Cracked Cereals – Breakfast Choice

These local grains are very popular in their cracked form. They cook faster and are a delicious, nutritious way to start the day, whether you call it hot cereal, porridge, or grits. It’s a very enjoyable alternative to oatmeal. Try it soon!

crack purple barley

Recipe for Cracked Grains – Purple Barley / Khorasan Wheat.

Serves 4 medium portions

1 cup cracked grain, single variety or mixed

3 cups water

1 cup milk (cow, goat, hazelnut, almond or…..)

Put the grain in a saucepan with water on high heat to bring it to a boil, then simmer and stir for at least 10 minutes, you can vary the liquid consistency according to your taste and preference. Then you can ‘doctor’ the porridge with your favorite ingredients. Some of my favorites:

1 tbs hard coconut cream

1 tsp maple syrup

drops of vanilla

pinch of salt


add whatever nuts, seeds, & fruit you like….

I like coconut flakes, pomegranate & chia seeds – yummy.

A friend made the barley porridge with a splash of port, cardamom spice, honey and salt. It really worked! Experiment and feel free to post successful recipes here.  Available ingredients in February:

2 lbs cracked purple barley – $8

2 lbs cracked kamut – $8

2 lbs cracked red hard spring wheat – $6


Seattle U district Market Saturdays 9-2

West Seattle Farmers Market Sundays 10-2

Rosehip Farm Shop, Coupeville

Cell. 202 256 0915 for inquiries.

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5 Responses to Cracked Cereals – Breakfast Choice

  1. Kim says:

    Do I have to wash the grain before cooking?

    • it’s recommended to wash the grains before use, just a quick rinse will be fine. however when i am toasting the grains, i don’t rinse them before use and it’s fine. the grains have been handled carefully. there could be trace amounts of diatomaceous earth, which is edible anyway. if you want to get optimal nutrition from cooking the grains, then it is best to actually ‘soak’ them overnight or for 8 hours, this activates the seed and enzymes to support digestion, so you get more from the grain that way, but it’s not necessary. for me, its about timing, sometimes i pre-soak and sometimes i don’t. it tastes great either way!

  2. Filipino-style breakfast cereal:
    1.5 cups cracked barley with chia seeds (or you can do mixture of various grains)
    4 cups water
    1 can coconut milk
    3/4 – 1 cup brown sugar, to taste (I used 3/4 as I did not want it to be too sweet)
    Put all ingredients in heavy saucepan and bring to a brisk simmer. Lower heat and occasionally stir. Let it simmer for around 15-20 minutes.

    Variation for dessert version: decrease water to 1.5 cups. Take off heat after boiling and move pot to oven at 300 deg. Bake covered for around 20 minutes. Serve with sliced mangoes or sweetened flaked coconut. I think should also be yummy topped with ground peanuts and coconut sugar.

  3. Jim Sundberg says:

    Where or how can one find chia seeds? Is there a place in Coupeville or Langley that sells them?

    • they are around, at “payless” in Freeland for sure, and probably some other local shops. a last resort would be through amazon, who probably offer the best prices. i’ll let you know if i notice other local options.

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