- 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
- 1 cup raisins or mixed dried fruit bits
- 1/4 chopped nuts
- 1/4 brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Stir ingredients together and store in an airtight container at room temperature.
In medium saucepan bring 3 cups water to boiling. Slowly add oat mixture to water, stirring constantly. (For 1 serving, use 3/4 cup water and 2/3 cup oat mixture.) Cook, stirring constantly 1 minute. Cover; remove from heat. Let stand 1 to 3 minutes or until of desired consistency. Serve with milk, if desired.
Microwave directions: Assemble as above. For 1 serving, in 2 cup measure, micro-cook 3/4 cup water on 100% power (high) 1 3/4 to 2 3/4 minutes or until boiling. Slowly add 2/3 cup oat mixture, stirring constantly. Cook, uncovered on high 30 seconds, stirring once. Let stand 1 minute. Serve with milk, if desired.
This ready-to-cook mixture of oats, fruit and spices can be prepared in quantity, then made one bowl at a time.