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Refreshing Oatmeal Drink (Agua de Avena)

Becky Perez

"This is a refreshing drink from Mexico that is very similar to horchata but healthier and easier to make! Serve cold."
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1 h 10 m servings 91 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Combine 5 cups water, quick-cooking oats, and cinnamon stick in a blender; blend until combined, about 1 minute.
  2. Pour the oat mixture through a strainer, collecting the liquids in a pitcher and reserving the solids. Pour remaining water through the strainer containing the solids and into the pitcher. Add sugar and vanilla extract; refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Old fashioned oats can be substituted for quick oats, if desired.
  • Most of my family enjoys this beverage with a full 1/2 cup of sugar, but it also tastes great with 1/3 cup for those of us who don't like our drinks too sweet.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of oats. The actual amount of oats consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 91 calories; 0.7 g fat; 19.8 g carbohydrates; 1.3 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 8 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I make this all the time, I just don't add vanilla or cinnamon unless I'm making it with milk and drinking it hot. It's very hydrating and refreshing!

I scaled this recipe down to 4 servings but followed the directions otherwise. I just didn't care for this beverage.

If you follow the recipe, it is great. Just like I remember. Grew up in Costa Rica and for years could not figure out how they did it. Now I know thanks