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Yep, That’s a mouthful to say…

I have been playing around with this recipe for a few weeks now, ever since I found a simple recipe for homemade “Pinole” on NoMeatAthlete.com (click here for link) The recipe is pretty simple, and I immediately wanted to figure out a way to make it tasty too! – Without adding a bunch of sweeteners and such.

pinole ingredientsSo let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup cornmeal, ground as fine as possible ( I use an organic stone ground locally made cornmeal)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp Raw & Unfiltered Honey
  • 4 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cherries (Chopped)
  • 1-2 Cups Boiling water

As in the instructions on Nomeatathlete.com, toast the cornmeal until it turns a bit darker…don’t be surprised if people come into your kitchen asking if you’re making popcorn…

toasting corn meal

When the cornmeal has been uniformly toasted, remove from heat and add your cinnamon, almond slices, chia seeds, honey and chopped dried cherries.

chia and pinole basepinole cherries

*****TIP***** I try to stir all the “dry” ingredients before adding the honey and cherries to get a more uniform blend easily.

After you have given that a “quick mix”, add boiling water slowly until you have a paste similar to the consistency of raw cookie dough. (do not use cold water…it gets really “clumpy” and doesn’t blend well)

pinole dough

You can eat it just like this if you want! Go ahead and try it!

You can form and bake this like cookies, about 10-12 minutes in a 350 degree oven, or you can “dry fry” it like I do….

I prefer to use my panini grill set to “350 degrees” on the bottom, and “sear” on the top. I form them into little cookie shapes and squish ’em in between the two griddles:

cooking pinole

When finished, this is what mine look like:


The only other people I have met that enjoy this almost as much as do are other runners, so don’t be upset if no one else likes your “weird health food”

Stay Muddy My Friends!