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Atole de nuez

  • Author: Maura Wall Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This traditional milk and masa-based beverage is flavored with toasted pecans and piloncillo. Served hot, this creamy beverage is the perfect way to warm up on cold fall or winter mornings. 


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 34 ounces of piloncillo
  • 1 large Mexican cinnamon stick
  • 1 and 1/2 cups raw whole pecans, toasted
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup corn flour (Maseca, Bob’s Red Mill, or your preferred brand)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In a saucepan, add water, piloncillo and cinnamon stick and cook over medium-low heat until the piloncillo is completely melted. This should take about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Remove the cinnamon stick and reserve.
  2. In another pan, toast the pecans over medium heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon to prevent them from burning. They should darken in color and release an intense nutty aroma when they’re toasted enough. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Reserve 1/4 cup of toasted pecans; chop and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 1 and 1/4 cup toasted pecans to your blender. Pour the cooled piloncillo syrup and milk over the pecans. Add 1/4 cup corn flour. Seal the blender and blend on low for 1 minute, then blend on high for about 2 more minutes until the pecans are completely blended and incorporated into the liquid.
  4. Pour the blender contents back into your saucepan with the cinnamon stick, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, constantly stirring.
  5. After 5 minutes, add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and reduce heat to a simmer. Continue constantly stirring to prevent burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan for another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove saucepan from heat and pour atole through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher to catch any clumps that may have formed. 
  7. Pour into mugs and garnish each with 1 tablespoon of chopped pecans.


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove. 

If the atole has thickened too much, you can thin it out by adding 1-2 tablespoons of whole milk at a time until you reach desired thickness.