Freekeh Breakfast Bowl

by Kelli on January 13, 2014

Trade in your steel cut oats for a healthy, delicious bowl of Freekeh Breakfast Cereal. It will keep you going all morning long!| TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #freekeh #breakfast #healthy

I don’t know about you, but Monday mornings always feel so rushed.  Not exactly how I want to get my week started.  Instead, I’d really love to start Monday morning with a little breakfast date coffee talk with you.  What do you say?

Let’s do it!  Grab your favorite mug, get some coffee, or tea.  Or, juice or a smoothie.  You pick.  And, don’t mind me while I nibble on my Freekeh Breakfast Bowl while we chat.

Trade in your steel cut oats for a healthy, delicious bowl of Freekeh Breakfast Cereal. It will keep you going all morning long!| TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #freekeh #breakfast #healthy

Here’s what’s been going on in my world lately.  A million Mondays ago, ok, maybe it was more like two months ago, I was part of  a segment on the Dr. Oz Show about freekeh.  Dr. Oz talked health benefits and why we need to include this hearty grain into our diets, and I talked  Freekeh Breakfast Bowls (think steel cut oats, but waaaay better.  We’ll get to that  in a minute, though).  The episode was taped back in November and it’s finally airing TODAY!

I thought I’d be ridiculously nervous in front of the camera, but somehow I wasn’t.  I also managed to forget about everyone sitting across the room in the audience.  Maybe because I was talking about food, a food I really love.  Maybe it was because I was talking breakfast which is my favorite meal of the day.  It was also kind of comforting that the show wasn’t airing live, so if I rambly or blabbery, or tripped over my words, the editing team could work their magic and no one would ever know (thankfully that didn’t happen though!).

Since freekeh is filled with protein & fiber, this breakfast cereal is perfect for keeping you going all morning!  | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #freekeh #breakfast #healthy

If you’re into steel cut oats, you’re going to be really into this Freekeh Breakfast Bowl!

Freekeh is sort of a “new” ancient grain.  It’s been around of thousands of years, but most of us in the U.S. are just starting to use it.  It has an earthy, nutty taste, and a chewy texture that’s similar to wheat berries or barley.  As for the nutritional benefits, freekeh definitely falls in the superfood category.  It’s loaded with fiber, protein and calcium.

This hearty breakfast bowl combines water, milk (I like to use skim, but you can use almond milk or coconut milk to keep it vegan), maple syrup, cinnamon, dried cherries and pistachios.  Similar to steel cut oats, freekeh takes about 30 minutes to prepare, so I find it easiest to prepare at night and reheat in the morning.

Since freekeh is filled with protein & fiber, this breakfast cereal is perfect for keeping you going all morning!  | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #freekeh #breakfast #healthy

Freekeh Breakfast Bowl

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cracked freekeh
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios

Instructions

Combine freekeh, water, milk, salt and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup.

Divide the cooked freekeh between two bowls. Top with dried cherries and pistachios.

Serve immediately.

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Since freekeh is filled with protein & fiber, this breakfast cereal is perfect for keeping you going all morning!  | TheCornerKitchenBlog.com #freekeh #breakfast #healthy

Enjoy!

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Julia January 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Waaaaahooooo you’re famous!! Do we get to see a video clip of the show? My gosh, this is so exciting and I can’t wait to see you “in person” talking about delicious freekeh! So very exciting, my dear. These breakfast bowls look amazing. I need to get me some freekeh. Huge congrats again and hope you had a lovely weekend! :)

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Kelli January 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

You are so sweet, thanks so much, my friend! It would be super awesome to talk to you for real in person, and of course chat over form breakfast bowls, but this will have to do for now :) Sadly I’m not able to get a clip of the segment, but the episode will be available online tomorrow afternoon (http://ow.ly/swOJW ).

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Abby January 13, 2014 at 8:42 AM

yum! I’ve got to give this a try. Congratulations!!!! That is so awesome, I’ll be tuning in :)

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Kelli January 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Thanks so much, Abby!

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

This breakfast bowl looks incredible! I would love it for breakfast this morning!

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Kelli January 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Thanks, Jocelyn! I love making a big batch on Sunday night, so I have breakfast for the whole week.

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Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain January 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

OMG!!!! You are famous! Can’t wait to see the episode!!

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Kelli January 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Thanks, friend! It was definitely a lot of fun!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats January 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Ok I’m so far behind on all my blog reading, but i saw your post on fb and was so excited for you! How freaking (freekeh-n?) awesome that you were on the Dr. Oz show!!! I can’t wait to watch it. And no wonder he wanted to feature this breakfast…it sounds amazing :) Congrats on doing such a good job.

