These cold winter nights call for a nice hot mug of champurrado. Champurrado is a pre-Colombian drink made with fresh masa, water, piloncillo, and Mexican chocolate. It is especially good with perfectly tender tamales.

Sauce pot filled with water, cinnamon, and piloncillo

Champurrado History

Champurrrado ingredients are quite simple but the combination is irresistible. Before the Spanish arrived in Mexico with their cows and their milk, champurrado was made with water.

Glass bowl with fresh masa

It is said that the great Aztec emperor Moctezuma Xocoyotzin enjoyed this beverage which he drank in ceremonial vessels made of gold, sweetened with agave honey, and spiced with a bit of chile.

Glass bowl filled with masa and water

Fray Bernardino de Sahagún documented the consumption of atoll or atolli which was drunk by the indigenous warm or cold, for breakfast or sometimes as a meal in itself. It was also used for medicinal and ceremonial purposes.

Glass bowl with masa and water and a hand mixing it together.

Atole vs Champurrado

So what is the difference between atole and champurrado?? Atole is also a drink from pre-Columbian times that can be sweet or savory depending on the region in Mexico where you are. Traditionally, it is made by dissolving ground dried corn in milk or water and adding fruits or different flavorings to it. Champurrado is simply atole with chocolate added to it, in other words, chocolate atole.

Bronze colored colander filled with the remnants of the strained masa

How to Make Champurrado

Making champurrado is quite easy, the piloncillo and cinnamon are simmered in water until completely dissolved, then a Mexican chocolate tablet is added. Once the chocolate has melted into the piloncillo mixture the fresh masa is added. The masa thickens the chocolate creating a thick, sweet, and chocolatey drink. Then everything is frothed with a molinillo and served hot.

Masa liquid being poured into a saucepot

The Recipe: How to Make Champurrado

This authentic Mexican champurrado is made with water instead of milk, just like in pre-Columbian times.

  • If you want to use milk I recommend you use almond-coconut milk.
  • The recipe calls for fresh masa, but if you can’t find it you can use masa harina.
  • I’ve used Ibarra chocolate, but you can use your favorite Mexican hot chocolate.
  • Enjoy!!

Chapurrado in a sauce pot being frothed with a molinillo

A mug of champurrado on a colored towel and a tamal beside it

A mug of champurrado on a colored towel and a tamal beside it

Champurrado

These cold winter nights call for a nice hot mug of champurrado. Champurrado is a pre-Colombian drink made with fresh masa, water, piloncillo, and Mexican chocolate. It is especially good with perfectly tender tamales.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: champurrado, chocolate, vegan mexican
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 96kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 Ceylon cinnamon stick
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup Chopped piloncillo (2-4 oz.)
  • 1 Mexican Chocolate disk (I used Ibarra, chopped into 4 pieces)
  • ½ cup Fresh masa for tortillas (nixtamal)

Instructions

  • Place 3 cups of water, chopped piloncillo, and cinnamon stick in a medium sauce pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes or until the piloncillo has completely dissolved.
  • Add the Mexican chocolate and continue to simmer and stir until chocolate has completely dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  • In the meantime place the fresh masa in a large bowl and pour 1 cup of water over the masa. Use your hand to dissolve the masa into the water.
  • Strain the masa liquid, and pour it into the simmering hot chocolate. Stir and froth with a molinillo or whisk.
  • Simmer for 6 to 8 minutes or until the champurrado has thickened. Serve hot!!

Notes

If you like your champurrado on the thick side use ¾ cup of fresh masa, but remember, the champurrado will continue to thicken as it cools. I used Ibarra chocolate but you can use your favorite Mexican hot chocolate. If you can’t find fresh masa you can use 3/4 cup of masa harina.

