Jugo de Avena (Oats and Milk Drink)

Dominican Jugo de avena Recipe (Oatmeal and Milk drink)

Oatmeal is known and loved by people pretty much everywhere. Children and adults around the world eat it for breakfast. Although a steaming bowl of oatmeal is usually associated with winter, it doesn’t mean it’s only consumed in colder climes.

Even under the tropical sun of the Dominican Republic, oatmeal is used in the preparation of refreshing drinks that combine fruit juice and oats (like this oatmeal juice) as well as the more familiar hot breakfast cereal.

Dominican Jugo de avena Recipe (Oatmeal and Milk drink)

Elsewhere, oatmeal sometimes appears as an ingredient in dishes other than cereal and drinks. It’s an important ingredient in haggis, the traditional Scottish delicacy consisting of a sheep’s stomach stuffed with the sheep’s own heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices… definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Along with its northern European neighbours, Scotland is also one of the countries with the strongest tradition of consuming oatmeal, starting with the classic Scottish porridge. Come to think of it, porridge is about as emblematic to Scots as mangú is to Dominicans. Other oatmeal-based foods include Scottish oatcakes (savoury crackers).

Dominican Jugo de avena Recipe (Oatmeal and Milk drink)

A couple of decades ago, oatmeal was promoted from its long-time status as a good old fashioned, staid comfort food to a more glamorous standing as an A-list health food. This happened after its healthy properties became widely known. The most startling revelation was that oat bran in the diet was proved to reduce cholesterol because of its soluble fibre content. It’s also a rich source of B vitamins. Since then, oatmeal and especially oat bran became regular features of healthier versions of cakes, cookies, flapjacks and fruit crumbles. Muesli, the oat-based cereal from Germany and Switzerland, has become an almost universal healthy breakfast option well beyond its countries of origin.

Dominican Jugo de avena Recipe (Oatmeal and Milk drink)

Oatmeal porridge can be made with water or milk, and some people add butter or cream. It can be sweetened with sugar, honey or maple syrup, enhanced with dried fruit like raisins, and spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or allspice. Some varieties of porridge are served salty rather than sweet. It even has its place in popular folklore, most notably in the classic children’s story Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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Jugo de avena (Oatmeal and milk drink)
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Jugo de Avena is a refreshing and nutritional beverage that requires little preparation. It's the perfect breakfast drink for the summertime and a favorite among little kids.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 cup of oatmeal (whole, not instant)
  • 1 qrt of skim milk
  • 1 cup of sugar (you might not use all of it)
  • 2 cups of ice (optional)
  • Juice from 3 limes
  1. Mix the milk and oatmeat. Blend at high speed for 3 minutes. Sieve to get rid of solids.
  2. Add sugar to taste.
  3. Chill in the freezer (it has to be very cold, or it will curdle).
  4. Remove from the freezer and add the ice, stir.
  5. Slowly pour the lime juice into the oatmeal mix stirring constantly.
  6. Serve immediately.
I have tried versions of these without milk (substitute water for milk), or without lime. My favorite includes both, feel free to experiment.

Use equivalent amount of sweetener of your choice for a lighter, sugar-free version.
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  • Norma June 20, 2015, 12:18 PM

    Love this drink. Learned it from my grandmother. I add carrots and brown sugar. I drink it for lunch as a meal replacement.

  • Angela October 11, 2014, 10:59 AM

    Do you have the hot version of the oatmeal drink

  • Melissa peralta September 22, 2014, 6:33 PM

    I love this! My mom makes it for me all the time, even during cold winter months in New York. It taste amazing. My mom doesn’t add the milk because I don’t like it with it very much, I find it a lot healthier and more refreshing without. But on special occasions I love it when she adds coconut milk. It really taste delicious that way too. :) I’m glad this recipe is up.

  • Claudia July 29, 2014, 12:23 PM

    My mom makes it very different and its so refreshing with non of that heaviness of carnation milk which makes it into a shake and not a drink she Actually takes the peel of a lime adds water and oats and lets it sit for about 20 mins in the fridge then she adds milk and sugar and blends it all together afterwards she uses a Sifter to get rid of solids and adds ice its amazing

  • Elvis February 14, 2014, 1:07 AM

    I love avena , I’m dominican as well and I actually Use the following :
    Oatmeal of course,
    Whole Milk
    Carnation Milk
    Cinnamon Stick (Canela)
    Nesquik Chocolate

  • Yanira October 26, 2013, 5:04 PM

    For a dairy-free alternative I made this with Soymilk, and it was delicious! I might try it with Almond milk next time. Thank you for the amazing recipes Tia Clara.

