• Rolled oats
  • oat bran
  • wheat bran
  • wheat germ
  • flax seeds

I am not a purist. I’ll add whatever, whenever, to use up a leftover bit, or stretch out an ingredient, or to add flavor, etc. With that in mind…check out my “grain jar.”

I’ve been making oatmeal and fruit crisps with an oat topping and muffins/pancakes/etc. with added grains. I like the extra fiber and nutrients that flax, oat bran, wheat bran, wheat germ, and rolled oats add.

Every time I was getting out all the bags and scooping out a tablespoon or so of each. It was getting exhausting, so I took an old jar and mixed it all together. Now I have an all purpose mix that I am using for rhubarb crisp, apple crisp, morning hot cereal, meatballs/meatloaf and granola baking.

Combine 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats with 1/8 cup flax, 1/4 cup oat bran, 1/4 cup wheat bran, 1/4 cup wheat germ. Replace lid to jar and shake it all up. I’ve left it as it, since I’m using it in baking. However, if you intend to only use it for breakfast hot cereal, you may also add sunflower seeds, raisins, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, dried milk powder, etc. Get creative!! This is your mixture. It will save time for you later, trust me. I am loving it!

To make this into a hot cereal; Boil 3 cups water (if using milk, bring to almost boil), add 2 cups mixture. Stir. Lower heat. Simmer on low/medium for 10 minutes, checking on it and stirring once or twice. Makes 3-4 servings. Enjoy with honey or brown sugar.

oat mixture

oat bran

oat bran

flax seeds are difficult for our bodies to digest and break down, so it's better to buy ground flax meal or grind your seeds.

flax seeds are difficult for our bodies to digest and break down, so it’s better to buy ground flax meal or grind your seeds.

wheat bran

wheat bran

wheat germ

wheat germ

rolled oats

rolled oats

5 grains in a jar