After I’ve competed my early morning workout during the winter, all I crave is a nice warm breakfast, preferably a bowl of oats, oatbran or no oat oats (depending on my mood). But, I recently discovered barley as a breakfast option and boy, am I hooked! It has become my go-to breakfast these days, as long as I have some left over barley from dinner the night before.

Blueberry Barley Breakfast Bowl

I love barley because of it’s nutty flavor, but also because it’s packed with so much nutrition, including 6 grams of protein and about 8 grams of fiber in 1/2 cup cooked! The longer it cooks, the more it puffs up and becomes fluffy. It’s easy to mix with eggs or egg whites for a sweet or savory breakfast that keeps me satisfied for hours, not to mention wonderful post workout fuel!

Since I usually prefer sweet breakfasts over savory ones, I made mine with blueberries, but you can tweak the recipe however you like. So, for today’s What I Ate Wednesday, I’m sharing this delicious warm bowl of goodness, Blueberry Barley Breakfast Bowl.

Blueberry Barley Breakfast Bowl

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes

Yield: 1 large steamy bowl

Blueberry Barley Breakfast Bowl


  • 1/2 cooked barley
  • 3/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (any milk is fine)
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed (ground)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • pinch of salt


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add coconut oil and heat barley.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk all remaining ingredients together except for blueberries.
  3. Add egg white mixture to barley and cook until it becomes oatmeal like, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add 1/4 cup blueberries and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, until desired oatmeal texture is reached.
  5. Serve immediately and top with the remaining blueberries and a dollop of almond butter. Enjoy!


If you don't have fresh blueberries, you can also use frozen ones, just allow for a few more minutes for your breakfast to cook.

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Do you prefer sweet or savory breakfasts?

What is your go-to breakfast these days?