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Atole de Avena Recipe

Atole de avena is a comforting Mexican hot beverage made from oats.  It really hits the spot during the chilly fall and winter weather. Try it for breakfast or have it any time of the day!

atole de avena in a blue mug

If you like oatmeal then you are definitely going to love this atole de avena.

It’s basically a drinkable version of oatmeal but with a Mexican twist.

It’s so yummy and it’s something that the whole family will enjoy.

Atole de avena is different from other atoles because it’s made with oats instead of masa harina.

If you’d like to try some beverages made with masa harina check out my atole de fresa, atole de vainilla and champurrado recipes.

They are so good in the fall and winter.

I’ve recently been making this about three times a week because my kids are constantly asking for it.

It’s so delicious and easy to make so I don’t mind.

My recipe makes a lot so I save what’s leftover for breakfast the next day.

Atole de Avena Recipe

The first thing we’re going to do is bring the cinnamon stick and 3 cups of water to a boil in a large pot.

Once the water is boiling then we can add the oats.

Then reduce the heat to low and cover.

Let it simmer for about 25 minutes.

While its simmering stir a couple of times to prevent sticking.

oats and a cinnamon stick

After the 25 minutes the oats will have absorbed most of the water.

It should look like the photo below.

oats, cinnamon stick and water

Now we are going to add one cup of brown sugar.

Stir well. Then add one teaspoon of Mexican vanilla such as Molina and five cups of milk.

Stir again. Now continue to simmer the atole on low heat until it is nice and hot.

It should take about 15 minutes.

atole de avena in a pot

The atole is now ready to be served.

I serve it in mugs and I like to use a spoon too so that I can eat the leftover oats at the bottom of my mug.

atole de avena in a mug

This drink really is the perfect beverage for the colder months.

It’s delicious, filling and so easy to make so go ahead and give it a try.

You won’t regret it.

I truly hope you enjoy it!

If you liked this recipe please give it a rating below.

Thank you so much for visiting!

atole de avena in a mug
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Atole de Avena

Atole de avena is a comforting hot Mexican beverage perfect for the chilly Fall and Winter months.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beverages, breakfast, oats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 317 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 1 cup oats old fashioned
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 stick cinnamon Mexican
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 5 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla Mexican


  1. In a pot bring the water and cinnamon stick to a boil.

  2. Once boiling add oats and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

  3. Add the sugar and stir well. Then add the milk and vanilla. Stir again.

  4. Continue to simmer for about 15 minutes or until the atole is nice and hot.

  5. Serve and enjoy! Refrigerate any leftover atole once it has cooled.

Nutrition Facts
Atole de Avena
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 366mg10%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 46g51%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Calcium 277mg28%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Saturday 8th of May 2021

It is the best


Friday 19th of February 2021

Can you use Almond milk instead of milk?


Saturday 20th of February 2021

I've never tried it with almond milk before so I don't know how it would turn out. If you try it please let me know how it turns out.

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Monday 16th of November 2020

[…] mom made some atole de avena today, which is basically a “drinkable version of oatmeal.” She tends to make it a lot towards the winter and spring months since it warms us up when its super […]


Monday 19th of October 2020

if you dont like chewing on the oatmeal white you drink the atole, I suggest you blend the oatmeal in a blender or a food processor for a few minutes. Then just continue making your atole :)

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