While I still make overnight cold oatmeal occasionally, we’ve made a switch to this enriched oatmeal recently, and I’ve found that mixing the dry ingredients into a bulk batch saves time on the mornings we enjoy this for breakfast.
Approximately 30 servings.
8 cups organic instant oats
2 cups nuts
1 cup seeds
2 T flax powder
1 cup Raisins
1 cup other dried fruit (no sugar added)
1 T salt
Measure out the oats into a large mixing bowl. Toast the nuts at 300F for 2-3 minutes (if using different varieties of nuts, toast them separately as each type may require a different amount of time). Set the nuts aside to cool. Separate the raisins and sprinkle them over the oats, then toss to coat. If using larger pieces of fruit (dates, apricots, etc) chop them into raisin-sized pieces and combine with the oats. Chop the cooled nuts into raisin-sized pieces and combine with the oat/fruit mixture along with the other ingredients. Transfer the cereal into an air-tight container for storage.
To prepare a serving of oatmeal: Measure out 1/3 cup of dry cereal mix into a bowl. Add 1/3 cup (or a bit less) liquid of your choice: water, milk, milk alternative, etc. and either microwave for 1 minute to heat, or let stand for 20 minutes for a cold oatmeal. Add your favorite toppings such as yogurt, fresh fruit (apple or berries are nice), and maple syrup or honey for a little extra sweetness. Stir thoroughly and enjoy!