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Quinoa and Barley Breakfast Porridge

Quinoa and Barley Breakfast Porridge created by PaulaG

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.

Ready In:
45mins
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ingredients

  • 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)
  • maple syrup (optional) or sugar (optional)
  • spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom (optional)
  • milk (optional) or yogurt (optional)

directions

  • 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.
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"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. TANBear2
    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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  2. Wistaria
    Well, I tried this to mix up my daily oatmeal, but I think I prefer the taste of oatmeal. I cooked it in the crock pot and it did absorb all the water but I think it could have done with less. It might have had more texture. If I make it again I'd probably try 3 cups of water instead of 4 since water doesn't escape from a crock pot like cooking over a stove top. I grated in an apple, salt, cinnamon and splenda. One thing that it has over oatmeal is that I found it to be more filling. That's why I give it 4 stars instead of 3.
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  3. Empress of my world
    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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  4. AcadiaTwo
    This was very good! I love barley and had never had quinoa although I had remembered seeing it in the stores. However when I went to buy it I couldn't find it. I rinsed it off first like the directions say plus I made it in the recipe in my crockpot. I added brown sugar, almonds and cinnamon to the mixture. Then when I ate it I also added a pat of butter. Very filling and hearty. Made for Healthy ABC tag.
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  5. Sky Valley Cook
    This was a very hearty breakfast. I used brown rice syrup, but next time I may use some brown sugar and fruit. Thank you for sharing.
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