Five-Grain Cereal with Apricots, Apples, and Bananas
1/3 cup flaxseed
1 1/4 cup steel-cut (Irish) oats
2/3 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup dried apple, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup dried banana chips
1/2 cup cracked wheat
1/2 cup uncooked regular grits
1/2 cup oat bran
1/3 cup wheat bran
3/4 teaspoon salt
13 1/2 cups water
Prep Day: Place flaxseed in a spice or coffee grinder; process until coarsely ground. Combine flaxseed, oats, and remaining ingredients except water in a large bowl, stirring well to combine. Store this dry cereal in a zip-top plastic bag in the freezer to keep it fresh.
Serve Day: Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add all of the cereal; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Serve immediately.
To make the cereal a batch at a time, add 1/2 cup dry cereal mix to 1 1/2 cups boiling water for each serving.