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Colombian Avena (Oatmeal Shake)

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  • Prep Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 5-6 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Colombian


  • ¾ cup (60 g) old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole cloves or ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 34 tbsp sugar (More if needed)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 5 cups (1.18 liter) milk


  1. Place the oats, water, cinnamon, cloves, sugar and salt in a large pot and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  2. Add the milk, bring to a boil once more on medium heat. Cover, lower heat to low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Pour the oatmeal mixture into a jar or container, let it cool completely, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  4. Strain the mixture through a sieve to remove the cinnamon sticks and whole cloves, place the mixture in a blender and blend for a few minutes until you get a smooth consistency. Taste the oatmeal to see if it needs more sugar, you can also add more milk if you want it to have a thinner consistency.
  5. Serve cold.