Slow-Cooker Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge

This whole-grain porridge is a healthy way to start the day. Dehulled or hulless barley is unprocessed and takes longer to cook than the[ quicker pearled barley; use either for this recipe (servings of fiber will differ).]

Total Time:
14 hr 5 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
12 hr
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup dehulled whole barley
  • 3/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal (not coarsely ground)
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Kosher salt
  • Topping suggestions: milk, chopped dried fruit, fresh fruit or nuts
Directions

Combine 4 1/2 cups water, barley, oats, cornmeal, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon stick and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a slow cooker and cover and let sit overnight, at least 8 hours.

In the morning, set the slow cooker to high and cook until the grains are tender, about 2 hours, stirring once halfway through. Ladle the porridge into serving bowls and add your favorite toppings, such as milk, dried fruit, fresh fruit or nuts.

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