A mixture of crunchy textures, delicious fruit, and a touch of sweetness desayuno de avena dominicana (oatmeal breakfast) is the perfect oatmeal breakfast.
Why we ❤️ it
I am going to commit a sacrilegious act. One no Dominican child is ever allowed to do: I am going to criticize my mother's cooking, may the cooking goddess have mercy on my soul. I hated my mom's avena con leche when I was a child. There was nothing redeeming about that dish. I thought.
Then I grew up and two things happened: I learned to appreciate avena, and I found that sometimes it's OK to do things differently from our parents: Enter this wonderful, warm, filling, comforting this desayuno de avena (oatmeal breakfast) is always a hit at home.
About this recipe
Unlike our grandmother's traditional version, I find that this is more interesting, with contrasting flavors and textures, and a consistency that I like better. Sure it is not a copy-paste from the traditional Dominican avena, but it has all the elements we love. And it is fair to remember, that different homes may make this dish differently in any case.
What makes this avena different, and better, in my opinion, is that I've used rolled oats, instead of quick-cooking oats, which improves the texture and mouthfeel of this dish. The added banana and walnuts make it even more interesting and nutritious, one of my favorite things, and one even picky kids will love it.
Along with avena caliente, our amazing oat and milk hot drink, and jugo de avena, a refreshing oatmeal nutritional drink, this is my favorite oats dish.
[Recipe] Avena Dominicana (Dominican-Style Oatmeal Breakfast)
- 4 cup rolled oats, (not instant)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup brown sugar, divided
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (freshly-grated)
- ¼ teaspoon clove powder
- 9 cup milk (whole or skim), (use a substitute if you wish)
- 1 tablespoon butter (salted), optional
- 1 cup sliced banana, or fruit of your choice (strawberries, plums, etc)
- ½ cup walnuts, or nut of your choice, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- Soaking oats: In a medium pot or saucepan, mix oatmeal, salt, half the sugar, stick of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and milk. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Cooking the oats: Bring the oat mixture to a boil over medium heat. Once it breaks the boil, lower heat, and stir with a wooden spoon, reducing the liquids until you obtain a soft porridge. Stir in the butter to combine with the oatmeal mix.Remove from the heat.
- Serving: Serve the oatmeal in individual bowls, and garnish with banana and walnuts. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and cinnamon powder.
Tips and Notes
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutritional information.