Barley tastes great with all the same mix-ins as oatmeal, be it cinnamon and brown sugar or fresh fruit and nuts. It also re-heats wonderfully when warmed with a splash of milk.
Place the barley, 3 cups water, and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the barley is tender and the water is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the berries, orange juice, orange zest, chia seeds, and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the berries have burst and the juices begin to thicken.
Divide the barley evenly amongst four bowls. Top each bowl with ¼ cup warmed milk, ¼ cup compote, and 1 tablespoon almonds.