When people think of having a delicious, comforting breakfast, Cream of Wheat is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. This banana Cream of Wheat recipe with honey will change your mind about how you think of this hot cereal.
I get tired of eating the same things over and over again so I tend to experiment with flavors. I am always throwing things together hoping for the next flavor sensation.
One morning I had a banana that was getting pretty ripe and needed to be used, so I smushed it up and put it in my cream of wheat and absolutely loved the combination. It's so fruity, simple, and delicious. I wish I would have thought of this combo sooner, but now I make it all the time. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
The basic Cream of Wheat recipe is made with just water and a little salt, which is honestly quite bland. Similar to grits in texture, Cream of Wheat is a ground wheat cereal or farina that takes on the flavor of whatever you add to it very well. This means that you are almost limitless to what you can add to make it tasty.
Banana Cream of Wheat recipe
- 1 1/4 cups 2% milk
- 3 tbsp. Cream of Wheat
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 2 tsp. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Smoosh banana until smooth.
- Add milk to a saucepan and add banana, honey, and vanilla.
- Once it just starts to boil, add Cream of Wheat.
- Cook until desired thickness.
- Top with banana slices from the second half of the banana and a little cinnamon sugar if you'd like.
See below for recipe variations for baby food and vegan.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 6.6ggSaturated Fat: 3.8ggCholesterol: 25mgmgSodium: 147mgmgCarbohydrates: 45.8ggFiber: 1.8ggSugar: 33ggProtein: 11.4gg
Vegan Cream of Wheat with bananas
It is very easy to make this recipe for Cream of Wheat vegan if you'd prefer. Use brown sugar, white sugar, maple syrup, agave, or Splenda in place of the honey. Instead of milk, substitute it with almond, soy, or another favorite milk alternative.
Banana Cream of Wheat for babies
Solid foods can be offered to babies six months of age or older. Discuss which foods to feed your baby and when with your pediatrician.
You may be wondering, can babies have Cream of Wheat? The answer is yes! It is one of the earliest solid foods that I gave to both of my kids after introducing fruits and vegetables. Cream of Wheat is healthy and has a smooth, creamy texture that is easy to swallow. It is also versatile so you can flavor it however you'd like to suit your baby's taste. Depending on your baby's age, you can make it as thin or textured as you'd like.
For older babies, you can give this cereal to them prepared as it's written on the recipe card, leaving out the honey and substituting cow’s milk for breast milk, formula, or water if your baby is under one year old. Honey can contain spores that cause botulism in babies under one year of age but it is fine if your baby is one or older.
For babies just starting out with cereals, as above, do not add cow’s milk or honey, just add fruit. To ensure that the cereal is smooth, make a banana puree with a stick hand blender or regular countertop blender before adding it to the pan. If you want to take a shortcut, just add some banana jarred or homemade baby food. Once the cereal is done cooking, thin it out a little more with some extra liquid or fruit purée and let it cool before feeding.
Helpful tip: For cooling hot foods quickly, I keep these CoolIt bowls in the freezer at all times. I have had them for years and I still use them to cool hot soups and pasta for my now 9-year-old.