Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

This fragrant porridge cooks for about an hour unless you use quick barley. Make a whole batch and eat it over several days. The soluble fiber in barley has a very low glycemic index and has been shown to lower cholesterol. It is a delicious change from oatmeal.


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the barley and the cinnamon stick. Cook slowly over low heat for about 45 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the lemon juice, apple cider and raisins, if you are using them.
  3. Continue cooking over low heat, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the barley is thick, about 30 more minutes.
  4. Serve with milk or soy milk or eat plain.
Most Helpful

Absolutely loved this recipe! I am always looking for new ways to cook barley, because it is so good for you. I agree with others, only 1/2 cup of raisins are needed...that's plenty. I didn't have a cinnamon stick, so I used ground cinnamon instead. Also, you really need to cook this uncovered.

smagdars January 28, 2010

Awesome! This is so good. I made mine with 1/2c dates (1c sounded like a lot). I had no apple juice, so I used mostly water then added some unsweetened applesauce. Still turned out delicious. I'll be making this again soon. I love oatmeal and barley too, so this was the perfect marriage of both. Yum. Next time I'll try it in my slow cooker.

allisinium December 12, 2008

I wanted a change from oatmeal. I used 1/2 tbsp cinnamon rather than a stick. I used a mix of raisins and dried cranberries. My barley seemed to taker closer to 2 hours to cook. My barley never got very soft and though the flavor deserves 5 stars the texture really bothered me.

Nickeletta July 07, 2006