If you know me IRL, you know I often ask around for ideas for the blog. I’m always interested in what people are into and what they’re trying to master at home, or what they’ve had out they want to try, and I’m always in the market for ideas for new dishes. So recently I asked my friend Ana (of the famed Kale Salad) what I should make, and this is what she asked for. She said she’d been meaning to make it for a while, and that it was something she often had in Colombia, where she grew up.
Avena is an oatmeal drink that is very smooth and that you drink VERY cold. It’s kind of like oatmeal-meets-overnight-oats-meets-smoothie. And it is DELICIOUS. I may be addicted to these oaty smoothies now, so beware! It’s so easy to make a batch and have it in your fridge when the craving hits – after work snack, or easy breakfast, anyone?
I love finding easy stuff to eat for breakfast because who’s got time for cooking in the morning? I mean, really. Anything that helps me get out of the house faster in the morning is perfect for me. Just grab a jar, sprinkle with cinnamon, and you’re on your way.
Here’s the recipe, for you to try! And, let me know if there is anything you’re craving to see here – I’m all ears!
- 1/2 cup oats (old fashioned)
- 4 cup whole milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 pinch cloves
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 2 tablespoon sugar
Put all your ingredients (except for the sugar) in a pan for 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring often.
Add sugar, stir, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 more minutes.
Remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature. Then, place in a bowl in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
When ready to serve, remove from fridge and remove the cinnamon stick. Blend in blender or with immersion blender until smooth. Serve cold!