Vegan Raw Cashew Horchata from The Abundance Diet by Somer McCowan

Horchata is a delicious beverage from Mexico that is typically made from rice milk, lots of sugar, and cinnamon. There are a few Mexican restaurants that serve a vegan version, but most often dairy is added. This dairy-free version from The Abundance Diet by Somer McCowan is made with cashews and dates.

Note: If you don’t have a high-speed blender, soak your cashews and dates in the 2 cups water in a pint mason jar for 2 to 4 hours before blending.

Raw Cashew Horchata


  • 2 tablespoons raw cashew pieces, or whole cashews, roughly chopped
  • 2 to 4 soft medjool dates, pitted and snipped into bits
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a blender, combine the cashews, dates, water, and cinnamon. Blend the ingredients until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.

Makes about 1 pint



The Abundance Diet book cover

Recipe from The Abundance Diet, © 2015 by Somer McCowan. Photo by Ann Oliverio. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press LLC.