Warm Farro and Barley Cereal
I have a sister that lived off of cereal for a year when she was younger, no really, almost every meal for a year. Crazy. Cereal doesn’t have to come in a box with some cartoon character on it though. Any mix of grains that are cooked and served with milk are considered cereal. So why limit ourselves to prepackaged, processed grains and sugar? For this easy to make cereal I combined two hearty, high fiber grains with coconut milk, almonds, cacao nibs and enough sweetness to make you forget for a second that it’s healthy. The grains and almonds will keep you full right through the morning, which is more than most cereals can say. I’m not saying you should eat this cereal everyday for a year, as there is a thing as too much fiber… but mix it in now and again for an energizing start to your day.
1/2 Cup Farro
1/2 Cup Hulled Barley (See notes about pearled barley*)
1 Can Light Coconut Milk
1 Cup Water
2 Tbs Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut
2 Tbs Cacao Nibs
1/3 Cup Whole Almonds
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
There are two types of barley out there that you can buy, hulled and pearled. Hulled barley, which is what I prefer, still has the outer bran intact and thus has a richer more even brown color. It has a higher fiber content and takes a bit longer to cook. Pearled barley has the outermost bran removed making it appear a bit whiter in color. It has less fiber, but cooks quicker and for the most part, has the same chewy texture as the hulled. *If you can only find the pearled, then simply add the barley about 5 minutes after the farro.
I should make mention that I only ended up using one can of coconut milk for the recipe even though the picture shows two. Add the can of coconut milk and water to a pot and bring to a simmer. Add the farro, hulled barley and brown sugar to the pot.
This recipe is so easy, I even have this completely unnecessary shot of me stirring the pot. Cook the mix at a low simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Just taste the grains to see if you like the texture and stop cooking when you do. If it gets too thick just add a bit more water to thin it out.
Rough chop the almonds and divide the cereal and toppings between two bowls. Make it look fancy and serve.