Blackberry Barley Breakfast Bake

Marla Meridith

May 1, 2012

Blackberry Barley Breakfast Bake on blog

Really great things can happen when there is an abundance of one ingredient on hand. I had cooked up a great big batch of barley and only needed a small amount for a lunch box recipe. Immediately I went into breakfast mode and came up with this super tasty breakfast bake!

Do you ever have barley for breakfast? If not you must! Let’s explore this fun grain together….don’t forget to grab those blackberries too!

Blackberry Barley Breakfast Bake on blog


If you don’t have fresh blackberries on hand you can use some frozen ones. If you don’t have any blackberries feel free to use raspberries, blueberries or strawberries instead. You can use any fruit really.

Don’t be shy…


Blackberry Barley Breakfast Bake on blog


I topped each bowl with a little bit of unsweetened coconut milk and a little stevia powder.

Some dried fruit too…


Blackberry Barley Breakfast Bake on blog


Barley is a fun grain for any time of the day.

I love it’s hearty whole grain flavor and the way it pops in your mouth. It is a nice twist instead of oatmeal. Though we still love up our favorite oatmeal many times a week.


Blackberry Barley Breakfast Bake on blog


Breakfast bakes and casseroles are great to have handy….pull them out of the fridge for mornings when you want a healthy homemade meal. Heat up individual portions. This is much better for you then most options found outside the some.

Much better for you than packages or pre-sweetened sugary quick oats…


Blackberry Barley Breakfast Bake on blog


What sort of breakfasts do you like to have on hand for busy days?


Blackberry Barley Breakfast Bake on blog


What kind of fruit do you think you will try in your barley breakfast bake?


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  • MikeVFMK
    Posted at 20:40h, 01 May

    Love these colours and this breakfast bake! So many great captures too, Marla! My favourite breakfasts for busy days would be granola and fruit or anything with an egg on it.

    • Marla
      Posted at 21:21h, 01 May

      Mike, I love granola too ~ homemade so I can choose all the ingredients, Eggs…always eggs!

  • Marina@Picnic at Marina
    Posted at 21:24h, 01 May

    What great colors! Even if you don’t like barley you would eat everything because of the colors and berries! I have a breakfast mix of rye, barley, oats, and wheat rolled grains and we’ve been eating it with a different berries for I don’t know how long! We love to start our morning with a bowl of warm porridge with berries…

    • Marla
      Posted at 21:50h, 01 May

      Marina, I am so in love with the vibrant colors of berries too! I love the pop of color when they get heated up.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 22:08h, 01 May

    Gorgeous! I want to reach thru the screen and dive in. So vibrant and tack sharp. My new toy shows up Friday according to UPS, then I can be like you…in my dreams! 🙂

    And I love that damask print in the opening pic and the saucers with the green scalloped edges. So pretty!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:36h, 02 May

      Averie, you will LOVE your new lens. Can’t wait to hear how it changes your world.

    • Kristen
      Posted at 19:48h, 02 May

      Oh – which lens are you getting? Fun! I love new toys 🙂

      • Marla
        Posted at 19:55h, 02 May

        Kristin, I have the Canon 1.2 50mm. Averie just ordered one. This thing is the most amazing toy ever!! I saved me many times on the dark days during my cookbook shoot.

    • Kristen
      Posted at 19:48h, 02 May

      What a great breakfast idea – we love all kinds of berries, so my kids would gobble this up!

  • Rosa
    Posted at 22:24h, 01 May

    A great breakfast treat! Healthy and so enjoyable.



  • Heidi @foodiecrush
    Posted at 23:48h, 01 May

    Stevia has been a favorite sweetener for a long time, although honey is beginning to take its spot. Your breakfast bakes look deliciously sweet with those gorg berries, and I bet my Smudge would be conned into eating it too.

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:37h, 02 May

      Heidi, I bet Smudge would take a bite. Or two. Glad you were finally able to pop over for a visit. Sorry the server was acting all wonky.

  • Katrina
    Posted at 04:25h, 02 May

    I NEED this for breakfast asap!! I looove this idea!

  • Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free
    Posted at 06:24h, 02 May

    All your gorgeous berries make me so jealous! I need some fresh berries.

