This warming whole-grain hot cereal recipe 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.

Cheryl Sternman Rule
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2007

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

Cooked Wheat Berries (makes 4 1/2 cups)
Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare the wheat berries: Sort through wheat berries carefully, discarding any stones. Rinse well under cool running water. Place in a large heavy saucepan. Add water and salt Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse. (Makes about 4 1/2 cups.)

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  • To prepare the hot cereal: 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 1 1/4 cups 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. (Refrigerate or freeze leftover wheat berries.)

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the cooked wheat berries (Step 1) for up to 2 days or freeze airtight for up to 1 month.

Look for wheat berries in natural-foods markets in bulk or other near whole grains. Contrary to popular belief, they do not require an overnight soak before cooking. Simply boiling them for 1 hour soften the kernels and produces their characteristically chewy texture.

Toast slivered almonds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

453 calories; protein 19.2g 38% DV; carbohydrates 79.8g 26% DV; dietary fiber 9.5g 38% DV; sugars 27.4g; fat 7.6g 12% DV; saturated fat 0.4g 2% DV; cholesterol 3.3mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 27.2IU 1% DV; vitamin c 0.6mg 1% DV; folate 13.4mcg 3% DV; calcium 283.1mg 28% DV; iron 3.8mg 21% DV; magnesium 52.3mg 19% DV; potassium 511.2mg 14% DV; sodium 389.9mg 16% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 12% DV; added sugar 3g.
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Reviews (22)

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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have made this several times for my family and they love it. I even made it for a group of friends when staying at a beach rental for the weekend. Everyone had rave reviews... even the husbands! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
amazing! i used spenda instead of brown sugar and apricots instead of raisins. really good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
For the wheat berry recipe click where it says: This recipe calls for Cooked Wheat Berries Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was really good and was quick to put together since I happened to have cooked wheat berries left over from the day before. I made the recipe exactly as listed except I used maple syrup in place of brown sugar. It wasn't quite sweet enough for me so I drizzled a little extra maple syrup over the top. Very hearty & satisfying for breakfast - more so than oatmeal. JodyT Key West FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very delicious! I just diced some apples and strawberries and I have to say it tastes pretty darn good! It fills me up so fast! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
The omission of sugar grams in your recipe's nutrition listing is glaring. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is very similar to my usual morning oatmeal so of course I liked it! The wheat berries give it a nice chewy texture. I downsized the portion and added some fruit on top. Raedia Arlington MA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2019
Added some vanilla. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/30/2012
To Anonymous Re: sugar grams Sugars are carbohydrates so the sugar grams are included in the carbohydrates. All carbs turn to sugar (glucose) in the body so it's pointless to count sugars separately especially considering that most of the sugar in this recipe is natural (from milk and fruit). You could simply omit the brown sugar and then you have 0g of added sugars in this recipe. Read More
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