Whole grain wheat berry breakfast cereal

I'm making a simple whole grain breakfast cereal from hard red winter wheat berries.  I usually make enough to last a week refrigerated, and serve it with homemade yogurt, fresh fruit and maybe a little drizzle of maple syrup.  So yummers delicious, high in protein, easy to make, and incredibly convenient.  I'm a genius...at least I feel that way after I eat a bowl of this manna from heaven.  

The four basic ingredients:  Red hard winter wheat berries, almonds, raisins and cinnamon. 

The four basic ingredients:  Red hard winter wheat berries, almonds, raisins and cinnamon. 

Start with the best ingredients you can find (I prefer to use organic as much as possible to avoid pesticides and GMO's).  This is a basic recipe of four ingredients: hard red winter wheat berries, raw unpasteurized almonds, loads of cinnamon, and raisins (red thompson raisins work great, or whatever really).  There are many possible variations with additions and substitutions, so just use what works for you (currants, cranberries, different nuts and spices). 

Wheat berries going in for an overnight soak.  Your almonds should be soaked separately overnight as well. 

I soak my wheat berries overnight.  I also soak my almonds overnight, making them delightfully digestible, moist and crunchy with a snap.  I generally end up soaking more almonds than I'm actually going to use for this recipe, because I set some aside for making fresh almond milk.

It's arguable that you don't need to soak the wheat berries or the almonds, and I've tried those shortcuts myself, but I've settled on a method which has worked the best for me with increased digestibility, nutritional value, moisture and taste.  So, be crazy, throw caution to the wind, experiment at will. 

Almonds soaked overnight, rinsed off with cool water, drained, and set aside. 

Almonds soaked overnight, rinsed off with cool water, drained, and set aside. 

After you've soaked your wheat berries overnight, drain off the old water and put in a large pot with fresh water and bring to a boil.  Once your water is boiling you can reduce the heat to med-low and simmer for 30-45 minutes.  The end result should be a nice chewy firmness (not mushy or soft)...I'm a big proponent of monitoring this stage or any stage of cooking with taste testing...my punky kid loves that job (a true connoisseur).

Monitor your wheat berries until you get a nice chewy consistency, don't let those babies boil away to mush.  

Drain off the cooking water and give it a rinse in cold water.  Drain again, place in a large mixing bowl, and add the remaining ingredients.

Bang it all together and do a little dance, because it was that easy.  

Bang it all together and do a little dance, because it was that easy.  

Toss, taste, and refrigerate.  I'll usually test it out the next day and throw in some more cinnamon if needed.  Enjoy with yogurt, fresh fruit and maybe a little drizzle of maple syrup, or on it's own.  That's it.  Done.  Happy eats.  I know what I'm doing for breakfast for the rest of the week.  xS

Voila!  OMG silly goodness.  Served with homemade yogurt, fresh fruit and maple syrup. 

Voila!  OMG silly goodness.  Served with homemade yogurt, fresh fruit and maple syrup. 

Winter Wheat Berry Breakfast Cereal Recipe:

  • 6 cups hard red winter wheat berries (pre-soaked overnight)
  • 3 cups almonds (pre-soaked overnight), more or less, according to taste
  • 3 cups raisins, more or less, according to taste
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup cinnamon, more or less, according to taste

Bring your pre-soaked wheat berries to a boil in a pot of fresh water.  Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes until the wheat berries are nice & chewy to your liking (but not mushy).  Drain off the cooking water (rinse again if you like), and toss with the remaining ingredients.  Refrigerate and serve with fresh fruit, yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup.  Adjust your flavors as needed.