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1 serving (serving size: 1 bowl)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine oats, barley, and 1 1/4 cups water in a microwave-safe 4-cup bowl. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Step 2

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.

Ratings & Reviews

crysmys's Review

March 18, 2012
Delicious. A hit in our house, just as it is.

EllenDeller's Review

January 31, 2011
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.

davidslori's Review

July 10, 2010
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.

kelscooks's Review

March 31, 2010
Excellent. I love oatmeal and this is a great variation. It's about to become my new favorite carry-to-work lunch!

alikazaam's Review

March 24, 2010
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.

Flippitti's Review

February 27, 2010
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.

Mleigh's Review

February 18, 2010
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.

Aschindewolf's Review

January 27, 2010
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.

mycatsuki's Review

January 24, 2010
I made this as directed and my barley was still crunchy. Does anybody have a suggestion on how to still use the barley but get it to a softer texture?

Foley1's Review

January 18, 2010
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.