Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink)

Avena Caliente - Recipe & Video (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink)

Avena Caliente - Recipe & Video (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink): This nutritional drink was often served with breakfast when I was a kid. Practical, simple, quick to make and inexpensive.
Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Keyword hot drink, kids, oatmeal, school breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 220kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 1/2 cup [58 gr] of oatmeal
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt (optional)
  • 4 cups of milk (see notes)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar (or more, to taste)


  • Mix water, milk, salt and oatmeal and mix (in a blender) until the oatmeal is nearly dissolved.
  • In a 3 quart [3 lt] pot mix with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Heat over medium heat, stir constantly.
  • Once it breaks the boil, lower heat and simmer until volume has reduced to 3/4 of the original. Add sugar to taste
  • Serve warm.



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.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 306mg | Iron: 0.6mg