Designed with simple ingredients that are supportive of women’s health & balancing hormones. This granola recipe is straightforward and hands-off it requires NO stirring during baking using a sandwiched sheet pan technique to create clusters of crunchy granola ~ hooray to that! You can make this sugar-free by omitting maple syrup.
I learned this sandwich baking method from reading Alanna Taylor Tobin’s The Bojon Gourmet she is quite honestly brilliant and has such a wonderful sensibility and deep knowledge of food, baking and technique.
Eating foods rich in certain vitamins minerals & phytonutrients can help balance our bodies hormones and endocrine system which affect our adrenal, thyroid, reproductive health.
Hormonal imbalances may cause a wide variety of different symptoms from fatigue, mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, food cravings, skin + hair + nail health, muscle weakness or pain, inflammation, dryness, infertility,
Foods that can help with balancing hormones;
Leafy Greens & Root Vegetables - high in antioxidants
Nuts - walnuts, brazil nuts,
Seeds - flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower,
Wild-caught Omega 3 rich fish like Salmon
Coconut Oil - Medium Triglyercide
Seaweeds & Nettles, Parsley, Dandelions
Medicinal Herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Maca, Triphala, Licorice, Adaptogens
Omega 3's, Iodine, Selenium, Vitamin B's & D, Digestive enzymes, bitters,
Probiotic and prebiotic foods
Organic & low toxic foods, body & household products
Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.
Recipes have blood sugar balancing and low glycemic index ingredients. A diet rich in foods that balance blood sugar helps lower risks of type 2 diabetes.
Digestion is an important part of our nutrient absorption & natural detoxification. Recipes have ingredients that support the digestive system.
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Girl Power Granola
PREHEAT OVEN 325F / 160C
2 HALF SHEET PANS + 2 sheets parchment paper, line 1 sheet pan. A half sheet pan is 13×18″ / 33 x 45cm
MIX all the ingredients TASTE and adjust sweetness + spices if using to your liking
SPREAD out very evenly on lined sheet pan all the way in the corners; this can be easily done using a spatula.
PLACE 1 piece parchment paper over granola then rest sheet pan on top = sandwich, see pictures.
BAKE 20mins. Rotate. BAKE 20mins. REMOVE top sheet pan and paper. BAKE 5mins
COOL completely in the sheet pan the granola will become crispy as it cools. STIR dried fruit etc if using.
STORE In a glass jar or airtight container with a lid.
*COCONUT oil can be substituted for a healthful oil of your choice. You can reduce the amount of oil if you like.
ADD dried fruit or dried finely shredded coconut – STIR IN AFTER the granola is cooked.
** SUGAR-FREE = leave out maple syrup or swap for Lucuma or sweetener of your choice. Note the texture may change you may want to add one tbsp extra of coconut oil, it is up to you.
*SPICES like pumpkin spice | cake spice blend work well OR just cinnamon, ginger anything you fancy.
ADD PULP from your homemade plant-based milk, break it up with a fork and mix it in.
ADD SEEDS after baking like chia, hemp and ground flax; they are more nutrient-dense raw, you will want to store it in the fridge then. Otherwise, add those seeds as you eat it.
ADD DRIED fruit + Coconut Flakes – mix in after baking.