|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 8g||10%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||23%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 15g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*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.|
This 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.
What is Cream of Wheat?
Cream of Wheat is actually a brand name, not food in and of itself. It is a brand of farina, which is a semolina wheat porridge. Cream of Wheat is ground more finely than other farina, so it tends to be lighter and smoother. If you can't find the Cream of Wheat brand or prefer using another farina, you can make this recipe with any farina. Just keep in mind the texture will be slightly different due to the coarser grind of other brands of farina.
Cream of Wheat 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.
What's the Difference Between Cream of Wheat and Grits?
Cream of Wheat is made from ground wheat. Grits are made from a less sweet, yet starchy variety of corn, which has been coarsely ground corn (either white or yellow corn).
- If you're using milk rather than water in this recipe, don't boil it. Just bring the milk to a simmer.
How to Serve Cream of Wheat
Because it is a blank canvas, Cream of Wheat is endlessly adaptable.
- You're not limited to a cinnamon stick for flavoring. Sprinkle in a few dashes of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, or cardamom.
- When serving, add a pat of butter and a sprinkling of brown sugar or swirl of molasses or maple syrup.
- A spoonful of canned pumpkin puree makes for a wonderful fall breakfast.
- Almost any fruit goes well with this porridge, including berries, mango, and peaches.
- A sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, almonds or walnuts adds crunch and a bit of protein.
- For a savory twist, skip the cinnamon and fold in some sharp cheddar cheese, top with a soft egg, chili crunch or hot sauce and scallions.
A batch of Cream of Wheat can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. To reheat, simply scoop out a portion and add a splash of water or milk to prevent the porridge from drying out, and heat in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes (or over medium heat in a small pot on the stove) until warm.
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2 cups water or whole milk or non-dairy milk of your choice
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
1/3 cup Cream of Wheat
Granulated sugar, to taste
Milk, to taste
Sliced bananas, optional
Drizzle of honey, optional garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Add the water and the cinnamon stick to a saucepan. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil.
Add the Cream of Wheat. Using a whisk, stir well so there are no lumps.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until the Cream of Wheat has thickened.
Remove from the heat and discard the cinnamon stick.
Sweeten with sugar and milk, stirring until everything is fully incorporated. Top with fruit and drizzle with honey if desired. Serve and enjoy.