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Barley breakfast porridge

We all know how wonderful oatmeal is for us, but here’s an idea to mix it up a bit? Swap out your traditional oatmeal for a Barley breakfast porridge made using chopped almonds and sliced bananas.

Yield: 2 servings

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes


  • 3/4 cup of cooked pearl barley
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ½ cups milk
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 banana, sliced


  1. Combine water and barley to medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and let simmer stirring often. Simmer until barley is tender (roughly 40 minutes). Drain.
  2. Add milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon to cooked barley, over medium high heat. Cook stirring occasionally until milk is almost absorbed (15 minutes) or mixture is to desired texture.
  3. Remove from heat and place into a bowl. Add chopped almonds and banana slices on top. Enjoy!

Not a fan of the banana and almond topping? Try using honey with local fruit (see what’s in season!) for a sweeter porridge or utilize dried fruits for a quick on the go breakfast you can make ahead of time.