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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
I am very happy with this product. I have way too many foods allergies to list so finding a product a can eat is a joy. I tolerate these well. I had to eliminate and/or greatly reduce oats in my diet due to reactions.
I am so happy to eat these like oats for breakfast. Also great in baking bars,cookies,cakes,meatloaves.
I couldn't find these many places, especially at this price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
I have a son who just can't tolerate oats. He isn't gluten-intolerant (according to the trials I've done at home), but, from infancy, has reacted with eczema flares every time I tried introducing oatmeal. (Ironic, since so many skin creams for eczema include the "soothing" ingredient oatmeal!)

At our private (Waldorf) school, as at many others, they serve oatmeal for snack once a week. This wasn't going to work for my little boy, and I started out sending in a thermos for him each week with a hot cereal I had prepared at home, but that can get tricky and inconvenient on a busy school-day morning. His teacher said they could cook something additional at school for him, and I finally sent in a package of these Bob's Red Mill barley flakes for them to prepare for him.

In my experience, cooking these flakes is pretty similar to making rolled oats. I often use my rice cooker (Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker and Warmer, Premium White) and its porridge cycle to prepare hot cereals for breakfast at home, including this type. While I more often blend leftover rice with barley for our morning meals, my son's kindergarten teacher is cooking these barley flakes by themselves per the package instructions for his school snack every week, and she thinks it is a wonderful solution to our situation.

I actually love oatmeal (as does my other son), so I do always find it a bit of a jolt when I eat barley flakes because it APPEARS to similar to rolled oats but tastes rather different. I do like the taste, actually, but I would definitely warn a kid who expected oatmeal before substituting barley based upon my personal reaction to the difference. We top rolled barley with brown sugar and maple syrup, just exactly the way we serve rolled oats. My child who can eat both oats and barley does like both, but he also notices the different tastes.

As a mom, I would definitely recommend trying rolled barley as just another breakfast cereal for any family who enjoys hot cereal. It is great to have options aside from the more expected oats. And, especially for those with sensitivities, this is a good oat alternative. I do like many Bob's Red Mill products, and would consider them a brand I trust.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2013
Barley has a considerably lower glycemic index than oatmeal, so it is particularly suitable for diabetics such as myself. Bob's Red Mill is an excellent product, just requiring a few minutes soak in very hot water to prepare. I enjoy eating it with walnuts and blueberries, making for a very healthy breakfast!

A couple of caveats: First, if you are used to the mild, sweet taste of oatmeal, this will come as a bit of a shock. Barley has a distinct nutty taste, which is jarring at first. However, after a while you come to appreciate the extra flavor and, in my case, even prefer it to oatmeal.

Second, this stuff swells like crazy when it absorbs hot water! I tried following the directions to put water with it and stick it in the microwave, with disastrous results. Unless you have a giant bowl, it WILL go over the top and make a mess!

My solution is to pour boiling water on top of the barley flakes. They swell, but not nearly as much as in the microwave. After a few minutes you are good to go, no muss & no fuss!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
I have brought many items from bob red mill products ...they are all very good and I would recommend them to anyone wanting to have good quality plus they are reasonably priced...thanks

in Christ, jb
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2012
We use barley in place of oats and find it tastier. This is a difficult product to find locally. Brewers supply shops sell rolled barley, but Bob's has less bran on it and isn't gritty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2012
When a family member developed some serious health problems, I wanted to do what I could to have healthy food available in my home. I read that barley had higher fiber and protein levels than oatmeal. I'd been making more oatmeal cookies so I replaced the oatmeal with the rolled barley and added a handful of barley flakes to each loaf of bread. No one seems to have noticed the change and I feel better about what I'm making.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2013
I am a quasi-vegetarian, who do not eat meat and dairy but sometimes crave for cereal taste. For me, it tastes really nice and it tastes like oatmeal! I enjoy microwave this with pinch salt, which is optional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
Bob's Red Mill Barley Flakes are my favorite cereal. They have more flavor than other cereal grains. I love them as a cooked cereal and as a microwave-heated muesli.

Bob Parvin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2013
Good value, healthy choice, tastes great, I love it! I would recommend to family and friends for a healthy diet choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2012
I can't find this product in any of our local grocery stores. It's great -- I add it to my oatmeal mix.
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