November 26, 2015

Easy Recipe: Traditional Mexican Atole with a Chocolate Twist

Growing up in New York, the Fall and Winter seasons were cold and breezy.  A favorite childhood memory of mine was decorating the outside of our home for the holidays. 

My family would hang multi-colored and white lights around the house, put up seasonal figurines in the front yard, and sing along to the holiday carols and aguinaldos (Puerto Rican Christmas songs.)  While my father would be preparing lechón asado (Cuban roast pork) for the holiday dinner, my mother would bring a cup of hot chocolate filled with marshmallows as a warm treat.  Hot chocolate is a sweet beverage that transcends all ages and generations.  Another variation of  hot chocolate is the very popular Mexican Atole.

Atole is a hot, milk-based drink that is thickened with a grain such as rice, corn (including cornstarch), or oatmeal.  It can be flavored with a variety of ingredients including fruit, chocolate, and cinnamon. 

As a Mom (Mami), I’m surrounded by men–husband, preteen son, and identical toddler twin boys.  Due to their appetites, food is a constant factor and one of the favorite topics in my home.  Trying new recipes or varieties on traditional favorites is a fun way to get the entire family involved in kitchen duty. 

It’s helpful to have ingredients in a recipe that involves chocolate to bring men to the table, but what I really like is that this recipe involves milk.  I’m appreciative of the nutritional value of chocolate milk and its another creative way to emphasize the value of drinking milk.

Thanks to, we now have a new soon-to-be family favorite holiday drink, Traditional Mexican Atole with a Chocolate Twist.
Traditional Mexican Atole with a Chocolate Twist
Makes 4 (1 cup) servings
Nutritional Information:
192 calories; 2.5 g fat; 1.5 g saturated fat; 8 g protein; 34 g carbohydrate; 294 mg calcium

4 cups low fat chocolate milk
½ cup water
4 tbsp cornstarch
Pinch of salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring low fat chocolate milk to a boil
2. Meanwhile, dissolve the corn starch in water
3. Add the cornstarch to the boiling low fat chocolate milk and continue to cook until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly
4. Add cinnamon and vanilla and serve immediately

This was truly an easy recipe to make that will be a delightful holiday or winter drink to share with the family. 

To find more delicious recipes using milk or chocolate milk, visit the following sites:

This recipe is included in a weekly virtual recipe exchange called #SabrosoSaturday hosted by Latina On a Mission so be sure to check out the other “Yummy” featured recipes. 

Happy Cooking!

Disclosure: This is a paid post created in collaboration with Latina On a Mission and Milk Processors Education Program (MilkPEP).  All opinions expressed herein are solely my own. 

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Joscelyn, Owner of Mami of Multiples & Mami Innovative Media

Joscelyn Ramos Campbell has more than a decade of experience as an award-winning former federal government public relations executive under the Bush and Obama administrations. The “super-connected power mom“ was recently named by Latina Magazine as one of “The 10 Best Latina Mommy Bloggers on the Web“; by CBS News as one of the “Top Bloggers in the Business“; by NBC Latino Work-Life Balance series as a “Top Latina Mom Blogger“; an Empowering Latina in the Marketing Field; by as a Top Latino Social Media Stars and Leading Hispanic Bloggers. She is the owner of Mami Innovative Media and founder of Mami of Multiples, one of the nation’s leading Latina American parenting and lifestyle sites offering resources and helpful tips for families. She is a nationally syndicated Parenting Columnist and co-hosts a Talk Radio Show. Joscelyn is a public speaker, military wife and mother to a teen son and identical twin boys. Connect with Joscelyn at @JoscelynRC & @InnovativeTalk.

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  1. This looks delicious and easy to make. I would love this on a cold winter day!!

  2. Yum! I haven’t had atole in a long time… going to have to try this!

  3. We make something very similar with cornstarch but never thought of adding chocolate to it. Yum!

  4. The ultimate comfort in a cup. love it!

  5. I agree with your statement, “…a recipe that involves chocolate to bring men to the table” and plan to use this recipe with low fat chocolate milk to not only bring my boys to the table but also to help them meet their daily milk requirements.

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