Raise your hand if you love a good bowl of oatmeal with milk and cinnamon for breakfast, as I do. If you are like my children and me, you came to the right place because my Venezuelan oatmeal with milk recipe is, in addition to being creamy and delicious, infallible.
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Oatmeal with milk & cinnamon Caracas-style
Today’s recipe has been passed down through generations, and I promise it will warm you up. This is how oatmeal is served for breakfast in Venezuela, my home country.
In my house, we are all oatmeal eaters. I like my oatmeal with fresh fruit and spices or nuts and dried fruit. And not to mention my favorite, “refresco de avena,” as my Venezuelan grandma used to call a cold beverage made of soaked in water oats, with sugar and vanilla.
On the other hand, my children prefer their porridge “the way of Caracas.” The phrase “the Caracas way” was adopted by us caraqueños, after Don Armando Scannone published Mi Cocina, a la Manera de Caracas, a compendium of recipes from the city where I was born and raised.
So oatmeal with milk and cinnamon, “a la manera de Caracas,” is a thick, creamy, not-so-sweet porridge with a pinch of salt and the right amount of vanilla and cinnamon.
A family recipe
We came to live in the United States for good when Tomás Eugenio was almost 4 years old, and Andrés Ignacio had just turned 6. But my children treasure that oatmeal’s flavor, consistency, and aroma from their early Caracas childhood.
This porridge is the same one I made for them, so they went to school well-fed when we lived there. And to this day, it is still one of his favorite breakfasts. This is the same oatmeal with water and milk my mother prepared for my siblings and me. So did my grandma.
The milk superpowers
In addition to oat flakes, rich in fiber, carbohydrates, and Omega 3 fatty acids (which help fight bad cholesterol), the fundamental ingredient of this oatmeal recipe is milk.
And you and I know that, at least for raising our children, milk has superpowers. Look at this:
- For every 8-ounce glass of milk, I give them 9 essential nutrients for their growth, including 8 grams of the best quality protein.
- Also in that same glass of milk is vitamin A for a healthy immune system, vitamin B for plenty of energy, and vitamin D and calcium for strong bones.
- As if the above were not enough, cow’s milk is still the best option for the whole family. Whether organic, low-fat, skimmed (my favorite), or flavored, there’s milk for everyone.
But also, the price-value relationship has no discussion. Ounce for ounce, penny for penny, there is no more accessible and affordable protein in the United States than milk.
From farm to table
We can rest easy because milk is one of those foods that come directly from the farm —usually less than 300 miles away— to the table in 48 hours.
And there is more: of the 47,000 dairy farms in the United States, 97%, including the large milk producers, are family businesses. Its owners care for their pastures and cows to produce milk and other dairy products responsibly and sustainably for present and future generations.
How to make oatmeal with milk
To make this recipe, you need some kitchen utensils and ingredients. Including:
- Medium pot
- Wooden spoon
- Rolled oats
- Sugar or your favorite sugar substitute
- Cinnamon sticks
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
- Coarse sea salt
More recipes with milk
Don’t miss my other milk-based recipes:
- Venezuelan Rice Pudding
- Venezuelan Curdled Milk Dessert
- Venezuelan Papitas de Leche (Milk Truffles)
- Venezuelan Tres Leches Cake
- Venezuelan Cuatro Leches Cups
Best Oatmeal with Milk and Cinnamon Recipe
The following is my family recipe. It had been passed down through generations. I hope it will warm your family’s hearts as much as mine. Thanks for subscribing to my Youtube channel and visiting my Amazon shop.
Oatmeal with Milk and Cinnamon
- 2 cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups milk
- 3-4 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- cinnamon powder
- Bring the water to a boil with the cinnamon sticks and vanilla extract in a saucepan over high heat.
- When it starts to boil, add the oats and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, occasionally stirring to prevent sticking.
- Add the milk, sugar, and salt, stir, and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, frequently stirring to prevent sticking.
- Let stand covered for 5 minutes.
- Discard the cinnamon sticks and serve hot with a little ground cinnamon.
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