Nutrition

Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

You might know them by a different name like vegan snowball cookies, polvorones, or Russian tea cakes, but there is no doubt that vegan Mexican wedding cookies are THE cookies to make this season. These incredibly “buttery” cookies are studded with chopped pecans, spiced with cinnamon and ground anise, and covered in a delicate layer of powdered sugar.

whipped butter in a glass bowl for vegan mexican wedding cookies

In Mexico, these cookies can be found all year long, but they are especially popular during Christmas. They are not called vegan Mexican wedding cookies, they are known as hojarascas or polvorones depending on where in Mexico you are.

dough for vegan mexican wedding cookies in a large glass bowl

I don’t think I’ve ever seen them actually served at weddings, but you never know, Mexico is a big country were traditions, cuisine, and even accents can differ from state to state. I did grow up eating these, but my favorite is definitely the version with orange zest and cinnamon-sugar.

little balls of cookie dough on a sheet tray ready to bake

We love Christmas! It’s such a joyous time when you live it through the eyes of the children. We are a bilingual and multi-cultural household so we do try to incorporate different traditions from our cultures. The kids get presents (toys) from Santa and the Reyes Magos (Three Kings) bring them books and treats. We eat tamales and pozole, but there’s also turkey (for the non-vegans) and gingerbread house decorating. What are some of your favorite traditions??

a baked cookie in a bowl of powdered sugar

The Recipe: Vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies

This cookie is basically a shortbread cookie, so the first thing you’ll need to do is cream the vegan butter and sugar. After this you add the flour and seasonings and mix well. It is very easy to make and take only 15 min. to bake in the oven!!

vegan mexican wedding cookies in a poinsetta box with a ribbon

  • I used earth balance to make this recipe, but you can use your favorite vegan butter.
  • You can shape these any way you like in little balls or you can use this same dough to roll out and cut into shapes. I’ve even used it to make thumbprint cookies.
  • This recipe makes quite a bit of cookies so if you don’t need that many cookies I suggest you still make the whole recipe then freeze half the dough and save it for later. Instant cookies!!

vegan mexican wedding cookies in a poinsetta box with a ribbon

vegan mexican wedding cookies in a poinsetta box with a ribbon

Vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies

Vegan Mexican Wedding cookies, this buttery cookie is studded with pecans, spiced with cinnamon and anise, and covered in powdered sugar
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican wedding cookies, vegan cookies, vegan mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 32 cookies
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 5 oz. (2/3 cup) Sugar, granulated
  • 12 oz. (1 ½ cups) Vegan butter, room temperature
  • 16 oz. (3 cups) Flour, all-purpose
  • ½ cup Chopped pecans
  • ½ tsp. Ground anise seed
  • 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Cream butter and sugar, in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment.
  • Add vanilla, cinnamon, and ground anise. Mix in chopped pecans.
  • Slowly add flour, with mixer at low speed. Mix until well combined.
  • Line 2 sheet-pans with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1 inch balls.
  • Place balls on sheet-tray, 1 inch apart from each other.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until bottoms become golden brown.
  • Remove from oven. Place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Once completely cool roll cookies in powdered sugar.

Notes

You can also use this cookie dough recipe to make thumbprint cookies. Dust with cinnamon-sugar instead of powdered sugar for a more hojarascas feel.
This recipe makes quite a bit of cookies so if you don't need that many cookies I suggest you still make the whole recipe then freeze half the dough and save it for later. Instant cookies!!

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.7mg

 

 

 

Filling vegan pan de muerto is a common practice in México. This vegan day of the dead bread is filled with a sweet chocolate “cream”, and dusted with a sprinkling of sugar.. Serve with your favorite Mexican hot chocolate, and honor your loved ones on this Dia de los Muertos.

a tub of chocolate hummus

The filling is a bit of a well kept secret called chocolate hummus. I know it sounds totally unappetizing, but I promise it’s so good. I never thought I would hear my kids begging me to make chocolate hummus. Chocolate hummus is basically cooked chickpeas, cocoa powder, and a sweetener like maple syrup.

vegan pan de muerto piped with chocolate hummus

The store-bought kind is super smooth, almost like a mix between chocolate icing and pudding. When you make it at home it’s not as smooth, but still delicious. I tried making a chocolate-sweet potato frosting, but it was too thick, and a chocolate coconut whipped cream, but that was a total flop. Chocolate hummus was perfect with this vegan pan de muerto.

pan-de-muerto2

Let come to room temperature, roll into balls.

So what’s the big deal about pan de muerto?? Pan de muerto is a special bread eaten on the Day of the Dead in Mexico and placed on the ofrendas (altars) that honor the departed. It has a round shape with 4 elongated knobs in the shape of a cross, and a small ball at the top.

pan-de-muerto2

It’s round shape represents the cycle of life and death, the knobs represent the bones of the departed, and the ball represents the skull. It is traditionally infused with orange blossom water to remember our deceased loved ones. The shape of the cross is said to represent the 4 cardinal points, each one dedicated to a different god Tezcatlipoca, Tlaloc, Quetzalcóatl y Xipetotec.

