Steel-cut oats and barley soak up water overnight so they're ready to go in the morning. Use a big bowl because the grains will expand.
1/3 cup steel-cut oats (such as McCann's)
2 tablespoons uncooked pearl barley
1 1/4 cups water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon honey
How to Make It
Combine oats, barley, and 1 1/4 cups water in a microwave-safe 4-cup bowl. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Uncover bowl, and stir in salt. Microwave, uncovered, at HIGH for 6 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed, stirring well after 3 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg. Top with almonds and honey.
What an easy way to fix steel cut oats, which otherwise can be a bit time consuming in the morning. You can really use any sweetener, keep or eliminate the nuts, and add any fruit you feel like. The important part here is the method of soaking and cooking. I find this amount to be too much, though, and am happier with about half of it.
My first time trying steel cut outs, and I loved the chewiness! My 11 year old son asked me to make this recipe again and he hates barley. I had to microwave it longer than recipe states, but I kept on adding 1 min here and there til I felt most of the liquid absorbed. Will add fig preserves next time instead of honey.
I made this for my husband and I and it was a hit. The only problem was that I used wheat berries instead of barley, and they didn't completely soften overnight. I am going to try it again with the barley, and hopefully that will work better. However the flavor combinations were great, and it couldn't be easier.
I love steel-cut oats but the only time I've ever had barley was in soup. This was really good and quick. It made a lot more than I usually eat for breakfast and it was very filling. I also didn't care for the nuts. Next time I'm using raw sugar instead of honey and omitting the nuts, otherwise I would definitely have it again. I made this exactly as written.
I loathe oatmeal but I was inspired to try this recipe because I do really love barley. Turns out I do not loathe oatmeal; I only loathe the instant wallpaper-paste like variety. This was delicious! The first morning I tried it, this plus a banana kept me going until 1:00 p.m.
This was definitely a filling, healthy dish. I had to microwave mine for nearly 10 minutes; so I think individual microwaves cause the cooking time to vary considerably. I'm not a huge fan of nutmeg, so I skipped that. I think this could even stand as two serving sizes.
It was harder registering to rate this recipe than it was to make it! Easy to make and wonderful to eat. The only substitution I made was using pecans--I like them better than almonds. Serving size is very filling.
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