Dominican Style Oatmeal

Dominican Style Oatmeal

Background and History:

Dominican Style Oatmeal, known as “Avena Caliente,” is a beloved breakfast dish in the Dominican Republic. It’s a comforting and nutritious way to start the day. This simple yet satisfying dish is commonly enjoyed in Dominican households.

Serves: 2


  • Preparation: 5 minutes
  • Cooking: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Optional toppings: fresh fruit, raisins, chopped nuts, and honey


  • In a saucepan, combine the oats, milk, and cinnamon stick (if using).
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir in the sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes or until the oatmeal reaches your desired consistency. If it becomes too thick, you can add more milk.
  • Remove the cinnamon stick if used.
  • Serve hot in bowls.
  • Top your Dominican Style Oatmeal with fresh fruit, raisins, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of honey if desired.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Per serving (without toppings): Calories: 260, Fat: 4g, Carbohydrates: 45g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 20g, Protein: 9g


  • Adjust the sugar to your taste. Dominicans often enjoy their oatmeal on the sweeter side.
  • You can use ground cinnamon if you don’t have a cinnamon stick.
  • Experiment with various toppings like sliced bananas, diced mango, or chopped almonds for added flavor and texture.

Allergy Warning:

If you have dairy allergies or lactose intolerance, use a non-dairy milk alternative like almond milk or oat milk for this recipe. Be cautious with nut toppings if you have nut allergies.

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