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Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix
“Make your own hot cereal mix with this healthy recipe. Keep it on hand and just cook up the amount you need when you're ready for a hot breakfast. One serving of the warm cereal contains 6 grams of fiber—almost a quarter of your daily quota-which helps stave off hunger throughout the morning.”
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup rolled wheat and/or barley flakes (see Tip)
1 cup quinoa
1 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries and/or chopped apricots
½ cup chia and/or hemp seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon salt
1To make the hot cereal dry mix: Combine oats, wheat and/or barley flakes, quinoa, dried fruit, seeds, cinnamon and salt in an airtight container.
2To make 1 serving of hot cereal: Combine ⅓ cup Quinoa & Chia Oatmeal Mix with 1¼ cups water (or milk) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in a sweetener of your choice and top with nuts and/or more dried fruit, if desired. Makes 1 cup.
To make ahead: Store airtight for up to 1 month.
Tips: Rolled barley and wheat flakes are steamed, dried and rolled-flat whole grains. They can be cooked to make a hot cereal and used in place of rolled oats in most recipes. They're usually near other whole-grain cereals.