This Atole de Avena (oatmeal drink) is an easy & healthy version of the classic Mexican drink Atole De Masa. Enjoy it any time of year! This version is made with oatmeal and flavored with cinnamon, brown sugar & vanilla.
***This post was originally published on Dec 2015. It has been updated to be more helpful.
The traditional Atole version
Let’s talk about all the different ways you can make it. Let’s start with the traditional one shall we?
Authentic Atole is made with masa (yes, the same one you make corn tortillas with), cooked with water or milk and sweetened with piloncillo (unrefined whole cane sugar).
Flavor variations include rice, cornmeal, guava, oatmeal and amaranth. Sweeten it with brown or white sugar, honey, or even artificial sweeteners if that’s your thing.
Finally, if you add chocolate, it becomes the popular drink known as Champurrado.
There you go my friends, a little background on this delicious and hearty Mexican drink. For this version I chose Oatmeal as it is a little healthier and easier to find throughout the United States and other countries.
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Ingredients for Mexican Oatmeal Drink
For this oatmeal drink recipe I’m keeping things light and healthy but the original flavor is just as good or even better!…. It is simply delicious!
- The Oatmeal – Use rolled oats or premade oat flour. I don’t recommend quick oats as the texture is different.
- The Milk – For this recipe I’m using unsweetened almond milk to keep the calories low. However, you can use your favorite milk.
- A whole cinnamon stick.
- The sweetener – Use light brown sugar, piloncillo or your favorite sweetener.
- Vanilla extract.
It is basically unrefined whole cane sugar with no additives. It’s not the same as brown sugar and you can use it interchangeably.
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How to make Atole de Avena
- Start by grinding the oats in a blender or small food processor. Grind it until it reaches a thick flour consistency. I used a small blender like a Magic Bullet.
- Then add all of the ground oatmeal plus the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a soft boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often making sure the milk does not boil over (this is the hard part since I tend to get distracted and make a mess if it boils over lol)
- Once it reaches the consistency of runny pudding, remove from heat and serve hot in mugs.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon if you like.
What to eat with Atole
This warm drink is perfect to enjoy by itself but if you want to elevate the experience you may serve it with anything! Here are a few ideas that I know you’ll enjoy:
How to Store
Fridge – For leftover atole, allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for up to 3 days. Store in a glass jar with a lid or any airtight food storage container.
To reheat on the stove: To reheat, transfer it into a small sauce pot and heat through just until hot. Make sure to reheat it slowly over medium heat
In the microwave: Atole can be reheated in the microwave until hot but not boiling. About 2 minutes depending on the size of the mug.
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Atole De Avena (Mexican Oatmeal Drink)
- ½ cup ground rolled oats or oat flour
- 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ⅓ cup brown sugar or 2 oz Piloncillo or more according to taste
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Grind the oats in a blender or small food processor until it reaches a thick flour consistency.½ cup ground rolled oats
- In a small pot, add all ingredients and bring to a soft boil3 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1 cinnamon stick, ⅓ cup brown sugar or 2 oz Piloncillo, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often making sure the milk does not boil over.
- Remove from heat and serve hot in mugs.
Muy Delish Notes:
- It’s ready when it reaches the consistency of runny pudding.
- If the consistency is too dense, just add a little more milk until it gets more liquidy.
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