Cinnamon Barley Pudding

cinnamon barley pudding

Autumn is upon us, which means shorter days, cold nights and the need for classic comfort food. I had a hankering for pudding one evening and so I came up with this simple dessert. I make batches of barley and I’m always looking for new ways to use it. This is my spin on traditional rice pudding – straight-forward and healthy!

I’ve also tried this with brown rice and it worked quite well but I like the chewiness of barley. I bet lots of other wholegrains would work too if you’d like to share any suggestions in the comments section!

Cinnamon Barley Pudding

Serves 2. Preparation time 5 minutes plus about 30 minutes baking time. Approx 250 calories per serving.


  • 1 cup of pearl barley (cooked)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Half a cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius. Spray two ramekins with oil and place on a baking tray.
  2. Divide the barley between the two ramekins.
  3. Mix together the rest of the ingredients – egg, milk, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. Once thoroughly combined, pour half of the mixture into each ramekin over the barley.
  4. Bake for around 30 minutes or until the pudding is set (give the tray a little shake – if the pudding wobbles give it a couple more minutes).

Do you ever cook with barley? Have you tried using it in a dessert? What are your favourite wholegrains?

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6 Responses (+add yours?)

  1. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 06:44:00

    I was actually on the lookout for a healthy brown rice pudding, so I might just have to use this recipe for it :) I’m not quite sure if I’m even allowed to have barley (because I’m wheat-free), but brown rice is always a safe bet!


    • somethingtochewover
      Sep 29, 2011 @ 08:55:39

      It’s wheat-free but it does contain gluten if that’s a problem.


  2. Shannon
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 09:20:46

    Yum! This looks delicious! I need to get some Barley so I can make this sometime soon! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us :)


  3. Cait's Plate
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 09:51:19

    YUM! That looks like a seriously perfect fall dish! Love the addition of cinnamon!


  4. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 07:15:47

    Interesting! It looks like creme brulee!


  5. genevieve
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 12:48:35

    I just rediscovered barley last week, and I can’t wait to try this out! It looks delicious, and perfect for fall!


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