Optional: 1/4 cup flaxseed meal and/or 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
To serve, place 1 cup of the oatmeal mixture in a glass bowl along with 1/2 - 3/4 cup milk or water. Microwave for 90 - 120 seconds, stir and then let rest for at least 2 minutes before serving. *
* Adjust the liquid and the cooking time according to your preference. I like my oatmeal more chewy than mushy, so 1/2 cup and 90 seconds works for me. My boys like theirs a little more mushy, so 3/4 cup and 120 seconds works for them.
I used a combination of sliced almonds and chopped pecans, but any nuts you love will work well here. For the dried fruits, I used a combination of raisins, golden raisins or sultanas, and dried cranberries. Again, any combination of fruits would be great in the mix. Adjust the sugar according to your preference, I found that the dried fruits made it plenty sweet for our tastes. Roasting the nuts for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven will bring out a warm, nuttiness in the oatmeal. It isn't required, but it does create a special flavor that isn't there with raw nuts alone. I have made this both with and without roasting the nuts and we happily eat it either way.