Today’s summer recipe of Tiger nut and peach smoothie is brought to us by the creative sweet_kabocha.
I heard about horchata for the first time thanks to Lorenzo (my boyfriend), who used to drink it during his vacations in Barcelona. I started then noticing a lot of recipes on the web, but they had rice and almonds as ingredients and I knew from him that the main ingredient of the horchata was chufa, otherwise called tiger nuts. I discovered that several kinds of traditional beverages can be called in this way, no matter the ingredients : in Latin America is commonly made with rice and cinnamon, but the one using chufa is strictly Spanish, Valenciana to be precise.
What’s so cool about tiger nuts?
They’re not actually a nut, but small tubers : they’re gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free. They contain potassium and magnesium (about the 15% of the daily recommended dose) ; they’re are also really high in resistant starch, which is a type of fiber that doesn’t get digested at all by humans, becoming food for the microbiome. Such a help to improve the health of our gut!
Tiger nut milk, or horchata de chufa, is a great and refreshing drink as it is, but I decided to prepare a smoothie using this beverage and many other seasonal ingredients : a perfect and nutritious breakfast!
for the horchata de chufa
- 1 cup raw tiger nuts (135 g)
- 4 cups water (1 l)
for the smoothie
- a few frozen raspberries
- 2 frozen sliced peaches
- 2 medjoul dates, pitted
- 1 pinch of vanilla powder
- 2 tsp superfoods (optional – I used 1/2 tsp each of maca, mesquite, baobab and açai powders)
- 1 cup horchata
topping used here : A sprinkle of almond flakes, bee pollen and dried rose’s petals (my latest addiction)
for the horchata de chufa
- Soak tiger nuts for 24 hours.
- Wash, drain and blend them with the water until smooth.
- Strain the milk using a nut-milk bag and pour it in a jar or a hermetic bottle. Reserve the pulp for other recipes.
- If you want to use this milk as a drink, pour it again into the blender and blend with 4 dates, then reserve in fridge.
For the Smoothie
5. Cover the bottom of a jar or a glass with the raspberries and set aside.
6. Add in a high-speed blender peaches, dates, vanilla, superfood and horchata and blend until smooth.
7. Pour the smoothie over the raspberries and top with your chosen ingredients.
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If you are looking for an alternative to a Tiger nut and peach smoothie, why not try one of our many great premium teas.