Slow-Cooker Overnight Barley Porridge

At 6 grams per 1-cup serving, barley is high in fiber compared to many other whole grains. And it has high levels of prebiotic fiber, making it great for promoting healthy gut bacteria. Like oats, barley contains beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber that's been shown to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Slow-Cooker Overnight Barley Porridge
Photo: Ted & Chelsea Cavanaugh
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 5 mins


  • 8 cups unsweetened oat milk or other nondairy milk or water (see Tip)

  • 2 cups pearled barley, rinsed

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine oat milk (or other nondairy milk or water), barley and salt in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low until tender and creamy, about 8 hours.


5- or 6-quart slow cooker


Use any plant-based milk or water in this recipe, but skip dairy; it will curdle.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
2g Fat
57g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Vitamin A 11IU 0%
Sodium 270mg 12%
Potassium 235mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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