Refreshing Oatmeal Drink (Agua de Avena)


This is a refreshing drink from Mexico that is very similar to horchata but healthier and easier to make! Serve cold.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
8 servings


  • 8 cups water, divided

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  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
1g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 43mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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