This Apple Spice Granola is one of our favorite holiday foods that feels like a treat but packs in the nutrition! It's gluten + refined sugar free and I can promise the entire family will love it ;)
Oats are galactagogues (foods + herbs that naturally increase breast milk production) making this granola a perfect afternoon snack for the breastfeeding momma. It's definitely something you should have on hand as you wait for babies arrival. Full of pumpkin seeds, pecans and almonds, this granola is high in quality fats + proteins. Pumpkin seeds are one of the best natural sources of magnesium (often lacking in Western diets) and a rich source of zinc (which is a huge contributor to healthy sperm levels in men!). The recipe also calls for unsweetened shredded coconut which is naturally high in MCTs (a fat that can be directly absorbed from your small intestine into your blood stream for quick + lasting energy). The cinnamon adds wonderful flavor and of course is loaded with antioxidants that help combat inflammation!
Enjoy with your favorite simple + real ingredient nut milk or plain grass-fed greek yogurt. When eating with tart yogurt my family finds no additional sweetener is necessary because of its natural sweetness. Of course top with seasonal fresh fruit and add a scoop of grass-fed collagen or whey protein for your immune health. This would meet your 'daily protein boost', especially if you are pregnant or a breastfeeding momma.
- 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup sugar free raw shredded coconut
- 2 cups raw slivered almonds
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 1/4 cup ground flax meal
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 2 Tbsp salted grass-fed butter or ghee
- 4 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup chopped freeze dried apples
- Heat oven to 250 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl stir together all dry ingredients except the pecan nuts + freeze dried apples.
- Next mix in all wet ingredients except the butter and 2 Tbsp maple syrup.
-Spread the oat + nut mixture on the lined baking sheet evenly so it cooks nicely.
- Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, stir granola after 45 minutes of cooking but make sure is once again even after stirring.
- When the granola has about 15 minutes left start the pecans.
- Add butter + maple syrup to a small sauce pan, heat over medium until the butter is completely melted. Add pecans and let cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown (be careful because nuts can burn easily). Salt pecans to taste.
- Remove granola from the oven and let completely cool before stirring, this will help keep crispy!
- Once cool in a large mixing bowl add granola + toasted pecans and chopped freeze dried apples.
- Enjoy by itself or over yogurt (our favorite)! Keep the remaining granola 2-3 large glass mason jars in a cool + dry place.
Granola also makes a wonderful inexpensive + thoughtful gift for your neighbors or loved ones throughout the holiday season!
Xo Dani and Whitney