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Warm Barley Coffee with Soaked Bread (V)

I started enjoying this simple cozy meal not so long ago after talking to an older friend about it. His grandfather ate it for breakfast every morning. It’s barley coffee mixed with warm milk and pieces of stale bread soaked in it. I started making it for myself in the evenings and every day I would long to eat it again. It gives you a warm and comfortable feeling inside.

Even though you can use any bread, I love it with an oat bran bagel. The bread can be stale but I also often use fresh bread. I also tried putting different cookies in it. McVitie’s digestives are the perfect choice. Once when my homemade croissants didn’t turn out as well as I would like them I soaked them in a barley coffee and they were really good in it.

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As for the choice of milk I love using brown rice milk but it also goes very well with homemade roasted hazelnut milk or cashew milk.

Some people like to sweeten their barley coffee. I don’t think that’s really necessary and can even ruin the dish for me.

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Warm Barley Coffee with Soaked Bread (V)

Enjoy a cozy meal just like in old times. A bread of choice soaked in a warm barley coffee for a simple breakfast or before bedtime.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 403 kcal


  • 2 tsp barley coffee
  • 250 ml (1 cup) plant based milk of choice (I like brown rice milk, roasted hazelnut milk, cashew milk)
  • bread of choice (I chose oat bran bagel) or cookies of choice (I like McVitie's digestives)


  • If you are making homemade plant based milk for this recipe do that before you start preparing other ingredients.
  • Take a deep plate or large cup and add barley coffee.
  • Gently heat milk of choice. I would recommend that it doesn't go beyond 70 °C. Pour it over barley coffee and mix with the spoon.
  • Serve with bread or/and cookies of choice.


*Calories calculated for this recipe are based on using oat bran bagel and brown rice milk.
*If oat bran bagel is not available in stores I like to make my own at home.
*See here how to make homemade nut milk.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 13gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 701mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 4gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 4IUCalcium: 13mgIron: 3mg
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