The weekend needs more deluxe breakfast options that don't leave you feeling all BLAH after the sugar-carb crash. This wheat berry breakfast bowl is my go to when I want a weekend indulgence, but I'm still trying to keep it healthy-ish. Warm and nutty with sautéd pears and creamy yogurt, you'll be ready to take on the day!
Keep in mind, wheat berries take about an hour to cook, so you can prepare everything else while you wait or cook them up the night before.
If you don't have time for wheat berries or you can't find them (check the bin section at Whole Foods Market or natural foods stores) — any plump, whole grain will do — farro, barley, oat groats, etc.
When hunting for your vegan yogurt of choice, look for Kite Hill. While not the least expensive option, definitely the favorite in our house and not too much sugar!Print
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks
- 1 cup vanilla nondairy yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of Earth Balance
- 2 firm pears, cored and chopped into ¼-inch thin bite-sized slices
- 2 cups wheat berries (see notes for alternatives)
- ½ cup toasted pecans or walnuts
- ½ cup assorted dried fruits, chopped
- To cook wheat berries: Combine 2 cups wheat berries, 6 cups water, and 2 teaspoons salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, covered, until plump and chewy (and a few of the berries split open), about an hour or so. The berries will stay al dente, and the only way to be sure they're done is to taste a few. Drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-hight heat, sauté the pear slices in the olive oil and Earth Balance for about five minutes, or until they get a bit golden. Keep an eye on them though, because they can burn in a flash. Add the wheat berries to the skillet and toss gently.
- Turn out onto a platter, or serve in individual bowls ladled with a generous amount of yogurt, and sprinkled with plenty of pecans and dried fruit. For those of you who prefer a bit more sweetness, serve with more maple syrup on the side.
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 926
- Sugar: 40
- Sodium: 37
- Fat: 28
- Carbohydrates: 155
- Fiber: 25
- Protein: 23
- Cholesterol: 0