Did you know that barley is not only the main ingredient of beers, but it’s also a valuable and tasty grain? It’s a quite versatile cereal grain, you can serve it as a garnish or make a delicious dessert. Furthermore, it’s a rich source of fiber and minerals like manganese, selenium, copper, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, niacin and vitamin B1. That means it’s good to control your cholesterol levels and protects your intestines.
The idea of milk rice without rice comes from my father. He’s not a very good cook – not sure if you would laugh or cry if you knew what I had to suffer as a child. I guess behind every good cook there is a story, well, this is mine. My parents could not cook very well. But my dad adores barley. I altered his recipe slightly to make a healthy, vegan and well, a quite good-looking dessert.
BARLEY PUDDING with STRAWBERRY CHIA JAM
- 1 cup of barley
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- about 1/2 cup of coconut flower sugar ( or regular sugar)
Preparation time: 1.5 hours (cooking)
Barley takes a long time to cook properly. I start cooking it in water first. Two cups are enough to make the grains softer. When the water is finished, I add coconut milk. One cup at the time. Cook it until the grains are soft and the coconut milk gets a creamy consistence. Pour it into small glasses and chill it in the fridge. Or on the balcony, if it’s as cold as we have it in Germany right now.
Strawberry, chia and barley locked up in a glass.
To pep it up a bit, I made a jam out of strawberries, brown sugar and chia seeds. (2.5 cups of chopped strawberries, 2-3 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of chia). Layer barley pudding and jam until the glass is full, and pour chocolate sauce on the top. It’s ok to be served warm, but it’s even better after a few hours in the fridge.
It’s really a taste out of this world, I find hardly any words to describe it.
Please go ahead and try!!