Sugar Crisp Reinvented

July 7, 2010 at 8:38 am 6 comments

Remember this cereal?

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It’s the first thing I thought of when I cooked up some barley last night for breakfast this morning.  Once cooked, barley looks just like a non-puffed version of Sugar Crisp!


I searched the Internet high and low (well, really, I gave up after 2 minutes because if the Internet can’t give me what I want in 2 minutes flat, I give up.  I’m the MTV generation after all!) but I couldn’t find out if Sugar Crisp really IS made of barley.  I am going to pretend that it is.

But, yes!  I cooked up some barley last night for today’s breakfast.  I bought organic barley in bulk from the Big Carrot on Friday with the intention of using some as a breakfast cereal.  I had seen it featured as a breakfast item on Peanut Butter Fingers and it always looked really tasty.  I am here to confirm that it is!

For one cup of cooked pearl barley (the type with the hull removed) here are some stats:

  • 193 calories
  • 0.7 grams of fat
  • 6 grams of fibre
  • 3.5 grams of protein
  • 12% of your RDA of iron

Pretty good, eh?  What makes it even better is that it has a great texture!  It is dense and chewy which is the way I like my food 😉  I love my bulgur and quinoa (you know I do!), but this grain is particularly satisfying.

I cooked up 1/2 cup of barley with 1.5 cups of water.  I let it simmer on the stove until the barley absorbed the water which took about 20 minutes.  I just put it in some tupperware, put it in the fridge, and scooped out 3/4 of a cup this morning.  And this is what I made:

Ta da!

  • 3/4 cup cooked pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 2 sliced apricots
  • 4 sliced strawberries
  • Small handful of blueberries
  • 1 spoonful of peanut butter
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Loved this!  I guess I used about 5 or 10 cents worth of barley for this breakfast, too, which makes it very – you guessed it – FRUGAL 🙂


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tara  |  July 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    It is now called “Golden Crisp” and is made of (sweetened) puffed wheat.

    Wow! This is the first time I am commenting on your blog. I feel so vulnerable right now.

    • 2. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  July 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      You should comment on my blog more often. This is more of a demand than a suggestion.

      I found a box at the grocery store on my lunch break and it’s true: wheat not barley! I feel so used (?)

  • 3. Therese  |  July 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Sugar Crisp! Oh how I loved thee (along with Count Chocula and Cinnamon Toast Crunch)!

    Too bad it’s made out of wheat, I’d have TOTALLY bought your bull on the barley! 😛

    Love the idea of it for breakfast!!!!

    • 4. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  July 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      A part of me still believes it’s made out of barley. This is the not-so-smart part of me 😉

  • 5. peanutbutterfingers  |  July 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    woohooooo – glad you’re a “barley for breakfast” fan! 🙂


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