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Buckwheat and Mixed Grains Porridge

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Buckwheat and Mixed Grains Porridge: A Nutrient-Packed Morning Delight

We had our first real hard freeze recently. Our breakfast routine was slightly modified to include getting a fire going from the coals that were leftover from the overnight fire. While the fire tending is happening, we also start a pot of our Buckwheat and Mixed Grains Porridge. The porridge is warm, healthy and satisfying and a perfect accompaniment to a cold winter morning.

Not only do we love this porridge in the cold of winter, but our girls also request porridge during the warmer months as well. Probably because we often top our porridge with frozen berries – which are like adding a popsicle treat for kids. The frozen berries make the porridge a canvas for turning the grains various shades of inky berry colors. Frozen berries not only add a delicious burst of flavor, but they also quickly cool your porridge!!

In the warmer months, we like to get porridge started overnight by soaking the grains so that they will cook at a faster pace. The Nourished Kitchen dives deeper into the benefits of soaking grains overnight. Not only does soaking cause easier digestion and more mineral absorption, but also helps support blood sugar balance, metabolic and hormonal health.

A Porridge Symphony – Mixed Grains & Buckwheat

In this simple recipe, we bring together buckwheat, oats, and barley in perfect harmony. The 1:1:1 ratio creates a delightful texture and a symphony of nutty flavors, making each spoonful a gratifying experience. If you would like to learn more about how to make porridge, other grain combination possibilities for your porridge or get more ideas for toppings, etc. – take a look at our post, How to Make Porridge Using Any Grain.


Buckwheat, despite its name, is not a wheat but a nutrient-rich seed. It boasts an impressive nutritional profile, offering plant-based proteins, fiber, and essential minerals. Buckwheat’s unique, earthy flavor adds depth to dishes. As a gluten-free option, it caters to various dietary needs while remaining an affordable and versatile choice for a wholesome diet.


Barley, a whole grain staple, is renowned for its affordability and nutritional richness. Packed with dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, barley supports digestive health and provides sustained energy. Its mild, nutty flavor complements both sweet and savory dishes, making it a versatile and economical addition to any pantry.


Oats, a breakfast favorite, are not only budget-friendly but also nutritionally dense. Rich in soluble fiber, oats contribute to heart health and provide a sustained energy release. Their neutral taste allows for versatile flavor combinations, making them an affordable, nutritious, and delicious option for a variety of meals.

Buckwheat & Mixed Grains Porridge: Your Start to A Healthy Breakfast Journey

You are now on your way to a journey of morning indulgence with our Buckwheat and Mixed Grains Porridge. If you are curious for more healthy grain ideas, try perusing our buckwheat and breakfast recipes.

close up photo of porridge made with buckwheat barley and oats topped with yogurt and cinnamon sugared pecans

Buckwheat, Oat and Barley Porridge

This hearty porridge offers a blend of nutty high protein, high fiber buckwheat, wholesome oats, and chewy barley, providing a nutritious and satisfying breakfast. Adjust the grains, milk type, sweetness and toppings according to your preference.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Scottish
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: buckwheat, healthy, high fiber, high protein
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 220kcal
Author: juiceofsevenlemons
Cost: $3


  • 130 grams Buckwheat groats 2/3 cup
  • 65 grams Rolled oats 2/3 cup
  • 140 grams Pearl barley 2/3 cup
  • 48 ounces Water 6 cups
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste optional
  • 8 ounces Milk optional, use whatever milk type you wish
  • Pinch fine sea salt To taste
  • toppings optional: maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, nuts, fruits, yogurt etc.


  • Rinse the buckwheat groats, rolled oats, and pearl barley under cold water.
  • In a large pot, combine the rinsed grains with water. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until the grains are tender.
  • If desired, stir in milk during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking for added creaminess. Add vanilla bean paste if using as well.
  • Once the grains are cooked, adjust the consistency with more water or milk if needed. Serve the porridge hot with whatever toppings you wish.


Grain Ratios: The recipe uses a balanced 1:1:1 ratio of buckwheat groats, rolled oats, and pearl barley, providing a delightful combination of flavors and textures. Feel free to mix different grain types as you like.
Grain Preparation: Rinse the grains thoroughly before cooking to remove excess starch. This enhances the porridge’s texture and prevents it from becoming overly sticky.
Water or Milk: Adjust the liquid base according to preference. For a creamier texture, add milk (dairy or plant-based) to enhance richness. The nutritional values will vary based on your choice. A splash of cream or dollop of yogurt as a topping is also a nice touch.
Toppings: You can customize your porridge with a variety of toppings to add sweetness and crunch. These additions not only add flavor but also contribute additional nutrients. We love to top ours with frozen raspberries or sugar cinnamon pecans and yogurt.
Overnight Option: To save time in the morning, consider an overnight soaking option. Combine grains and water in a covered container and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, cook the soaked grains on the stove or in the microwave until desired consistency is reached. This should cut the cooking time at least in half.
Additional Flavor: Experiment with spices like cinnamon, star anise, allspice nutmeg, or vanilla extract for added warmth and depth of flavor. Or even a fruit addition like blueberries or strawberries can change the flavor of your porridge.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Before reheating, add a splash of water or milk to restore the desired consistency, as the grains may absorb additional liquid during storage.
For an extended shelf life, consider freezing individual portions in freezer-safe containers. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat as needed.
Note on Reheating: Reheat the porridge on the stovetop or in the microwave. If the porridge becomes too thick upon reheating, adjust the consistency by adding water or milk gradually until reaching the desired thickness. Stir well during reheating to distribute heat evenly.


Serving: 375g | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 6g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg

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