Friday, August 20, 2010


Translated from Spanish to English, Abuela's Avena means grandma's oatmeal. On my recent trip to Puerto Rico, I enjoyed many bowls of oatmeal (sadly not my grandma's, but very close it), and since I've come back, it's the only thing I'm craving for breakfast these days. I've spent the last week tweaking the recipe to make it just right and have it taste most similar to my Abuela's Avena, and I think I finally got it! If you enjoy rich and creamy, stick-to-your-ribs oatmeal, not the watery or instant kind, try this homemade too will quickly get hooked! (I must warn you, it is made with whole milk, evaporated milk and sugar- so if you are counting calories, you may want to substitute for skim milk and sugar substitute, but I guarantee it won't taste the same). I think my Abuela would be very proud!

ABUELA'S AVENA RECIPE: Courtesy of Grandma Lydia
(Makes 4-6 servings)
- 1 cup oats
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick

How to Make:
Soak the oats in the water for minimum of 30 minutes, and if you have time, as much as overnight. Next, take the soaked oats and water mixture and blend in a blender for 1 minute. Add that mixture to a pot on medium-high heat, then add the rest of the ingredients. Bring everything to a boil while stirring constantly, then reduce heat to medium and let simmer for another 3 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and discard. Serve immediately and enjoy or in Spanish...Buen Provecho!


  1. Thank u so much for recipe . So delicious!

  2. Thank you so much! This recipe is exactly what I needed to figure out my own abuela-style oatmeal. Add two tablespoons of vanilla, a pinch of salt, and 3-5 drops of lemon juice.