Mexican Avena Recipe

Mexican Avena Recipe

Mexican Avena, also known as Atole de Avena, is a traditional Mexican oatmeal dish that is made with old-fashioned oats, water, milk, cinnamon, and sugar. It is a delicious, comforting breakfast perfect for a chilly morning.

Here is a recipe for Mexican Avena:


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup milk (whole milk, almond milk, or oat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and cinnamon stick to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add the oats.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes, or until the oats are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid.
  4. Stir in the milk and brown sugar (if using).
  5. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  7. Serve hot.


  • For a richer flavor, use whole milk.
  • To make a thicker oatmeal, cook it for a longer period of time.
  • Add a pinch of salt to the oatmeal to enhance the flavor.
  • Top the oatmeal with your favorite toppings, such as fruit, nuts, or granola.


Here are some variations of Mexican Avena:

  • Chocolate Avena: Add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to the oatmeal along with the milk and brown sugar.
  • Spiced Avena: Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves to the oatmeal along with the water.
  • Fruity Avena: Top the oatmeal with your favorite fruits, such as sliced bananas, blueberries, or strawberries.
  • Nuts and Seeds Avena: Top the oatmeal with your favorite nuts and seeds, such as almonds, walnuts, or chia seeds.

I hope you enjoy this delicious and comforting Mexican oatmeal dish!