Holiday Avena: A quick simple recipe
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One thing I’ve always remembered as a kid was when my dad would use Coffee-mate in everything. One thing he never thought to use on his Avena (oatmeal).
Now that I have my own child, I always like to instill the small things I would remember. My son comes from Hispanic, Black and White ethnicities but my husband loves to instill Hispanic culture the most. He’s always been in love with the food, culture and family ties that my family comes from.
The holidays always welcome family traditions big or small. Once November hits the holidays are always busy in my house. We always get so wrapped up in prepping for the main course that finding time for the most important meal of the day sometimes get skipped. That means breakfast is always missed and you could end up binging around dinner time.
Oatmeal is always a big part of my family since I remember. Plus, it’s a native favorite in many Hispanic traditions. There are many ways you can make it plus you’re able to add so much to it. Even as an adult I have learned to enjoy it so many different ways. You always want something quick but something tastes so good.
When you create and instill traditions around the holidays you want to make sure everyone enjoys them. You might remember as a kid when oatmeal tasted bland and even slimey. That’s definitely what I disliked about it. Now as someone who has their own family I want to make sure everyone enjoys it but still instill some type of tradition.
Using what my dad would always use in his coffee and everything he could add Coffee Mate to, I created a simple but tasty version of Avena.
Quick Tasty Holiday Avena
- 1 cup of plain oatmeal or a single packet of instant oatmeal
- ¾ cup of water
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup of dried or fresh-cut up fruit
- 1-2 Tablespoons of Coffee-mate powdered sweetener (I love anything caramel so the Vanilla Caramel is my fave)
- Dash of cinnamon
- Pour oatmeal into a bowl
- Add ½ cup of water and place in microwave for 30 seconds (I tried using our hot water filter and it created a soupy substance so make sure you use microwave)
- Stir together. Depending on your preference add in rest of water
- Add dash of salt and mix together
- Mix in Coffee Mate (Use 1 tablespoon first depending on your keen for sweetness)
- Mix in fruit
- Add cinnamon if desired
You don’t need flavored oatmeal as Coffee Mate creates just the amount of sweetness.
This is a great recipe for those who dislike plain oatmeal but still want the whole family to have a simple meal before all the holiday festivities.
What are your favorite family traditions you love to spice up?
*You can find Coffee-mate at your local Walmart*
Kari - Little M.I.ssouri Momma
Mmm, I love oatmeal! Coffee creamer in oatmeal is something I never would have thought to do, but now I have to try it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
JalisaKari – Little M.I.ssouri Momma
Thank you for reading. It’s definitely yummy and they have so many flavors of coffee creamers.
This looks and sounds soo delicious!
Thank you. It’s super easy to make too.
i love this recipe, so easy and yummy. I think I will be making this for our xmas breakfast
Yay thank you for reading
Oh wow! I never would have even thought to use coffee mate on anything other than in coffee. I need to try some on my oatmeal the next time I make it.
Interesting use of the creamer! I remember my husband’s Abuela making us avena. Hers was magical!
Omg yes. My grandmothers too.
Wow! I am sitting here eating my morning avena right now! Lol Never thought about using the powdered creamer for added taste. I always put an extra dash of cinnamon! I don’t like it too sweet, but this is a great recipe!
Thanks so much
This is so clever! Great idea.
we always used coffee mate in our house too, and i LOVE this oatmeal recipe
Now there are two ways to use it.
Kids Are A Trip
This is such an easy recipe! Why did I never think of using creamer to flavor oatmeal before? Great tip!
JalisaKids Are A Trip
It’s definitely easy for those busy days and holidays.
Suz O'Brien (@OBriensAbroad)
We love oatmeal in the winter with milk, but coffee creamer sounds even better!
I love oatmeal in the winter on cold days but I never would have thought to put coffeemate into it. What an interesting idea.
D at The Practice of Living as we Intend podcast
Its a creative combination! And I love that you’ve created a tradition of using what your dad used in various ways. Enjoy the upcoming holidays!
JalisaD at The Practice of Living as we Intend podcast
Aww thanks. Happy holidays.
mmm I love adding fun things to my oatmeal! Whenever people say they can’t stand the taste of oatmeal I always tell them– you’re not making it right! 🙂
I have never thought about putting creamer into my oatmeal. I bet it tastes amazing!
Oh it does. You so need to try it.
This sounds delicious! What a great breakfast with a ton of flavor.
can you believe I have never tried this! ever. but putting it in my morning oatmeal sounds like a great way to give it a try. and I will. thanks for the tip
You need to try it.
It’s been so long since I’ve made oatmeal! I want to try making this holiday Avena for my family.
It’s super easy and quick.
That’s such a creative way to use creamer! It might just be enough to make me like oatmeal for breakfast 😉
lol you and my son.
oh my gosh! I love oatmeal! I can’t wait to try this out! Thank you!
I'm Busy Being Awesome
YUM! I have oatmeal every single day. I’ve never thought to flavor with coffee mate. I’ll have to give it a try; my favorite flavor is French Vanilla 🙂
This looks so good!! I love the idea of using creamer with oatmeal. I am going to have to try this!!
Thank you for sharing! I love to remember the things my dad did. I will have to try coffee mate in my oatmeal!
I never thought of adding flavored coffee creamer to oatmeal. Genius!
Oh yes its so yummy