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Very good. I made this up to take on a camping trip. I can't wait to try some of the alternatives. I used steel-cut oatmeal for the whole oats and I add in a different combination of dried fruits and nuts each time I make it. I used honey instead of sugar. Thanks for the new addition to my cookbook!

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Brighid February 14, 2011

I really liked this recipe, it is a great idea and very healthy. I think many different grains could be used this way as substitutes, I used semolina in place of barley (because I had run out of it) and next time I want to try some burghul as well. I boiled it with 1 cup of milk instead of water and added abit of extra water later when it needed some more liquid, I also added cinamon and rosewater while cooking (cardamom would be good also). I kept mixing it with a beater to avoid lumps.

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zainab23 January 11, 2013

Kids loved it!! My 4 kids gobbled this down, which really surprised me because the oldest usually hates hot cereal. Mine came out a little chunky, maybe I'll grind the rice longer next time, but all loved it still. I also used the Vitamix, grinds so fast. My in-laws were here when I made it and my Mother-in-law called me the following week for the recipe. I was happy to find a cereal with barley as my husband has high cholesterol and slightly raised sugar levels. Great with cinnamon, brown sugar, a splash of milk, and a drizzle of honey... reminiscent of rice pudding....Thanks!

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mjayling1 August 23, 2011

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Even got my 11 year old to eat it with lots of brown sugar!! I toped it with craisins and milk. Love knowing how to make it myself - healthier that way. And fast also. I used a vita Mix blender so grinding is easy. Thanks.

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Born2cook March 11, 2011

Till now I've been a major fan of Cream of Wheat. But I thought there must be some way to make it myself and avoid preservatives, etc. This recipe hit the nail on the head! I love how versatile it is. I used everything you mention here but the cornmeal. I added in oat bran and wheat bran and ground pecans. Wow, this is so flavorful and my favorite way to start the day. Thank you.

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Cookworm August 03, 2009

Good. I used dried, chopped dates for the fruit. I added brown sugar and cream to our servings. I'm enjoying it, and it was nice to have breakfast ready and waiting. Thanks! Made for Holiday TAG

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Chele D July 23, 2009

Fantastic. First time I made it I used 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal since I didn't have any barley. I've also made it substituting rye for the barley and it also turned out well. I now eat this every morning for breakfast.

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longmd401 February 24, 2009

I ground everything in my Whisper Mill, so that wasn't a problem. I used 1 T sucanat to cook it for 2 1/2 minutes on the stove. I always burn the pot though! Came out very creamy and just the right amount of sweetness. Didn't need extra sugar or milk. Kind of like Malt 'O Meal. You could drizzle some maple syrup over the top too. Definitely a keeper! Thanks Sharon.

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WI Cheesehead September 08, 2007

I've been making a hot cereal mix simular to this one for years. Mine didn't have sesame seeds in it. They make a wonderful addition. I grind mine in a 40 year old Corona hand cranked mill. I don't try to take it down to a fine flour. A bit of roughage is good for you. Oh, they call roughage, fiber now but it's still good for you. Our local market has a wide assortment of dried fruits in bulk which lend themselves to hot cereal. Some of my favorites are, pineapple slices, rasins, figs, apricots, currents, mango, cranberries, cherries, papaya, coconut, and the list goes on. I cut the big pieces into bite size and add them to a ceramic bowl with the cereal and the milk and 'nuke' it for 9 minutes at 50%. (If I'm on the road in the RV, I cook it in water and add 2 TBS of instant powdered milk when the cereal is done.) The dried fruit reconstitutes well and is almost as good as the fresh. Try different combinations of fruit. Some go well together and then again some don't. Play with your food a bit, it's fun. If I cook it plain I sweeten it with Real Maple Syrup or sorghum molasses or any of the wonderful varieties of honey that are out there. The only way you can go wrong is to add something you don't like. Another advantage of this for breakfast is that it lasts until noon so there is no need for that '10:00 o-clock Danish' Thanx for posting this great recipt. Pierre

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Pierre Dance September 04, 2007

Yum! I love the flavor in this! Unfortunately, while I was making this I realized we didn't have any brown rice so I had to sub white instead. The sesame seeds in this are outstanding! I used my vitamix dry blade and everything was gound to flour. I added the specified amount of water and microwaved for about 2 minutes--a lot easier but turned out a bit too lumpy. Thanks for this yummy treat!

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God's_sugarcookie April 28, 2007
Five Grain Hot Cereal