Arroz con Leche Oats
Hearing my mom yell for my sister, brother and me because breakfast is ready. We run to the kitchen sit on the 5’0 feet tall bar chairs and face the kitchen island to see a bowl of arroz con leche, rice with milk, sprinkled with ground cinnamon. My sister, brother and I devoured it like a bowl of ice cream, and like ice cream, the bowl was empty.
This dish brings back so many memories. I can still taste the sweetness of the sugar mixed into the warm risotto like rice and cinnamon infused milk. My mom made the best. When I began to think about another oatmeal recipe, I instantly thought of my absolute favorite, arroz con leche, but I wanted to make a healthier version. A version that did not require half a bag of sugar, my mom did not use half a bag of sugar, but it taste like she did. After testing multiple batches, I finally got the same taste I remember tasting as a child.
Each batch I tested I compared ground cinnamon and whole cinnamon, and I realized whole cinnamon created the perfect taste because the cinnamon stick infused the milk. Once I came to this conclusion, I had my sister try it because no one will know the flavor of my mom’s famous arroz con leche than my own sister.
Once taste, and she was in love.
Before she said a word, I saw how her eyes opened widely and her smile came straight afterward. I knew I got the recipe just right.
I love recreating my mom’s recipes into healthier versions because these new versions remind me of my childhood, it is nostalgic for me.
I bring to you my childhood favorite, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have all these years.
1/3 cup +1 Tablespoon Rolled Oats
1/2 cup milk*
1/2 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (garnish)
Frozen blueberries (optional garnish)
In a small pot add rolled oats, milk, water and cinnamon stick. Turn the heat to medium low. Do not heat the pot before adding the ingredients because it will dry out the oats. Bring the oat mixture to a boil.
Stir occasionally to ensure the oatmeal does not stick to the bottom.
Turn off the heat once the oats have soften. The oatmeal should not be dry, the oatmeal should be a runny consistency. Add honey, mix together. If you want, add the garnish ingredients and enjoy.
This serving is for one person, you may double the recipe to feed more people.
*You may substitute milk for a plant-based option, but I do not know if the plant-based milk will change the flavor.
** All the portion sizes are based on a general serving size, but you may change all serving sizes to your specific portion size.