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Traditional Amaranth Atole Recipe

This is just one of our many Amaranth recipes. This thick, hot drink is like hot chocolate but richer and creamier! This Mexican confection is simple to make. It only requires 5 ingredients and cooks up quick on the stovetop. Be sure to check out the end of the recipe where we show you how to add chocolate for even more decadent flavor.

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Ingredients (Serves 5-6)

  • 1/2 cup Amaranth flour

  • 5 cups milk or water, according to taste

  • 1/4 cup piloncillo (Mexican sugar cones), chopped fine or grated (or dark brown sugar)

  • 1 stick cinnamon (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon)

  • 1 vanilla bean (split lengthwise) (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)

  • Directions

    In a large saucepan, whisk the milk or water into the flour, little by little, until completely mixed and free of lumps.

    Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it just begins to thicken.

    Add piloncillo (or brown sugar) and cinnamon stick (or ground cinnamon).

    Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into pan (or add vanilla extract). Stir frequently until sugar is dissolved, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly to keep it from becoming lumpy.

    Remove the cinnamon stick. Serve hot in mugs.

    Substitutions and Additions

    To turn this hot drink into a chocolate confection, do the following:

    After removing from the heat, stir in approximately 3 ounces of chopped, Mexican chocolate (or any chocolate you desire). Stir until everything is well blended and the chocolate has melted. Then whisk until frothy.

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