Angelina’s Food Diaries: Abuelas Oatmeal


My Grandmother used to make this delicious oatmeal for my siblings and I whenever we would visit her apartment in New York. She made lots of delicious food but once I smelled cinnamon and vanilla extract in the air, I knew I was going to be eating something delicious very soon.

This recipe is not your average oatmeal. It’s soupy so we would often drink it out of a cup if we didn’t feel like getting a spoon and it was filling yet delicious so we would get seconds until our stomachs felt like exploding; If I could have this oatmeal every morning, I would, but I am a bit too lazy. The recipe was passed down to my mother and now passed down to me, now I am passing it along so that you readers can make it yourselves and understand my love for it.  


  • 1 cup Oats (often used minute made Quaker) 
  • 1 cup Water 
  • 6 Cloves 
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg 
  • 4 sticks of Cinnamon  
  • Approximately 4 cups Milk (whichever preferred) 
  • 1 can Evaporated Milk 
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract 
  • Sugar (to taste) 


  • Blend your oats in a blender to a powder and set aside 
  • Add one cup of water to a pot 
  • Add the 6 cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks 
  • Let simmer for 10 minutes 
  • Add the oat powder 
  • Add the milk and evaporated milk while stirring 
  • You can use more or less milk depending on thickness preference 
  • Add the vanilla extract 
  • Add in sugar until satisfied with the taste 
  • Serve and Enjoy