Barley Cereal Recipe: Barley Harvest

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.


  • 8 cups water

  • 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).

Ready-Made Barley Cereal

If you don't like to cook, another option is to simply purchase ready-made cereal from your local grocery.

Other Barley Resources

Here are some additional resources for those who want to learn even more about barley:

  • Barley, The Keeper Carb. Free brochure from the Idaho Barley Commission (pdf format). Barley storage and cooking tips, using barley in the microwave, barley recipes.

  • 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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