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Big Bear Barley Mix

Big Bear Barley Mix
In Big Bear Lake we have for most breakfasts barley, prepared in many variations depending on what we have in the house or just what we like.

During a visit with a family of friends, including three wonderful young people, one of the girls simply loved the barley mix breakfast. This seemed evident in that she ate three bowls :)

I prepare this breakfast nearly every day, but without ever measuring the ingredients; so it comes out different nearly every time I make it. This is an attempt to write a recipe for Lila:


Ingredients (7 servings)

  • 3 cups barley

for flavor you can add:

  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • cacao
  • yoghurt
  • 3 bananas
  • 2 apples
  • walnuts or almonds, chopped
  • raisins
  • juice of 5 tangerines or 2 oranges


Soak the barley over night in enough water.

Next morning rinse the soaked barley, cook it tender in about the double amount of water (using a pressure cooker this takes approx. 10 min)

Mix the barley in a bowl with the other ingredients to your taste and vary with the flavors so it never gets boring.

Serve it in bowls and sprinkle with cocoa.

Add honey if you like the sweet taste.



Add flax seeds when cooking the barley

Add cashew nuts

Add cranberries or dried plums instead of raisins

Add sesame seeds

Add 2-3 cardamon seeds to the cooking

Add any other fresh fruits and berries as available

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