Kentucky Derby Bars

Kentucky Derby Bars

Kentucky Derby Pie Bars

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert, Snack

Ingredients
  

For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup barley flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into tablespoons

For the Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

For the Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350F and line a 13×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flours, granulated sugar, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
  • Press mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly brown.

For the Filling

  • In teh same bowl, whisk together brown sugar and next 4 ingredients until combined.
  • Stir in pecans and chocolate chips, and pour over the prepared crust.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until center is set. Let cool completely. Remove from pan and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Keyword baking, barley flour
National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month

Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? A nutrition, education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month focuses on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating habits, and create healthful eating patterns with the foods they love.

To celebrate, we would like to share some Barley Basics with you, as well as some fun and healthy food swaps using barley!

 

Part of a Healthful Diet

Barley is considered a “super grain” because of its health and nutrition benefits which have been well-documented by scientists and dietitians alike. Some of these health benefits include:

Heart Health

Since 2006, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that soluble fiber from barley, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and total cholesterol levels. Whole grain barley as well as dry milled barley products, such as pearled barley kernels, flakes, grits, and flour can make a difference in your heart’s overall health!

Gut Health

Barley contains the most fiber of all grains, with most varieties clocking in around 17% fiber. Additionally, barley contains fiber throughout the entire kernel. Therefore, processed barley products such as flour, flakes, or pearl barley, will still retain at least 50% of their original fiber content even after the bran or outer layer of the barley kernel is removed. In most grains, fiber is found only in the bran or outer layer of the kernel.

Body-Weight Management

Eating fiber-rich foods (like barley!)  helps increase satiety (the feeling of fullness) which is important in maintaining a healthy weight. Soluble fiber (beta-glucan) mixes with liquid and binds to fatty substances to help remove them from the body. Barley is a complex carbohydrate, which takes longer to break down, providing longer-lasting energy and reducing post-meal “crashes”.

Blood Sugar Management

Barley has the lowest Glycemic Index of all the grains at 28. The carbohydrates in barley are slowly digested, absorbed, and metabolized causing a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and insulin levels. Studies show that soluble fiber (beta-glucan) is effective in slowing the absorption of sugar, which, for people with diabetes, may help decrease the need for insulin. Barley and oats are the only two edible grains that contain significant levels of beta-glucan.

Nutrition You Can Count On

Barley is a nutrition powerhouse. Not only is it packed with fiber, but it also contains other essential nutrients. In ¼ cup of uncooked hulless barley you will find the following:

Healthy and Easy Swaps

Adding barley to your diet is a simple swap in the kitchen. To boost the nutrition of your favorite dishes, try these simple swaps:

Barley-Based Inspiration

For some barley-based inspiration, visit our Recipes page. Interested in learning more about Barley? Visit our Barley Basics page. 

Beet & Barley Risotto

Beet & Barley Risotto

Beet & Barley Risotto

Beautiful beetroot and barley risotto, almost too pretty to eat- almost!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup barley
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion,diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 can beets, drained, patted dry & pureed
  • 1 tsp thyme

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add barley and stir until glossy. Add wine and stir until barley has absorbed it. Add in thyme.
  • Add in the broth and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and barley is tender.
  • Stir in beets and warm through. Top with feta or ricotta and enjoy!
Tahini Cookies

Tahini Cookies

Tahini Cookies

A delicious treat filled with a unique flavor.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 16 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup tahini
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup barley flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease the baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, maple, syrup, and vanilla extract until well blended. Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt over the tahini mixture. Use a spoon or spatula to combine ingredients.
  • Use your hands to roll the dough into balls(roughly 2 tablespoons). Place them on the cookie sheet and slightly flatten. Place a few pomegranate arils on each cookie.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Cool for 15 min and enjoy.
Keyword baking, barley, cookies, tahini
Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

A simple and sweet cupcake.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ` cup barley flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 ` cup milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice fresh
  • Vanilla Buttercream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together.
  • Add eggs and vanilla extract until combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  • Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients while mixing. Then add the milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest and store until combined.
  • Spoon batter into 12 cupcake liners, evenly. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool, then frost the cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.
Keyword baking, barley flour, lemon