Juice It Up Horchata Smoothie

Juice It Up Horchata smoothie is a creamy cool dairy-free Mexican recipe with just a touch of spicy cinnamon to heat things up. Learn how to make at home!

“Love this smoothie! I added a little vanilla to give a sweeter, more floral flavor. Just like my grandma used to make.”

🙂 Mary N.

Horchata, a seasonal Juice It Up smoothie recipe, is a creamy cool dairy-free Mexican smoothie that has evolved over time from its original Spanish roots. Loaded with vitamins and minerals your body craves, it is sweet from the dates, livened up with a dusting of spicy cinnamon, in a creamy smooth banana, almond milk, and nonfat frozen yogurt base. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon after a day at the beach.

Key Ingredients

The Juice It Up Horchata smoothie ingredients are:

  • bananas
  • dates
  • almond milk
  • nonfat frozen yogurt
  • chia seeds
  • cinnamon

Health Benefits

Bananas
Bananas

BananasBananas are very healthy, readily available, and one of the least expensive fruits you can buy. They have relatively few calories, are rich in nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium, are full of potent antioxidants including flavonoids and animes, and are high in dietary fiber. Studies have shown that bananas can improve insulin sensitivity and may improve kidney health.

Dates
Dates

DatesDates are the sweet and chewy fruit of a palm tree that are typically consumed dried. They are highly nutritious, containing significant vitamin B6, copper, iron, magnesium, em>manganese, and potassium. Dates are abundant in disease-fighting antioxidants and have been shown to improve brain function by reducing inflammation and preventing plaque formation.

Almond Milk
Almond Milk

Almond MilkAlmond milk is a popular nut-based milk replacement that is naturally lactose-free, dairy-free, and completely vegan. It has a surprisingly diverse set of nutrients, including significant amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, and calcium. Almond milk is also a heart-healthy beverage for those interested in lowering their cholesterol.

Nonfat Frozen Yogurt
Nonfat Frozen Yogurt

Nonfat Frozen YogurtNonfat frozen yogurt is often hailed as a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream. It includes yogurt culture probiotics lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus and is often made with agave nectar instead of high-calorie sugar. Nonfat frozen yogurt is a common choice among those wanting to reduce their caloric intake.

Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds

Chia SeedsChia seeds are small in size, but big in nutritional value. They are absolutely loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and are rich in dietary fiber. In addition, the compounds in chia seeds have been shown to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals, assist with lowering blood pressure, and reduce inflammation.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon

CinnamonCinnamon is an ancient spice that has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It is high in powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols, and is loaded with cinnamaldehyde, which also provides significant health benefits. Cinnamon is a known anti-inflammatory, helps reduce cholesterol, improves sensitivity to insulin, and aids in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.


Equipment Needed

Smoothie Making Tools
Smoothie Making Tools

A standard blender is all that is required to make these delicious smoothies. If you are making it for just one person, we recommend using the truly amazing personal NutriBullet Ultra as it is super-quick to set up and very easy to clean.

If you are making them for more than one person, we recommend a higher-end Vitamix blender that can process larger loads more efficiently.

For overnight storage, we recommend using a glass or BPA-free airtight container with a resealable lid.


How To Make The Juice It Up Horchata Smoothie

The Juice It Up Horchata smoothie is very easy to make:

  • Step 1: Place bananas, dates, almond milk, nonfat frozen yogurt, chia seeds, and cinnamon into a blender and secure the lid.
  • Step 2: Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
  • Step 3: Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  • Step 4: Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.

Recipe Tips And Substitutions

For ease of use, we recommend peeling and slicing a number of bananas, putting them in a freezer bag, and storing them in your freezer for quick access.

If you don’t have frozen fruit, or simply prefer to use fresh fruit (we totally get that), we recommend adding 1/2 cup of ice to chill your smoothie and give it a pleasing icy texture.

Yield: 1

Juice It Up Horchata Smoothie Recipe

Juice It Up Horchata Smoothie Recipe

Juice It Up Horchata smoothie recipe tastes like creamy cool cinnamon toast crunch milkshake. This recipe will show you how to make one.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute

Instructions

    1. Place bananas, dates, almond milk, nonfat frozen yogurt, chia seeds, and cinnamon into a blender and secure the lid.
    2. Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
    3. Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
    4. Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.

Notes

  1. For ease of use, we recommend peeling and slicing a number of bananas, putting them in a freezer bag, and storing them in your freezer for quick access.
  2. If you don't have frozen fruit, or simply prefer to use fresh fruit (we totally get that), we recommend adding 1/2 cup of ice to chill your smoothie and give it a pleasing icy texture.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 415mgCarbohydrates: 188gFiber: 14gSugar: 137gProtein: 30g

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Smoothie Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make this smoothie dairy-free?

You can substitute any dairy-free milk, such as almond, coconut, or oat milk for the nonfat frozen yogurt to make this delicious smoothie dairy-free. Just add a little extra ice.

What does Horchata mean in English?

Horchata is a term that originated from the Latin word “hordeata,” which means “made from barley.” Today, it commonly refers to a type of sweet, creamy beverage traditionally made in Spain and Latin America. The ingredients vary by region, but it typically includes some combination of rice, nuts, sugar, cinnamon, and milk.


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