I designed this Yogurt and Ice Cream Topping based around some favourite flavours and textures for such things... and fiber content.
Originally published May 25, 2015. Updated on 8/4/2021
True story: When I was a little kid - long before developing gluten problems - I used to love getting into my mom's jar of wheat germ in the fridge.
I'd sprinkle it on cereal, put it on yogurt, even top ice cream with it. I loved the texture, and the almost nutty flavour it added to things.
As an adult, I may not be able to have it anymore, but my husband can... and he's someone obsessed with getting enough fiber. We're old like that! 🙂
Healthy Flax Yogurt & Ice Cream Topping
So, I created this yogurt topping for him. Not only does it have wheat germ, but also flax meal - one of his favourite things (OLD. I feel OLD typing that!).
He's also been getting into using chia seeds recently, so those are in there also.
He keeps a canister of this at his desk at work, and some at home - right on hand, to spoon onto yogurt whenever he wants.
This is super easy to make, it whips up in just a few minutes.
Even beyond the health aspects of this, it’s a fantastic topping. It adds a wonderful nutty, toasty flavour along with a bit of texture - in a good way.
We like to make yogurt bowls or parfaits, with fruit, this topping, and sometimes a drizzle of a fruit curd. The topping really elevates these fruit bowls!
How to Make Porter’s Yogurt Topping
Full recipe follows, this is a pictorial overview with some extra info!
This recipe has 3 main ingredients:
Flax is touted as a kind of superfood, with some evidence that it can help reduce the risk all kinds of ailments, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
They’re a good source of omega 3 essential fatty acids and fiber, and have a really pleasant, nutty taste.
Wheat Germ is a part of the wheat kernel that’s generally stripped away as wheat is processed into flour.
It’s known to have a ton of nutrition, with a fair amount of folate, thiamin, magnesium, vitamin e, thiamin and more, in addition to being a great source of dietary fiber.
Like flax seed, it also has a nice toasty, nutty flavour.
Like the other two main ingredients, Chia Seeds are a great source of dietary fiber and other nutrition.
They’re a source of protein, antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, and more.
While I don’t find them to add a ton of flavour, they do add a fantastic crunch to the mix.
Gluten-Free Yogurt Topping
For a gluten-free version, substitute gluten-free oat bran for the wheat germ.
Combine flax meal, wheat germ, and chia seeds in a nonstick pan.
Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until fragrant and toasted. Be careful to not let it burn!
Remove from heat, transfer to glass dish, allow to cool completely.
Season with salt, to taste.
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
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Yogurt and Ice Cream Topping
- ½ cup Flax Meal
- ½ cup Wheat Germ
- ¼ cup Chia Seeds
- Salt To Taste
- Combine flax meal, wheat germ, and chia seeds in a nonstick pan.
- Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until fragrant and toasted.
- Remove from heat, transfer to glass dish, allow to cool completely.
- Season with salt, to taste.
- Store in airtight container in a cool, dark place.