Altar de muertos, a table with pictures, candles, bread, a cross

There are many different kinds of pan de muerto some shaped like animals, plants or trees, people, and fantastic creatures. You can find them filled with nata (clotted cream), whipped cream, cajeta, and dried fruits. I prefer mine unfilled and dipped in hot chocolate.

Vegan pan de muerto filled with chocolate surrounded by marigolds and a colorful skull

I love being able to share all these traditions with my children, and it’s a beautiful way of honoring my ancestors, and the loved ones that have gone before me. My 4 year old was saying that she didn’t understand why Jesus had to die. I explained a little bit, and then told her that we would all die one day. She got super quiet and said, ” But if we all die, who will put my picture on the altar??” So cute!! Feliz Día de los Muertos.

Vegan pan de muerto filled with chocolate, a hand is reaching in to take a piece

Vegan pan de muerto filled with chocolate surrounded by marigolds and a colorful skull

Chocolate Filled Vegan Pan de Muerto

This vegan pan de muerto is filled with a sweet chocolate "cream", and dusted with a sprinkling of sugar. Serve with Mexican hot chocolate
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: day of the dead, pan de muerto, vegan
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Once you have baked your vegan pan de muerto. Let it cool completely. If it's not completely cooled down the chocolate hummus will not hold it's shape.
  • Fill a piping bag with a star tip with the chocolate hummus. 
  • Cut your pan de muerto in half (lengthwise), and pipe chocolate hummus on the bottom half of the bread. Place the other half on top, and serve.

Notes

If you can't find chocolate hummus at your local grocery you can make your own.
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It’s the irresistible aroma of chocolate and cinnamon that I first think of when I’m offered hot chocolate. Mexican hot chocolate is not your ordinary cacao powder and milk, oh no, and somebody needs to say this, but adding cinnamon to your hot chocolate does not make it Mexican. It is one of my culinary pet peeves. So what are the best vegan Mexican chocolate brands and what makes them so different?

Find out which is the best Mexican hot chocolate.

 

Not only that it comes from Mexico, but the process used to make it is unique in itself. Mexican chocolate for beverages is sold in tablets not powder, it is made by toasting, and grinding cacao beans with sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. It is then packed into a mold and formed into a tablet. To make into a beverage simply dissolve a couple of pieces of the tablet in hot milk. If the chocolate is of high quality you can dissolve it in water, milk is not necessary. The video below, from Saveur.com shows you exactly how chocolate tablets are made in Mexico.

 

 

The Best Vegan Brand of Mexican Chocolate

There are four Mexican chocolate brands most commonly available in the US: Abuelita, Ibarra, Hernan, and Taza. We tested all four of them for you with Almond-coconut milk.

These Mexican hot chocolate popsicles (paletas de chocolate) are creamy and sweet, chocolaty and rich, with a touch of cinnamon.

Best Overall:

Hernan Mexican hot chocolate is made with stone-ground ORGANIC cocoa beans from a bio-diversified plantation in Chiapas. It is made in Mexico and imported into the US. I found Hernán to have the most authentic flavor and quality. It has a strong chocolate flavor, but it is not overpowering. It is the tight amount of sweet, and the foam is thick and a bit airy. It contains only four ingredients: cacao beans, sugar, cinnamon, and soy lecithin. The downfall is that it is available mostly online and in select stores. The price is reasonable for the quality of the chocolate at $10 for a box of 6 tablillas (6 cups of hot chocolate).

 

What is the best vegan brand of Mexican chocolate? This taste test will decide once which one makes the best cup of steaming hot chocolate.

Second Best: Taza Chocolate 

Taza is produced here in the US using the same process described in the video above. It is intensely chocolaty, aromatic, not too sweet, but with a hint of bitterness. The foam is thick, not at all airy. It contains only three ingredients: cacao beans, sugar, and cinnamon. It is also certified USDA organic, non-GMO, certified gluten-free, and vegan. The only downside is the price, $5.oo. It really isn’t too expensive, but one package will only make you two cups of hot chocolate.

What is the best vegan brand of Mexican chocolate? This taste test will decide once which one makes the best cup of steaming hot chocolate.

