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.
- 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)
- For the crockpot method: Mix the first four ingredients (barley, quinoa, salt and water) and cook on low overnight.
- 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.
- For both methods continue from here: Fluff with a fork and put into serving dishes.
- Add sweetener, dried fruits and spices, as desired. Basically, as you would like for oatmeal. Similar. Serve with milk or yogurt if desired.
- For Vegan omit the milk and yogurt or sub non dairy milk such as soy milk.
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!
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.
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.