This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own.

Creamy and warm, this atole de avena is a great beverage to snuggle up with this autumn. One sip of this cinnamon-vanilla oatmeal drink will warm you from the inside out, like a chunky-knit blanket in a cup!

Atole de Avena in two Mexican blue and white cups with a doily and cazuela

Fall is in the air, which means three things in our home: football, mugs full of warm drinks, and an attitude of gratitude for all that we have. I’m so excited to announce my partnership with Quaker for this post, because it involves all three!

As we enter the giving season, Quaker, the official oatmeal sponsor of the NFL, has committed to donating $125,000 to Feeding America® – which can help secure at least 1.25 million meals* – and is asking others to join through the Quaker Good Call Challenge. I couldn’t think of a better recipe than this old-fashioned Mexican recipe to embody the spirit of this challenge.

*The monetary equivalent of meals will be donated. $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. Quaker has committed $125,000.00. Valid: October 20 – December 31, 2021

About the Cause

Did you know that 38 million people in America are facing hunger? It’s hard to fathom that people you pass at the store, or in your car, or picking up your kids from school may not have regular access to nutritious food. My friends, something has to change.

Quaker Oats canister loose change for Feeding America

That’s why Quaker is supporting Feeding America® to help make a difference, and they want our help! Today, Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs across the country.  

For more than 140 years, Quaker has stood by its belief that life’s circumstances should never be a barrier to good nutrition and that one small act can have a big impact on people facing food insecurity. In addition to donating to Feeding America this giving season, Quaker is teaming up with a few fan favorites – Drew Brees, Jerry Rice, and Jerome Bettis – to encourage people to make a good call for themselves and others and help tackle hunger through the Quaker Good Call Challenge.

So go grab your canister of Quaker Oats from the pantry or any container you have on hand – and then turn the canister into a spare change bank!

There are few better ways to show yourself some self care than with a mug of my atole de avena and a brown butter oatmeal pine nut cookie, and no easier way to spread the love to your community than by participating in this challenge!

How to Join

To join in, from now until Dec. 31, simply look for spare change around your home, collect it in an empty canister or container (like after you’ve enjoyed your Quaker Oats!), and take it to a participating Coinstar locations (excluding NY, SD, and VT), selecting Feeding America to submit your donation.

Quaker’s donation and this challenge will supplement Quaker’s other support of Feeding America to make a positive impact in communities and help people in need. In total, Quaker will donate $500,000 to Feeding America in 2021 which includes the Quaker Good Call Challenge and separate retail programs.

Do right by your family and community by joining in on the Quaker Good Call Challenge. If we work together, we could really help make a difference for our neighbors in need and help ensure more people have access to a nourishing meal.

How to make Atole de Avena

Grind the oats in a blender or small food processor until it reaches a thick flour consistency.

In a saucepan bring the water with the cinnamon stick to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 30 minutes. Discard the cinnamon sticks.

Optional: If you’d like your atole de avena to be more like a milk steamer, simply sweeten it. Add piloncillo or brown sugar to taste, then let the mixture come to an uncovered boil until sugar dissolves.

ingredients to make atole de Avena Quaker Oats, milk, vanilla, cinnamon stick

Add oats to the water and lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Add milk and vanilla and simmer for an additional 5 minutes until creamy.

Serve in a mug and add more milk or water if you want it thinner. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and if desired, sweeten to taste with brown sugar or honey (this is totally optional, but super delicious).

Atole de Avena being poured in cups with Quaker Oats in the background

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best kind of oats for this recipe?

When making atole de avena, you want to have oats that you can pulverize into a flour. I prefer the consistency of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, but you can also swap in Quaker Quick 1-Minute Oats.

Can I substitute ground cinnamon for the cinnamon sticks?

Sure! While I love the flavor that canela (cinnamon sticks) offer, you can substitute ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon instead. For a different flavor profile, you could also use other warming flavors like pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg or ginger, depending on what you have on hand, but please note, these are totally optional.

Other Oatmeal Recipes

Want to get to the bottom of your canister of oats faster so you can start participating in the Quaker Good Call Challenge?? Well, you can use whatever container you have on hand, but still make sure to check out these other heartwarming recipes that are perfect for sweater season:

If you tried my recipe for Atole de Avena, please be sure to rate and review it below!

Atole de Avena

5 (5 ratings)
Creamy and warm, this atole de avena is a great beverage to snuggle up with this autumn. One sip of this cinnamon-vanilla oatmeal drink will warm you from the inside out, like a chunky-knit blanket in a cup!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup 1% milk, can also use low-fat evaporated milk or milk of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional

  • Piloncillo, brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste

Instructions 

  • Grind the oats in a blender or small food processor until it reaches a thick flour consistency.
  • In a saucepan bring the water with the cinnamon stick to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 30 minutes. Discard the cinnamon sticks.
  • Optional: Add piloncillo or brown sugar and let it come to a boil uncovered until sugar dissolves.
  • Add oats to the water and lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Add milk and vanilla and simmer for an additional 5 minutes until creamy.
  • Serve in a mug and add more milk or water if you want it thinner. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and if desired, sweeten to taste with brown sugar or maple syrup (this is totally optional). 

Notes

  • Nutrition does not include sugar or added garnishes.
  • When making atole de avena, you want to have oats that you can pulverize into a flour. I prefer the consistency of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, but you can also swap in Quaker Quick 1-Minute Oats.
Serving: 6g, Calories: 71kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 26mg, Potassium: 111mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 79IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 1mg