Best Budget-Friendly Chocolate: Ibarra

Ibarra is the one we buy more often, and it is a Mexican product. It has a medium chocolate flavor intensity and it is pretty sweet. There is no bitterness to it at all. The foam is airy and firm. It contains cocoa liquor, sugar, soy lecithin, and cinnamon flavoring. The price, $3.50, and it makes 24 cups of hot chocolate.

What is the best vegan brand of Mexican chocolate? This taste test will decide once which one makes the best cup of steaming hot chocolate.

Last but Not Least: Abuelita

I contacted Nestle and they confirmed that it is NOT vegan.

NOTE: Even though Nestle has said that the product is not vegan certified, there are no animal products on the ingredient list. After further inquiry this is what Nestle responded: “The evaluation for vegan claims has not been performed on this item. We therefore would advise that the product is not suitable for vegans.” 

I leave it up to yo whether you want to try it or not. That being said, Abuelita has a special place in my heart, it evokes a lot memories for me and it is extremely popular in Mexico. It has a medium chocolate flavor, is very sweet, and has no bitterness. The cinnamon flavor is strong and fragrant. The foam is airy and very firm. The downside is that it contains additives like vegetable oils, artificial flavor, and PGPR. The price, $3.25, and it makes 24 cups of chocolate.

Regardless of which one you think is the best vegan brand of Mexican chocolate, I urge to give Mexican hot chocolate a try. You won’t be disappointed. What is your favorite brand?

 

 

 

 

 

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This Mexican hot chocolate ice cream is sweet and creamy with a hint of cinnamon. It might be the combination of my two favorite things Mexican hot chocolate and ice cream. For this recipe I’ve used my new favorite chocolate, Hernán. I found out about Hernan at a local festival here in San Antonio and I instantly fell in love with their all-natural, vegan products.

mexican hot chocolate tablillas in milk

Hernan Mexican hot chocolate is made with stone-ground ORGANIC cocoa beans from a bio-diversified plantation in Chiapas! The chocolate is available in tablillas or shaped into calaveras (chocolate skulls). It has become my favorite chocolates, because in the US it is becoming very hard to find Mexican hot chocolate without artificial flavors or oils.

mexican hot chocolate skulls

 

Plus it’s a local business run by a fellow Mexican and entrepreneur, Isela Hernández  who is crafting these products in partnership with artisan groups and producers in Mexico!

blended mexican hot chocolate for ice cream

I have been experimenting with the chocolate and have made Mexican hot chocolate paletas, so it only seemed natural to try and use it to make ice cream.

I love ice cream and with so many dairy free alternatives on the market it’s not as difficult to find a good vegan ice cream (my favorite brand is Nadamoo). I do wish there were more Mexican or Latino inspired flavors like this Mexican hot chocolate ice cream, or other flavors like jamaica, horchata, arroz con leche, and cajeta.

These Mexican hot chocolate popsicles (paletas de chocolate) are creamy and sweet, chocolaty and rich, with a touch of cinnamon.

 

I used to have an ice cream maker, which I loved, but I had to let go of in the move from Hawaii to Texas. I figured I could just buy a new one instead of paying to ship the one I had, but then I never did. So I have made this recipe no-churn, but if you have an ice cream machine you can use it as well.

The Recipe: Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

  • I tried several different types of milk for this and my favorite was almond-coconut or soy.
  • I have added avocado for creaminess, but don’t worry the taste blends in perfectly with the chocolate.
  • You can use the sweetener of your choice.
  • If you have an ice cream machine, cool down the chocolate mixture then add to your machine. You can skip the steps 4,5 and 6
  • Enjoy!!

Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

This Mexican hot chocolate ice cream is sweet and creamy with a hint of cinnamon. It is also no-churn and dairy free!!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chipotle pasta, vegan pastas, ice cream, mexican hot chocolate, no-churn
Prep Time: 10 minutes
1 day
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings (1 quart)
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablets (tablillas) Hernan Mexican chocolate
  • 2 cups Almond-coconut milk unsweetened
  • 1 Avocado ripe, cut in half, flesh removed
  • ¼ cup Maple syrup

Instructions

  • Bring the coconut-almond milk to a very low simmer over low heat. Add chocolate tablets, and stir with a whisk or molinillo.
  • Once the chocolate has dissolved pour it in a container and let it cool completely in the fridge or freezer.
  • Place the chocolate mixture, avocado, and maple syrup in the blender, and puree until smooth.
  • Pour into ice trays and freeze overnight.
  • The following day unmold the cubes and place in the food processor. Process until smooth (hold on to your food processor because it’s going to shake!)
  • Eat right away and enjoy!!

