Juices, smoothies, and any sort of liquid fruit concoctions are an integral part of our Ecuadorian culture. People usually drink a juice with their meal, while sodas are usually left for special occasions – at least that’s how it was for me growing up. This Ecuadorian oatmeal drink known as colada Quaker, or simply Quaker (KWAH-cker) is a staple for all Ecuadorian families. And as it is expected, every family has their own way of doing it.
I made it for the first time this past week, and it turned out SO good! Comparing it with how I remember growing up, it was almost spot on. Almost because I recall that my nana used to make colada Quaker much thicker, so much so that it was almost like “eating” this drink. You can choose to make it thicker by using less water, but the way I will show you is smooth and I know you will love it.
I love how colada Quaker is made, using spices and aromatics. The process is very similar to making Colada Morada. Quaker can be had warm or cold. I tend to lean towards the cold version because it is so refreshing, but the warm colada Quaker is perfect during these winter months. And you know that a drink made with oatmeal is very healthy!