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A brown ceramic mug with Atole De Pinole and a hand dipping a churro on the drink.

Atole De Pinole

Atole De Pinole is a very popular hot drink in Mexico. It is prepared by cooking milk, cinnamon and brown sugar/piloncillo then it is thickened with corn flour (in this case Pinole) and cooked until is perfectly creamy. 
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Calories 180kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • ½ cup pinole
  • 4 cups milk (your favorite kind)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ cup brown sugar or 2 ounce piloncillo or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In 1 cup water, add the pinole to dissolve and set aside.
  • In a medium sized pot, add the milk, cinnamon sticks, vanilla and sugar/piloncillo. 
  • Heat over medium high heat and when the milk starts to boil, add the pinole mixture and continue to cook over medium heat. 
  • Continue to cook for about 10 minutes on medium-low. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't overflow! Stir often to prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom and burning.
  • Turn off and enjoy warm. The consistency will be thick like a light gravy or heavy cream.


Atole always goes perfect with something sweet like empanaditas, churros, marranitos, or your favorite pan dulce.


Serving: 1cup | Sodium: 151mg | Sugar: 21g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 166mg | Calories: 180kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 3g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 37g