Rocas de Reyes and Creamy Mexican Hot Cocoa

The Christmas season is coming to a close and the 12th Day of Christmas approaches. At our school we will be dinning on Roscas de Reyes (Three Kings Cake) and Mexican hot chocolate in honor of Three Kings Day or 12th Night Day. The Rosca has a plastic doll hiding inside as a reminder of how baby Jesus had to be hidden from King Herod. I love Roscas and decided that it was time to find a more nourishing version. Here is my yummy results with a vegan/ refined sugar free hot chocolate! Enjoy!!
Roscas de Reyes
The night before mix:
8 cups of whole wheat flour
2 cups dairy kefir
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup melted butter
Mix together and cover to soak over night.
In the morning in a separate bowl:
2 TBS yeast
1 TBS sucanat
1/4 cup water
Let set until it foams (about 5 minutes), then add to dough
To the dough add:
2 cups unbleached white flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 tsp salt
Mix together  and turn out on a lightly floured surface. Knead until the dough is smooth and electicy. Divide the dough in half and form two logs about 20 inches long. Place a tiny plastic baby, uncooked bean or a button inside. Close ends together to form a two separate rings. Decorate with sucanat and dried fruit. I used dates but figs and candied orange and lime peels are more traditional. Place on two baking stones or greased cookie sheets. Let them rise in a warm place until doubled in size. Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees F. After removing from the oven let sit for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Creamy Mexican Hot Cocoa
1 Can Whole Fat Coconut Milk
3 Cups Water
3 TBS Cocoa Powder
1/4 Cup sucanat
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla
Bring the coconut and water to a low boil. Add the sucanat and slowly whisk in until it dissolves. Whisk in the cinnamon and cocoa powder one tea spoon at a time. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Best enjoyed on a raining day in front of a warm fire with a good book!


About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Hi Katie,
    Here in France we also celebrate Three Kings Day ( Epiphanie or Fête des Rois). During the whole month of January we eat “galettes des Rois”, a crispy puff pastry filled with an almond flavored paste called frangipane. Inside there is a “fève” (literally fava bean) usually made of ceramic and taking on various shapes. The pastry is, I must admit, pretty yummy but your recipe is far healthier and most certainly very tasty as well; I will give it a try !
    Thanks for all the tips and recipes you share; I love your enthusiasm and straightforwardness. God bless you !

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      Carole, that sounds delicious! We all have to live a little right? 😉 It is so fun to hear different countries ways of celebrating Three Kings Day.

  2. This looks really yummy, my kids would love it.

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  3. There are few things I love more than taking a traditional recipe and making it my own. What a beautiful bread you’ve made. And I’ve never thought to make hot choc from coconut milk. Thanks for sharing your recipes with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  4. Alisa you made me smile and miss you!

  5. I’ve never tried it before but I love traditional food that is cooked by families throughout generations. It looks great and I can’t wait to try it.

    Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  6. Alisa-sounds yummy!

    Mely- Feliz Dia de Reyes to you too!

    Britt- ya, it is kind of creepy. but they taste good! 🙂

  7. Alisa-sounds yummy!

    Mely- Feliz Dia de Reyes to you too!

    Britt- ya, it is kind of creepy. but they taste good! 🙂

  8. after reading this yesterday, this evening i found a baby from rosca de reyes in my desk drawer! haha!

  9. oh that bread freaks me out… with the baby in it… creepy!

  10. What a lovely rosca you make. I like that you used kefir and whole wheat flour.
    Saludos y feliz Dia de Reyes!


  11. i made mexican hot cocoa tonight with cocoa powder, half almond milk/half water, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla. sooooo yummy!

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