Cinnamon Barley bowl

I rarely get around to using Barley, it just seems to take so long to cook compared with other grains.  In an effort to eat more barley – (because it’s really good for you and has lots of fibre and protein!) – I pre cooked a load to eat during the week. This makes it much quicker to use for brekkie – so here is my first barley inspired brekkie bowl.  A great substitute for oats if you fancy something a little different and very quick to make.

Cinnamon Barley Bowl (serves one)

cinnamon barley

  • 100g cooked barley
  • 100ml almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Nutmeg – a good grating or 1/2 teaspoon ground
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraiche (or yoghurt or coconut cream)
  • 1 banana

Put the barley, milk, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg into a pan and bring to the boil.  Turn it down and add the tablespoon of crème fraiche.  Simmer for 3-4 minutes – keep checking it doesn’t run out of liquid and burn.

Just before serving slice a banana and mix it through.  Sprinkle a bit more nutmeg on top.



Cinnamon Milk

Sometimes you just want something really simple. I woke up this morning just wanting something warm and simple and light. I discovered the delights of cinnamon milk during a recent holiday to Cornwall.  After a bracing cliff walk to a favourite cove, the beach café was offering this milk.  It tasted like heaven and I drank it whilst sitting on the beach watching the tide come in.  So back at home this morning, I wanted to capture the magic of Cornwall – simple pleasures.

Cinnamon Milk


  • A mug (around 250ml) of milk – I do prefer semi skimmed cows milk for this, but almond milk would work as well.
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of honey

Add the milk, cinnamon and honey to a small saucepan and heat gently until just near boiling.  Pour into your favourite mug and sprinkle with cinnamon. Dream of happy days.