**EDIT: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE DON’T ENTER IT ANYMORE **
It’s a new week, a new year & we’re kicking things off right over here on The Bean! Today I’m FINALLY going to share the recipe for the Oatmeal Pancakes I’ve been tweeting about incessantly for the past few weeks.
I’m not kidding when I say I literally made these pancakes four times in one week when I first started my winter break in December. They’re so good. It’s been my experience that this either makes 3 giant pancakes or 7-8 smaller ones. I usually eat half the batch for breakfast and the other half for lunch. They’re great topped with more Greek yogurt and some fresh fruit, or some frozen fruit that’s defrosted to make a sort of fruit syrup.
So here you go- my new fav pancakes:
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Keywords: stovetop breakfast snack healthy vegetarian greek yogurt
Ingredients (6-8 pancakes)
- 2/3 cup Greek Yogurt (flavored or plain)
- 3 Tbsp skim milk
- 1 Tbsp applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c white whole wheat flour
- 3/4 c oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
1. Mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined
3. Cook on a hot griddle or pan!
*If you’re looking for an extra dose of deliciousness, stir some granola into the batter and add some sliced bananas while they’re cooking!
So there ya have it! I highly suggest you make yourself a batch of these ASAP! And to help you out, Chobani has offered to give one lucky reader three 32 oz containers of yogurt! Fat-free plain, 2% plain and fat-free vanilla! Pretty cool, right?!
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! Moving right along to another exciting tidbit I have to share with you. There’s a backstory to this one. Several months ago, I came across the website for Bamboo Bottle Company. It was so long ago that they had a website but the bottles weren’t even for sale yet! However, I immediately fell in love with them and signed up to be notified when they went on sale.
As soon as I got the email, I forwarded it to my mom and told her I wanted one for Christmas. Keep in mind, this was like in June. Then, once Christmas came reasonably near, I remembered the bottles and emailed my sister and told her to get me one for Christmas. Am I getting the point across that I really wanted one?! At this point I was even more excited because they’d come out with a different version of the bottle that had a straw built in!
I currently have a glass bottle that I use around the house, except it has a screw on/off lid that I inevitably drop almost every time I take a drink. Just ask the hubby….he finds it super annoying. So do the dogs, who usually just about jump out of their skin every time it skitters across the floor and wakes them from their slumber….ANYWAYS…I was super pumped to find out they made one that I wouldn’t have to unscrew!
Let’s talk abou these bottles for a second…
The outer shell is made of bamboo.
From their website: Bamboo can grow up to 90 feet in 9 months. Once it’s cut, the bamboo will continue to grow just like grass does after you mow your lawn. Bamboo replenishes the environment and the air we breathe. It releases 35% more oxygen than equivalent strands of trees. And it can sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare. (Bamboo really does help fight global warming!) Plus, harvesting bamboo does not destroy its root system, meaning there is no topsoil erosion or run-off.
The inner canister is made of glass.
From their website: Glass is 100% natural. Glass bottles are fantastic to drink from, not only because of their natural components, but because of the fresh, clean taste that is guaranteed. Our glass bottle is safe to drink from at all temperatures—hot or cold. And if you ever do decide to replace the glass or dispose of your bottle, the good news is the glass remains 100% recyclable. That’s because all glass bottles are “crushable.” When you crush glass, it’s made into cullet. Cullet is used in manufacturing processes to make newly formed glass.
The ends are made of plastic.
From their website: To make this bottle what it is, it was impossible to avoid the use of plastic. That said, we’re proud to use plastic that is BPA-free and dishwasher safe.The bottom and nut are made from plastic that can be easily recycled and turned into other products. Although we hope you keep your bamboo bottle forever, we are proud to declare that our plastics are recyclable. They are BPA-free and are made from food-grade materials making the cap, bottom and nut a safe and efficient way to hold your bamboo bottle together.
And the coolest part? The bottle totally screws apart so you can put the glass canister and the plastic parts into the dishwasher or wash them by hand!
Plus, the Bamboo Bottle Company is super environmentally friendly and is always looking for ways to make their manufacturing processes more efficient!
So back to my story….about a week before we left to go to NYC, I got an email from Mattie at The Bamboo Bottle Company! It was totally out of the blue and random and I think I may have squeeled out loud a little bit as I read the email. She asked me if I had heard of their company and if I would be interested in trying out one of their bottles. ARE YOU KIDDING?! Of course I said yes.
Now here’s the best part for you guys! Since I knew I was already getting one of these bottles for Christmas, I saved the bottle they sent me. After I tested out the bottle my sister got me, I was immediately smitten. It’s a little bit heavy, but I mainly use mine around the house so i’m not carrying it all that far…plus i’ve been using a glass bottle for a while now so I’ve gotten used to it. Plus I just love how environmentally friendly it is, and how easy it is to wash! The only down side i’ve found so far is that it takes a little bit of effort to suck the water out through the straw….which I found to be difficult when I’m gasping for breath after a workout. So I usually just unscrew the top and chug it in that situation. But all other times of the day I’m in love with the straw. I also can’t wait to try out the bottle with some hot beverages!!! I’m so in love with this bottle that instead of keeping the extra one for myself, I’m giving it away to one of you so you can enjoy it right along with me! One lucky winner will be getting this bottle (sans straw, but still awesome):
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL. Finally, just cuz I love you…and because I recently became a Love Grown Foods Love Blogger and want you all to know just how awesome their granola is, the winner of this giveaway will also get two bags of Love Grown Foods Granola, provided by me!! I might even let you pick the flavors
Whew! If you’ve made it to the end of this post you definitely deserve a chance to win all of this! So let’s recap…
One lucky winner will receive:
Wanna win? Here’s how:
Leave me a comment telling me one healthy life change you’re planning to make in 2012! It could be food or exercise related, or even plans to improve your mental health!
1. Follow me on twitter by clicking here and leave a separate comment telling me you did, or already do.
2. Tweet the following: “Enter to win an epic giveaway featuring @Chobani @LoveGrownFoods & @BambooBottleCO from @LeanGrnBeanBlog! http://tinyurl.com/88bdvf2″
and leave a separate comment telling me you did.
That’s it! Giveaway is open to US Residents only and ends Wednesday January 4, 2012 at 10pm EST. Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 48 hours to contact me before a new winner is chosen.
PS. Have you signed up to become a Foodie Penpal yet?!? Check out the details here!
My legs were exhausted by the end and the next morning they were SORE. I loved it. I’ll be doing this one again for sure. Took me about 45 minutes but I wasn’t going as quickly as I could have.