I don’t know all there is to know about Atole, but I do know it is a new favorite drink. It is common in Mexico, and has both a sweet and savory flavor. At first I wasn’t sure I would like it, because I was not familiar with savory drinks. But after trying it I decided to create a recipe. As always I was ready for the adventure.
This Atole recipe uses oats, but traditional Mexican recipes also might use masa (a type of corn flour), corn starch, or rice flour in place of oats. If you haven’t tried Atole before, give it a try. This is a fairly simple recipe. I don’t like a strong sweet flavor, so this one is lightly sweetened and somewhat more savory.
Banana Oat Atole
1 c rolled oats
4 c water
1/2 c dates, prunes, or raisins
1 ripe sweet banana
2 T almonds (or 1 1/2 T nut meal)
1 T honey
Note: I use the big rolled oats, but if you want to use quick oats, that probably works fine too. The banana should be ripe enough to be sweet. If you use it too green, it gives the drink a more bland flavor.
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and add oats, and dates. Cook covered for 3-5 minutes until oats and fruit are soft. Stir in honey. Meanwhile, blend banana and nuts in 1 cup of water until well processed. When oats are cooked combine in blender. Blend until smooth. Serve warm.
Can be served with Mexican style sweet breads or sweet tamales. This recipe is really good to make during the cool seasons, since it is served warm.