Naturally Sweetened Vanilla Rice Milk

It's been raining here in southern California. Which is amazing and we need it so badly. I also love going outside to do yoga in the rain. Not like the heavy, crazy, blackout rain, but like the light sprinkle, sunny rain we get in-between. In California it's sunny even when it rains. There are probably parts of the country where it's 5° right now.

I hope you guys have some place to do yoga, too. I remember when I was in North Carolina and going through my teacher training, I'd run into the studio on cold days and peel off my outer layers, scarves and what-have-you and sitting in that warm studio was just like heaven. Partly because of the yoga and partly because coming into a warm space after being in the cold is just one of the best feelings. Oh and fireplaces, hot chocolate, and snowy windowsills aren't bad either. Someone take me to Colorado, for like a week. Then I want to come back to California and hang out by the beach. I want it all. Why can't I have it all? Snow when I want it, beach when I don't. 

I was at the grocery store yesterday and I was going to pick up some rice milk. I love rice milk, but the big container is teetering on the edge of $6 and I feel like that's just too much. I mean I have a blender. I have rice. And I even have dates, to boot. Why do I need to spend $6? Because somedays (most days) I want to be a lazy-bones, but really aside from saving money. It also saves waste and I know for sure I'm getting the freshest product. Oh, I also appreciate it more, because I made it. It's good to be connected to your food and feel good about what you're eating. So, suffice to say I decided to make my own and now I can have cereal with homemade rice milk. 

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I used my dates and homemade vanilla extract to sweeten it. But it's totally optional. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 4 cups water + 4 more cups for later
  • 2 cup of uncooked rice 
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla 
  • pinch of salt
  • 5-6 pitted dates


  • Soak rice in four cups of water overnight. 
  • Strain and discard water. 
  • Blend rice with 4 fresh cups of water, dates and vanilla. 
  • Strain mix through a cheesecloth

I think if I'm going to get a picture of the rain I should have a super fast shutter speed, but I think this is pretty cool. It looks like little sparks of energy.