Learn to make your own Barley flour

The popularity of barley flour has increased because it is a healthy, gluten-free alternative to wheat flour.

This post will explore the benefits of this flour and provide recipes for dishes ranging from easy pancakes to fluffy bread with a crusty exterior.

How to make barley flour

Barley flour is easy to make.

To make it, simply combine 3 cups of raw barley grits with 4 cups of water in a pan.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer for 5 minutes.

Add salt and butter (or olive oil) if desired.

Pour the cooked mixture into a screening device and let it cool.

Break up clumps using your hands or another kitchen tool until you have fine particles resembling flour.

Store the flour in an airtight container for up to 7 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.

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OK, so this is what I do for making my own barley flour. First, you have to either get raw barley grits or get some sort of grinder so it grinds the barley.

Next, you have to mix the ground up barley with water in a pot, bring it to a boil, lessen the heat so it can simmer for five minutes or until all of the water has disappeared in the pot.

After that, take salt and butter (or olive oil) in order to add flavor recommendations. Pour everything into a screen and let cool off.

Break up clumps using your hands or another kitchen tool until you have fine particles resembling powder with an airtight container

Why barley flour is healthier

Barley flour has a lower gluten content than wheat flour. The enzymes, lipids, and other nutritional components of the barley are also preserved better during the grinding process so they retain more nutrients.

Barley flour is an excellent source of fiber which contributes to healthy gut flora.

It is also great for increasing satiety so you feel fuller longer.

Barley Flour recipes

Cinnamon-Barley Crusty Bread Recipe:


3 cups barley flour

1/2 cup toasted barley flakes

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. caraway seeds

1 Tbsp. powdered cinnamon

1 Tbsp. sugar (I like to use white sugar because it gives a better crust and doesn’t brown too much)

3 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted and cooled; plus 2 tablespoons for brushing loaves (or use olive oil)

Barley Flour Pancakes

2 tablespoons ground flax seeds (ground up)

1 cup cassava root flour

1/4 cup raw barley flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon guar gum powder

pinch of salt

1/3 cup coconut milk, fresh or canned

5-6 tablespoons maple syrup

2 eggs, beaten enough to mix them but not so much they get frothy.  

coconut oil for frying.  

Toppings: maple syrup, applesauce, walnuts, pecans, cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Add the first five ingredients to a mixing bowl. Mix well with a whisk. Add the milk and beat. Beat in the egg and butter. Pour the mixture onto a lightly greased skillet or pan and cook as desired. Makes 2 large pancakes.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on barley flour. As a gluten-free alternative, it is an excellent choice for those with sensitivities or allergies to wheat.  The recipes we’ve provided should give you some ideas of how to use the flour in your own kitchen and will hopefully inspire creativity as well! If all of these healthy dishes sound delicious but too time consuming, let us know. We have a team available that can help plan out menus and grocery lists so cooking becomes less daunting. Which one of our recipes would tempt you the most? What are your favorite ways to eat barley bread? Let me know in the comments below!