Peanut Atole (Hot Mexican Corn Drink With Peanut Flavor) Recipe

If you love hot chocolate, or if you love cereal, or even if you love pudding, then you will love this drink. Vicky Wasik

Mexican atole, a hot drink made from corn, comes in a staggering variety of flavors, from sweet to savory, each one more delicious than the next. In this sweet one, the corn-flavored base, made from masa harina, is enriched with the nutty flavor of roasted peanuts for a warming, aromatic beverage that's perfect for winter.

Note: Exactly how much water and sugar you add will determine the final consistency and sweetness of the drink. This recipe produces a fairly thick, rich drink that is mildly sweet. You can add more water and sugar if you want a thinner, sweeter version.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 1/2 cup natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup masa harina para tortillas
  • 3 1/4 cups water, plus more as needed (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • Kosher salt


  1. Using a blender, combine peanut butter and milk and blend until thoroughly combined.

  2. In a large saucepan, add masa and set over medium heat. Immediately add water in a slow, thin stream while whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Bring to a simmer and whisk in peanut-milk, brown sugar, and a generous pinch of salt.

  3. Return to a simmer and lower heat to low, then simmer gently, whisking, for 3 minutes. Thin with additional water as needed to create a thick-yet-drinkable hot beverage (the exact consistency is a matter of personal taste, see note), reheating as necessary. Taste, adding more sugar or salt if desired. Froth with a whisk or immersion blender, ladle into mugs, and serve.

Special equipment

Blender or immersion blender

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