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Sep 23, 2005 12:06 AM

Favorite uses for wheat germ?

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I bought some Bob's Red Mill wheat germ because I've never eaten wheat germ before.

It's raw: can I eat raw in yogurt and smoothies? Or do I need to toast it first? I have a few ideas, but would love to see what others use it for.

-corn (and other) muffins
-in granola
-various kinds of bread
-as a substitute for bread crumbs

Do people eat this as a hot cereal?

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  1. I use wheat germ in my shortbread cookies - i like the texture better.

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    1. re: EAF

      do you totally omit the flour?

    2. Everytime time I make bread I put one tablespoon of wheat germ at the bottom if each one cup measure of flour to boost the finer/nutrient content. I never toast mine first but I think that might bring out the nutty flavor even more.

      I add 1 tsp to my son's hot oatmeal and up to 2-3 Tbs to mine.

      I add it to pancakes, muffins, oatmeal and other cookies

      I mix in yogurt and cottage cheese but have never added it to a smoothie. I like my smoothies, well, smooth. The texture doesn't bother me in yogurt but I think it would in a smoothie.

      1. Sometimes I sprinkle it onto cold cereals. I also add it to pancakes if I only have white flour in the house. And, as you mentioned, I substitute it for bread crumbs in meatloaf, for breading on chicken or fish, etc. My amazingly hardy 75-year-old uncle adds it to yogurt and warms it in the microwave.

        Beware: Start with small amounts if you're not used to it. It can give you awful, awful gas if you consume too much at once. :(

        1. My mama used to put some in a bowl with a cut up banana and mash it all up together with a fork until the banana became smooth and creamy. We'd eat it for breakfast occasionally... mmm yummy!!!

          1. Personaly I always use mine toasted, regardless of what I am putting it on/in. I do this because I really enjoy the nutty flavor that toasting it brings out.