Lemon Porridge Recipe

This lemon porridge is quite possibly the best, hot cereal breakfast!

When I lived in Germany, this lemon porridge was served as a very special breakfast, on very special occasions. Birthdays and holidays were always looked forward to in anticipation of this meal. I never knew cream of wheat could taste so good!

A bowl of Lemon Porridge sits garnished with a twisted lemon slice in the middle.

The thing about cream of wheat is that many people don’t realize that the regular stuff you buy in the grocery store is NOT whole grain. So don’t be fooled!

I had to go to the health food store and really search for some whole grain cream of wheat. But I did find it.  It’s called Whole Grain Farina. The one I used is from Bob’s Red Mill. Great stuff!

If you manage to find it too, then you must absolutely give this recipe a try. It’s fabulous.


If you’re like a lot of people, you may not know what porridge is, aside from something Goldilocks ate at the Three Bears house.

Porridge is typically made with starchy grains and is made by boiling them in milk or water. Of course, this is a very simple porridge that will need some flavoring. But that’s the basics of it. You could almost call oatmeal a porridge too. It’s basically just a hot cereal cooked with milk. While this recipe uses wheat, pretty much any starchy grain can be used. Feel free to get creative!

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A bowl of Lemon Porridge sits garnished with a twisted lemon slice in the middle.

Lemon Porridge Recipe

Quite possibly the best hot breakfast cereal there is! (If you're a lemon lover)
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 250kcal


  • 1 cup milk (unsweetened almond milk works too)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 6 tbsp. cream of wheat (whole wheat version)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest


  • Put milk in a small pot and bring to a boil, being sure to whisk constantly so the milk doesn't burn or boil over.
  • Once your milk is boiling, add the cream of wheat, honey and lemon zest.
  • The porridge will thicken in under 5 minutes. Stir constantly.
  • When you are ready to remove the porridge from the heat, quickly stir in egg whites. Stir very quickly to evenly disperse the eggs.
  • Immediately remove from heat and allow to sit and cool slightly before stirring once more.
  • Serve.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 10mg

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  1. Love lemon, this sounds great!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lynn – Me too! One of my favorite flavors!

  2. Finally tried it this morning. Cut the recipe in half and only used a teaspoon of agave. Maybe it’s because of the no sugar challenge, but, that alone was sweet enough! Very tasty!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lynn – Yes! That was a “pre-challenge” recipe, so you see what a difference it makes when you cut out the sugar! Good for you!!

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Christina – That’s a great price!

  4. This is the yummiest!!! I love cream of wheat and this had the most refreshing flavor. Threw in a handful of fresh blueberries too.

  5. LOVE this recipe! Was yummy and I love the lemon scent! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I tried it two times: once as directed above and another time with just 2 egg whites instead of 4. Both times I used vanilla soy milk. I honestly didn’t notice the difference, it still tasted great both ways.

    Thanks again for another awesome recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Patricia Thompson says:

    It looks yummy!!! Love lemon, gonna try this tomorrow!

  7. Can you use whole eggs in place of the egg whites?

    1. Jessica – Absolutely! I would use 2 whole eggs instead of 4 egg whites. Let me know how you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