Breakfast treats!


When I sampled a sip of my friends delicioso, cold Avena shake last night at Irazu Costa Rican restaurant, I knew I just had to try to make it for breakfast!  Avena beverage is a tasty drink made with Oatmeal, milk and cinnamon that can be served cold or caliente-hot! Yum-yum-yum!

After looking up recipes for Avena drink- it was no surprise that my sweet tooth loved this fabulous treat. Some key ingredients were: sweetened condensed milk ,whole milk and lots of brown sugar. Hmmmm. So the fiber in Oatmeal still counted-yes. And the cinnamon stick was a healthy ingredient too.

So I made a few healthy swaps and my morning breakfast takers didn’t seem to mind!


I decided to swap out the whole milk and sweetened condensed milk for 2 percent milk. My grandmother use to add sweetened condensed milk to coffee which is such a delightful treat that I save for  special occasions as I can very easily go through a couple jars a week!

Instead of using brown sugar I used packets of instant oatmeal with brown sugar flavor- 13 grams of sugar per serving.

After all, it was the simmering cinnamon stick that gave the warm beverage flavor!


2 cups water

1 cinnamon stick

Brown sugar

*swap options- maple brown sugar flavored oatmeal as the oats

1 1/2 cups oats

Pinch of salt

3 cups of whole milk

*swap options: Soy milk, almond milk, skim or 2 % milk

  1. Add water and cinnamon stick to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower heat and simmer for about 4 minutes
  3. Add oats stirring frequently. When oats have absorbed add milk and continue to stir.
  4. Simmer until reaches desired consistency. Add more milk if you prefer thinner.
  5. Remove cinnamon stick and serve



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