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Kelli January 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Thanks so much, Amy!

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor January 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Wow, Kelli! I can’t wait to catch your episode. What a wonderful opportunity to be on the Dr. Oz show! And with such a fabulous dish. I could eat a big heaping bowl of this, especially with the pistachios and maple syrup.

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Kelli January 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Thanks so much, Ashley! It was so much fun, and surprisingly doesn’t feel nearly as weird watching it back as I was expecting :)

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Zainab @ Blahnik Baker January 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

WoOW!! Congrats Kelli!! I can’t wait to see the segment :) I wish I had a bowl of this tomorrow morning. Will have to pick up freekeh next time.

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Kelli January 14, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Thanks, Zainab :)

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Susan Broughton January 14, 2014 at 4:30 AM

Congratulations! I watched the show and really enjoyed the information on Freekeh . I am always looking for new foods that I can eat. Having diabetes it is difficult to find food that tastes good but is still good for you. I would assume that Freekeh would be good for anyone with diabetes right?

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Kelli January 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Thanks, Susan! Glad you were able to catch the segment. For starters, I should mention that I don’t know a lot about diabetes, but from what I know, freekeh has a lot glycemic index so it would be a good addition to your diet.

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) January 14, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Woh, woh, woh! Congratulations–that is amazing. I’m so sad that I didn’t get to see it–I’ll have to go to his website. Do you have a link?

I still haven’t tried freekeh, but I’ve been meaning to forever! And this breakfast bowl is how I’m gonna do it :)

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Kelli January 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Thanks so much, Laura! The episode re-airs again today (not sure of the time in DC, but it’s at noon in NY), and I’m planning to post a link later on. Freekeh is definitely one to try in 2014!

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Joanne January 14, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Just SO AMAZING I can hardly get over it! Okay, I can’t get over it. You rock! And so do these breakfast bowls. I’ve had freekeh exactly once and I loved it. Think it’s time to give it a second go!

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Kelli January 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

You’re so sweet….thanks, Joanne! I think freekeh would be totally up your alley!

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Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens January 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Oh, wow! Congratulations! What a really exciting adventure! Freekeh is totally the new “it” grain, and I love your take on using it as a hot cereal in place of steel cut oats (mmmmmm … pistachios …..)! Pinning quick-quick!

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Kelli January 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Thanks, Shelley! I’m a sucker for pistachios on anything!

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mimi January 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

When I was raising my girls, I very often fed them oatmeal-style hot cereals, including variations with kamut and teff. I thought I’d heard of all the grains, but this is a new one for me! Thanks. And congrats for being on tv!!!

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Kelli January 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Thanks, Mimi!

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Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes January 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Congrats on the tv appearance! I’m very intrigued by this, I love steel cut oats but always want to mix it up in the morning! I usually make something for the week that I reheat at work as a midmorning snack and this sounds like it would be perfect! Hopefully it’s something I can find at my grocery store…

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Kelli January 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Thanks, Lily! If you like steel cut oats, I think you’d like freekeh as well. Whole Foods carries it, as well as many similar stores, and you can also buy it online.

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Nicole NY January 16, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I’m going to have to try this, YUM! I already love pistachios and dried cherries as a snack.

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Kelli January 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

It’s a great breakfast, you’ll love it, Nicole!

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Aggie February 2, 2014 at 7:15 AM

I’ve been recording dr oz all month and have been watching him like crazy lately (an learning a lot actually) – I am going to dig into my archive list and find your episode!

I love steel cut oats so I know I would just love these!

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Sharlie February 23, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Hi Kelli. Did you pour milk over it after you made it? Or is there extra milk in the pot after cooking the freekeh? I have never cooked with freekeh and plan to start today. :) I was really thinking if you made this the night before if there would be milky liquid left over or if it would absorb. Thanks!!

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Kelli February 24, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Great questions, Sharlie…and, great way to start your day :) Unlike oats, when this sits overnight the freekeh will not absorb the milk. You’ll have some milk leftover in the pot after cooking the freekeh, and you can also add more to the bowl when serving (I sometimes do) if you like. Enjoy!

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peaceloveandsmoothies March 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Talking about food on t.v.? That sounds awesome, congratulations! I must find this freekeh stuff, it sounds interesting!

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Kelli March 4, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Thank you!! It can sometimes be tricky to find it in the grocery store, but it’s widely available online (that’s usually where I by mine).

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