Video

Notes

  • I tried several different types of milk for this and my favorite was almond-coconut or soy.
  • I have added avocado for creaminess, but don't worry the taste blends in perfectly with the chocolate.
  • You can use the sweetener of your choice.
  • If you have an ice cream machine, cool down the chocolate mixture then add to your machine. You can skip the steps 4, 5, 6.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 0.3mg

 

 

 

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This is the dessert I have been mourning since the day I decided to stop eating animals. It is my absolute favorite! Carlota de limon ( in some regions of Mexico it is known simply as pay de limon) is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.
Carlota de limon is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.
Carlota de limon is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.
It is extremely easy to make and it requires no oven, which is perfect for these hot summer days.
All this time I thought I would never eat this again, because Maria cookies are not vegan, at least the ones I had found (Gamesa).
Carlota de limon is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.
Carlota de limon is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.
However, on a recent trip to Mexico I discovered that Soriana ( Mexican supermarket) has their own brand of Maria cookies which are accidentally vegan. All that was left to do was veganize the lime cream.
Carlota de limon is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.
Don’t be disappointed, even though I found the maria cookies in Mexico, I did some research and found an alternative on Amazon!! If you can’t wait until you get your vegan maria cookies on Amazon you could use graham crackers, or any other healthy tea style biscuit that you like.
Carlota de limon is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.
Go make this and let me know if you like it as much as I do. You can tag me on Instagram with your creations.
Carlota de limon is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.

The Recipe: Carlota de Limon

  • If you can’t find the cookies on Amazon, you can use graham crackers or animal crackers.
  • Use key lime juice for a more intense lime flavor.
  • As you’re layering your cookies and lime cream don’t press down on the cookies.
  • I like to use berries to contrast the sweet flavor of the ice box cake. Enjoy!!

Carlota de limon is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.

Carlota de limon is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.

Carlota de Limon

Carlota de limon is a deliciously decadent key lime ice box cake layered with Maria cookies and a sweet-tart lime custard cream.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carlota de limom, icebox cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 oz). Silken tofu (soft)
  • 1/3 cup Almond Milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup Sugar, or your favorite sweetener
  • 1/3 cup Key lime juice, fresh
  • 2 packs (sleeves) Vegan Maria cookies
  • 1 pint Strawberries

Instructions

  • Place tofu, sugar, and almond milk in the blender. Turn blender on low setting and add in lime juice gradually, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Line the bottom of an 8×8 glass baking dish with parchment paper, add a of lime cream and cover it with a layer of cookies and pour some of the lime cream mixture on top; enough to cover them but not drown them.
  • Repeat this process by adding another layer of cookies and then covering it with the lime cream, repeat until all the lime cream mixture and cookies have been used up.
  • DO NOT PRESS DOWN on the cookies. You want a good layer of lime cream in between the cookies and pressing them down with push the lime cream to the sides.
  • Place cake in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until it has set.
  • Invert the baking dish unto a plate. Carefully peel off the parchment. Decorate with strawberries or the fruit of your choice.
  • Cut and serve cold.

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Notes

If you want to substitute the sugar for agave or maple syrup omit the almond milk. You can use graham crackers if you can’t find vegan maria cookies

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 37.8mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Nutrition Facts
Carlota de Limon
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 14mg1%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 37.8mg46%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This might be the best paleta recipe I’ve ever made, and it’s a boozy popsicle! This watermelon paleta shot is a combination of sweet watermelon, lime juice, tequila, and chile powder. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. I’m excited to be participating once again in Lola’s Cocina Paleta Week. Head on over there to find all kinds of paleta recipe to cool down this summer.

This watermelon paleta shot is a combination of sweet watermelon, lime juice, tequila, and chile powder. So good it makes my mouth water!

They’re inspired by the famous watermelon paleta shot, which is a very popular drink along the border of US-Mexico. The shot itself is supposed to mimic the Mexican spicy watermelon lollipop candy. So I’ve taken this concept and turned it into a deliciously spicy watermelon popsicle.

