atole de avena

Atole de Avena (Drinkable Oatmeal)

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In today’s post, I will share one of my oatmeal recipes. I eat a lot of oatmeal in different ways. For instance, there is an overnight oats recipe in Herencia Cookbook in the breakfast section. It is enjoyed cold. I also enjoy thick warm oats with fruit and nuts. Today’s recipe is runny oatmeal that can be sipped right out of a mug, known as atole de avena. As we get more into fall weather, this is a perfect comforting recipe for this season. Right now that I am lactating, warm oatmeal is my best friend to keep my milk supply up, according to las creencias de mi cultura (the beliefs of my culture). So, read on for my delicious and easy recipe for atole de avena, aka drinkable oatmeal!

Drinkable Oatmeal and Ancestral Wisdom

Motherhood inspired this recipe! As I have been sharing, I am a new mom, to a beautiful three-month-old baby boy. Lucky me, my querida madre stayed with me for my first 40 days postpartum to help me adjust to this new role. As I became a mother for the first time, I found myself being more mothered than ever. There I was, groggy and sleep-deprived, and my mother would come into my room at 8 am with hot chocolate. Then, when I would finally have the strength to get up, at around 9:30 am, she had this drinkable oatmeal ready for me.

As I adjusted to my new life as a mother, I loved the convenience of drinking my breakfast. This special oatmeal would provide me with the carbohydrates and calories I needed to care for my newborn. It matters a lot to me to enjoy oatmeal postpartum, because of my grandmother’s advice. Though she has passed, her ancestral knowledge stays within our family. In that way, her spirit is still alive. I continue to follow the wisdom she generously shared with her dynasty.

Intergenerational maternal advice

See, my grandmother often said that oatmeal was amazing to maintain a milk supply. Therefore, as I drink this atole de avena and breastfeed, I think fondly of my grandmother. On the Mexican side of my family, my grandmother showed leadership and love as our matriarch. I feel she continues to be our matriarch in spirit. My mother helped me adjust to motherhood by staying with me for the first 40 days after I gave birth. I will never forget those 40 days postpartum when my mother prepared it for me to help me heal and recuperate my strength. And as I care for myself and my baby now, I recall advice my late grandmother shared. Consequently, my grandmother’s ancestral wisdom and my mother’s nurturing inspired this recipe.  Therefore, I cannot share this recipe without thinking of what it is to be a mother or matriarch.

Atole de Avena Recipe

To make atone de arena, you will need:

  • Cinnamon, 1 pinch
  • Oatmeal, 2 tablespoons
  • Milk, 1 cup

Now that you have gathered your ingredients, this is how you make it! Firstly, cut up the oats in a blender. Pulse a few times.

Senora Advice: you can use a coffee grinder or food processor.

Secondly, put the milk in a small pot on medium-low heat. Then, bring the milk to a gentle simmer. Next, add the cinnamon and oats. Then, stir consistently as the milk bubbles.

Senora Advice: stir constantly! Otherwise, the milk can bubble over.

After about ten minutes, the milk should have thickened with the oats. Finally, enjoy!

What do you think of this simple atole de avena recipe? Are you excited to try it for breakfast?  Here, at Herencia Cookbook, we would love to know! Be sure to let us know in the comments. Finally, are you interested in learning to make some authentic Latinx foods at home? Then check out my blog and my book for authentic Salvi Mex recipes with a modern (and sometimes healthy) twist.

Atole de Avena (Drinkable Oatmeal)

Bernie
I consider atole to be an elixir of sorts. It nourished and replenished me those first 40 days after my son was born. Postpartum or not, this drinkable oatmeal is warm, comforting and delicious!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Latin, Mexican, Salvadoran
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • Cinnamon 1 pinch
  • 2 tbsp Oatmeal
  • 1 cup Milk

Instructions
 

  • Cut up the oats in a blender. Pulse a few times.
  • Senora Advice: you can use a coffee grinder or food processor.
  • Put the milk in a small pot on medium-low heat.
  • Bring the milk to a gentle simmer.
  • Add the cinnamon and oats.
  • Stir consistently as the milk bubbles.
  • Senora Advice: stir constantly! Otherwise, the milk can bubble over.
  • After about ten minutes, the milk should have thickened with the oats.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Keyword atole, avena, oatmeal

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