  • Julissa Castillo October 22, 2013, 12:27 PM

    Love!!!! Amazing food and drinks. Many blessings

  • luz September 15, 2013, 3:17 AM

    I did the drink I put the lime in it and I put some in the fidge for tomorrow would it be good to drink still

  • Madi August 3, 2013, 10:21 PM

    Can you use lemon instead of lime?

    • Aunt Clara August 15, 2013, 4:25 PM

      I think so, the taste won’t be the same though.

  • Faith April 26, 2013, 8:20 PM

    Okay this is my first time trying to make this for my boyfriend. He’s Dominican and have had drank this growing up. Can I use regular milk ?

  • Yira February 27, 2013, 10:06 AM

    You can also make this without milk. Soack the oatmeal in water with lemon zest for 24 hours. You can mix with a spoon and drain and add sugar, or blend the oats and water without the zest and add sugar. Really good healthy and refreshing! Another way to make it is soaking the oats in passion fruit or oarnge juice instead of water.

  • Michelle B February 10, 2013, 11:17 AM

    Hi Aunt Clara. Have you ever made this with leche evaporada? Would you recommend it? Saw the comments and I am also breastfeeding and heard this is good to drink. Looking for some variety. I have made this without lime and added vanilla extract. Thanx.

  • Shannon Santana January 31, 2013, 2:51 AM

    Ok This is good and it worked for me. I usually make this with just water but i tried this method and it taste better. It helped me produce more milk, if you know what i meen, i have happy baby now lol. Thanks Clara

    • Aunt Clara January 31, 2013, 10:22 AM

      Yes, I was also told to have a lot of jugo de avena when I was breastfeeding. I don’t know how much it had to do with it, but I produced milk like a cow for two years. Happy kid. :)

  • Francisco January 11, 2013, 2:24 PM

    How can I convert this recipe to make 1-2 instead of 6? Thanks

  • Tatiana October 23, 2012, 11:30 AM

    Can it be made with instant oats?

  • Carlos Romero August 12, 2012, 12:03 PM

    I love this drink!

  • Julissa Jumper July 15, 2012, 4:29 PM

    Can you refrigerate this after it’s made or does it have to be consumed immediately?

    • Aunt Clara July 15, 2012, 5:10 PM

      It has to be consumed right away, otherwise it will curdle. If you want to save it for some time do not add the lime juice and do it right before serving.

      • Julissa Jumper July 15, 2012, 5:17 PM

        Gracias Tia Clara! I didn’t think I’d get an answer that quickly. Thanks so much!

        • Aunt Clara July 15, 2012, 5:20 PM

          You are welcome. Just remember that the milk and oatmeal mix has to be very cold when you add the lime juice.

  • AMy May 3, 2012, 8:11 AM

    our cafeteria at work has these for breakfast, made by one of the Dominican women who works there. I asked her about her recipe and she uses fresh OJ and vanilla extract. I'm going to try your recipe at home – I love lime.

  • Sarah May 2, 2012, 8:56 AM

    This looks amazing. I imagine it tastes a little like horchata?

    • Aunt Clara May 2, 2012, 9:06 AM

      Not like the horchatas I have tried. You really oughta try it. :)

  • nuestronet November 7, 2011, 4:09 PM

    Yo lo he tomado con limon, es bastante refrescante

  • Mimi September 3, 2011, 9:04 PM

    To make jugo de avena I use evaporated milk(Carnation), fresh orange juice, sugar, oatmeal and of course crushed ice..place the oatmeal in the blender with a little bit of water and some evaporated milk and liquify, and sift then in a separate container add the fresh orange juice and the sugar and stir, add the crushed ice to the juice…now, combined the juice mixture slowly and stiring it to the oatmeal mixture and add more evaporated milk..enjoy!!!

  • Rhina July 28, 2011, 3:14 PM

    Can I use brown sugar instead?

  • Nicol July 3, 2011, 1:50 PM

    I dont have oranges and either lemons what can i add instead?

  • Ana June 6, 2011, 4:34 PM

    The way I have had it, it does not contain orange juice or milk in it, only lime juice, sugar,and a little bit of vanilla extract.

  • Alex May 30, 2011, 11:17 AM

    No, morir soñando has no oatmeal in it

  • Krista May 28, 2011, 11:34 AM

    Are there any other ways to make jugo de avena? I've had it con naranja y con limon, pero they tasted WAY different than this recipe. It think this tastes more like morir sonando…

  • Delia April 25, 2011, 8:24 PM

    Isn't this what dominican's call morir soñando?