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.


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.


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.


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