Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal

Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal

21 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine March/April 2007

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • Cooked Wheat Berries (makes 4 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups hard red winter-wheat berries (see Tip)
  • 7 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal
  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 cups nonfat milk or reduced-fat soymilk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Cooked Wheat Berries
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)


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  1. 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.)
  2. 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.)
  • 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 information

  • Serving size: about 3/4 cup
  • Per serving: 453 calories; 8 g fat(0 g sat); 10 g fiber; 80 g carbohydrates; 19 g protein; 13 mcg folate; 3 mg cholesterol; 27 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 27 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 283 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 390 mg sodium; 511 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (28% daily value), Iron (21% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 5
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fruit, 1/2 nonfat milk, 1 fat

Reviews 21

March 05, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Here's an easy way to have your wheat berries ready to use in the morning: Place 1 cup clean wheat berries, 1/2 tsp. salt and 2 cups boiling water in a thermos. Cap tightly and let set overnight (about 8-10 hours) It will be softened and ready to use. Pros: Tasty and filling
May 30, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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.
January 16, 2012
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By: nk.chiemelu
Delicious and filling I used muesli which already has raisins (as well as other dried fruits), oats and nuts. Popped it in the oven with the cooked wheat berries with milk for about 4 minutes. So delicious and filling. I forgot the sugar and didn't even notice, I don't think it's needed with the raisins already in there. I love using oat groats instead of flakes for my morning oatmeal and now, I can add wheat berry to that too. Really hearty and filling. Kept me going all day!
November 10, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
The omission of sugar grams in your recipe's nutrition listing is glaring.
September 07, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I took 1/3 cup of cooked WB and 1/3 cup cooked instant oatmeal, mixed in raisins and cinnamon, hot in microwave, added milk after. Could add peach or pear instead of raisins. This was very filling and low cal, high fiber. I cooked 2 batches so I some the next day.
August 20, 2010
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By: katherine
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!
August 09, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This is my new favorite breakfast! I take 5 minutes to make one portion of it in the morning, omitting the sugar as the milk and raisins make it sweet enough for me. I have used cooked whole grain hulled barley at times (instead of the wheatberries) as hulled barley exceeds wheatberries in fiber content and overall nutrition. Keeps me full longer and until lunch which is great! This is a super yummy way to start the day and in the evenings when I go to bed, I'm already salivating about my next day breakfast!
August 05, 2010
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By: Paula Burnette
amazing! i used spenda instead of brown sugar and apricots instead of raisins. really good!
July 08, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
For the wheat berry recipe, click where it says: This recipe calls for Cooked Wheat Berries