Colada de Maizena (Colombian Cornstarch Pudding)

Receta de Colada de Maizena

Colada de Maizena is a popular thick hot Colombian drink made with milk, maizena (cornstarch), vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. I e-mailed all of my cousins in Colombia trying to find this recipe. My grandmother made this often when I was growing up as an afternoon snack and it’s been a long time since I’ve had it. I don’t know if it was the weather or the pregnancy, but I’ve been craving colada for a while. I made it last week and it was so comforting and tasted just like Mamita’s!

colada de Maizena

You can also adjust the amount of milk to adjust the consistency of the drink. The same applies to the amount of sugar and how sweet you want the colada. I like mine thick and sweet and I usually eat it with a spoon. This recipe is really easy to make and kids love it!

Buen provecho!

Receta de colada Colombiana



(About 5 cups)

  • 1/4 cup maizena (corn starch)
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla bean


How to make Colada de Maizena


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the maizena or corn starch with 1 cup of the milk until the corn starch is dissolved and there are no lumps.
  2. Pour the rest of the milk, the sugar, cinnamon stick and the vanilla seeds into a medium pot, then gradually whisk in the corn starch mixture.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until the colada is thickened to the consistency of a thin pudding.
  4. Remove from heat, discard the cinnamon stick and serve hot.
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  1. says

    I was just about to say the same thing as Joumama and then saw her comment. We make it may be slightly thicker and call it a pudding and it’s one I make nearly every time I have leftover milk.

  2. Caroll Buitrago Long says

    Hola Erica,

    Gracias Dios pusiste esta receta. He estado con antojos de Maizena a causa del frio, no de embarazo ( eso creo) y seguro que la voy a preparar esta noche…Que manjar!!!
    Un abrazo y gracias por leer mi mente de nuevo!

  3. says

    Hola Erica,

    He estado siguiendo tu blog y me encantan todas las recetas que pones, hace rato no como Maizena y con este frio, me has inspirado. Me puedes decir si sabes de mas blogs de colombianos en USA? he intentado encontrar y eres la unica.
    Suerte con el embarazo,

  4. Caroll Buitrago-Long says

    Angela, si te refieres a Blogs de comida colombiana, no creo que haya alguno mejor que este, Pero en cuanto a blogs personales, te aseguro que si habra….
    Yo tengo uno y aunque no lo he puesto al dia mucho que digamos ahi esta en el mundo cibernetico.
    Espero que estes muy bien y encuentres lo que buscas….Por ahora disfrutemos de esta belleza de blog que Erica nos regala.

    Un abrazo pa’l frio!

  5. Nina says

    Mi maizena no me salio buena. :( Me quedo muy aguada. No quise dejarla en la estufa mas tiempo, por que se estaba pegando en vez de ponerse mas espesa.
    Me tocara tratar otra vez y a lo mejor con menos leche?

  6. Evelyn says

    uhiii me llevaste a mi infancia con la colada
    de maizena. Tan linda. Felicidades por tu web esta espectacular.xoxo.

  7. Courtney says

    Hola Erica!

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, I’m dating a Colombian who is living in Canada, and I often try to make Colombian food so he feels at home, but it’s hard as we live in a small city and in order to have any similar ingredients even, we need to travel 2-3 hours. I’ve tried a couple things from your blog–let me say, most were a success, but anything involving cheese has been deemed a failure by him due to the differences in cheese, but my mum liked what he didn’t, jajaj

    I am going to try 3-5 things from your blog this weekend (or at least I plan to), because I have been craving areapas con queso for about a month now.

    Gracias por ti, Erica. Espero todos es bueno contigo! (My Spanish is terrible, sorry, jej)

  8. Caroll Buitrago-Long says

    Hola Erica,
    Acabo de hacer la maizena de nuevo pero esta vez se me ahumo. Porque crees que pasa?? segui todos los pasos auqnue esta vez use la leche 2%, sera ese el problema?


  9. Nelly says

    Hey Erica!

    This recipe is delicious. I made the colada with almond milk and mmmmmmm…great!.. Thanks for share you recipes.

    God bless you :)

  10. says

    I prepared my colada today, I’m pregnant and craving Colombian food every day. I’m going to check on other of your recipes to see what I would like to have tomorrow.

    Great page.

  11. Carolina says

    You’re a lifesaver! I was craving this and I couldn’t get a hold of my mom. Que rica que me quedo, gracias!

  12. Teri says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, when I was stayed at the hospital in Costa Rica because of problems with my pregancy, I and all the other ladies with gestational diabetes were given this to drink in the evening as our snack to tide us over till breakfast. Now that I have a son who is allergic to corn and milk I wanted to make this recipe with his special formula -this should hide the taste of it- and cassava starch because hes also allergic to corn. I was not able to find the recipe anywhere till I found yours, it looks like what I had at the hospital, yum! again thanks for sharing!

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