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Toasted Grain and Fig Bowl

You can eat your grains hot or cold in this recipe, whichever you prefer. I know this will become a staple in your home because it’s so fast when you make the grains ahead of time and it’s so customizable. If you were feeling really ambitious, you could make a “toppings bar” of sorts for everyone in your family to choose from and they could all create their own grain bowl! As usual, I always recommend using organic ingredients as much as possible.
Course Salad
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1


Toasted barley ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp butter
  • 1 cup barley
  • 2 cups water or stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic salt

Parmesan crisps:

  • 1/2 cup Fresh parmesan cheese

Cashew Crema ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews soaded overnight and drained
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 pinches of salt

Grain bowl ingredients:

  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 apple sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried figs cut into bite sized pieces.
  • 2 big handfuls of spring greens
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds


Toasted barley instructions:

  1. Put a small amount of butter in a pot and toast your barley for 2-3 minutes or until aromatic and smells toasted.
  2. Add water or stock and cook for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Add a little more butter, salt and pepper, and garlic salt.
  4. Can keep in fridge for up to one week.

Parmesan crisps instructions:

  1. Grate parmesan cheese onto parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread into a circle about 3 inches wide.
  2. Cook at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  3. Pull out of the oven and allow to cool.

Cashew Crema instructions:

  1. Blend all your ingredients in a blender then add into a squeeze bottle.
  2. Place in the refrigerator and crema will thicken over time.

Grain bowl instructions:

  1. Place spring greens into a bowl.
  2. Arrange carrots, apples, and figs in small piles on top of the greens, leaving space for the barley.
  3. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of barley on top of the greens.
  4. Garnish with parmesean crips and sunflower seeds then drizzle cashew crema over the entire grain bowl.