Barley and Oat Groat Porridge

Preparation info
  • Makes 4 cups ,


    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Kick Diabetes Cookbook

By Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

Published 2018

  • About

This makes a substantial morning meal with a pleasant variety of textures and flavors. Of all the whole grains, barley has the lowest glycemic index and is brimming with soluble fiber, so it’s especially helpful for people with diabetes.


  • 4 cups (1 L) water
  • ½ cup (125 ml


Put the water, barley, oat groats, and optional salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the water is absorbed and the oats are tender, 1–1½ hours. Stir in the milk and raisins and cook for 15 minutes longer. If the porridge is too thick, add more milk or water as desired.