Ready-to-eat oatmeal mixes are a godsend on busy mornings when you need a healthy breakfast in a hurry. The prepackaged mixes are pricey. So whip up your own-and vary it depending on your family’s tastes.
6 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/3 cups dry milk
1 cup dried diced or small apples, apricots, banana slices, prunes, raisins, or mixed dried berries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and toss to mix well.
2. Store the oatmeal mix in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Label, date, and store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
To use: Shake the mix well before using. In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Slowly stir in 1/2 cup of oatmeal mix. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let stand for 1 minute more or until the oatmeal is the desired consistency.
Makes 8 cups