Whole-Grain Cereal Packets Recipe

Use dehydrated fruit, nuts of your choice, and other customized flavorings to make hot cereal mixes that are healthier than store-bought options.

| September/October 2020

Photo by Unsplash/ Rachael Gorjestani

Hot cereal mixes are convenient and nutritious, but usually too sweet for my liking. Try making your own mixes flavored with dried fruit.

Yield: 14 servings.


  • 1 cup barley flakes
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flakes
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1-1/2 cups quick rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1 tablespoon dried fruit of choice
  • 1 tablespoon nuts of choice


1. Mix all ingredients together. Place 1/4 cup mixture each into 14 zip-close bags or 1/2-pint canning jars.

2. To prepare, combine mixture with 1/3 cup boiling water. Cover, and let sit 2 to 3 minutes. Stir, and add sugar or honey to taste.

Flavor options

  • Peach Almond Maple: Add 1 tablespoon snipped dried peaches, 1 tablespoon slivered almonds, and 1/4 teaspoon maple sugar to each mix.
  • Apple Cinnamon Walnut: Add 1 tablespoon chopped dried apples, 1 tablespoon walnut pieces, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to each mix.
  • Blueberry Pecan: Add 1 tablespoon dried blueberries, 1 tablespoon chopped pecans, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or dried lemon zest to each mix.

Check out more tasty recipes using dehydrated foods here!

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