new mommy granola

 

New moms don’t have much extra time, but they need lots of nutrition for babycare, selfcare, and for some, lactation.  The 1200mg of omega 3 fats in this recipe can help ward off the baby blues, and by meeting 11% of the daily requirements for iron it can help prevent low energy due to iron deficiency during this important time.  Because it is high in healthy fats it does have a lot of calories, so it is important to keep the portions small – especially if you are not exercising or breastfeeding.  This makes a LOT of granola, 40 servings in fact, so be sure to save your extra oatmeal containers or tupperware to hold the extra! 

 

2 ½ lb old-fashioned rolled oats

2 cups wheat germ

2 ½ cups coconut flakes

1 cup King Arthur whole-grain white wheat flour

1 ½ cups walnut pieces

1 Tbsp salt

1 cups evaporated cane juice

1 cup raisins

2/3 cup dried cranberries

2/3 cup water

1 ½ cup canola oil

2 tbsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsps molasses

 

 

Preheat oven to 250F.  Mix all dry ingredients except dried fruit in a large bowl.  Mix liquid ingredients, then pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredient bowl.    Bake in shallow pans (I use 4 cookie sheets for a whole recipe or 2 cookie sheets for half a recipe) at 250F, stirring every 15 minutes.  Granola is done when coconut flakes are slightly brown (about 2 hours).  Serve plain or with milk or yogurt.

 

Nutrition facts for 1/40th of recipe:  303 Calories, 15g fat, 39g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 6g protein, 1200g omega 3 fats

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3 thoughts on “new mommy granola

  1. THANK YOU!! I need this recipe for all of the above reasons 😉
    I’ll let you know how it works!

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