Atole de avena: A Mexican hot drink.

Atole de avena (oatmeal atole) is a creamy, comforting and hot beverage perfect to warm you up in winter. It’s delicious, filling and so easy to make at home!

This drink brings so many memories to me. My grandma Julia used to make it for us every single morning and serve it with animal crackers or galletas Marías. If I close my eyes, I can still smell the wonderful aroma coming from the kitchen or even hear the simmering from the pot.

Atole de avena served on white cups.

What is Atole de Avena?

Oatmeal Atole (Atole de Avena) is a sweet and thick beverage made with oats, milk, cinnamon and sometimes vanilla. Is made mostly for breakfast and is served in a mug to drink accompanied with pan dulce or cookies.

Even though most atoles are made with masa harina, atole de avena is different because is prepared with oats which will give the thickness needed to make atole.

How To Drink

Atole de avena is perfect to serve alongside with savoury tamales, pan dulce, cookies or any of the most traditional mexican breakfast recipes, such as chilaquiles, mexican huevos revueltos, etc. Here are our favourites to serve this drink with:

The ingredients

  • AVENA (oats) – Old fashioned oats are used in this recipe. You can also replace them with oats flour.
  • MILK – Use whole milk for a creamy texture, or replace it with vegan beverages (coconut milk, soy milk, etc.) for a dairy-free version.
  • SUGAR – I used granulated sugar, but you can replace it with your favourite sweetener.
  • WATER – for boiling the cinnamon stick on it.
  • CINNAMON – Use a small stick of cinnamon, or replace it with 2 tsp of ground cinnamon.
  • VANILLA – Optional, I like the flavour and aroma!

Oatmeal Atole Recipe

Place the old fashioned oats in a blender and pour in half of the milk. Blend until creamy. No worries if it not totally blended, some bites here and there adds a nice texture to atole.

Grinding oats with milk.

In a medium pot pour the water, add the sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to low, cover and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

Add the oats mixture, then the remaining milk and bring to a boil.

Boiling water with cinnamon and adding blended oats to the pot.

Lower the heat and let it simmer, stirring constantly, until atole reaches a thick consistency (about 10 minutes).

Oatmeal atole cooking and ready.

If oatmeal atole has thickened so much and you’d like a more liquid consistency, add more milk, taste for sugar and let simmer for another half a minute. Turn off the stove and serve.

Make it Vegan/Dairy Free

You can make this drink vegan or dairy free by using vegan beverages such as coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc. If you doing this, I recommend using 1/4 cup more of oats since you’ll be missing a bit the creaminess from whole milk.

How To Store

Mi grandma used to make oatmeal atole enough to have it for breakfast and merienda (late afternoon snack), so she will just place the leftovers into a container with lid and store it in the refrigerator for later.

You can reheat the drink in a sauce pan over medium heat, or just serve it in mugs and use the microwave.

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Oatmeal Atole: A Mexican hot drink.

Oatmeal Atole is a creamy, comforting and hot beverage perfect to warm you up in winter. It’s delicious, filling and so easy to make at home!
PREP 5 minutes
COOK 15 minutes
TOTAL 20 minutes
5 from 5 votes
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 4
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup (90 gr) Old fashioned oats, or oats flour
  • 4 ⅙ cups (1 lt) Whole milk, or any vegan milk
  • ½ cup (100 gr) Sugar
  • 2 cups (480ml) Water
  • 1 ¼ Cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Place the old fashioned oats in a blender and pour in half of the milk. Blend until creamy. No worries if it not totally blended, some bites here and there adds a nice texture to atole.
  • In a medium pot pour the water, add the sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to low, cover and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the oats mixture, then the remaining milk and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and let it simmer, stirring constantly, until atole reaches a thick consistency (about 10 minutes).
  • If oatmeal atole has thickened so much and you’d like a more liquid consistency, add more milk, taste for sugar and let simmer for another half a minute. Turn off the stove and serve.

NOTES

MAKE IT VEGAN/DAIRY FREE
You can make this drink vegan or dairy free by using vegan beverages such as coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc. If you doing this, I recommend using 1/4 cup more of oats since you’ll be missing a bit the creaminess from whole milk.
HOW TO STORE
Mi grandma used to make oatmeal atole enough to have it for breakfast and merienda(late afternoon snack), so she will just place the leftovers into a container with lid and store it in the refrigerator for later.
You can reheat the drink in a sauce pan over medium heat, or just serve it in mugs and use the microwave.
Nutrition
Serving: 1grams | Calories: 330kcal
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