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

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.

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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