Apple-Cranberry Grains

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours


16 servings

Updated: Jan. 06, 2024
These delicious slow-cooker grains are perfect. I set my slow cooker to start automatically overnight and a hearty breakfast is ready in the morning, making this quick and healthy recipe a favorite in my home. —Sherisse Dawe, Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada
Apple-Cranberry Grains Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup wheat berries
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups water
  • Optional toppings: Milk, sliced apples, dried cranberries and chopped walnuts


  1. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 11 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low until grains are tender, 4-5 hours. Serve with toppings as desired.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 180 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.