Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal

This warming whole-grain porridge pairs cooked wheat berries with rolled oats, fruit and nuts for a filling, fiber-rich breakfast. Using a microwave makes preparation speedy, especially if you've thawed frozen cooked wheat berries overnight in the refrigerator.

Recipe from EatingWell
Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal
SERVINGS
9
YIELD
4 servings, about 3/4 cup each
PREP TIME
10 mins
TOTAL TIME
10 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4  cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2  cup raisins
  • 2   cups nonfat milk, or reduced-fat soymilk
  • 1/8  teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4  cups Cooked Wheat Berries, (recipe follows)
  • 2   teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1   teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4  cup slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)
Cooked Wheat Berries
  • 2   cups hard red winter-wheat berries, (see Tip)
  • 7   cups cold water
  • 1   teaspoon salt
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Directions
1. 
Place oats, raisins, milk (or soymilk) and salt in a large, microwave-safe bowl. (No microwave? See Stovetop Variation.) Stir to combine. Microwave on High, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir in cooked wheat berries and microwave again until hot, 1 to 2 minutes more. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve. Stovetop Variation: Bring milk (or soymilk) to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in oats, raisins and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in cooked wheat berries and cook until heated through, about 1 minute more. Remove from the heat. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon; let stand for 1 minute. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve.
Tip:
1. 
Toast slivered almonds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Cooked Wheat Berries
1. 
Sort through wheat berries carefully, discarding any stones. Rinse well under cool running water. Place in a large heavy saucepan. Add water and salt.
2. 
Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse. To serve hot, use immediately. Otherwise, follow the make-ahead instructions.
3. 
Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Tip:
1. 
Wheat berries can be found in natural-foods markets and online at King Arthur Flour, (800) 827-6836, bakerscatalogue.com, and Bob's Red Mill, (800) 349-2173, bobsredmill.com.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 340, Fat, total (g) 6, chol. (mg) 3, carb. (g) 59, Monosaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 7, pro. (g) 14, sodium (mg) 304, Potassium (mg) 392, calcium (mg) 212.03, iron (mg) 2.7, Milk () 0.5, Fruit () 1, Starch () 2, Fat () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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