[recipe difficulty=”easy”]
This is my mother's recipe from memories of her childhood.  I don't think anyone else uses sweetened condensed milk but wait until you taste this!   We eat this for dessert and also for breakfast and snacks. It lasts a few days in the fridge and gets better as the flavors of the fruit mix together.  Though nuts and raisins are classic muesli ingredients, our kids prefered it without nuts and raisins.  Experiment and enjoy!
     This recipe is approximate quantities. You need to play around with the proportion of liquid to oatmeal since it depends on how juicy the fruit is. This quantity serves 8-10.
Mix together:
3 cups instant (1 minute) oatmeal
1 1/2   cup boiling water
1/3  can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk). You can use the “no fat” variety.
Add and stir frequently:
 2-4 large oranges, peeled, seeded and cut up.
2-3 apples cut into small pieces
2-3 bananas, sliced
Strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, pears (the more fruit the better: (all optional)
Nuts, raisins or other dried fruit (optional)
Juice from 1 lemon
Stir well and add more liquid (cider, OJ or water ) if necessary. Then let sit several hours or overnight, refrigerated. Add more liquid if it’s too gloppy. It really needs an overnight standing time in the fridge in order for the consistency to be correct.