Jugo de Avena (Oats and Milk Drink) is a refreshing beverage, the perfect breakfast drink for the summertime and one of the kids' favorites
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, oats are used in the preparation of refreshing drinks that combine fruit juice and oats (like this Jugo de Avena [Oatmeal and Milk Drink]) as well as the more familiar hot breakfast cereal.
As a side note, this is widely used in our country for breastfeeding moms as a way (can't say if it's an old wives' tale) to increase milk production. This is a very tasty drink, so it doesn't do any harm to try.
About our recipe
As is the case in most of our dishes, each Dominican home has its own version. I have tried this oat drink made with or without milk, with lime, with orange juice (in a similar combination as Morir Soñando) and even with bitter oranges. Feel free to make it the way you are familiar with.
I would love to hear how your family makes Jugo de Avena, tell us in the comments.
Jugo de Avena Recipe (Oats and Milk Drink)
- 1 qt [1 lt] of skim milk
- 1 cup of oats (whole, not instant)
- 1 cup of sugar (you might not use all of it)
- 2 cups of ice (optional)
- Juice from 3 limes
- Blending: Mix the milk and oats. Blend at high speed for 3 minutes. Sieve to get rid of solids (optional). Add sugar to taste.
- Chilling: Chill in the freezer (it has to be very cold, or it will curdle). If you need to store for a few hours, chill in the fridge instead of the freezer. Remove from the freezer and add the ice, stir. Slowly pour the lime juice into the oatmeal mix stirring constantly.
- Serving: Serve immediately.