Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink)

Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink) Recipe: It was often served with breakfast when I was a kid. Practical, simple, quick to make and inexpensive.

Whoever came up with the idea of avena caliente (oatmeal and milk hot drink) must have been a culinary genius.

The best part of keeping this blog, and having it become the de facto digital Dominican kitchen, is that we get to show you recipes that may not longer be as popular in the Dominican home, but that definitely deserve a revival. They deserve to be shown to the world, and adopted for the wonderful ideas that they are.

Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink) Recipe: It was often served with breakfast when I was a kid. Practical, simple, quick to make and inexpensive.Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink) Recipe: It was often served with breakfast when I was a kid. Practical, simple, quick to make and inexpensive.Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink) Recipe: It was often served with breakfast when I was a kid. Practical, simple, quick to make and inexpensive.

Oatmeal dishes as a part of breakfast are pretty much universal at this point, and researchers nearly trip over each other to reveal an ever-growing list of nutritional benefits. Imagine this in a drink form. Imagine how practical: a warm drink, thick, and full of the flavors of our beloved spices. It warms the soul and satisfy the most voracious appetite.  Even those who dislike oatmeal porridge will give oatmeal a second chance.

Avena caliente (oatmeal and milk hot drink):

Often found on our breakfast table when I was a kid. Practical, simple, quick to make and inexpensive, this is just perfect to send the kids off to school with a nutritionally solid meal in their stomach.

And grownups will love it too. Pour into your favorite lidded mug and sip on your way to work if you are short on time.

Buen provecho!

Aunt Clara

Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink) Recipe
 
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Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink) Recipe: It was often served with breakfast when I was a kid. Practical, simple, quick to make and inexpensive.
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of oatmeal
  • 4 cups of water
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • 1.5 quart [1.5 lt] milk (see notes)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon of clove powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of grated nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Mix water and oatmeal and blend (in a blender) until the oatmeal is nearly dissolved. Strain and discard the solids.
  2. In a 2 quart [2 lt] pot mix with the remaining ingredients. Heat over medium heat, stir constantly.
  3. Once it breaks the boil, lower heat and simmer until volume has reduced to ¾ of the original.
  4. Serve warm.
Notes
For a thicker, richer drink use evaporated milk. For a lighter drink, skim milk works very well. If you are lactose intolerant, or vegan, I have enjoyed it with almond milk.

To sieve or not to sieve. That is the question. You'll lose some fiber if you sieve this drink, but not as much as you'd think since most will be blended in, it will only remove the large pieces left. Some like it like that. I'll leave it to you to decide.

Comments

  1. Christina

    Either the cook time and size of the pot are off, or the amount of milk or water called for is incorrect, because with the amount of liquid in this recipe, I had to change this over to a spaghetti pot and cook for like an hour for it to reduce. It still turned out tasty, but boy was it frustrating to be standing over the stove all morning staring at a recipe that claimed to take 10 minutes :(

    • Sarah

      Just wanted to add my 2 cents and say I also had to cook this for about an hour. I think part of my problem was that I had the heat too low. After about 15 minutes I ended up bringing it up to high to get it started boiling. I turned the heat down to let it simmer, but after about 30 more minutes I just let it go to a low boil instead to get it to start reducing to 3/4ths. I did end up with film across the top, but it came off with no problem and the rest was delicious! Just wanted to share for anyone who might have the same problem… or a stove like mine that’s not too great. :-)

  2. Charly

    A variation I do is to polverize the oatmeal in a blender and sift out the solids. I make the Avena Caliente with the polverized oatmeal following the same recipe. Enjoy!

  3. Helena Moskaluk

    This was sooo delicious and turned out just like my abuela used to make! I left it the “rustic ” way because that’s how I used to drink it. I halved the ingredients because I was making it just for me. It’s really not as forgotten as people think. I grew up in Washington Heights in New York City and the restaurants there still make it and offer it for breakfast. I live in New Jersey now so I don’t get to smell the “avena ” walking down The Heights in the morning.

  4. Evelyn Jimenez

    I l love avena con leche caliente.I don’t think it is as forgotten as people think. I like the rustic recipe better (where you leave the oats whole), but I do like this one two; it just depends on what I want at the moment. Also to change it a little for my kids I sometimes add a little chocolate or coffee.

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