Vegetarian Wheat Berry Cereal

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You can add wheat berries to salads, soups, breads, and cereal. The berries have a chewy texture and a rich warm nutty taste.

Wheat Berry Breakfast Bowl from Heidi Swanson

Arugula Pesto Wheat BerriesUse red anjou pears or any firm, flavorful pear.


1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup maple syrup
scant tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

scant tablespoon of butter
2 firm pears, cored and chopped into 1/4-inch thin bite-sized slices
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
3 cups cooked wheat berries* (see head notes for alternatives)
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1/2 cup assorted dried fruits, chopped (I used equal portions of dried persimmons, dates, and crystallized ginger)


  1. Whisk the yogurt and maple syrup together and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-hight heat, sauté the pear slices in the olive oil and butter for about five minute, or until they get a bit golden. Keep an eye on them though, because they can burn in a flash. Toward the very end, stir in the cranberries and cook for another minute or so - just until the cranberries soften up a bit and a few of them begin to split open. Add the wheat berries to the skillet and toss gently.
  3. Turn out onto a platter, or serve in individual bowls ladled with a generous amount of the maple yogurt, and sprinkled with plenty of pecans and dried fruit. Serve more maple syrup on the side.

Serves 4-6.

*To cook wheat berries: Combine 2 cups wheat berries, 6 cups water, and 2 teaspoons salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, covered, until plump and chewy (and a few of the berries split open), about an hour or so. The berries will stay al dente, and the only way to be sure they're done is to taste a few. Drain and set aside.

Source: 101 Cookbooks by Heidi Swanson

Crockpot Wheat Berry Cereal

Makes 4 servings


1 cup Wheat berries - rinsed and drained
2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup apricots - chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice

  1. Place all ingredients in the crockpot in the evening. Stir to mix.
  2. Cook on low over night.
  3. Serve in the morning with milk and brown sugar.


Source: Mr. Breakfast