Breakfast

Breakfast in the Fall: Pumpkin Pie Cream of Wheat

Having grown up in Hong Kong, I don’t have that nostalgic feeling toward this old-fashioned breakfast food so many Americans have. In fact, I just tried it for the first time recently because I needed farina for another recipe. I tried it plain at first. Meh, it was OK. But like oatmeal, I figured it could be a wonderful blank canvas for me to play with.

As we’re in the middle of pumpkin-mania, I obviously had to put a pumpkin spin on my Cream of Wheat. So here it is. Fast, tasty, and healthy Pumpkin Pie Cream of Wheat. I’m weird and enjoy it unsweetened, but feel free to drizzle with some good honey or maple syrup. Bonus points if you make your own pumpkin purée. You’ll never go back to the canned stuff again!

Pumpkin Pie Cream of Wheat
Makes 1 serving

3 tablespoons Cream of Wheat (2 1/2 Minute Cook Time)
1 to 1 1/4 cup milk, depending on how thick you prefer your cereal
1/3 cup pumpkin purée
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice or cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Honey or maple syrup for drizzling (optional)

Heat up the milk in a small saucepan until it begins to boil. Add the Cream of Wheat a tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly with the other hand. Give it a few more stirs and let it come back to a boil. Lower heat and let it simmer for a minute and a half.

Add the pumpkin purée and stir for a minute until combined. Turn off the heat and mix in spices and vanilla extract. Serve as is, or with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if you prefer a sweeter breakfast.

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7 thoughts on “Breakfast in the Fall: Pumpkin Pie Cream of Wheat

  1. I eat oatmeal everyday for breakfast! This looks delicious! One day I’ll make my own pumpkin puree. The stacks and stacks of cans at Fresh & Save are sometimes too tempting :(

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  3. Thanks for this recipe, I”ve been doing alot of research while adapting a mostly – clean eating lifestyle. I never thought I’d see Cream of Wheat again!! Which brand do you recommend as the healthiest option? is Quaker 3 minute Oatmeal also a clean food?

  4. Thanks for this!! I’ve been doing alot of research while on my clean-eating journey and I was so sure I’d never see Cream of Wheat again!! which brand do you recommend as the healthiest option? is Quaker 3 minutes Oatmeal a clean food?

    • Hi! To be honest with you, this is the first time I bought Cream of Wheat EVER. Maybe there are organic/clean brands of farina at the health food store. But for supermarket brands, just avoid the instant stuff and you should be good!

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