Breakfast/ Porridge

Avwan (Oatmeal)

Avwan (Oatmeal) is one of my favorite breakfast foods, but not just any oatmeal I love it Haitian style. Mind you, I’ve only had my moms and named it Haitian style based off her recipe. I’m sure people make it different ways but today I’m sharing the way my mom taught me how to make it. I just used regular old fashion rolled oats, I’ve never tried this using quick oats but you can feel free to experiment. This is number 2 for the Labouyi (Porridge) Series, I have more to come soon. Hope you enjoy this series!

 Watch me make Avwan here:

Avwan (Oatmeal)

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Serves: 3-4 Cooking Time: 25-35 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar or sugar to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 can (12oz) evaporate milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter



In a medium sized saucepan on medium to high heat add 5 cups of water, star anise, cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil.


Once it starts boiling add milk, sugar, salt, nutmeg, oats and mix well. Lower flame and let cook for 15 minutes.


Add butter, almond extract and let simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve will hot, enjoy!


Cooking time will vary depending on how soft you like your oats, softer oats will cook longer.

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  • Kathleen Senat
    November 2, 2015 at 2:27 am

    This is delicious comfort food. You can also make it a little lighter by using less sugar, and low fat or fat free evaporated milk. It's not a big difference in flavor, and still so good, it feels like you're cheating. This recipe is a keeper.

    • Manie Chery
      January 5, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      I'm all for making it lighter, great tips!! Glad you liked it ?

  • Kenya Marthone
    January 29, 2016 at 1:39 am

    I am so happy I found your page!! My husband is Haitian and after using your page to help me cook additional Haitian cuisine foods, his family always say "are you sure your not Haitian"? Lol!! keep the great foods coming!!!

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