A few days later Galaxy Granola offered to send me some of their granola to try. Now, I’m all about making my own granola. I’m all about making all my own foods in general. However, I try to find a balance with my blog because I know I can’t sit in front of my computer and tell you that you need to make everything from scratch.
Everyone has different lifestyles and responsibilities. However, I can tell you to make the majority of your own foods and when buying packaged items, choose those with the least amount of ingredients and ingredients you can identify.
What inspired me to try the granola was the company’s goal of providing a product with less fat. I embrace fat, but not the processed kind in packaged foods. Instead of processed oils, Galaxy uses fruit. I could also live with their list of ingredients such as evaporated cane juice, wildflower honey and spelt and barley flakes.
Once the granola got here I knew I wanted to try making the pancakes with it, but we tried it by itself first. My favorite is the Vanilla Almond which is what I used in my recipe. This is a fine granola, however. No large chunks so it is more ideal to sprinkle over yogurt than eat by hand. Of course, I’m still in favor of making your own, but if you need to grab a bag when you are in a time crunch, or maybe to take on a trip this granola would be a better choice than many out on the market today with their endless list of additives.
These whole grain pancakes where just what I had envisioned before making them. They are filling, but not too heavy. The granola adds texture and sweetness. I’m sold on adding granola to pancakes to spice up breakfast and will definitely do it again.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine all ingredients. You may need to add a little more milk, depending on the type of granola you use as it may make the batter thicker.
Use a ¼ cup measure to drop pancakes onto a preheated griddle two to three at a time. Grease the griddle beforehand if it is not non-stick. Once the pancakes begin to bubble, flip to the other side. The pancakes will be cooked after about a minute and a half to two minutes on each side. Makes 6 pancakes.
Want to try some Galaxy Granola?
The company will give away a bag to one of my readers. Tell me in the comments if you make your own granola or buy it (or both) and why. I will pick a winner at random next Monday, April 26, 2010. (The company ships to US addresses only.) You can check out the Fruit Not Fat blog as well where the company posts recipes and workouts.