. If you find it starts to thicken, you can whisk in some additional water to make a smoother brew.

Serve in a cute cup with cinnamon stick (if you want) and freshly grated nutmeg on top.

This one’s for Cheryl!

Caffeine-free, and a great way to use carob powder in a casein-free, lactose-free recipe! You can also adjust sugar to taste (make it less or more sweet)…

I’m going to try it chilled, too…
Might also be good with more cinnamon and even a little chili pepper for kick..

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4 Responses to “Gluten Free Menu: Vegan Rice Almond Milk Recipe and Horchata Carob Cocoa Drink Recipe”

  1. The bbq tofu/bean combo looks great…I’d love to see the recipe! Also, what did you think of the TJ’s GF mac&cheese? Did you do alter any of the directions on the box? Thanks!

  2. oh Sea, you are the absolute most bestest ever. I’m totally jazzed to make this. =)

  3. Mmmmm… I love horchata. My rice milk recipe is basically a healthy horchata that one could drink as a viable alternative to dairy, instead of the snack/treat that horchata usually is.

    If you ever do make my rice milk recipe, let me know!

  4. Oooo, I shall have to make this this weekend! I have Celiac’s and I’m allergic to dairy and caffeine so this sounds incredible!

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