Breakfast of Champions

February 12th

1.5 cups of barley to 8.5 cups of water
spices for the barley breakfast
cook barley and cinnamon
breakfast of champions
my new love -- barley

Barley for Breakfast

1.5 cups of pearled barley
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean
Zest of one small lemon
8.5 cups of water

Bring water to a boil, add barley and spices. Let simmer for 45 minutes. Reduce heat, add zest if desired. Cook until thick and water has absorbed — another 30 minutes or so. Dive out into Ziplock containers for the week. Add a dash of honey, or some yogurt and fresh fruit on top to create a healthy carb breakfast that won’t send your blood sugar through the roof.
Oatmeal, you’ve officially been booted.


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18 Responses

  1. MMMM, looks good. I bet this would work in a slow cooker overnight, too. (I also love that you don’t have to add salt, like you do with oatmeal.) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Oh, that looks good! I will try it this week.

  3. And this will have all the employees at Oatmeal out of work!

  4. I should try that! I admit that I’m an oatmeal and cream of wheat fan (and yes, I tend to overdo the butter and sugar too!). What a great idea to make enough for the week! smart

  5. mmm, I love barley but have never made it for breakfast. Such a yummy idea!

  6. I put my cinnamon and pecan Special K cereal in a ziploc sandwich baggie this morning to take to class..Sorta the same, yes? Ok, no..but that looks good and healthy, and I will try it someday..yay for keeping blood sugar under the roof!

  7. yummmm…why has this never occurred to me before? I must try this today (for tomorrow)…I am the WORST for not eating breakfast :X But, I love brown rice prepared OH SO SIMILAR, the barley is a definite try for me!

  8. Sounds good. I have been into the steel cut oats but change is always good. How many carbs per serving? I am a diabetic so I always have to count my total carbs per serving. I bet adding a couple cardom (I think that is how its spelled) while simmering would add to a fantastic taste too.

  9. Yum! Do oats affect your blood sugar a lot? I used to eat them regularly, but I do have some blood sugar issues, I should stop eating them if they’re too carb-y!
    I don’t know why I bother though, I did eat Panda licorice as part of my breakfast today. Yikes!

  10. Excellent recipe, Kelli! I’m adding the ingredients to my grocery list so I can try this.

  11. Why the big barley push? (I love barley, and went and slow-cookered some up this weekend, but this is the third time you’ve mentioned it. Did I miss a barley post?) Somebody made barley water on TV recently and it looked very refreshing.

    You know what else has a really nice chew, is wheat berries. They take forever to cook, also.

  12. Looks really yummy. I’ve never eaten barley so I may have to give it a try.

  13. I don’t like oatmeal. I want to, but don’t. Maybe this is a good option for me.

  14. You did it. 🙂 Looks great.

  15. I was just reading about Barley for breakfast and am going to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. hi! sounds delicious! do you reheat it for breakfast? and how?

  17. I usually do not comment on blog posts but I found this quite interesting, so here goes. Thanks!