This watermelon paleta shot is a combination of sweet watermelon, lime juice, tequila, and chile powder. So good it makes my mouth water!

This is the first time I’ve ever tried to make a boozy popsicle, but with this heat it sounds like the perfect solution to a stressful and hot day. They would also be perfect for an adult pool party or a day at the beach, but be sure to label them as adult popsicles otherwise your little ones might get a tummy ache.

This watermelon paleta shot is a combination of sweet watermelon, lime juice, tequila, and chile powder. So good it makes my mouth water!

We recently had our baby boy’s first birthday party and I gave some of our guest this watermelon paleta shot to try and they loved it. I hardly tasted the tequila in there, but they assured me that they definitely felt it.

This watermelon paleta shot is a combination of sweet watermelon, lime juice, tequila, and chile powder. So good it makes my mouth water!

I always try to come up with new paleta recipes in the summer. It’s so easy with my handy paleta mold, and whatever fresh fruit I have on hand. I also refer to Fanny Gerson’s book Paletas. Even though it’s not a vegan cookbook, a lot of the recipes are vegan or easily adaptable.

This watermelon paleta shot is a combination of sweet watermelon, lime juice, tequila, and chile powder. So good it makes my mouth water!

So far we’ve made strawberry, coconut, corn, Mexican chocolate, banana-pecan, cucumber-chile, and mango-chile paletas. I’m excited to make these over and over again for the rest of the summer.

The Recipe: Watermelon Paleta Shot

  • I used my favorite Corralejo Tequila, but you can use any tequila you want.
  • We prefer Tajin chile powder for these.
  • Because of the alcohol it is best to freeze these overnight.
  • If your watermelon is super sweet, you can reduce the amount of sugar.
  • Enjoy!
This watermelon paleta shot is a combination of sweet watermelon, lime juice, tequila, and chile powder. So good it makes my mouth water!

Watermelon Paleta Shot

This watermelon paleta shot is a combination of sweet watermelon, lime juice, tequila, and chile powder. So good it makes my mouth water!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: paleta shot, watermelon paleta, watermelon popsicle
Prep Time: 15 minutes
1 day
Servings: 10 paletas
Calories: 99kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Diced watermelon, seedless
  • ½ cup Tequila, (Corralejo reposado)
  • 3 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • ½ cup Sugar or sweetener of your choice
  • 10 tsp. Tajin chile powder

Instructions

  • Place the watermelon, tequila, lime juice, and sugar in the blender and process until smooth.
  • Place 1 tsp. of chile powder at the bottom of each popsicle mold.
  • Pour in watermelon mixture into molds, snap on lids, insert popsicle sticks, and freeze overnight.

Notes

If tequila isn’t really your thing or you want these to be less alcoholic use only 1/3 of a cup of tequila. I used my favorite Corralejo Tequila, but you can use any tequila you want. We prefer Tajin chile powder for these. If your watermelon is super sweet, you can reduce the amount of sugar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Paleta | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1805IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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Are you a fan of Mexican hot chocolate?? Well you are going to love these Mexican hot chocolate popsicles.  Maybe the thought of eating frozen hot chocolate doesn’t get you excited, but let me change your mind.

These Mexican hot chocolate paletas (paletas de chocolate) are creamy and sweet, chocolaty and rich, with a touch of cinnamon.

These Mexican hot chocolate paletas are creamy and sweet, chocolaty and rich, with a touch of cinnamon. They are everything that’s good about Mexican chocolate but in paleta form.

These Mexican hot chocolate paletas (paletas de chocolate) are creamy and sweet, chocolaty and rich, with a touch of cinnamon.

For this recipe I used my new favorite Mexican hot chocolate: Hernán. I found out about Hernan at a local festival here in San Antonio and I instantly fell in love with their all-natural, vegan products.

These Mexican hot chocolate paletas (paletas de chocolate) are creamy and sweet, chocolaty and rich, with a touch of cinnamon.

Hernán is the real deal, and I’m not talking about adding cinnamon to cocoa powder and calling it Mexican chocolate. I mean real, authentic, Mexican chocolate sourced from Chiapas, and ground with sugar and cinnamon. In fact, the cacao used to make Hernan Mexican hot chocolate is organic and from a biodiversified plantation! I can’t wait to experiment more with Hernán chocolate, maybe I’ll make Mexican chocolate ice cream next.

