Atole - Mexican Milk Beverage

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 12 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 10


Atole is the historic name in Mexico for this delicious and popular beverage. Made with
masa harina, evaporated milk and sweetened with sugar, this rich and satisfying drink is flavored with vanilla and cinnamon.


  • 4 1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup masa harina (Mexican corn masa mix)
  • 2 cans (12 fl. oz. each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Ground cinnamon (optional)


PLACE 3 cups water and masa harina in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Pour through fine mesh sieve into medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Discard solids. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring frequently with wire whisk, for 6 to 8 minutes or until mixture is thickened.

STIR in evaporated milk, remaining water, sugar, vanilla extract and 3 cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove cinnamon sticks. Serve warm sprinkled with ground cinnamon.

Mexican milk beverage good for breakfast.

by C. Christine , Eagle River, AK on Oct. 2010

A nice warm breakfast drink for cold winter mornings.


by D. Dolores , Saint Charles, MO on Dec. 2008

My mother used to make this recipe with oats instead of the masaharina,when I was a little girl, for us kids before school on cold winter mornings, we loved it. I have also made it for my own kids when they were little. It really brings back many fond memories. Substitute approx 1 cup of quick cooking oats for the masaharina. DELICIOUS!!!

This is a very good recipe.

by A. Ana , LAS VEGAS, NV on Dec. 2006

This is a very good recipe. I've been serving it almost daily to my new boyfriend. Please let it be know that this recipe is also a Guatemalan recipe, not just Mexican.

great !

by p. pearl , lewiston, ME on Aug. 2005

My husband is spanish and we enjoyed it greatly. It's nice to find recipes that are enjoyable to the whole family.

atole Mexican milk

by L. LUISA , SOUTHINGTON, CT on May. 2005

So surprising- so simple and very good!!!

Atole-Mexican Milk Beverage

by L. LEISA , KINGSPORT, TN on Mar. 2005

This is very delicious and easy to make. My family loved it. Will have it again. Thanks for the recipe!


by t. tray , SAN JOSE, CA on Feb. 2005

This was a bit interesting. I never tried a beverage with masa harina in it. But, after buying a 5lb package of masa harina, I went searching for a recipe (other than tamales) using the ingredient- and found this. It was fantastic!


by C. Carine , LAGUNA HILLS, CA on Feb. 2005

This was very interesting, easy to make and tasty.

Good as the original

by M. Mariana , BERWYN, IL on Jan. 2005

This recipe is different, maybe because is more richer in taste. In addition, this is great.

Atole-Mexican Milk Beverage

by J. Jane , MAPLE FALLS, WA on Jan. 2005

Very easy and delicious to make.The children love it.