Homemade Barley Grits ~ Who Says Corn Rules the Grits?

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Homemade Barley Grits ~ A New Take On Breakfast

It seems like we get stuck in a rut for breakfast sometimes, but Homemade Barley Grits breaks you out.  Why relegate this beautiful grain to soups when it can be brought out for this wonderful cross between grits and oatmeal?  It is just a little bit chewy, giving you something to wake up to in the morning, as well as creamy for a great comfort food to start your day.

Making Homemade Barley Grits

Barley Grits Whole Barley

All you need to turn pearl barley into homemade barley grits is a blender or food processor.  A few good pulses will turn the small grain into something even smaller, which cooks fairly quickly and has an earthy, comforting flavor.  It’s a great grain for those tired of oatmeal, but allergic to wheat based ingredients.  Barley does contain gluten, so gluten intolerant people should take care with this dish.

Barley Grits Ground Barley

Homemade Barley Grits is a Versatile Meal

Homemade Barley Grits can be flavored any way you like, from sweet to savory, and everything in between.  They are great with cheese, but just as good with some brown sugar or maple syrup swirled on top.  Top them with eggs and bacon for a complete breakfast!  Any combination you can think of that you love for breakfast will go great with Homemade Barley Grits.  Try a bit of cream cheese icing and cinnamon sugar for a great cinnamon roll flavor!

Homemade Barley Grits ~ Who Says Corn Rules the Grits?

Homemade Barley Grits ~ Who Says Corn Rules the Grits?


  • 2/3 C pearl barley
  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1 T honey
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 C cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. In a blender or food processor, pulse the barley until the pearls are broken and it's an even grit.
  2. Place the processed barley grits in a medium saucepan. Add the milk, water, honey, and salt. Heat over medium high heat until boiling.
  3. Turn down slightly and simmer for about 25-30 minutes, until the grain is tender.
  4. Add cheddar cheese and stir in until melted.
  5. Serve with salt and pepper. Top with eggs, if you like.

Grind Up Your Homemade Barley Grits in Advance!

I love keeping dried goods in stock in my pantry.  I always have a container of pearl barley for soups and salads, and to that I’ve added another container for Homemade Barley Grits.  I grind up a pound or two and keep them in a sealed container in my pantry for those quick breakfasts where I just don’t have anything planned.  Make Homemade Barley Grits a great start to your day!

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