How To Cook Barley Porridge To Be Tastier And Healthier?

Have you ever tried the barley porridge? How do you cook your barley? Why do you need the healthier porridge? These are some of the questions that can be lingering in our minds.

Eating healthier meals is key to our health in general. The porridge can be eaten by the kids. You can use the ground barley meal or the pearly barley. The maple syrup and the cinnamon blend well in the taste. The maple syrup can be substituted by plain syrup, honey, or agave nectar.

The following are some of the ways on how to cook barley porridge that is healthier and tastier:


1. The Barley Porridge

barley porridge

The required ingredients

  • Milk and sugar
  • 4 ½ cups of water
  • ½ cup of whole barley
  • A 3-inch cinnamon stick

Soak the barley for about an hour in ¾ cup of water

Put the remaining water in the saucepan and add the cinnamon and boil the mixture.

Add the barley with the water you used to soak to the saucepan and cook for about 30 minutes. The barley should be tender.

Take the saucepan off the heat and add the milk and sugar to sweeten the barley.

Stir the mixture until it is well incorporated

Serve and enjoy this healthy meal.

2. The Barley And Oats Porridge

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​The required ingredients:

  • 100g of cooked barley
  • 15g of porridge oats
  • 100 ml of Semi skimmed milk
  • 25g of whey protein that is not flavored
  • Honey

Put all the cooked barley, milk, whey, and oats in a pan.

Stir them properly until they incorporate.

Simmer for some few minutes and stir until it has the consistency that you want.

Add the honey or any other sweetener to taste.

Serve and enjoy with your family or friends.

3. The Cinnamon And Maple Barley Porridge

If the barley is readily available, this can be prepared easily. You can also cook the barley 30 minutes before you start cooking.

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The required ingredients:

  • A teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 50g of Pearl barley
  • 25g of whey, unflavored
  • 200ml of unsweetened almond milk
  • A teaspoon of cinnamon

Add the maple syrup, cinnamon, whey, and the unsweetened milk to the barley.

Simmer until you achieve the consistency that you desire.

Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly before you serve.


4. The Oreo Barley And Peanut Butter

​My kids love eating this because it tastes great. You can only use the Oreo without the white filling. It also helps the kids to eat the porridge plus the barley.

barley porridge

The required ingredients:

  • An Oreo cookie
  • 100g of cooked pearl barley
  • 15g of porridge oats
  • 150ml of semi-skimmed milk
  • 25g of unflavored whey protein
  • 15g of Smooth natural peanut butter

In a pan, place the milk and the oats.

Heat them gently over medium heat.

Add the peanut butter and the cooked barley.

Continue stirring until you achieve the desired consistency.

Add the available sweetener if you want. Remove it from the heat and let it cool gently.

Serve this tasty porridge and sprinkle the crushed Oreo.

5. The Savoury Porridge

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The required ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • A teaspoon of soy sauce
  • A handful of sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup of cooked barley
  • Chopped, grilled pepper from a jar
  • Some dashes of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of soy milk

Toast the seeds slightly until they start to pop. Ensure that they don’t fly away.

To the seeds, add the cooked barley, milk, and water.

Heat the mixture until they start to simmer. You can blend the grains slightly with a food processor or a hand blender. This will ensure that you have a consistency that is creamy.

If the texture is fine, add the pepper and mushrooms.

On low heat, cook until the mushrooms are ready. Add the sesame, soy sauce, and the seeds.

Remove the pan from the heat.Serve the porridge while it is still hot. This will ensure that the seeds remain crunchy.

6. The Eggs And Ham Barley Porridge

barley porridge

The required ingredients:

  • 7 ounces of ham steak
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 sliced onions
  • A cup of apple cider
  • 3 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • A piece of kombu seaweed
  • 2 cups of pearl barley
  • An egg
  • Scallions
  • A bunch of chopped asparagus

Mix the apple cider vinegar, the seaweed, water, and the stock.

Put the mixture on heat and simmer. Remove it from the heat and allow it sit for about an hour.

Deep fry the onions in butter for about 25 minutes. Add the ham and let it cook for about three more minutes

Add the soy sauce, chicken stock, and the barley. Simmer and stir after every few minutes until it is consistent. This will take about an hour.

If most of the liquid is absorbed, you can add a small amount of water at the end.

Add the asparagus before you take the porridge from the heat. This should be done 20 minutes before.

Remove from the heat and serve with scallions and an egg.


7. The Coconut Chai Barley Porridge

This porridge is healthy. You can cook more than enough and keep the remaining in the fridge.It can be kept for up to 7 days. This means you can cook once and eat the porridge for a whole week.

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The required ingredients

  • A pinch of salt
  • A teaspoon of coconut oil
  • A cup of rinsed barley
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • A teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A cinnamon stick
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 3 peeled and grated ginger
  • 3 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Put the barley in a pot with enough water and boil for about 10 minutes. Rinse the barley by draining the water.

Boil the milk and add the barley that has been drained.

Add all the remaining ingredients and simmer while it is covered. This will take about a half an hour. Ensure that you stir the often.

As the barley develops the skin on the top, ensure that it is stirred in.

Remove the porridge from the heat and let it cool for some few minutes.

Serve it when it is warm. You can eat it with fresh or frozen nuts, fruits, or seeds. For example, you can use walnuts, pistachios and any food of your choice.

You can keep the remaining porridge in the fridge for about 7 days. Ensure that it is covered.

Did you enjoy reading the above? These are the 7 ways that can help you on how to cook barley porridge to be tastier and healthier. If you have any other method, feel free to share with us and others in the comments section.

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