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    Quinoa and Barley Breakfast Porridge

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    45 mins

    5 mins

    40 mins

    MathMom.calif's Note:

    Here is a yummy alternative to oatmeal in the morning. Very healthy whole grains, too. "Super foods" some people call them. Takes a little while to make it, but very yummy. Add your own spices, sweeteners and dried fruit, to your taste. This recipe can be easily halved if you use a small saucepan. Supposedly you can cook in a small crockpot overnight, but I've personally only ever tried this on the stovetop.

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    • 1/2 cup barley (I prefer hulled to pearled)
    • 1/2 cup quinoa
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 4 cups water
    • dried fruits (optional, such as raisins, cranberries or cherry)
    • honey (optional) or maple syrup (optional) or sugar (optional)
    • spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom (optional)
    • milk (optional) or yogurt (optional)


    1. 1
      For the crockpot method: Mix the first four ingredients (barley, quinoa, salt and water) and cook on low overnight.
    2. 2
      For the stovetop method: Combine the first four ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Then simmer covered for about 40 minutes, until all the water is absorbed.
    3. 3
      For both methods continue from here: Fluff with a fork and put into serving dishes.
    4. 4
      Add sweetener, dried fruits and spices, as desired. Basically, as you would like for oatmeal. Similar. Serve with milk or yogurt if desired.
    5. 5
      For Vegan omit the milk and yogurt or sub non dairy milk such as soy milk.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 06, 2013

      Like so many home cooks I had quinoa & barley in my pantry but was at a loss as to how to better incorporate these grains into daily use. With this recipe I have achieved this. In a pan I gently heated butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, fresh squeezed orange juice, raisins, nutmeg, pecans, and a grated apple until it lightly browned. I added this to my Q&B...I can't express how uttely delicious it was. Amazing!

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    • on September 21, 2009


      This was horrible. There was no amount of seasoning or additives that could make it taste like anything other than dirt. I love barley and I love quinoa, but this recipe did nothing for either of them.

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    • on June 16, 2008


      Such a simple, cheap, healthy, and tasty breakfast! I add something diffrent every day. To save time, I cook a double batch on Sundays and then warm a little in the microwave each morning. My favorite is to add blueberries with cinnamon & honey, my DH like maple syrup.

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    Nutritional Facts for Quinoa and Barley Breakfast Porridge

    Serving Size: 1 (297 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 160.9
    Calories from Fat 15
    Total Fat 1.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 50.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 31.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 5.6 g

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