How to Make Guava Atole Mexican Drink
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Guava Atole Recipe | Atole de Guayabas

Learn how to make this traditional and hearty Mexican drink that's perfect for warming you up and giving you a nutritious drink.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: atole, drinks, winter
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Nancy Lopez-McHugh &


  • 1.5 lb fresh guavas quartered
  • 4 Tablespoons masa harina (the kind for making corn tortillas)
  • half cup water
  • 4 Tablespoons grated piloncillo (can substitute with dark brown sugar or jaggery)
  • 1 stick Mexican cinnamon (canela)
  • 1/2 cup water (to blend cooked guavas)
  • one large pinch baking soda
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup whole fat milk (non-dairy may also be used)
  • grated piloncillo & ground cinnamon (for topping)


  • 1. In a small bowl combine the masa harina and water until you have a smooth runny paste, set aside.
    2. Place the quartered guavas, piloncillo, cinnamon and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Simmer until the guavas are soft and break up easily. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
    3. Pour the cooled, cooked mixture into a blender, then add half a cup cool water and blend until everything is well combined.
    4. Use a fine sieve to strain the blender mixture back into the saucepan you cooked the ingredients in. Add the pinch of baking soda and cook until it begins to bubble and after a few minutes the bubbling will stop. Next carefully pour in the milk and under low heat simmer for 10 minutes. 
    5. Now back to the rehydrated masa harina, add another half cup of water to make it very runny and pour into the pot and mix until well combined. IMPORTANT to note that you may also strain the masa mix into the pot or add it to the blender when blending everything. I like to add it last so I can taste and adjust anything before thickening up.
    6. Simmer atole until it thickens up to your desired consistency. Taste and if needed add more piloncillo before serving. Serve warm topped with grated piloncillo and ground Mexican cinnamon. Enjoy! 



*If you'd don't like the taste of corn masa in your atole you can substitute the masa for cornstarch and cook the same.
** The baking soda is added to prevent the guava mixture curdling the milk. It doesn't add any flavour your atole. 
I highly suggest to use piloncillo instead of the brown sugar because it has a unique taste. 
*** If you'd like to make this vegan use thick, unflavoured and unsweetened almond or soy milk.