Photo by: Christina Schmidhofer

Spiced Oatmeal

To avoid the packaging of instant oatmeal, Lynn Lloyd experimented until she came up with her own mix, a blend of dried fruit, grains, nuts, and mellow spices. She buys 4- or 7-grain hot-cereal flakes in a health food store. You can also use a coarsely ground hot cereal. The uncooked mixture (complete step 1) will keep, stored airtight, up to a month. PREP AND COOK TIME: About 15 minutes.

  • Yield: Makes 9 cups mix; 12 servings


  • 3 cups regular rolled oats
  • 3 cups 4- or 7-grain cereal flakes or coarsely ground hot cereal
  • 1 cup chopped dried dates
  • 1 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves


1. In a large container (at least 2 1/2 qt.) with a lid, combine oats, 4-grain cereal, dates, apples, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and cloves.

2. For each serving, in a 1- to 2-quart pan, bring 1 cup water to a boil over high heat. (Or, in a microwave oven in a 2- to 3-cup bowl or glass measuring cup, heat 1 cup water on full power [100%] until boiling, about 2 minutes.) Stir in 3/4 cup spiced oatmeal mix. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes, until it's as thick as you like.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 445none
  • Calories from fat: 17%
  • Protein: 11g
  • Fat: 8.6g
  • Saturated fat: 0.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 85g
  • Fiber: 5.3g
  • Sodium: 27mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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Spiced Oatmeal Recipe