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Granola Mom

March 27, 2012

When it comes to being a crunchy granola pregnant lady, I tend to think of myself as being in the middle of the spectrum.  I mean, yeah, I drink kale smoothies.  And sure, we’ve been taking natural childbirth classes.  But it’s not like I’m planning on eating my placenta

Oh, January…what would Betty say? 

And why does granola still serve as representation all things new age health-related anyway?  Most granolas or granola bars I see are chock-full of sugar and fat. 

This one was going to be different.  I set out this morning to bake up some freezer-friendly granola bars that could serve as a healthy, easy grab-and-go breakfast after bebe comes. 

Then I added chocolate chips.

And melted butter.

And brown rice syrup.

And suddenly I had more of a dessert on my hands.


Soooo…these aren’t breaking any new ground as far as healthy granola bars go.  But they’re really dense and chewy and delicious.  So there’s that.  You can wash them down with a kale smoothie, if that makes you feel better.

Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars


1/2 cup oat flour

1 2/3 cup oats

1/2 tsp. salt

sprinkle of cinnamon

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup brown sugar

6 tbsp. butter, melted and slightly cooled

1/4 cup brown rice syrup (you could use honey or maple syrup here too)

1 tsp. vanilla


Pre-heat oven to 350.

Combine dry ingredients (oat flour through sugar) and mix well.  Combine butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla.  Add to dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Cover the bottom and sides of an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper.  Press granola into pan, pressing down with your hands or a spatula so that it fills the pan tightly and evenly.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until beginning to turn golden.  Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes.  Transfer to refrigerator and cool for an additional hour.  This will help the bars to “glue” together so that they won’t crumble when you cut them.

Cut into bars or squares.  Enjoy!






19 Comments leave one →
  1. March 27, 2012 7:37 pm

    That whole placenta thing makes my stomach turn. The granola, however, looks fantastic!

  2. Marcee permalink
    March 27, 2012 7:38 pm

    Looks really healthy Anna ….. sure hope you “babied” your cravings!

    I could make these. Must omit nuts + the chocolate. Yeah. These ingredients don’t like me.

    Get terrible migraines from most chocolate. Especially dark. Strangely enough, a few times a week I will have an Adora. No headache! Allergic to most all nuts. Best for me to just stay away. So, no nuts in my tummy for 2+ years. I really miss almonds. My favs were the smokey and also almonds covered w/chocolate. {{sigh}}

    Some of the best things in life are not for moi. Wah.

    How are you feeling today Anna? Take good care.

    • March 27, 2012 9:37 pm

      No chocolate?! Wah!! You could definitely make these with just dried fruit and seeds!

  3. March 27, 2012 7:40 pm

    oooo i could go for this right about now!

  4. March 27, 2012 8:23 pm

    The thought of eating the placenta makes me want to vomit…I’ve seen them fresh out of the womb and they are disgusting, they belong in medical waste…not pills.

    Those granola bars, however, Yes, please!!!!

  5. March 27, 2012 8:30 pm

    I find the placenta eating completely fascinating. Tony is grossed out completely, but if I did it all over again, I might consider it. I have found that as I get older, I become way more granola. I kind of like it. The granola looks delicious.

    • March 27, 2012 9:38 pm

      Haha…yeah, it doesn’t really gross me out so much as it just baffles me logistically. Our doula told us that because the placenta is a human organ, you essentially have to steal it from the hospital trash can while they aren’t looking!! Of course, that could just be here in Alabama where midwifery is still ILLEGAL. Sigh.

  6. March 27, 2012 8:48 pm

    I love granola bars…they are kind of a weakness!!

  7. March 27, 2012 8:50 pm

    Looks fantastic! When you’re this far into a pregnancy, chocolate is a must

  8. March 27, 2012 10:04 pm

    So no braised placenta recipes?

  9. March 27, 2012 10:33 pm

    These look perfect and I can’t believe you’re still cooking and standing in the kitchen. Good for you!

  10. March 28, 2012 3:05 am

    I just read a post about placenta eating. It literally makes me want to vomit. I can’t even talk about it without wanting to gag. Chewy granola bars sound much much better!

  11. March 28, 2012 12:51 pm

    Yea, I’m stand firmly on your side of the placenta eating issue {shudder}. But I will probably be a pseudo-granola mom, like you. And I love your granola bars, especially because they are nut-free. Hurrah!

  12. March 28, 2012 1:10 pm

    Ugh on the placenta! The granola bars look fabulous! I’ve yet to try making my own, but it looks so fun to customize them!

  13. March 28, 2012 2:28 pm

    I made some great lactation cookies right before my daughter arrived. Froze great too. Recipe on my blog if youd like another snack idea. Excited for you! Motherhood is the best

  14. glowkitchen permalink
    March 29, 2012 4:45 pm

    That looks delicious–I’ve yet to make a homemade granola. Chocolate is an incentive…

  15. March 30, 2012 10:54 am

    Ohhhh man. These sounds deeeelicious! They actually remind me a lot of my granola recipe (since I think my granola is more like a granola bar, but I Just manage to turn it into granola!).
    I’m glad to hear you aren’t going to eat your placenta. Are you planning on putting food in your mouth and chewing it to give to your baby? I hope not. I still shiver at the thought of that (but I won’t judge you if you do…..well…maybe a tiny bit). haha

  16. March 30, 2012 11:59 pm

    That first paragraph made me laugh and gag at the same time LOL!!! I just wanted to stop by to tell you that I’ve been thinking about you ….. have you had that baby yet girl?! I hope everything is going wonderfully {lots of positive vibes being sent your way} Can’t wait to hear some news…..

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