Monday, July 14, 2008

Atole de Avena

Today I will show you a very simple Oatmeal based cinnamon hot-drink perfect for winter (I know we are in summer but I was craving it last nigh). It is slightly thick, smooth , soothing, and a little clingy (I know odd)

Hot thick cinnamon based drinks are very popular in Mexican cuisine especially in winter. There are many different types and varieties typically these aren't found in food places because they are considered a very "home-style" the only thing people might usually find outside is "Atole de Maizena", "Atole de Maiz", "Atole de Chocolate" etc.


-¾ cup plain Oatmeal
-2 cups whole milk
-8 cups water
-3 cinnamon sticks
-½- 1 cup sugar (sugar is to taste it depends how sweet you like it.
-¼ cup cold or room temp. water.

-Bring 8 cups of water to a boil on medium high to high heat. with 3 cinnamon sticks, when the water becomes brownish red shock it with ¼ cup water to stop boiling and let it come back to a boil this will cause it to get more dark red.

-Put oatmeal in a blender with milk and blend on high until smooth and oatmeal is almost destroyed kinda powdered., it's okay to have some pieces but destroy it as much as possible.

-Add to the boiling cinnamon water and stir constantly not letting it stick to the bottom until liquid starts coming to a boil and becomes creamy and starts to rise immediately lower heat to low and add sugar to taste stir to dissolve sugar and you are done.


Anonymous said...

Just made this's a keeper!

Anonymous said...

Mmm just made it was yummy

La Cabrona said...


Anonymous said...

OMG it was awesome! I've never made atole before and it was pretty good! Great instruction, I am going to bookmark you and try your other recipes! :)


Nathan said...

Glad it was a hit Belinda :)

Morenita said...

again just made ur atole and the best ive ever had--- any suggestions for putting pumpkin flavoring in it... im cooking challenged so i would like to know how u would make it have that fall pumpkin taste?

Nathan said...

I've never made pumpkin flavored but it is possible, ummm hmmm... it may not work but here's what I would do (never done it but now that you mentioned it I will probably experiment, try it out before serving it to guests just incase it doesn't work out) So I would take away the oatmeal from this recipe, and add 1 cup of pumpkin puree (either make it from scratch like roasting the pumpkin then pureeing) or use 1 can of pumpkin puree, blend it with the milk. Umm... you can use brown sugar or piloncillo to give it that more "holiday flavor" instead of white sugar. THen if you notice it doesn't thicken to the consistency you like you can add some cornstarch diluted in water (depending how thick or thin you want it) adding 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice might be a nice addition to.

Anonymous said...

How did the pumpkin flavored atole go?

Nathan said...

I never got to making it :/

Anonymous said...

mom use to make this with oatmeal she actualy cooked the oatmeal then strained it and the thick liquid that was left is what she used this is much easyer and it actually the same

TC said...

My Ama also would soak the oats and "kneed" them with her hands to extract more of the starch from the oats then she would strain the liquid and proceed with the posted recipe.

At times she would add Abuelita mexican chocolate....mmmmmm good