If you aren't a fan of microwave cooking, this is also a great shortcut for stove-top oatmeal. I use about 1 1/2 cups of water for every cup of the oatmeal mix when cooking it on the stove. Having all of our favorite oatmeal mix-ins already together and waiting in the cupboard is a great timesaver whether we use the microwave or the stove.
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I used a combination of sliced almonds and chopped pecans, but any nuts you love will work well here. For the dried fruits, I used a combination of raisins, golden raisins or sultanas, and dried cranberries. Again, any combination of fruits would be great in the mix. Adjust the sugar according to your preference, I found that the dried fruits made it plenty sweet for our tastes.
Roasting the nuts for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven will bring out a warm, nuttiness in the oatmeal. It isn't required, but it does create a special flavor that isn't there with raw nuts alone. I have made this both with and without roasting the nuts and we happily eat it either way.
How To Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Mix
recipe adapted from The Lemon Bowl
Yield: 14 - 16 servings
8 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups chopped nuts
2 cups chopped dried fruits
1/2 - 3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
4 teaspoons kosher salt
Optional: 1/4 cup flaxseed meal and/or 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
To serve, place 1 cup of the oatmeal mixture in a glass bowl along with 1/2 - 3/4 cup milk or water. Microwave for 90 - 120 seconds, stir and then let rest for at least 2 minutes before serving. *
* Adjust the liquid and the cooking time according to your preference. I like my oatmeal more chewy than mushy, so 1/2 cup and 90 seconds works for me. My boys like theirs a little more mushy, so 3/4 cup and 120 seconds works for them.
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