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Mexican Cacao, Rice & Amaranth Drink

Before we start this post we would like to throw a million kisses at all of you that voted in the Saveur Food Blog Awards. Miraculously we won the Best Special Diet category! We know that we have you guys to thank for that. So, THANK YOU for voting on us, for reading our stories and trying our recipes. Our small family won this big award on the other side of the globe. I still can’t believe it. 

Some of you might remember that we were in Mexico a while back. We meant to take photos and do a proper travel post. But once we were there, David decided to leave the camera in his bag. I suppose we all needed some time off. Instead we used our phones for random documentation of our adventures. We have included a few shots from mine and David’s Instagram. And, if you scroll down we also share our favorite drink from the trip.

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On our journey we tried so much wonderful Mexican food. Guacamole, ceviche, paletas, tacos and beans to mention a few. But one of our most rememberable food experiences was this amazing Chocolate, Rice & Amaranth drink that we had on a tiny restaurant somewhere along the Yucatan coastline. Once we got back to Sweden we decided to recreate it. This might not be exactly what we drank there, but from what we can remember it is pretty close. It’s cool and fresh, with a hint of sweetness from the rice milk and cinnamon, softness from amaranth and bitterness from the cacao. It is super simple to make and the perfect drink on warm days or as a quick energy boost.

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Amaranth is a gluten free seed from Central America. It is even smaller than quinoa, but slightly higher in protein and has nearly all 9 essential amino acids. Perfect cooked as a breakfast cereal or served along other foods for lunch and dinner instead of pasta, rice or potatoes. You can buy puffed amaranth or amaranth flour in well-assorted supermarkets or in health food stores.

Mexican Cacao, Rice & Amaranth Drink 
serves 2

2 cups / 500 ml rice milk or milk of your choice
3 tbsp organic puffed amaranth (buy in health food stores or in well-assorted supermarkets)
2 tsp raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on high speed until smooth. Pour into two bowls or large glasses. Sprinkle with some puffed amaranth and serve.

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More exciting news!
I will be teaching a Nutrition & Cooking Workshop this summer as a part of a Yoga & Cleansing Weekend in Falsterbo, southern Sweden. The workshop will take place in a beautiful yoga studio in a villa near the beach and close to accommodation and cafés. See the flyer for more info and send an email for the full program and booking details. Hope to see you there!

In Health & Harmony
Luise

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37 Comments

  1. Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 07:58 | #

    Delicious! And the Nutrition and Cooking workshop looks so nice!

    Kisses from Spain.

    Raquel

  2. Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 08:29 | #

    Looks great! I would love to go to Mexico one day. And, congratulations on winning the award. Awesome work!

  3. Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 08:34 | #

    Bravo, You deserve this award!
    What’s a delicious drink for an energetic’s morning!

  4. Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 08:51 | #

    Yum, this looks beautiful! I was in Central America a couple of years ago and am still trying to perfect ceviche! Once I do I will post it on my new blog. Thanks for your inspiring photos and recipes and congratulations on the award!

  5. Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 09:06 | #

    Beautiful drink and photos.. especially the one with the car ;))) I do this kind of drink very often, and most of the times I add carob powder instead of cocoa powder.. congratulations for the award!!! :)

  6. Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 09:12 | #

    I am always torn between the desire to have photo records after a holiday or event, and the feeling at the time that I’m missing out on the moment by viewing it through a lens. Last time I went to a firework display I was amazed at how many people weren’t watching it at all but just intent on their cameras/phones trying to get photos of it. Couldn’t help but feel that they had completely missed the point!
    Seems like you worked out a good balance in th end then, enough photos to trigger happy memories while still allowing you to live in the moment!

