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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.