Start your day with a high fiber, heart-healthy grain that’s also a good source of protein. This Pressure Cooker Lemon Cranberry Breakfast Farro is a great start to the day.
Farro is an ancient wheat grain. It has a nutty flavor, is a little bit chewy like barley, and can be used as a substitute for pasta or rice. Just 1/4 cup of dry farro has 40 mg of calicum, 7 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber. I eat it for breakfast instead of oatmeal.
Pressure Cooker Lemon Cranberry Breakfast Farro is my go to breakfast about 4 or 5 mornings a week. I make up a big batch of it so I only have to cook it once a week or so.
I start it in the pressure cooker and once it’s come to pressure, I leave it cooking while I go to the gym. When I get home it’s done pressure cooking, the pressure has released and it’s hot and ready to eat.
I’ll have a bowl and then freeze it in 1/2 cup portions in quart size zip-top bags. It heats up in the microwave in about 1 1/2 minutes. If I have fresh berries on hand, I’ll substitute berries for the cranberries.
I love using lemon bakery emulsion. It adds a bright lemon flavor to the farro. You can find it at baking supply stores, as well as online on Amazon.
You also use lemon extract which is available in the spice aisle at the grocery store. Marci, Tidbits, has a pressure cooker recipe to make Pressure Cooker Lemon Extract. Or, if you prefer, you could also substitute vanilla extract.
I buy the farro in a 16 ounce package at Smith’s Marketplace. It’s the Kroger brand. I’ve also purchased Bob’s Red Mill farro at the store, but it needs a little bit longer cook time to be as tender as I like it for breakfast.
If you’re looking for a hearty, healthy way to start the day, definitely give this Pressure Cooker Lemon Cranberry Breakfast Farro recipe a try.
- 1 (16 oz.) package farro
- 4 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract or lemon bakery emulsion
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Add farro, water, brown sugar, lemon extract, and salt. Select High Pressure and 20 minutes cook time. When timer sounds, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, use a quick pressure release. When valve drops, carefully remove lid. Stir mixture and stir in cranberries.
- Serve topped with additional brown sugar and a splash of milk.
Note: I dressed up the farro with a little lemon zest for the pictures.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 142mg Carbohydrates: 29g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 20g Protein: 2g
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