Jugo de Avena is a fantastic oat milk beverage served over ice. It is incredibly refreshing, easy to make, and packed with flavor.
What makes it even more exceptional is its versatility. There is no end to the number of recipes you can find on the internet. That is exactly why I decided to include two of my favorites here today.
What Is Jugo De Avena?
Jugo de Avena shouldn’t be confused with Avena or any other type of Aneva beverage. And trust me, there are many!
This drink is a non-alcoholic chilled oat and dairy drink with added citrus juice. I know, a broad description. But the reason for that is that there are also an endless number of variations for Jugo de Avena.
The name directly translates to oatmeal juice, which is essentially what it is. It is also sometimes referred to as Licuado de Avena, which translates to “oatmeal smoothie.” The term you use mainly depends on how you end up making it and the ingredients you use.
Arguably the most classic recipe is made from blended oats and milk. It is sweetened with sugar and chilled in the fridge. Then, slowly whisk lime juice into the blended and sifted oat mixture before serving it over ice. That is pretty much the first recipe I have provided.
The second recipe is one of my favorite variations my family still makes today. This one is much quicker and doesn’t require any blending. You use oatmeal instead of oats, which is much smoother in texture. Then, the recipe also uses evaporated milk and vanilla. Evaporated milk will add a thicker consistency and richer flavor. The vanilla extract will give the drink a “dessert” flavor.
Variations Of My Dominican Jugo De Avena Recipe
Now that I have explained my two favorite recipes for this refreshing Dominican beverage, let’s look at other ways you can change things up.
First, you can change the type of dairy ingredient you use. When you use a thicker product, like heavy cream or evaporated milk, the drink will be thicker in consistency.
You can also use a sweetened dairy product like condensed milk. Or, you can go vegan and use oat, coconut, or almond milk.
While most people use lime juice, you can substitute it with lemon juice without changing the flavor too much. Some people also make it with orange juice, but I don’t particularly like it this way.
And finally, you can, of course, alter the sweetness of the recipe. I use granulated white sugar, but you can use whatever sweetener you like the most. And you can change the amount you use too.
How Do You Make Jugo De Avena?
There are two main ways I make this Dominican oat drink. The method mainly depends on the type of oats you use.
If you use rolled oats, you need to blend them to create a smooth and thick drinkable mixture. If you use oatmeal, you don’t have to blend it because it’s already fine enough to drink.
Whichever method you end up using, when you add the lime juice, you need to do so very slowly. This drink does curdle easily. So, always chill your oat-dairy mixture and whisk in the lime juice at a slow pace.
What Is Avena?
Avena is a Latin American and Caribbean spiced hot oat and milk beverage. The oats are stewed and flavored before being blended into a thick drink. This beverage can be cooled and reheated as you need it. It doesn’t contain any citrus juice but can have some citrus peel with the autumn spices.
Is Jugo de Avena good for you?
I wouldn’t say it’s the healthiest juice, but I also wouldn’t say that it is unhealthy. Oats aren’t gluten-free, so for a celiac, it is not suitable. But, compared to sugar-packed fruit juices and coffee smoothies, it isn’t nearly as unhealthy.
What Is Licuado de Avena?
Licuado de Avena is also used to refer to this drink. Directly it translates to an oatmeal smoothie. This smoothie can contain citrus juice, but usually, it doesn’t. It’s another very broad definition but ultimately contains blended oats and dairy.
A good oatmeal smoothie recipe you can try is this Breakfast Banana Oatmeal Smoothie.
Where did Jugo de Avena originate?
No one can say for sure where this drink was first made. It is known that it comes from South America. Later, it became very popular in the Dominican Republic, which is where most people know it from today.
More Juices Recipes
Jugo De Avena – Dominican Oatmeal Juice
Rolled Oats Recipe
- 4 cups milk
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 cups ice cubes, optional
- 1/3 cup lime juice or 3 limes
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 2-3 lemons, juiced
- Ice cubes, optional
Rolled Oats Recipe
- To start, you can combine the milk and oats in a blender. On a high speed, blend these ingredients for 3 minutes or until you have a uniformly smooth creamy mixture.
- If you'd like to, you can now run this liquid through a sieve to remove any solids. Whether or not you do this comes down to personal preference.
- Next, add the sugar to your blended oat liquid and mix it well. You can adjust the level of sweetness by adding more or less sugar.
- Once you have made the base, you can chill the liquid in the fridge for a few hours. The mixture should be as cold as it can be. If it isn't, your drink will curdle when you add the lime juice.
- Once your liquid is cold, pour the chilled oat liquid into ice-filled glasses. Then, slowly pour in your lime juice while mixing constantly.
- Serve your Juge de Avena drink immediately while it is still cold and fresh. As it heats up, it will start curdling.
- To make this version of Jugo de Avena, you don't have to blend the oatmeal. Just combine the oatmeal, evaporated milk, milk, vanilla, and sugar in a large bowl or jug. Whisk them together well.
- Again, place the mixture inside the fridge so that it can cool and thicken. Allow it to rest for a couple of hours. Take it out and run the mixture through a sieve.
- Finally, slowly pour the lemon juice inside the chilled drink and whisk continuously.
- Pour your oat and evaporated milk drink into an ice-filled glass. Serve it immediately while it's still cold.