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