Warm Barley Cereal with Dried Cherries

Look for omega-3-rich flax meal alongside the flaxseeds in your natural-foods store -- or grind your own. Once opened, store flax in the refrigerator. Since milk contains saturated fat, we chose to cook the high-fiber barley with almond milk instead.

Per serving; 320 calories; 8 g protein; 5 g fat; 63 g carb; 10 g fiber.

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  • Prep Time 5 minutes
  • Total Time 25 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 1 quart unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/4 cups quick-cooking barley
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons turbinado or brown sugar, plus more for serving (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries


  1. In a large saucepan, stir together 3 1/2 cups almond milk, barley, flax meal, and salt over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in dried cherries and cinnamon and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until cereal is tender and creamy, about 5 minutes more.

  2. Remove from heat and add sugar to taste. Divide among bowls and drizzle remaining 1/2 cup almond milk over top. Serve topped with raspberries and, if desired, additional sugar.

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