Quinoa and Barley Breakfast Porridge

Total Time
5 mins
40 mins

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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  • 12 cup barley (I prefer hulled to pearled)
  • 12 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. For the crockpot method: Mix the first four ingredients (barley, quinoa, salt and water) and cook on low overnight.
  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. For both methods continue from here: Fluff with a fork and put into serving dishes.
  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. For Vegan omit the milk and yogurt or sub non dairy milk such as soy milk.