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Atole De Avena (Oatmeal Drink)

The texture and consistency of Atole is personal preference. I prefer it to be very creamy so I blend the oats thoroughly into a fine flour. If you prefer more texture in your Atole, just pulse the oats slightly. I also prefer my Atole to be a thicker consistency that I can eat with a spoon, almost like oatmeal. It reminds me of the Cream of Wheat cereal I ate as a child and I love it that way. Many prefer it to be a drinkable consistency so this particular recipe is much more like a beverage. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Atole de Avena?

Atole de Avena is a delicious hot drink made with oatmeal, milk and sugar that originates in Mexico.

Can I make this drink dairy free?

Definitely! You can swap whole milk for almond milk or oat milk or your favourite non-dairy beverage.

Is Atole De Avena gluten free?

Yes, Atole De Avena is gluten free. Oats are naturally gluten free. However they can sometimes be processed in a facility that also processes products containing gluten. If you require the Atole to be completely free of gluten contamination then ensure that the oats you purchase are certified gluten free.

How Should I Store Atole?

You can store Atole in the fridge for 2-3 days. Atole continues to thicken as it sits so when you wish to eat it simply warm it up in a saucepan with a little more milk and enjoy!

Ingredient Substitutions

Recipe Steps

Begin by grinding oats into oat flour in a high-powered blender. (If you prefer a more textured consistency, just pulse the oats once or twice.) 

Add all ingredients to a medium-sized pot or Dutch oven and stir thoroughly. Bring to a gentle boil. Stir frequently so the milk won’t burn or boil over.

Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately minutes while stirring frequently until the Atole has thickened slightly and reaches your desired consistency.

(Add more milk if the Atole is too thick at this stage. Taste to adjust for sweetness or flavour.) Pour into mugs, serve hot and enjoy! 

Tips for Making The Best Atole

  • Pure real vanilla extract is a must for this recipe in my opinion. I know it can be really expensive but the taste of real vanilla in Atole is such a treat.
  • Top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon if desired or serve with a cinnamon stick.
  • If the consistency of your Atole is too thick, simply add more liquid until you reach the desired consistency. (After adding additional liquid always taste again to adjust for seasoning or sweetness.) When adding liquid, keep in mind Atole will thicken more as it sits.
  • You can store leftover Atole in the fridge. Enjoy it later for breakfast or a snack or warm it up for a hot drink.

Recipes To Enjoy with Atole

Tahini Stuffed Chocolate Covered Dates are going to be your new favourite treat! When you bite into one you’ll think you’re eating a chocolate bar. 

These Coconut Flour Oatmeal Cookies are soft and chewy with a great melt-in-your-mouth texture from the coconut flour. They are gluten-free and naturally sweetened with only maple syrup and chocolate chips!

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Atole De Avena

Atole De Avena

Atole De Avena, or oatmeal drink, is a variation of a traditional Mexican drink. This is a warm, comforting drink that is so versatile it can be enjoyed as a snack, dessert or as a calming bedtime drink. Atole De Avena is surprisingly filling and only lightly sweetened with brown sugar or your choice of sweetener.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 people
Calories 189 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk or non-dairy milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Begin by grinding the oats into oat flour in a high powered blender. (If you prefer a more textured consistency, just pulse the oats once or twice.)
  • Add all ingredients to a medium sized pot or dutch oven and stir thoroughly. Bring to a gentle boil. Stir frequently so the milk won’t burn or boil over.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 5 minutes while stirring frequently until the Atole has thickened slightly and reaches your desired consistency.
  • Add more milk if the Atole is too thick at this stage and taste to adjust for sweetening or flavour.
  • Pour into mugs, serve hot and enjoy!
Keyword atole de avena, drinks, gluten-free, hot drinks, mexican food, oat flour

‘Til next time,

Christy

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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

11 Comments

  • Meg

    5 stars
    Definitely comforting and simple to make! Used almond milk. Perfect size for kids or paired with a breakfast meal, when enjoying on it’s own for a treat I would recommend doubling the recipe!

  • Gloria Duggan

    5 stars
    I love oat milk. This sounds wonderful, and I love trying recipes from around the world. I am going to give this a try this week.

  • Bernice

    A warm glass of this would be so comforting before hopping into bed on a cold winter’s night. It’s made very similarly to horchata but maybe has a bit more texture and is more filling.

  • Claire

    5 stars
    This was quite delicious!
    My mum always made me a warm milk drink when I was little and this reminded me of that!
    I loved the cinnamon and vanilla in it.
    It was warming and delicious and the perfect comforting nightime drink.
    I have pinned it as I will be making it again for sure

  • Adriana

    5 stars
    Atole de avena is one of my childhood favorites. Thanks for reminding me about it. Atole is perfect breakfast and so comforting!

  • Ksenia

    5 stars
    I absolutely loved this drink – and my kids did, too!!! I am making it again for them this morning. Also, I’m a fellow Canadian and I enjoyed learning about you 🙂

  • Tammy

    5 stars
    Ooh ooh this has been on repeat for me now for a while! It’s comforting and satisfying…I’m not much of a tea person so this is a nice break from coffee 😀

  • ramona

    5 stars
    This is such a healthy drink and i will definitely be making this for my kids in the mornings! It looks super delicious and i cant wait to try it out tomorrow!

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