How to Substitute Wheat Germ for Flour

by Angela Brown

Swap out a portion of flour for wheat germ in baked goods.

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Wheat germ, the embryo of the wheat kernel, is a nutritional powerhouse -- high in fiber, folic acid and the antioxidant L-ergothioneine. The addition of wheat germ can boost the nutritional content of many dishes, including smoothies, meats, salads, cereal and yogurt. You also can substitute wheat germ for a portion of the flour in recipes for baked goods such as quick breads, cakes and muffins or add wheat germ to flour-based coatings for fish or chicken.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Spread 1/3 cup of wheat germ evenly across a cookie sheet.

Bake the wheat germ for 15 to 20 minutes -- stirring occasionally to avoid burning -- until lightly browned.

Allow the wheat germ to cool and then combine it with 2/3 cup flour.

Store the mixture in an airtight container in your refrigerator or freezer, where it will keep for two to six months.


  • Wheat germ absorbs moisture; add 1 to 2 tbsp. of water for every 1/4 cup of wheat germ you add to a recipe.

    Corn germ is rich in vitamins, minerals and protein and can be used interchangeably with wheat germ.

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About the Author

Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.