These Mexican hot chocolate paletas (paletas de chocolate) are creamy and sweet, chocolaty and rich, with a touch of cinnamon.

I tried several ways of making this recipe, testing out several different plant milks and methods, but I couldn’t get them creamy enough.Doing some research online, I found a couple of recipes that were doing chocolate and avocado popsicles and I thought maybe I should try it.

These Mexican hot chocolate paletas (paletas de chocolate) are creamy and sweet, chocolaty and rich, with a touch of cinnamon.

I’m not going to lie, I was super hesitant to use avocado in this recipe. I thought it would change the taste too much. Finally I decided to give it a go and I was shocked. The avocado makes this the creamiest chocolate popsicle ever, without any unhealthy animal fats, and it doesn’t affect the flavor at all.

The kids loved them and I hope you like them too!

The Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate Popsicles (Paletas de Chocolate)

  • The recipe calls for 1 tablilla per cup of milk, but if you really like dark chocolate I would use 1 1/2 tablillas per cup of milk.
  • You can use any sweetener of choice, maple syrup would be really good with this though.
  • Make sure your avocado is ripe
  • This is the mold that I used to make these.
  • Enjoy!
These Mexican hot chocolate popsicles (paletas de chocolate) are creamy and sweet, chocolaty and rich, with a touch of cinnamon.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Popsicles

These Mexican hot chocolate paletas (paletas de chocolate) are creamy and sweet, chocolaty and rich, with a touch of cinnamon. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
5 hours
Servings: 6 popsicles
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablets (tablillas) Hernan Mexican chocolate
  • 2 cups Almond-coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 Avocado ripe, cut in half, flesh removed
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar or maple syrup

Instructions

  • Bring the coconut-almond milk to a very low simmer over low heat. Add chocolate tablets and sugar, and stir with a whisk or molinillo.
  • Once the chocolate has dissolved pour it in a container and let it cool completely in the fridge or freezer.
  • Place the chocolate mixture, avocado, and sugar in the blender, and puree until smooth.
  • Pour into popsicle molds, snap on the lids, and freeze for at least 5 hours.

Notes

• The recipe calls for 1 tablilla per cup of milk, but if you really like dark chocolate I would use 1 1/2 tablillas per cup of milk.
• You can use any sweetener of choice, maple syrup would be really good with this though.
• Make sure your avocado is ripe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1popsicle | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Are you looking for more paleta recipes?? Check these out

Strawberry Paletas

Coconut Paletas

Cucumer-Chile Paletas

Mango-Chile Paletas

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Sweltering summer heat can only mean one thing, paletas!!! These cucumber-chile paletas are the perfect cucumber popsicle, not to spicy, sweet, and just the right amount of tart. (You can put lime and chile on almost anything and I’d totally eat it.) We are so happy to be participating once again in Lola’s Cocina Paleta Week. This year there are 10 vegan paletas! So be sure to head over there and check it out and share with #paletaweek.

Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

Paletas are definitely a family favorite treat. Some of our favorites are strawberry, coconut, pecan, mango and tamarind, but there are so many other flavors out there like oreo, chocolate, watermelon, and of course cucumber. The kids love to help make them and they get super excited when they see the paleta mold come out.

Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

Mexico has a history of unconventional ice cream flavors, some of them are even trendy now, but Mexico has been doing it for years. Some of the most popular ones are corn, avocado, arroz con leche, rose petal, and tequila and lime.

Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

The beginning of the paleta industry can be traced to Tocumbo, Michoacan in the 1930’s. Where a family business, la Michoacana, flourished and spread to the rest of the country. You can find a Michoacana in almost any town in Mexico, and without a doubt you will be able to find vegan options there.

Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

To find your vegan options, simply ask for paletas or helado de agua, which means from water. Paletas and helado de agua are made with a water base, and are just as delicious as there milky counterparts. One of the greatest things about Mexican paletas and ice cream is that they are made with local and fresh fruit. What are your favorite paleta flavors??

Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

The Recipe: Cucumber-Chile Paletas (Cucumber Popsicles)

  • You don’t have to use a fancy cucumber to make this (a.k.a english cucumbers), a regular one will do.
  • Make sure to peel and remove the seeds.
  • Our favorite chile powder for this is Tajín, which is now available at most grocery stores.
  • Make sure that your pineapple is ripe for extra sweetness.
  • You can use any sweetener you prefer.
  • Enjoy!!
Cucumber-chile paletas (Cucumber popsicles with lime and chile). Not too spicy, yet sweet and a bit tart, the perfect combination.

