Cream of Wheat Porridge With Cinnamon

Cream of Wheat Porridge Recipe

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 8 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
295 Calories
22g Fat
16g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 295
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 14g 69%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 9g
Calcium 341mg 26%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cream of Wheat is a brand of farina, which is a semolina wheat porridge. The warm cereal is affordable, easy to make, and the perfect blank slate for adding a variety of flavors. This recipe includes cinnamon, bringing a warm spice to the comforting bowl, and a little bit of sugar for a touch of sweetness. Feel free to top the Cream of Wheat with some fruit, such as sliced bananas and fresh blueberries, as well as a drizzle of honey. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water (or whole milk)
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1/3 cup Cream of Wheat
  • Sugar (to taste)
  • Milk (to taste)
  • Optional: sliced banana
  • Optional: blueberries
  • Garnish: drizzle of honey

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cream of Wheat porridge recipe ingredients
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  2. Add the water and the cinnamon stick to a saucepan. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. 

    Water and cinnamon stick in a saucepan
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  3. Add the Cream of Wheat. Using a whisk, stir well so there are no lumps. 

    Whisking the Cream of Wheat in a saucepan
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  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until the Cream of Wheat has thickened.

    Cream of Wheat that has been simmered
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  5. Remove from the heat and discard the cinnamon stick.

    Cream of Wheat porridge with cinnamon stick removed
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  6. Sweeten with sugar and milk, stirring until everything is fully incorporated.

    Adding sugar and milk to the Cream of Wheat porridge
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  7. Top with fruit and drizzle with honey if desired. Serve and enjoy.

    Cream of Wheat topped with bananas, blueberries, and honey
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Tip

  • If you're using milk rather than water in this recipe, don't boil it. Just bring the milk to a simmer.
  • Cream of Wheat is ground more finely than farina, so it tends to be lighter and smoother. If you can't find Cream of Wheat or prefer using farina, you can make this recipe with farina. Just keep in mind the texture will be different.

What Is Healthier: Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat?

Hands down, oatmeal has more health benefits than Cream of Wheat. The heart-healthy cereal is higher in fiber, protein, and other essential nutrients compared to Cream of Wheat. Oatmeal does contain more calories than Cream of Wheat, however.

Recipe Variations

  • You're not limited to a cinnamon stick for flavoring. Sprinkle the finished cereal with brown sugar or add a dollop of molasses or maple syrup to the bowl before serving. You can also sprinkle a little nutmeg on top, or stir in a spoonful of canned pumpkin.
  • Almost any fruit goes well with this porridge, including berries, mango, and peaches.

What Is the History of Cream of Wheat?

Cream of Wheat is actually a brand name, not food in and of itself. It was created during the late 1800s by a North Dakota flour mill to prevent bankruptcy after the Panic of 1893. The new product was a way to use the part of the wheat not necessary for producing flour. It quickly became popular; so much so, the company had to move to Minneapolis (a milling hub) to expand its operations and keep up with the demand.


The box of Cream of Wheat may be best known for the character on the front: Rastus, an African American man dressed in a chef's hat and coat. Over many years, this image was a part of several, what is now viewed as offensive, ad campaigns. In late 2020, B&G (the company that now owns Cream of Wheat) announced plans to remove the image from all packaging.