Dive into the simplicity of summer mornings with our Whole Grain Summer Porridge. This chilled delight offers a creamy, refreshing experience with minimal effort. Using Steel Cut Seashore Black Rye, known for its rustic texture and subtle nuttiness, this recipe brings a unique twist to your breakfast routine. Experiment with using the Farm Fresh Rolled Oats From Mendocino Grain Project or Cracked Farro Porridge or even mixtures of grains for different tastes and textures. The wonderful thing about ancient grains is that they have FLAVOR. Whether you're craving a healthy start or a cool escape from the heat, this porridge has you covered.


Overnight whole grain porridge is not only a delicious breakfast option but also a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, whole grains like rye, oats, or farro provide sustained energy throughout the day while promoting digestive health. This slow-release energy helps stabilize blood sugar levels, keeping you feeling satisfied and focused until your next meal. Additionally, whole grains are rich in antioxidants, which play a crucial role in reducing inflammation and protecting against chronic diseases. By soaking the grains overnight, you enhance their digestibility and nutrient absorption, maximizing the benefits they offer. Incorporating overnight whole grain porridge into your morning routine is a simple yet effective way to support your overall health and well-being.


Under many names, this hardy variety had been part of planting schemes since 1831 when the Charleston City Gazette first advertised Carolina Seed Rye for sale in its pages. Sadly if feel out of favor and is only grown by a handful of farms. Nutty and delicious, the grain has earned a place in the Slow Food Ark of Taste. Drought tolerant and heat resistant it was planted by the Mendocino Grain Project in Northern California who has specially milled it just for Foodocracy as a cracked whole grain which will make a delicious addition to all of your fall cooking. We love the color and the rich nutty flavor. This makes excellent veggie burgers, savory sides and delicious warm porridge for chilly fall mornings.  When combined with savory seasonings it becomes a vegan meat substitute in our stuffed pumpkin recipe coming soon. 


In the midst of the pandemic young farmer Rachel Britten took over the Mendocino Grain Project from the retiring founder. The Grain Project began in 2009 in an effort to provide their community with healthy grains and local food security. Rachel grows and mills grains like East Shore Black Rye in Mendocino County, California and because they have the capacity to clean and process grain for other farmers the ultimate goal is to provide what is necessary so that other local farmers can join the effort to grow more staple crops in Mendocino County.


  • 1 cup steel cut seashore black rye, farm fresh rolled oats, cracked farro porridge
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 cups milk of your choice (I like coconut milk and almond milk combined)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt *optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries
  • optional additions - nuts, coconut flakes, nut butter, dark chocolate, cinnamon


Combine all of the ingredients except the berries in a jar or bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning add berries, coconut flakes, nut butter or whatever you fancy. 


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