Here is a great breakfast bowl that pairs refreshing whole milk yogurt with warm whole grain einkorn, dried fruit, nuts and your choice of sweetener. You should know that in the ancient days, it is believed that Roman warriors consumed a bowl of porridge made with einkorn to give them strength and stamina. You have to hand it to the Romans, they knew that the high protein and sweet nutty flavor of warm einkorn would be a great way start to a long day. Did you know that einkorn contains more protein than any other grain? And that plant-based protein will satisfy your hunger for hours, without the added saturated fats of breakfast meats or eggs, so your body feels nourished, but not weighed down.
Here’s how to prepare this nutritious breakfast.
- While not necessary, we recommend soaking the einkorn wheat berries in the evening before going to bed. Place the grains in a bowl with twice the volume of water and let stand overnight. Therefore, for 1 cup of einkorn, you will need 2 cups of water. This will give you a fluffier finished grain that is easier to assimilate.
- Drain and rinse the grain in a colander and discard the soaking water.
- NORMAL COOKING- Again, you will need twice the water to grain for cooking, so bring 2 cups of water to a boil for cooking 1 cup of dry wheat berries. Remember how much you measured the night before because the water you will use for cooking is twice the dry amount, not twice the amount after soaking. Add a pinch of sea salt and cook for 30 minutes.
- PRESSURE COOKER- You can also cook einkorn in a pressure cooker using the same amount of water but cook for 15 minutes once your cooker has reached high pressure. Make sure you maintain the pressure at the lowest heat so your grain does not stick to the bottom of the cooker.
- RICE COOKER- In a rice cooker, set the einkorn to cook on the brown rice cycle for 40 minutes.
- Fill each serving bowl with 1 cup of plain whole milk yogurt.
- Add ¾ cup of cooked grain to the top of the yogurt.
- Add nuts. We like to grind hazelnuts or walnuts in a coffee grinder and sprinkle on top. Alternatively, add slivered or sliced almonds.
- Add dried fruit like sultanas, raisins, cherries, apricots or figs but be mindful that dried fruits that are not certified organic can contain sulfites.
- Add seasonal fresh fruit like bananas, clementines, apples, peaches or pears.
- If you wish, add a bit of sweetener like honey, maple syrup, brown sugar or whatever you prefer.
- Spice it up with a bit of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, or ginger.
- These bowls can prepared in the morning and stored in the refrigerator to serve later as a great afternoon or after-school snack.
- If you are gluten free and cannot eat einkorn wheat, this breakfast bowl is equally as delicious when prepared with buckwheat groats, brown rice or certified gluten free steel cut oats.