Crock Pot Barley
Place all ingredients except water in the blender. Add 1 ½ cups of water and blend till very smooth. Add water until you have 8 cups of milk. Chill. Mix well before serving. This is a good alternative to regular milk. Works well on cereal or in cooking or baking. Add more or less water based on your preference. For sweeter milk, add more dates. For cooking or baking less dates may be desired.
Combine all ingredients in order given. Bake in casserole dish for 1 hour at 350
Peach Barley Casserole
Combine all ingredients in 2 quart casserole dish arranging a few peaches nicely on top. Bake uncovered at 350 for 1 hour
Breakfast Banana Delight
Blend all ingredients except raisins and rice until smooth. Pour blended mixture over rice, add raisins and heat till warmed through in oven, microwave or on stovetop. My kids don’t like any kind of breakfast rice recipe that I have tried in the past, but they LOVE this one!
Mix in large bowl first five ingredients. Place bananas, dates, raisins, apple juice and salt in blender. (For easier blending, soften raisins and dates in apple juice first.) Blend till smooth, may add more apple juice as need to blend smooth. Pour blender mixture into dry ingredients and thoroughly mix till granola is in small crumbles. Add more oats if smaller crumbles are desired. Place on 2 or 3 large cookie sheets and spread out to ½-1 inch thick. Bake at 225-250 for about 90 minutes, stirring every 30 minutes. Turn off oven and leave granola in until cool and completely dry. Store in air-tight container.
Sweet Cornmeal Mush
Stir cornmeal into cold water. Cook, stirring frequently until thickened. Add remaining ingredients. May add more water or cook longer to reach desired consistency.
Mix all ingredients together in mixing bowl. Pour into 8×8 casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Any sweet fruit can be used in place of the apple. Crushed pineapple is good. Use any type of milk substitute or use fruit juice for the liquid. Chopped dates can also be used in place of raisins. Any chopped nut could be used in place of, or in addition to the coconut.
In food processor, process pecans until fine, then add the coconut and dates. When well mixed, add the wheat bran, oats and salt. Add vanilla and coconut milk while it is running, adding enough to make the mixture form large clumps. Dump out onto baking sheet and crumble into small pieces. Bake at 250 degrees for about 90 minutes or until cereal is dry. Stir every 20-30 minutes and continue to break up larger clumps, so that it resembles Grape Nuts. Turn off oven and leave in to finish drying and cooling before placing in air-tight container for storage. This is a new favorite at our house, and now ranks higher than the granola!
You can still make this even if you don’t have a food processor, just blend the pecans (or use pecan meal) as well as you can in the blender then dump out into large bowl. Then blend the dates together with the wheat bran until fine and add to nuts. Then blend the coconut and oats (in 2 batches is better) and add it to the bowl, mixing well. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Crumble onto baking sheet and bake as above. It will have a coarser texture, but will taste just as good as making it in a food processor!
Pretty-n-Pink Breakfast Delight
In casserole dish layer cereal, fruit cream, sliced fruit or berries, and rice cream. Repeat layers as you have space, ending with cream on top. Sprinkle cereal lightly over the top.
This was a big hit at our house! It is like having dessert for breakfast. You can also make this in individual servings in parfait glasses. Very pretty!