My flapjacks, as served to the mums at Mum and Baby Yoga with the amazing Lon Gibbons, Yoga Teacher, Arvigo Therapist, Doula and all round supporter of every aspect of womens’ health. And here’s why I chose this recipe for them…
Supporting our bodies through motherhood
I don’t doubt that everyone has the best of intentions when they turn up to visit a new born baby and bring Mum and lovely treat – a box of chocolates or cookies or cakes. And as a Mum myself, I know how appreciated that is and how appealing those treats are – we are tired, exhausted, battle-scarred and hormonal as all hell, and our bodies are in any case hard-wired to seek sugar and fats, it’s an evolutionary thing.
But… now here’s the thing. As I explained on my recent video about Christmas calories, these sorts of foods are what I refer to as “anti-nutrients”. Put simply, the process of digesting them depletes our bodies’ store of essential nutrients – it takes more vitamins and minerals to digest them than they contain. Calories are not all equal, and whilst the energy these calories provides gives us a temporary boost, what we really need to be eating and feeding new Mums are nutrient-rich foods.
So, how about giving these treats next time: Apple Sauce Super-Flapjacks
- 250g apple sauce (homemade or no added sugar!)
- 250g coconut oil (or butter)
- 50g treacle (or blackstrap molasses)
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 300g oats
- 50g sunflower seeds
- 30g chia seeds
- 50g dried mulberries (or use cranberries or another dried fruit)
- 70g raisins
- Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan oven) and line the base of a 20x30cm baking tray.
- Gently heat the coconut oil, treacle/molasses, apple sauce and cinnamon in a pan until the coconut oil has all melted and it can be mixed together and combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients, then pour in the liquid mixture and stir until all the dry ingredients are covered.
- Pour out into the baking tray, evenly flatten using the back of a large spoon, and then cook for approx. 40 mins until golden and delicious.
- Leave in the tray for 10 minutes before cooling fully on a wire rack. Cut into approx. 24 squares, and serve.
A few nutrition facts:
These flapjacks satisfy the sweet tooth in all of us, but also provide vitamin C from the dried fruit and apple, helping with healing and supporting our immune system. Dried fruits such as mulberries are also a great source of iron, handy to help in replenishing any lost blood supplies.
Seeds are little powerhouses of nutrients, not just protein and good fats, but also B vitamins which are essential in energy production and vitamin E which sunflower seeds has in abundance and is vital in repairing and healing our skin (say no more Mums, you know what I mean!).
The fibre from the oats, fruit and seeds is also great for balancing blood sugar levels, providing a sustained flow of energy rather than a sharp spike and subsequent plummet that refined sugars give us.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat, but in moderation and in combination with a diet low in refined sugar, it’s great for our bodies, and especially good if Mum is nourishing a new born baby with breastmilk.
Nutrition is just one way to help support your body for fertility, pregnancy, after birth and beyond. I met Lon Gibbons when I was pregnant with my first child and got to benefit from her wealth of knowledge through my pregnancy and during my post-natal recovery, and I’m so pleased that I now get to work with her and her clients through these very special times of the life cycle. For additional support, I would highly recommend her for her incredible knowledge, experience and nurturing manner: Lon Gibbons