Barley Breakfast Bowl With Fruit And Nuts

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Total Time8 minutes

Chewy, nutty barley breakfast bowls are topped with fruit, nuts, and a hint of cinnamon to create a hearty and satisfying breakfast – perfect for cold mornings.

Barley breakfast bowl.

Oatmeal is usually my go-to breakfast grain, but after making a big batch of barley recently I figured it was time to try something different. If you’ve never cooked barley before, I urge you to try it in curries, salads, or a risotto. And when you do, make an extra batch to use for this super easy Barley Breakfast Bowl with Fruit and Nuts. A great vegetarian and vegan breakfast option, we love using whole hull-less barley but any barley will work. And to save time, try making it in your rice cooker!


  • Barley: A whole-grain that is high in fiber and calcium, it’s already a popular cereal grain, so you might as well just make your own!
  • Cinnamon: An aromatic, sweet and spicy, warm flavor that pairs well with fruits and nuts.
  • Cloves: Another aromatic spice that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, ground cloves pairs well with the cinnamon and other ingredients.
  • Salt: You need a bit of salt to bring balance to the final dish.
  • Fruit: I love to use apples and dried cherries, but it would taste great with bananas, raisins, or other dried and fresh fruit.
  • Nuts: I typically use walnuts, but you can use pecans or almonds as well.
  • Maple syrup: A great natural sweetener that goes great with the warm spices of cinnamon and cloves. You could also use honey or agave nectar!

How to Make a Barley Breakfast Bowl

Liz cutting an apple into thin slices

Start your barley breakfast bowls by cooking your barley according to package instructions, by either bringing a pot of water to boil, or use your rice cooker! While your barley cooks, prepare your fruit and nuts.

Cooking barley with fruit

Once your barley is cooked, add the fruit and nuts and stir until evenly mixed and warmed through.

Pouring milk on barley breakfast bowl

Serve with your choice of milk if desired, and enjoy your Barley Breakfast Bowl!

Shake Things Up

  • Add more flavors. Mix up the flavors by adding peanut butter or another nut butter to the bowl.
  • Make it savory. Instead of maple syrup and fruit, add bacon bits and avocado.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of barley is healthiest?

The most nutritious barley is whole-grain, hulled barley. But refined, pearled barley is still a great option.

Which grain is healthiest?

I’d imagine that answer would be different depending on who you asked, but you can’t go wrong with barley, brown rice, quinoa, oats, or bulgur.

How do you store cooked barley?

Keep your cooked barley in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Use it for breakfast bowls, salads, and soups.

Barley breakfast bowl with fruit and nuts.

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Barley breakfast bowl

Barley Breakfast Bowl

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Chewy, nutty barley breakfast bowls are topped with fruit, nuts, and a hint of cinnamon to create a hearty and satisfying breakfast – perfect for cold mornings.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 3 minutes
TOTAL: 8 minutes


  • 2 cups cooked barley (I used Bob’s Red Mill whole hull-less barley)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 pinch salt (if you didn’ salt barley during cooking process)
  • 2 medium apples (diced)
  • ¼ cup walnuts (chopped)
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • milk to serve (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pot heated over medium heat.
  • Stir frequently until warmed through, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour into four bowls and serve with milk if desired.


Cooking for one? Cut the recipe down and warm in the microwave to save on dishes.


Calories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 70.4gProtein: 9.1gFat: 8.6gSaturated Fat: 0.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgFiber: 15.9gSugar: 25g

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11 responses to “Barley Breakfast Bowl With Fruit And Nuts”

  1. MichelleDube Harkness Avatar
    MichelleDube Harkness

    Using hulled barley mixed with baked fruits compote is delicious- just like a fruit cobbler only a bit healthier. Barley makes wonderful salads as well : just add a nice dressing of apple cider vinegar and toasted sesame oil ! Thank you for sharing this information about using hulled barley: again, thank you.

  2. Veronica L Avatar
    Veronica L

    Made this with barley I had leftover, and it was fabulous! I had it hot, and he ate his cold. Both of us loved it. Now I’m trying to decide on the next flavor profile I want to try.

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  4. addie | culicurious Avatar
    addie | culicurious

    what a great idea! I have a big bag of barley and I’ve been struggling to find uses for it. :)

    1. The Lemon Bowl Avatar
      The Lemon Bowl

      It was so good and such a nice change from oatmeal. Much chewier!!

  5. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction Avatar

    This is a great switch from oatmeal! I’ll have to switch up my mornings with this!

  6. Jayne Avatar

    I’ve never had barley this way before. Recently saw a risotto recipe using barley. Love how creative people get with ingredients! Very nice :-)

  7. Peggy Avatar

    I’ve always had barley as just a side or an addition to soups – never for breakfast! Definitely going to have to give this one a go!

    1. The Lemon Bowl Avatar
      The Lemon Bowl

      Same here, Peggy!! It was so good at breakfast – I love the added chewy texture.

  8. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen Avatar
    Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen

    Mmmmmm I love all of those add ins :)

    1. The Lemon Bowl Avatar
      The Lemon Bowl

      Me too.. I love adding lots of different toppings. :)

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