Avena Colombiana is a creamy oatmeal-based drink from Colombia. It doesn’t take much effort at all to make, but does require a few hours in the refrigerator to set. Oats are simmered with milk, water, cinnamon, cloves, and a little sugar to create a refreshing, smoothie-like drink. The mixture is chilled for at least three hours, then blended until smooth. This drink is a great way to celebrate the last few warm days before winter starts to kick in.
I actually simmered the mixture the night before and chilled it overnight. This way, I was able to easily blend it in the morning for a quick and easy breakfast drink to serve alongside bread and pastries. The mixture will thicken while it chills in the refrigerator. If it is too thick after blending, add a little more water or milk.
Condensed milk is also a common addition in place of/in addition to the sugar.
If desired, top with a little ground cinnamon.
Avena Colombiana (Colombian Oatmeal Drink)
Adapted from My Colombian Recipes
1/2 old fashioned oats
4 cups milk
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch ground cloves
3 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
In a medium saucepan, combine the oatmeal, milk, and water over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes.
Stir in the cinnamon stick, ground cloves, and sugar. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 more minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a covered container. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours.
Remove the cinnamon stick and transfer the chilled drink to the blender. Puree until smooth. If too thick, add a little more water. Serve cold.