Cream of Wheat Porridge

Cream of Wheat Porridge Recipe

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  • Total: 8 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 3 mins
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
295 Calories
22g Fat
16g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
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.)

The best thing about Cream of Wheat porridge is the fruity jam or fruit preserve that goes with it. It's like a prize sitting right in the middle of a white sea of textured cream. Back in the day, cream of wheat was more expensive than other porridge ingredients so it was usually a weekend treat. It's much more affordable these days and this recipe is remarkably easy as well so you can enjoy it any day of the week. A Latin American version adds chopped fruit, such as bananas, berries or mangoes. 


  • 2 cups water (or whole milk)
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1/3 cup Cream of Wheat
  • Sugar (to taste)
  • Milk (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the 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. 

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  3. Add the Cream of Wheat when the water boils, using a whisk to stir it well so there are no lumps. 

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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.

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  5. Remove from the heat and discard the cinnamon stick.

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  6. Sweeten with sugar and milk, stirring until everything is fully incorporated.

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  7. Serve and enjoy!

    Cream of Wheat Porridge Recipe
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  • Cream of Wheat is a cereal similar to farina. Both are made from wheat germ, but Cream of Wheat is ground more finely so it tends to be lighter and smoother. If you can't lay your hands on Cream of Wheat or if you just prefer farina instead, you can make this recipe using that instead. Farina has more calories, more carbohydrates and less fiber than Cream of Wheat.

Recipe Variations

  • If you're using milk rather than water in this recipe, don't boil it. Just bring the milk to a simmer.
  • 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. Some recipes call for a little nutmeg or a spoonful of canned pumpkin. The possibilities are endless - this is a porridge that goes well with almost anything. 
  • Also, if you're looking to add some fruit to this porridge, a Latin American version adds chopped fruit, such as bananas, berries or mangoes. Just customize to your liking.


A Bit of Background

Cream of Wheat is actually a brand name, not a food in and of itself. It was created by Thomas S. Amidon and introduced at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It was just a little something that Amidon had whipped up for his family, but he shared it with his employer, a North Dakota company called Diamond Mills when the company was suffering serious financial difficulty. Diamond Mills then began producing it. The company was down to its last dime, so Amidon had to package the Cream of Wheat himself, using pieces of old cardboard and scrap wood for shipping boxes.