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Puerto Rican Breakfast – Puerto Rican Oatmeal & Café Bustelo

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Let’s celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with a yummy breakfast recipe and café, shall we?

During these hard times, nothing comforts me like a good Puerto Rican breakfast, a nice cup of coffee to keep me going, and a to-do list. So how can a busy mom of 4 kids get motivated every morning and gets her day started?

With a great Puerto Rican breakfast and a nice cup of Café Bustelo coffee. That’s how I do it.

Breakfast is an important part of my day, and as a mom, I need to make sure that I have the energy and my brain is functioning.

One of my favorite Puerto Rican breakfasts is Avena. Avena is a recipe my grandmother would make for me as a child when I would sneak up through my home back gate and walk to her house.

She only lived a few feet away from us, and she always expected me.  She would get her old pot out and make me her famous Avena served with coffee.

Yes, we drank coffee at a very young age as this was the cultural norm back then! However, as an adult, every time I make this Puerto Rican-style oatmeal, Avena, it simply reminds me of good times and grandma.

Every morning I grab my to-do list and start breakfast early and enjoy a cup of coffee. Of course, I have always said that I am a Café Bustelo coffee drinker. I seriously stock up on this coffee because I am an avid coffee drinker.

Nothing keeps me going in the mornings than a delicious Puerto Rican breakfast and Café Bustelo. Learn how to make Puerto Rican Oatmeal when you click here!

Why do I enjoy drinking Café Bustelo?

Café Bustelo has this bold and rich flavor that stands up to milk and sugar that I love.  It’s a high-quality Hispanic coffee that reminds me of home!

Nothing keeps me going in the mornings than a delicious Puerto Rican breakfast and Café Bustelo. Learn how to make Puerto Rican Oatmeal when you click here!

The good news for all of us who love café is that you can find Café Bustelo in various forms at Target. You can find it ground, whole bean, brick, K-Cup® Pods, and even instant.

So wake up tomorrow morning, create this yummy Avena and enjoy it with a cup of Café Bustelo and print this to-do list printable and get your day going on the right foot!

Puerto Rican Avena Recipe

For this Puerto Rican breakfast favorite, we used evaporated milk, as this was what my grandma used to add! Of course, you can also use whole milk and add as much sugar and cinnamon as you would like!

You have to continue to stir to make sure that the oatmeal doesn’t become lumpy. Also, if the texture is not the same as Puerto Rican, you can grind the oats in a blender or small food processor, which will do the trick!

Puerto Rican Avena / Oatmeal

Puerto Rican Avena / Oatmeal

Yield: 2
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Delicious Puerto Rican style oatmeal or avena. Just like abuela used to make it.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup milk or evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of oats
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • Sugar to taste
  • ground cinnamon (to taste)

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan add milk, salt, butter, cinnamon, sugar and bring
    to a boil.
  2. Lower heat to medium and add oats.
  3. Stir occasionally and cook until oats are cooked.





Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 216mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 14g

This calcualtions might not be accurate.

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31 Comments

  1. I’m really not an oatmeal person, but this looks absolutely delicious.Reminds me of a Snickerdoodle cookie, Cinnamon Toast, or Horchata. Yummy!

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  4. Does this recipe call for Regular oats or instant oats? Do you use Quaker brand or a special Puerto Rican type?

    1. Hi Bai! I sometime use the Quaker avena Instant Oats and if you can’t find it use instant oats and grind the oats a bit. Hope this helps.

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  7. Delicious!
    I’ve had some oatmeal where cucumber is part of the mix??? The taste is just as good.

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  9. Delicious had this as a child too. Have you had the one with coconut? Looking for a recipe for avena with coconut

    1. Hi Don! No I have not but it sounds good! Let me know if you find the recipe. I’ll go search too cause now I’m curious.

      1. I read the hole story and recipe and I thought I was reading a article that was from my mother but I’m not sure its her but its crazy how both of you , my mother and the lady that wrote this article/recipes both mothers of four and your grandmother’s lived right behind your parents house so you both would go though the gate to go eat the Avena and you both now make it for your family i miss everything about my family and my mother I messed up my life by choosing a man I thought was the one but 10 years without my family is lonely especially when his family are so two faces and disrespectful

    2. Um… just grate some coconut into the recipe… or add coconut cream or milk….

        1. You got the grind up of the oatmeal right……but the best way for the coconut recipe is not with coconut milk or shaved coconut. The secret is Coco Lopez. My wife is 100 percent Puerto Rican so I know just a little. I also know that coconut oatmeal at Nellie’s in Humbolt Park in Chicago is fire!!!
          Oh yes so is Cafe Con Leche with Bustello. Pretty much everything at Nellie’s is good, as well as the little cafe place they own down the street.

  10. Growing up my baby sitter was Puerto Rican. She was and is more then a baby sitter to me. She’s my titi. She’d make this for me from when I was a baby on up. It’s the only way I will eat oatmeal. Thank you for the memory.

  11. So, do you mean evaporated milk? Because condensed milk would make this waaaaay too sweet and thick, no? My mom used evaporated milk for a lot of typical Puerto Rican dishes that require milk. Chocolate caliente? Mmmm. Gracias!

    1. I’m curious as well. Sweetened condensed milk is really sweet and thick. I make this at home. I blend the oats, and cook it in agua with the cinnamon stick. I use regular oatmeal, when all the water is evaporated I cook it for 30 or so minutes in leche on very low heat. It’s sooo good. Now I want to try it with sweetened condensed milk lol.

  12. Thank you very much for the oatmeal recipe I cant wait to try it this morning. Will be looking into your other recipes.

  13. Is it really condensed milk or evaporated milk for the recipe? Condensed milk is thick and very sweet.

  14. We’re Dominican and my abuela made it like this adding some whole cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla, and a dash of salt. Same base recipe for farina and other porridges.

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