Swap your traditional oatmeal for barley in this heart-healthy, fiber-rich breakfast barley. This cinnamon and apple hot cereal is a welcome morning meal on a cold day.
A few months ago, a client asked me to develop a warm breakfast cereal recipe using a grain other than oatmeal. After quite a bit of thinking, researching, digging in my pantry, and perusing the grocery store aisles, I decided to make a hearty breakfast porridge using barley. The barley in my pantry had certainly been gathering dust since the last time I used it was the summer of 2014
Because this barley recipe is so versatile. Essentially, if you can follow the directions on the box to cook barley then you can create any flavor combo you desire. I love pairing apples and cinnamon together but you could easily adapt this fiber-rich recipe to use sweet summer berries, peanut butter and bananas, or even make it savory by stirring in tomatoes and basil and topping with a poached egg.
Have you ever tried barley for breakfast? If not, step outside your comfort zone and try this whole grain recipe one morning.
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Keep leftover barley stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop by stirring in 2 tablespoons of milk then heating.