5-Ingredient Atole

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 6
All you need are five ingredients to make this Mexican atole, a classic recipe for the Christmas season.

Did you know that Atole is an ancient drink that originated in Mesoamerica? This popular Mexican hot beverage is thickened with masa and flavored with cinnamon and brown sugar. It's a favorite treat during the Christmas season in Mexico, especially during Las Posadas. You can be creative and experiment with different flavors, but for this recipe I kept it simple.


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  1. Place the water, masa, cinnamon, piloncillo and vanilla extract into a deep pot and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk until smooth and piloncillo dissolves.
  3. When the mixture reaches a boil, turn the heat to low and continue to whisk for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat, transfer to a container and pour into mugs. Serve hot.
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