Cucumber-Chile Paletas (Cucumber Popsicles)

These cucumber-chile paletas are the perfect cucumber popsicle, not to spicy, sweet, and just the right amount of tart.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cucumber popsicles, vegan paletas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
5 hours
Servings: 8 paletas
Calories: 33kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cup Cubed cucumber peeled, deseeded
  • 1 cup Cubed pineapple, fresh
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar or your favorite sweetener
  • 2 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • 2 tbsp. Tajín chile powder

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in the blender, and process until smooth.
  • Pour into your molds, snap on the lids, and freeze for at least 5 hours.
  • After unmolding the popsicles, sprinkle them with some more chile powder and enjoy!!

Notes

If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use shot glasses or small plastic cups. Pour mixture into glasses and freeze for 30 min to 1 hour. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for 4 more hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Paleta | Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Nutrition Facts
Cucumber-Chile Paletas (Cucumber Popsicles)
Amount Per Serving (1 Paleta)
Calories 33
% Daily Value*
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 156mg4%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Vitamin A 1140IU23%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

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I’ve been trying to recreate this recipe all of my adult life, and I’ve finally done it! These piloncillo almond butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect sweet treat, and they just so happen to be vegan too.

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These piloncillo almond butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect sweet treat, and they just so happen to be vegan too. So what makes these almond butter oatmeal cookies so special? I’m glad you asked. This is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood

Later the recipe was lost and Polita was not one to write quantities down. For years she we asked her to please recreate them, but too much time had gone by, and the recipe was just a long gone memory.

These piloncillo almond butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect sweet treat, and they just so happen to be vegan too. So what makes these almond butter oatmeal cookies so special? I’m glad you asked. This is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood
Well, amazingly Polita still works with my mom, and has become a sort of lifelong companion part employee, part family. After going vegan, I had completely given up on ever tasting these again, but after interrogating Polita incessantly I finally came up with something good.

These piloncillo almond butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect sweet treat, and they just so happen to be vegan too. So what makes these almond butter oatmeal cookies so special? I’m glad you asked. This is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood

So good, that I am very happy to say, that the sweet smell of these cookies baking in the oven makes the 6 yr old inside me feel loved, safe, and happy. Enjoy!!

These piloncillo almond butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect sweet treat, and they just so happen to be vegan too. So what makes these almond butter oatmeal cookies so special? I’m glad you asked. This is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood
The Recipe: Piloncillo Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies

  • To make these gluten-free, use oat flour instead of all purpose flour.
  • You can also use peanut butter or tahini instead of almond butter.
  • You can change up the nuts, use cranberries instead of raisins, or even add chocolate chips.

These piloncillo almond butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect sweet treat, and they just so happen to be vegan too. So what makes these almond butter oatmeal cookies so special? I’m glad you asked. This is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood

These piloncillo almond butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect sweet treat, and they just so happen to be vegan too. So what makes these almond butter oatmeal cookies so special? I’m glad you asked. This is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood

Piloncillo Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies

These piloncillo almond butter oatmeal cookies are the perfect sweet treat, and they just so happen to be vegan too.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: almond butter oatmeal cookies, vegan oatmeal cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Ground flax seed
  • 2.5 tbsp. Water
  • ½ cup Grated piloncillo
  • 4 tbsp. Almond butter, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup Apple sauce, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup. Quick oats
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Chopped raisins
  • ¼ cup Chopped pecans
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp, Ground clove
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • ½ tsp. Baking soda

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine flax seed, water, piloncillo, almond butter, apple sauce, and vanilla. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, raisins, salt, cinnamon, clove, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and use a wooden spoon to mix until combined.
  • Drop the dough by heaping tablespoons on a parchment lined sheet tray, 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies slightly with your fingers.
  • Bake for 15 min. or until golden brown.

Notes

To make these gluten-free, use oat flour instead of all-purpose flour. You can also use peanut butter or tahini instead of almond butter. You can change up the nuts, use cranberries instead of raisins, or even add chocolate chips.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Nutrition Facts
Piloncillo Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 138mg6%
Potassium 163mg5%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.