Granola is a wonderful snack while breastfeeding. Actually, granola is a great option during pregnancy too! If made with nuts, granola is packed with B6, which can help offset nausea. Granola is easy to make, store, pack and snack on throughout the day, and is known to be good for milk production. Try adding granola to your morning oatmeal, yogurt, or simply enjoy alone as a snack. Oatmeal is high in Iron which may help some mothers increase their milk supply. You can make large batches of the granola and have enough to last you the week.
Quick and Healthy Granola Recipe
3 cups of old-fashioned oats
1 ½ - 2 cups of nuts (walnuts, almonds, or pecans)
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
½ cups of honey
1.4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
½ cup of dried fruit (blueberries, cranberries, mango, etc.)
Dark Chocolate chips (keep it low to no sugar)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, oil, honey, and cinnamon.
Spread onto baking sheet and bake until golden brown, turning occasionally.
Baking time will vary between 10-30 minutes. Check back often and only bake until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and transfer to the cooling rack and let cool. Combine with dried fruit and chocolate chips.
If you are prone to getting canker sores after eating nuts, don’t sweat! Nuts naturally have an amino acid called L-Arginine. This amino acid is mandatory for the body to make proteins. While L-Arginine is essential to the body, the amino acid can be tough on the gums. To prevent agitation, drink plenty of water and brush your teeth using toothpaste that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
Need breastfeeding support? While this recipe is designed to help support milk supply, learning to breastfeed can be overwhelming. Book a consult with me. We will discuss the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby and how to help initiate a successful breastfeeding relationship with your new little one.