  7. Natalie
    Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 09:24 | #

    You´re the best! Got your book some days ago and have been reading it every afternoon since. Love & health to your little family

  8. Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 13:34 | #

    Sounds delicious! Didn´t know you were Swedish :) So are we! Looks like you had a wonderful trip and congrats to the win! The recipe sounds delicious. Have never tried amaranth. Love your blog! Keep shining

  9. Arlette
    Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 14:55 | #

    Please send me details on the cooking/yoga weekend, thanks

  10. Candela
    Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 15:40 | #

    Auguri! Happy for you guys! I lived in Mexico for many years..amaranto honey bars always in my bag… :)

  11. Lyndsay
    Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 17:36 | #

    I love amaranth! It is native to Peru, though it has a long history in Mexico. Most people in Lima do not eat amaranth nor quinoa, if you can believe that! Thank you for sharing the lovely recipe and congratulations on the award!

  12. Eileen
    Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 19:30 | #

    Hello, I just found out how to puff amaranth at home. I was wondering,
    does it actually get cooked in the process of puffing? Or does it stay kind of raw? Thanks!

    • Posted 27 Apr ’13 at 10:23 | #

      Hi Eileen, we have actually never puffed our own amaranth, we buy it already puffed. But I suppose that it is “cooked” in the process, as it takes some heat to puff it.
      /David

      • Posted 29 Apr ’13 at 04:55 | #

        I’m going to give puffing my own amaranth a try too; I have a bag for which I’ve been collecting recipes. This drink definitely goes in the queue. Thanks for sharing; I featured your link on my blog.
        Karen @ annumography

  13. Emily B
    Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 21:15 | #

    Great looking drink… just bought your book today and there are loads of great drinks in it… sometimes hard to find non-alcohlic drinks that are as complex as a good cocktail!

  14. Kirstin
    Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 21:28 | #

    I just made that drink with puffed canihua (kaniwa) instead of puffed amaranth and it tastes great!
    Congratulations on winning the award!

  15. Laura
    Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 22:41 | #

    Yay I have all these ingredients at home already so can try this tomorrow. Thank you so much.

    I’ve sent an email to enquire about the weekend! Hopefully I’ll get a reply soon :)

  16. Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 22:59 | #

    Greetings! Fascinating you enjoyed Amaranto. Just wanted to share some facts with you about this wonderful seed:
    Amaranthus Caudatus: is from the Andes. Ornamental in nature.

    • Amaranthus Cruentus: is from Mexico and Central America. edible.

    • Amaranthus Hipochondriacus: Central Mexico, edible.

    Originally, Amaranto is from Central *Guatemala* AND Northamerica *Mexico is a part of North America), and South America *Peru and Ecuador.

    ¿De dónde es originario el amaranto?

    Together with maiz, beans and chia, amaranth was one of the principal products for nutrition for the precolombian cultures of America. For the Mayas, Aztecas and Incas, amaranth was their principal source of protein, as it was eaten as a vegetable and grain *cereal*. It was also used in many of their religious ceremonies. The Spanish, with the Conquest, wanted to exterminate the amaranth because it was used in idol worship, mixing the blood of the victims with the grain, and so on and so forth. Lucky for Mexico, amaranth was unirradicable!

  17. Posted 25 Apr ’13 at 23:51 | #

    Oh congratulations!! That’s so wonderful, although not surprising :)

    Proper Mexican food is one of the number one things I miss having around in London. I was looking forward to a barrage of photos, but I completely understand that liberation of leaving the camera in its bag. Looks like an amazing trip anyhow!

  18. jo
    Posted 26 Apr ’13 at 01:50 | #

    hey
    Congratulation . Your photos of Mexico are lovely and dreamy :-)
    i am curious – did you find vegetarian ceviche ? I ‘ve always thought of ceviche as essentially a meat or seafood based dish. If you did come across vegetarian ceviche, can you please share a recipe ? Thanks
    Jo

    • Posted 27 Apr ’13 at 10:14 | #

      Hey Jo. Yes we did find a few different vegetarian ceviche recipes. We had one with mushrooms instead of fish and another with black beans, mango and avocado. They tasted incredibly good and fresh!
      /David

  19. Amelia
    Posted 26 Apr ’13 at 03:27 | #

    What do you think this drink would be like hot instead of cold (using soy milk instead of rice milk)?

