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Horchata: A Bedtime Treat

This favorite drink of Mexican children is sure to become one of your favorite drinks too! It may look like its made with milk, but it is actually made from oatmeal! Oats are rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B6, and also contain potassium and even protein! Whole oats are also a great source of melatonin, and tryptophan, both of which will help you get a good night's sleep.

This recipe also includes unsweetened shredded coconut which is packed with minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium. All this helps boost the nutritional value of this delicious and comforting drink. Try it before bedtime to help you relax and get a great night's sleep.

Homemade Horchata


2 cups water

½ cup oatmeal

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (sliced almonds are a good substitute here)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup honey

6 cups water (in two parts)

Dash of cinnamon for serving


Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the oatmeal and the coconut (or almonds).

Allow to sit for at least 4 hours (or overnight).

Pour soaked oatmeal and coconut into a blender.

Add cinnamon, vanilla, and honey.

Add enough of the remaining 6 cups of water to be able to blend it.

Blend well, until smooth.

Strain and pour into a pitcher.

Add remaining water, stir, and chill.

Serve cold with a dash of cinnamon on top.

We love horchata here on on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. During our 4 day retreat, most of our guests try it at some point and love it. Many become horchata aficionados! You can find this recipe and many other delicious Mexican dishes in our cookbook "Third Eye Cookbook". can come join us and get to enjoy sampling yummy, nutritious, third eye opening foods first hand!

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