During pregnancy & the postpartum time it is so important to fuel ourselves with nourishing and energizing foods. During pregnancy our body pulls from our own storehouse to feed our growing baby and after baby is born between sleep exhaustion, caring for a new baby and simply recovering from the birth experience we need to give ourselves all the nutrients we can!
Baked granola is incredibly versatile, super easy to make, comes in a million different flavor combinations and is a fun and tasty way to pack in healthy grains, seeds, omegas, fruits and more!
The highlights of this recipe are the Dates, Pumpkin Seeds & Rolled Oats. Dates are a great source of B vitamins, can help reduce blood pressure and when eaten during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy can increase the likelihood of a shorter labor and decease the need for the use of pitocin. Pumpkin Seeds are rich in anti-inflammatory properties, can help produce a more restful sleep and support your heart and blood pressure. Lastly, rolled oats can reduce high cholesterol, are a great source of fiber and can help improve blood sugars.
My granola recipe changes a little each time depending what is in the pantry. For the sweeteners, I love to use a combination of either organic coconut sugar and pure maple syrup or a mix of raw honey and pure maple syrup. I would suggest playing around and see what you like best :)
Yield 2 1/2 Quarts
Preheat oven to 325
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner and set aside.
6 T butter or coconut oil ( or use a mix of both, I usually do half and half)
I T honey (more or less depending on taste)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (more or less depending on taste)
1/4 cup coconut sugar (more or less depending on taste)
1 cup mejool dates, pitted and finely chopped
3 cups rolled oats (use organic if you can)
1/4 cup flax meal
2-3 T chia seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 T Amaranth
1 t ground cinnamon
Dash of sea salt
Melt butter in a large microwave safe bowl or on the stove-top in a large pot. Once butter has melted add in remaining ingredients and stir until combined. At this point, I do a taste test and see if I'm happy with the level of sweetness and add-ins. The more sweeteners you add the chewier your granola will be. Pour granola out onto prepared pan and press down firmly with a spatula. Bake for about 15 minutes or just until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and press down again with spatula. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan. Store in a covered airtight glass jar or other container.