Greek Wheat Berry (Koliva) for Everyday

Vegan Wheat Berry

As a Greek orthodox (I’m actually Romanian orthodox ) I used to eat this sweet dish at the memorial religious service over the year ever since I know myself. I’ve always found it simply delicious, and it really is simple and delicious. Of course you can play around the recipe and add in whatever you like, but the basic recipe is the one below, and I really think it is perfect just like that, and as some of you might know, someone once said “less is more”, and that is just like the second name to this Greek wheat berry recipe.

My whole family loves to have this for breakfast served two ways: with cocoa (or carob powder for the little ones) and rum essence, or plain, with dried fruits and lemon zest. Either way is perfect in my opinion. I’ve also tried to add a little bit of coconut cream, or boil it in milk instead of water, or with orange zest and chai flavoring, etc. They were all great, but most of the time we stick to the basics, haha. Enjoy!

Greek Wheat Berry Everyday


Greek Wheat Berry for Everyday

Vegan very simple breakfast or dessert recipe.

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 to 4
Author Maria Lumi


  • 1 cup wheat berry organic
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest or orange zest
  • 1/4 cup raisins or dried currants, organic
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 banana small, sliced
  • cinnamon, vanilla, cacao to taste


  1. Rinse the wheat berry very well in a strainer.

  2. Put wheat berry and water into a saucepan and either soak over night (better and healthier), or boil directly for about 15 minutes or until done (after simmering).

  3. When done, let it coll until fine to eat, and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix to combine and serve.

Recipe Notes

We love this with cocoa and rum essence. Give it a try and tell me if you liked it.

 Greek Wheat Berry

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