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July 15, 2015

Spiced Rum Horchata Pops (Vegan, Dairy Free)

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Cool down on a hot summer’s day with Spiced Rum Horchata Pops! Dairy free and refined sugar free, these popsicles make the perfect adult dessert. Made with cashews, white rice and water, the homemade horchata blend of this pop is seasoned with cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup. Mix in the rum, then freeze in popsicle molds. These cinnamon-y and creamy popsicles make a delicious afternoon or evening treat!

Vegan Spiced Rum Horchata Pops // The Speckled Palate

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It’s POPSICLE WEEK!

*does the Snoopy happy dance*

*claps my hands*

*shuffles to the computer screen to actually write about these gorgeous pops after expending entirely too much energy dancing and clapping*

Yeaaaaaaaah. So I’m a bit excited about all the beautiful popsicles that are being shared around the blogosphere this week, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Today, I’ve got a fun spiked (!) vegan (!) popsicle for y’all that’s naturally sweetened. Because everyone deserves a creamy, spiked popsicle on a hot day. Lord knows it’s been hot recently.

Vegan Spiced Rum Horchata Pops // The Speckled Palate

What is horchata?

Horchata is a beverage that’s popular Spain, Latin America and the United States. Every region has its own variation, meaning you’ll see horchata made with ground almonds, rice or other grains. Some is dairy-free, others include dairy. Horchata can be served warm or cold.

What if I don’t want to add the rum to these popsicles?

Leave it out! These Spiced Rum Horchata Pops can be made alcohol-free by leaving the booze out and adding a bit more cinnamon for additional spice. A booze-free horchata popsicle would be perfect for kids to enjoy on a sweltering summer day.

Vegan Spiced Rum Horchata Pops // The Speckled Palate

What supplies do I need to make Spiced Rum Horchata Pops?

Vegan Spiced Rum Horchata Pops // The Speckled Palate

I’m not sure if I’ll like these Spiked Horchata Popsicles. Do you have something else I might enjoy?

Still interested in these?

Here’s how you can make ’em:

Spiced Rum Horchata Pops (Dairy Free, Vegan)
Yield: 14 popsicles

Spiced Rum Horchata Pops (Dairy Free, Vegan)

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Cool down on a hot summer's day with Spiced Rum Horchata Pops! Dairy free and refined sugar free, these popsicles make the perfect adult dessert. Made with cashews, white rice and water, the homemade horchata blend of this pop is seasoned with cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup. Mix in the rum, then freeze in popsicle molds. These cinnamony and creamy popsicles make a delicious afternoon or evening treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews, raw and unsalted
  • 1/3 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 2 ¼ cups warm water
  • 1 cinnamon stick, (about 5" long)
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1/3 cup spiced rum, (or a bit more, to taste, if that's your thing!)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, measure out the cashews, white rice and warm water. Add the cinnamon stick on top. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, pour the soaked ingredients and soaking liquid into the base of a blender. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  3. Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and additional water to the mix.
  4. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Using a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer, strain the popsicle base. (Doing this more than once will ensure your popsicles aren't gritty. I strained mine twice, and mine turned out pretty smooth.)
  6. Once the popsicle base is strained, add the rum, stirring until well incorporated.
  7. Pour the popsicle mix into a popsicle mold. Transfer to the freezer, and freeze for one hour before adding the popsicle sticks.
  8. Freeze for an additional 6 hours, or until the popsicles are solid.
  9. Enjoy cold!

Notes

Inspired by Averie Cooks and Feast+West's horchata recipes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14 popsicles

Serving Size:

1 popsicle

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 116 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 67mg Carbohydrates: 15g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

What is your favorite kind of popsicle for a hot summer’s day?

25 Comments

  1. Alex from Sew, Simmer, and Share

    Yesssss! I love horchatas and though I’ve never tried it, I assume I’d also love them in alcoholic popsicle form!! Looks delish!

    • Erin

      If you love horchata and you like rum, I’d venture to say you’d be a fan of these popsicles! Thanks for the comment, Alex!

  2. Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    These. Look. AMAZEBALLS!!! Nothing beats a spike pop on a hot summer day! And PS, this is the first foodie blog I’ve seen that I genuinely just LOVED, from the heading and tagline to your little about section…you just scream unique and I want to be your friend. Have a great Thursday!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Erin

      Aww, thank you, Erica! You’re totally right: nothing beats a spiked pop on a hot summer’s day! And THANK YOU. You’re too sweet! Your comment made my day! Let’s be friends!

  3. Brittany

    You are a GENIUS!!! Sharing these like crazy!!!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Brittany!

  4. Logan Can

    These look fantastic! I LOVE popsicles! They are a great way to cool of during the summer!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Logan! Popsicles are the best for the summertime, and these are great!

  5. Meg @ Noming thru Life

    These are seriously one. of. the. greatest. things. ever!! For reals! I loooove horchata, and then to make it into a drunken popsicle. Oh yeah, I am all over that!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Meg! Who doesn’t love a drunken popsicle? It’s kind of the best thing… and the horchata is pretty darn delicious, too!

  6. Amanda

    Mmm, horchata! I love it. I’ve had it both hot and cold, and I’m addicted. I can’t wait to get obsessed with this recipe too! 🙂

    • Erin

      Hold the presses: You can have horchata WARM!?! How come I’ve never heard of this? Totally making a note to try that come wintertime. And I hope you enjoy this recipe — we’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the pops!

      • Amanda

        Yeah, I had it warm at a coffee house one time. They had both hot and cold options. I have to say, when it’s warm it tastes like concentrated Christmas. Party time! Yum. Haha.

  7. Sarah | Well and Full

    I love horchata (the beverage, not the vampire weekend song). 😉 These popsicles look great!

    • Erin

      I love horchata, too, and I hope you enjoy these popsicles! Also? I now want to listen to this Vampire Weekend song since I’ve never heard of it before!

  8. Nicole Johnson

    These look so refreshing! I love the different flavors here.

  9. Delaney | Melanie Makes

    This is the perfect summer treat!

  10. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    This is so creative! Adult Popsicle? I think that answer is always yes!

  11. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Happy dance for sure! Not only do these sound delish, but they’re so pretty, too. These would be so perfect on a hot summer day!

  12. Michelle

    I’ve never had anything like this, but it sounds like a pretty wonderful adult treat!

  13. Keesha

    Looks great. In step two do you blend in the soaking liquid as well or do you discard it? Thank you

    • Erin

      Thanks, Keesha! Yes, in step two, I blend the soaking liquid, as well. 🙂 (I’m going to go in and make a note of this in the recipe so there’s no more confusion. Thank you for leaving the comment so I can better this recipe!)

      Let me know if you have any more questions. I hope you enjoy this!

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  15. Chris K

    I didn’t have cashews this weekend so i tried it with pecans and it was amazing!
    Also I always add a pinch of Cayenne Pepper to the Horchata.

    • Erin

      This makes me so happy to hear, Chris! I’m glad this worked out with pecans and that you added a bit of cayenne pepper to your horchata–YUM! I’ll have to give that a try!

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