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



  • Looks delicious, hope it tastes as good as it looks! Love your pictures btw!
  • Maggie Coulthard
    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
  • 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.
  • Mathilde
    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
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • Bell
    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
  • Mmm... That looks simple & delicious!
  • 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!
    • 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

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