If we are forced to drag ourselves from bed, especially on a cold and dark winter morning, wouldn’t it be nice to rise to the smell of apples and cinnamon? Entering the kitchen with a wholesome, healthy, tasty meal all ready to warm and energize you for the day ahead? This simple hearty winter breakfast with barley and apple might be the recipe for you. Simply toss everything into the Crockpot the night before and wake up to the delicious aroma of apple and cinnamon.
I admit to being a morning person. There is something about early mornings, the slanting light of the sunrise, and the feeling of optimism. Well, OK, not every day is like that, there are mornings where all I want is to pull the covers over my head. But this recipe is a great way to enjoy waking up.
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With a chewy texture and nutty flavor, barley doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Barley is actually one of the oldest consumed grains in the world. It was a staple grain for peasants during medieval times for centuries and today is still included in the diet of many European, African, and Middle Eastern nations.
Barley provides a range of important vitamins and minerals including fiber, selenium, B vitamins, copper, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, niacin, and more.
Crockpot Barley and Apple Breakfast
Click here for PDF recipe to print: Simple Hearty Winter Breakfast
2 cups hulled barley
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cardamom (optional)
10 cups water
1 ½ cup raisins
2 apples or pears, cored, peeled and chopped
Place all the ingredients in the Crockpot and cook on low for about 8 hours. I enjoy topped with nuts and milk.
I hope you are enjoying your season,