Favorite uses for wheat germ?
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
-various kinds of bread
-as a substitute for bread crumbs
Do people eat this as a hot cereal?
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.
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. :(
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!!!
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.