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Avena (or Mexican Oatmeal) is a staple in most homes.
In Mexico, you’ll see it served like this in a bowl, or sometimes, you’ll see it served with more milk and in a cup for drinking.
My son likes it in a bowl. I like mine in a cup.
This recipe is super easy and super delicious. A warm and satisfying breakfast for chilly mornings.
Mexican Breakfast Recipes:
Chorizo con Huevos
Papas con Huevos
Huevos con Jamon
Huevos a la Mexicana
- Add water to a stock pot.
- Place the cinnamon stick and piloncillo cone in the pot.
- Bring to a boil.
Piloncillo is raw cane sugar. It will make your oatmeal sweet and yummy.
If you can’t find it, omit and top the oatmeal with brown sugar instead.
Is it okay to eat oatmeal everyday?
There are studies that show that eating 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal per day can lower your cholesterol by 5% to 8%. Some people also report that eating oatmeal each day kept them fuller longer, thus avoiding overeating.
- Add the oatmeal and bring to a boil.
- Then add the milk and vanilla.
- Simmer for 5 minutes.
Here, we’re using old fashioned oats.
Quick oats is fine to use as well, but it will take less time to cook. So, add the quick oats, milk, and vanilla at the same time. Simmer for 5 minutes and done.
Pro Tip:Out of milk? Use canned evaporated milk instead.
You can also eat oatmeal without milk.
Above is a soup cup that’s filled with avena, or Mexican oatmeal. You’ll hear this version referred to as atole de avena. As you can see, it’s more of a drink.
Vegan Oatmeal:Use whipped up mashed bananas, applesauce, or coconut cream to make the oatmeal creamy.
Whether in a cup or a bowl, whatever version you like, it’s an easy and satisfying breakfast that is sure to hit the spot.
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Mexican Oatmeal, or "Avena"
- Add water, cinnamon stick, and piloncillo cone in a stock pot.
- Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 4 minutes, or until piloncillo is fully dissolved.
- Add oats.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add the milk and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes.
- Serve and top with bananas, if using.