|Barley cereal is healthy and can help you lose weight. From Psychology Today magazine, here is a recipe for making your own Barley Harvest Cereal. I'd be interested in hearing back from anyone who tries it.
The following recipe makes 8 servings. Total cook time is 2 hours.
½ cup wild rice
1 cup "pearl" barley (sold in most supermarkets)
½ cup steel-cut oats (Irish oatmeal)
½ cup raisins
½ cup chopped pitted dates
¼ cup walnuts
1 tbsp. butter
¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375°F. Simmer 2 cups water and wild rice for 20 minutes. Drain. Mix rice and all remaining ingredients together in a baking dish. Cover loosely with foil and bake until grains are tender, water is absorbed, and cereal is creamy, stirring occasionally (about 1½ hours).
If you don't like to cook, another option is to simply purchase ready-made cereal from your local grocery.
Here are some additional resources for those who want to learn even more about barley:
More Barley Recipes. Southwest Barley Salad, Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spiced Cranberries and Barley, Barley Banana Bread Pudding, Barley Granola, Beef and Barley Soup.
Even More Barley Recipes. From the National Barley Foods Council. Over 40 barley recipes, including main dishes, side dishes, soups/stews, salads, vegetarian dishes, baked goods, and breakfast dishes.
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