If there is one raw chef, cookbook author, food editor, and super chic maven that I can’t get enough of, it’s Meredith Baird. I had the honor of carving out some time to share a juice with her and Rachel of One Part Gypsy last week at Gjusta where we caught up on timely topics such as calling in your spirit baby. And how I’ve had a little girl that has wanted to come through. She’s vivid in my dreams and everywhere I turn. Rachel had a similar experience with a little boy a couple of years ago to which she had to tell him to hold off for a bit as it wasn’t the perfect time. Now, during a blossoming and vibrant cycle of her womanhood, she is expecting her sweet baby in a couple of months.
So it was only natural that when we popped into Meredith’s place after and she made mention of her latest batch of raw sprouted granola—with its superb ingredients—I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the recipe for my clients prepping their bodies for pregnancy, as this would make a WONDERFUL fertility snack.
M | Last week after a lovely meeting of like-minded ladies, Lacy stopped by my house. The first thing noted was the dehydrator living auspiciously on my countertop. "Do you still use it?" she asked. So often the answer has been no. In truth dehydrating is one of those things that goes in and out popularity at my house, even though it is ridiculously easy and requires very little "active time" in the kitchen. In my current phase however, the answer was an enthusiastic “yes!” I've dusted the dehydrator off (actually borrowed one from a friend) and have put it to use—dehydrating granola, crackers, kale chips and the likes of. All things I know are much more economical to make myself.
Part of my newfound inspiration is due to the fact that I am now working as food editor of a new health and wellness site Poppy & Seed that will launch mid-month. Poppy & Seed is a new community resource whose philosophy is attracting health through living a more conscious life and informed life—from what you eat to the company you keep and all matters related to lifestyle. Dehydrated goodies included!
This particular round was full of what I call "Golden Granola" but when I told Lacy the ingredients she immediately said "Fertility Granola". Perfect.
This recipe is so easy and delicious; I literally keep it around in gallon batches. Plus, it is chock full of ingredients that are good for both men and women's reproductive health.
Buckwheat to increase ovulation.
Turmeric for its therapeutic role in reproduction.
Pumpkin seeds for prostate health.
Coconut Oil for healthy fats and hormonal balance.
Ginger for fertility and getting blood flowing to all the right places.
SPROUTED GOLDEN "Fertility" GRANOLA
4 cups buckwheat, soaked for 6-12 hours
2 cups pumpkin seeds, soaked for 3-12 hours
1 cup date paste*
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup of golden raisins, chopped
½ cup hemp seeds
1 tablespoon turmeric, freshly grated (optional)
1 tablespoon turmeric powder (increase to 2 if not using fresh)
1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
1 tablespoon lemon zest, freshly grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon sea salt
PROCESS | drain and rinsed soaked buckwheat and pumpkin seeds. In a large bowl stir in all remaining ingredients. Adjust seasoning to your liking, but keep in mind that the flavor intensifies once you dehydrate. Spread in a thin layer on your dehydrating sheet. Dehydrate at 105-115 for 8 hours. Remove your sheet and dehydrate on rack at 105 for another 24 hours.
If you do not have a dehydrator, set your over to its lowest temperature 200 degrees or lower is ideal and cook for two to four hours to maintain as many live enzymes as possible.
* Date paste is made by blending 1 cup pitted dates with 1 ½ cups filtered water. This portion will yield approximately 2 cups date paste.
Makes Approximately ½ gallon of granola.