Atole is an ancient corn based drink that was enjoyed by the Mayan’s and Aztecs. I first read about Atole when I was twelve, and doing a school project on the Mayan empire, and at the time I thought: “Gross! They drank wet polenta!”
It was not until recently that I actually tried this creamy, vegan drink, and I now crave it often. There are many versions of this drink, I will share with you a spiced chocolate variation. Others include, cinnamon, plain, or with pureed fruits. Corn flour is traditionally used as a thickening agent, although you may also use oatmeal, or rice flour. The Atole that I drank was made with rice flour, since corn flour is hard to come by where I live.
For 4 servings:
- 5 cups water
- ½ cup corn flour (or rice flour, or oatmeal)
- Unrefined sugar, such as brown, palm, or mape syrup, to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a saucepan, whisk together all ingredients.
*If you are using oatmeal, do this in a blender, and blend until the oatmeal is dissolved.
Heat the mixture over medium heat for five minutes, stirring constantly. You will see that the drink will thicken, and you will be very excited! Remove from heat, and ladle into mugs to serve.
*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.