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Breakfast Semolina Porridge

Breakfast Semolina Porridge – Smooth, creamy, delicious, and healthy with the touch of cinnamon and honey. This will certainly warm you up on chilly mornings. Quick and easy prep and deliciously creamy results. It’s so easy to make and is ready in about 15 minutes!

Breakfast Semolina porridge

Semolina Porridge

Semolina porridge is a hot breakfast cereal, smooth in texture and mild in taste. It is made by combining semolina flour with warm water or milk. As you mix it together on the stovetop, it begins to thicken and develops the consistency of porridge.

When making semolina porridge, there is a need to spice and sweeten it, because the porridge has a mild taste. The addition of honey, cinnamon, and Butter helps to kick things up a notch. Honestly, I can eat it all up without any sweetener, however, my kids love it slightly sweetened that’s why I usually serve them with a bit of honey. However, I will like to add that care should be taken when adding the sweetener because a little goes a long way.

Breakfast Semolina porridge also known as cream of wheat

In general, I love the simplicity of breakfast Porridges. They are a staple in our home and are my go-to for the kids on chilly school mornings.  This particular recipe is a favorite for my kids – a nice change of pace from our favorite oatmeal.

The very first time my kids tasted it, it was spot on, and I got rave reviews from them. My eight year old told me it’s now his new favorite breakfast, and I’m so grateful for that. It’s always such a blessing to hear kiddos appreciate healthy food!Breakfast Semolina porridge

This breakfast porridge is versatile; you can easily use different milk like Coconut Milk, Soy milk, or Almond Milk. For my sweetener, I used honey. Brown sugar, stevia, maple syrup or any other sweetener can also be used.

These are other delicious porridge you can try:


  • You can cook the porridge to your desired consistency. I like mine fairly thick but pourable consistency.
  • If it’s too thick, you can thin it out a bit by adding some more milk
  • Cream of wheat becomes thicker and more compact as it cools, so if you are planning to eat later you might want to put that into consideration.
  • Cinnamon is my to-go spice for this porridge. However, you can add Cloves, Nutmeg or Star Anise or a combination of any two or three of them. However, it is very important not to overload it with spices, trust me; you will not like it.

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Health benefits of Semolina

  • It’s good for diabetic patients: It is low in cholesterol and sodium
  • Helps in weight loss: It is low in calorie. It is digested and absorbed in the stomach and intestines at a slower rate. Hence, it keeps you full for a longer time, thereby, suppressing your appetite
  • Rich in nutrients: it’s rich in Carbohydrates, protein, Iron
  • Antioxidants: Semolina contains selenium which helps to strengthen the immune system

Breakfast Semolina porridge

what’s the difference between semolina and cream of wheat?

Oftentimes, you may see semolina and cream of wheat used interchangeably. This is true because they both refer to the same thing. However, you don’t want to confuse the ”semolina flour used for baking” with ”the cream of wheat”.

what’s the difference between semolina (cream of wheat) and Semolina flour?

The Semolina flour used for baking is often referred to or labeled as durum wheat semolina flour in the stores. Its color is soft yellow. However, the semolina used for porridge has a pale white color with brown speckles and it’s often labeled as semolina but Farina, Cream of wheat, Creamy wheat, malt-o-meal all belong to this family with little to no difference in appearance and taste. Therefore, they can all be used to make this semolina porridge.

Can the semolina flour used in baking be used for semolina porridge?

Yes, a big yes! In fact, I prefer using semolina flour in place of semolina and it’s their family (cream of wheat, malt o meal, creamy wheat) because the resulting texture is simply amazing.

Breakfast Semolina Porridge

Smooth, creamy, and delicious with the touch of cinnamon and honey. This will certainly warm you up on chilly mornings. It’s so easy to make and is ready in about 15 minutes!
4.96 from 22 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Global
Keyword: breakfast, homemade, semolina
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2.5 cups Milk at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 2 Tsp butter
  • 2 Tsp honey or any other sweetener to taste


  • Add water in a small saucepan, add the cinamon stick and bring to a boil. Add the milk to bring down the temperature of the water then add the semolina slowly while stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
  • Simmer gently and stir frequently to prevent the porridge until the semolina becomes tender with a porridge consistency.
  • Stir in the butter and simmer until the porridge reaches your desired consistency.
  • Serve and top with some fruits, then drizzle some honey over it or add any other sweetener.


  • Don’t bring the water to a boil after adding the milk. The lowered temperature of the liquid will allow the semolina to dissolve well. If the liquid is brought to a boil, the semolina might curdle up immediately and become lumpy.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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Recipe Rating

Monday 8th of May 2023

Just made it this rainy autumn afternoon and it was amazing. The cinnamon really adds lots of flavour. I used maple syrup as my sweetener. Thanks.


Tuesday 13th of December 2022

Great breakfast on a cold wintery day. Thank you, Lola. It too reminds me of my childhood. Blessings!

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Monday 19th of December 2022

😂🤣. Thank you, Rina. A perfect breakfast, indeed.

Colleen L.

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

Delicious! I love the addition of cinnamon. Thank you!

Have you ever tried adding a beaten egg to the porridge? It’s a bit tricky. At the very end of cooking the porridge, take the pot off the heat. Then slowly drizzle the beaten egg into the pot while you quickly and continuously stir the porridge. The egg cooks instantly from the residual heat so the porridge can be served immediately. The added egg enriches the porridge. I learned this technique from my mother-in-law who did it with Cream of Wheat. It’s very good.

Lola Osinkolu

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Such a great idea, I haven't tried it before but it sounds like a great idea. Thanks for sharing.


Friday 29th of October 2021

Very quick and easy to prepare....and SO tasty !

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 29th of October 2021

Glad you enjoyed it Olga. 😊


Saturday 17th of April 2021

Can this recipe be done in a slow cooker?

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 5th of August 2021

Hi Teryl, I believe it can be done in the slow cooker though I haven't tried it before. :)