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:38h, 02 May

      Alex, fresh berries are great. If you can’t find them or if they are too pricey grab some frozen ones. This bake will still taste great with those 🙂

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 06:29h, 02 May

    Looks wonderful!

    On busy days I like to have Greek yogurt topped with flax seed, PB and fruit. If I have a savory tooth, then some type of easy breakfast sandwich…homemade of course!

  • Amy
    Posted at 06:39h, 02 May

    I need to remember this one! Definitely would make mornings much easier to have this ready to go.

  • Teawench
    Posted at 06:41h, 02 May

    I love the idea of these grain breakfast bakes but have yet to find one I like. Maybe barley will do the trick instead of the oatmeal. I’m a cherry freak so maybe do coconut milk with cherries.

    I do have a question: I can’t do the ‘fake’ sweeteners or the Stevia type. Is there a conversion of how much sugar to use instead of the Stevia? I’ve tried guessing on a few recipes but have failed miserably.

  • TidyMom
    Posted at 06:47h, 02 May

    looks so delicious and colorful Marla!

  • Allsion
    Posted at 06:49h, 02 May

    This looks fantastic! And my little guy loves barley!

  • susan
    Posted at 07:19h, 02 May

    I happen to love barley as well as grains for breakfast. Love the whole idea of this!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Posted at 07:19h, 02 May

    this is one breakfast I would NEVER SkiP!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    Posted at 08:13h, 02 May

    What a great breakfast idea, Marla! I definitely need to have a little sweetness in the morning and this great combination of barley and fruit looks perfect!

  • Deliciously Organic
    Posted at 08:18h, 02 May

    What a great way to use barley!

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen
    Posted at 08:31h, 02 May

    What a beautiful thing to wake up to! Marla, your posts put me in the best mood 🙂

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 08:49h, 02 May

    pretty, pretty, pretty!!!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Posted at 10:08h, 02 May

    Barley bake with blackberry..what better a breakfast could be..lovely clicks, Marla!

    • Marla
      Posted at 14:05h, 02 May

      Thanks so much Sanjeeta!

  • Angie
    Posted at 11:11h, 02 May

    What a great idea! Every time I look at your beautiful photos I think about walking into your sunny kitchen and smelling all those incredible aromas and seeing all your amazing creations. Of course eating them too would be the best. Did I just invite myself over?! Looks sooooo good!

  • Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate
    Posted at 12:32h, 02 May

    This looks great! I’m especially loving all the fiber-licious berries! Yum!

  • aida mollenkamp
    Posted at 12:49h, 02 May

    I am a big fan of baked whole grains for breakfast too — thanks for the recipe!

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 13:03h, 02 May

    Love this healthy breakfast recipe – blackberries are a favorite in our household.

  • Katrina
    Posted at 20:57h, 02 May

    Yum! I love everything about this! I’ve had baked oatmeal, but never even thought about other grains.

  • Angie
    Posted at 05:02h, 03 May

    How beautiful and healthy! Blackberries are my fav.

  • Winnie
    Posted at 06:12h, 03 May

    Love this Marla! I make something similar with steel cut oats. So yummy.

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:44h, 03 May

      Winnie, we love steel cut oats too. A nice from texture like the barley!

  • Katie {Epicurean Mom}
    Posted at 07:46h, 03 May

    Gorgeous Marla!! I’ve baked with steel cut many times, but not barley! Looks delicious!

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:56h, 03 May

      Katie, I hope you get to try the barley bake sometime soon! We love those steel cut oats too!

  • Jamie | My Baking Addiction
    Posted at 13:58h, 03 May

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Marla!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Posted at 16:05h, 03 May

    Perfect easy breakfast! I’d do mine like yours, with berries.

  • Meg
    Posted at 07:09h, 04 May

    What a gorgeous and delicious looking breaky!

  • Esi
    Posted at 15:10h, 04 May

    Great for an easy do-ahead breakfast.

  • Kristina Vanni
    Posted at 13:01h, 07 May

    This looks great, such a healthy way to start off the day! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kiran @
    Posted at 02:06h, 14 May

    Love baked breakfast barley paired with blackberries. Yum 🙂

  • Erin
    Posted at 04:54h, 24 August

    We are vegan, so I was wondering if one could use flax or chia (with water) as an egg substitute?

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:20h, 24 August

      Hi Erin, I have never tried that ~ but you are more than welcome to experiment. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

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