    • Posted 27 Apr ’13 at 10:09 | #

      That would probably taste very nice as well. Perhaps I would sweeten it slightly when served warm.
      /David

  20. Posted 26 Apr ’13 at 04:50 | #

    Good news comes in threes, right? A well-deserved congratulations for your new book, the award and the upcoming workshop!!! Too bad I don’t leave nearby, otherwise I’ll would have signed up right away since I’ve been practicing yoga for 17 years and love cooking.
    Your cacao rice and amaranth looks amazing, I’ll have to make it for our “Cinco de Mayo” celebration next week.

  21. Posted 26 Apr ’13 at 05:35 | #

    Great photos – we often do the same thing by only using our phone when traveling. It has gotten to the point where I think twice about packing the real camera! Love the little VW bug – did you rent that in Mexico? We are heading down in June, would be too fun to rent a car like that!

    • Posted 27 Apr ’13 at 10:07 | #

      Hi Denise, yes we rented the VW bug on the island of Cozumel, just outside Playa del Carmen. We saw those cars everywhere, so shouldn’t be so difficult for you to track down.
      Hope you have a great trip!
      /David

  22. Posted 26 Apr ’13 at 10:04 | #

    Mmm… That looks simple & delicious!

  23. Bell
    Posted 26 Apr ’13 at 23:21 | #

    awesome! i wish i lived in Sweden… then i could go to your class… oh well ill just have to drink this with a content heart for LA

  24. Posted 27 Apr ’13 at 09:57 | #

    Sounds Divine, would be nice warm too for the cooler days down under. And a big congrats for your award, I voted for you, so well deserved.

  25. Posted 28 Apr ’13 at 05:04 | #

    A VERY belated congratulations on your new book!! And an even bigger congratulations on your award! Both are HUGE — I hope you celebrated each success!!

    I live fairly close to Mexico, but I’ve never actually been! And I definitely haven’t heard of this drink, despite the sheer number of authentic Mexican restaurants in my town. That sounds delicious! (I haven’t had amaranth before either, but I considering buying some after seeing a breakfast cereal recipe that called for it. Now I have a second reason to as well!)

  26. Mathilde
    Posted 29 Apr ’13 at 15:02 | #

    Hi Green Kitchen.
    This is my first post, but I have been following you since your very beginning. I’m the silent reader. Lot’s of times I’ve been feeling like writing something to you about how much you inspire me and how I enjoy following your kitchen experiences, and how I can’t wait to get your book and just hold the recipes, the inspiration and the beautiful pictures in my hands. There’s something about physical things that the internet can never compare with. Now I’m not silent anymore. I’m going to attend the workshop that Luise is doing, and I’m looking very much forward to learn, see, taste and feel new things in that weekend by the sea. Thank you for doing this.
    - Mathilde fra København

  27. Posted 29 Apr ’13 at 16:30 | #

    This looks lovely! Can’t wait to try it.

  28. Posted 15 May ’13 at 20:42 | #

    See you in Falsterbo Luise! I will be leaving my two adorable kiddies at home with their dad to have an amazing week-end together with you and some darling ladies of mine.

  29. Maggie Coulthard
    Posted 9 Jun ’13 at 10:49 | #

    Hello there,
    Have recently discovered your blog and bought the lovely recipe book !

    I have a question for the Amaranth experts. Is it possible to grow it here in Europe (in particular in Belgium). I have some planters that I would like to use for something edible as well as interesting to look at. Would Amaranth fit the bill?

    Happy cooking

    Maggie

  30. Posted 12 Jun ’13 at 13:54 | #

    Looks delicious, hope it tastes as good as it looks! Love your pictures btw!

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