We tried this recipe out as an offering when going to visit a friend who's just had a baby, because if there's one thing we know about new babies is they dont' give you a lot of time to .... well do anything other than look after them, so eating properly can get a bit tricky. Choices are cold dinners, eaten with one hand, or lots of snacks throughout the day that you can shove in your face, with one hand. P.s. the other hand is usually holding said baby.
So, we thought in light of option 2, as good as it is to be given a free pass to shovel Kit Kats into your face every hour (no judgement), how's about we offer a healthy alternative that is just as easy to grab and chomp but without a serving of the guilts on the side. And also granola is packed with oats which a) are really super good good if you are needing to be producing milk but also just a really good slow release energy food for all and b) great for balancing your hormones, again you don't necessarily have had to have recently created a tiny human inside your body to be in need of this. Pretty much all round winners, and easily adaptable with other ingredos, maybe coconut, raisins, walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips etc.. But here goes the basics.
You will need:
- 200 g dates or prunes, pitted and chopped
- 85 g honey (or sub maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
- 65 g smooth peanut butter or almond butter
- 50g almond flakes
- 160g mix pack of pumpkin seeds, peanuts, hazel nuts, cashews and brazil nuts
- 135 g rolled oats
- Toast your oats, almonds and nuts/seeds on a baking tray or roasting tin at 180 degrees C for ten minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
2. In the mean time pit and chop your dates/prunes - these are prunes.
3. Put the oats, nuts, seeds and dates into a large mixing bowl together.
4. Warm through the honey and peanut butter on a low heat.
5. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates/prunes to disperse throughout as they tend to stick together.
5. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8x8 inch baking dish or other small pan lined with parchment paper so they lift out easily. You can actually use cling film too as there's no baking!
6. Press down firmly until until the mixture is all flattened level, using the mixing spoon/spatula. You need to really pack 'em in to help them hold together.
7. Put them in the freezer for 20-25 minutes to firm up and solidify together.
8. You can then chop them into bars and get munching! You store in an airtight container for up to a few days, or pop them back in the fridge or freezer for extra freshness and crunch.