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Spiced Oatmeal Mix

The microwave makes Loretta Kleinjan's warm and cozy treat a snap to whip up. "Adapt the ingredients to suit your taste," suggests the Volga, South Dakota reader. "Try it as a quick pick-me-up any time of day."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    18 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped mixed dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
  • To prepare oatmeal: Contents of mix may settle during storage. When preparing recipe, spoon mix into measuring cup. In a deep microwave-safe bowl, combine 1/2 cup oatmeal mix and 1 cup water. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until bubbly, stirring every 30 seconds. Let stand for 1-2 minutes before serving.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 210 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 137mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

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  • Angel182009
    Jul 17, 2017

    My family absolutely enjoyed this. I used dried cranberries in place of the dried mixed fruit.

  • krysfielder
    Feb 25, 2012

    too much sugar for me, I had to add extra oats to each bowl so it wouldn't be too sweet. That said, I like the idea of making "instant" oatmeal and will make it again w/maybe half the sugar.

  • Patrica390
    Feb 17, 2012

    I will never purchase instant oatmeal again. My family loves this! I add a good 2 cups of dried fruits and add a handful of sliced almonds. Delicious, healthy and easy quick breakfast.

  • TSTEYER
    Oct 20, 2010

    This is a great mix to have around. I substitute Splenda for the white sugar to cut the calories a little. And it lasts WAY longer than 1 month!

  • cwbuff
    Feb 6, 2010

    The bits of dried fruit turn out as nuggets of sweetness in this oatmeal! Great way to spiff up regular oatmeal. Good job and thanks for sharing!

  • PoohsPal
    Feb 20, 2009

    I made it and packaged it in little bags and used them in gift baskets for Christmas. Everyone that received them asked me for the recipe. I used dried apples, raisins and cranberries. Yummy.

  • redamber
    Sep 25, 2008

    I really like this oatmeal. First batch I made with dried cranberries. Next time I will do blueberries, adding in some powdered coffee creamer for a "blueberries and cream" twist.

  • yuck
    Sep 6, 2008

    Hi sounds great from my house we love fruits & as you sayAdapt the ingredients to suit your taste," Vera

  • MargeAZ
    Sep 5, 2008

    Too much sugar! Brown sugar, white sugar & dried fruits? This is sickeningly sweet. Cut the sugar in half, or replace with Splenda.