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Favorite uses for wheat germ?

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  • nooodles Sep 23, 2005 12:06 AM

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.

-pancakes
-corn (and other) muffins
-smoothies
-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.

            1. I mix it (toasted) along with apricot jam into plain yogurt.

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              1. re: Junie D

                I do this same thing, but with a variety of pureed fresh fruits for my infants breakfast. He loves it, and so do I!

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                corned beef king

                Toasting kills some of the enzymes and makes it less healthy.If you must toast 1/5 of the jar and mix it in, the whole jar would tast toasted.Rember to keep it refrigrated after opening.

                1. Try substituting 1/3 to 1/2 of the flour in muffins, cookies, banana bread, etc. with untoasted wheat germ.

                  1. Thread bump!

                    I want incorporate wheat germ into my diet aswell. Any other ideas? How bout some savory stuff?

                    1. I use 1/2 cup of it toasted in Smitten Kitchen's chewy granola bars. They are adapted from a KA recipe. Really great.

                      1. I use it instead of breadcrumbs in my meatloaf

                        1. Stirred into cream of wheat

                          1. I substitute ¼ or ½ cup wheat germ for the same amount of flour in each loaf for a whole variety of bread recipes. I also use it as a binding agent in granola.

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                            1. re: sholli

                              I put some into my oatmeal cookies. But my favorite way to eat is to sprinkle on top of cottage cheese.

                            2. I use wheat germ in mandel bread recipes; really enhances the walnuts.
                              Like others posting here I add it to nearly every muffin recipe, hot cereal, pancake & waffle batter, def. in Greek yogurt, sprinkled on rice or vanilla pudding. I also add it to breadcrumbs with baking or pan frying fish, veggies or chicken cutlets. I sprinkle it on casseroles. Adds a nice crunch to mac n cheese. Great on scrambled eggs. Lots of uses=experiment!

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                              1. re: HillJ

                                HILLJ you have the uses of wheat germ covered I use it the same way except in mac/cheese which I will try now.

                                1. re: countrynu

                                  I sprinkled wheat germ on the apple crisp I made yesterday!

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    I want some please please

                              2. I put it in my granola recipe.

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                                1. re: laliz

                                  I used it in my rice krispies this morning