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Creamy Wheat Berry Hot Cereal

1 h 35 m


  • 2 cups hard red winter-wheat berries (see Tip)
    7 cups cold water
    1 teaspoon salt
    ¼ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    ½ cup raisins
    2 cups nonfat milk or reduced-fat soymilk
    ⅛ teaspoon salt1
    ¼ cups Cooked Wheat Berries
    2 teaspoons brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)


  • To prepare the wheat berries: Sort through wheat berries carefully, discarding any stones. Rinse well under cool running water. Place in a large heavy saucepan. Add water and salt Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse. (Makes about 4½ cups.)
    To prepare the hot cereal: Place oats, raisins, milk (or soymilk) and salt in a large, microwave-safe bowl. (No microwave? See Stovetop Variation.) Stir to combine. Microwave on High, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir in 1¼ cups cooked wheat berries and microwave again until hot, 1 to 2 minutes more. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve. (Refrigerate or freeze leftover wheat berries.)