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February 19, 2005

Lactating Mama's High-Calorie Granola Bars

Lactating Mama's High-Calorie Granola Bars

Two different quantities are listed for each ingredient - the first if if using a 10 1/2" X 15 1/2" jelly roll pan, the second is if using a 13" X 18" jelly roll pan.

4 or 6 cups oats
2/3 or 1 cup coconut oil (or melted butter for non-vegans)
1/2 or 3/4 cup honey, molasses, or maple syrup (or combination)
2 or 3 eggs or equivalent in eggs substitute
1/2 or 3/4 tsp. vanilla
1/2 or 3/4 tsp. salt
up to 1 or 1 1/2 cups of any or all of the following: shredded coconut, raisins, almonds, walnuts, pecans, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate or carob chips, and/or your favorite nuts/seeds/dried fruit.

1. spread oats on baking sheet and bake at 350' for 15-20 minutes to toast. can bake longer at lower temp or shorter at higher temp depending on your schedule. should be a nice golden brown when finished.

2. transfer oats to large bowl. add salt and any other chosen dry ingredients and mix to blend.

3. combine wet ingredients in smaller bowl, and mix until blended.

4. add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.

5. press mixture into greased jelly roll pan of appropriate size (see above). you can also line the pan with parchment paper instead.

6. bake at 350' for 20 minutes. cool. cut into bars. store in refrigerator in sealed container.

*if using chocolate/carob chips either a)allow oats to cool before adding the chips to the mix or b)after pressing mixture into pan, sprinkle chips on top and press the chips into the mix.

*you can substitute additional honey/maple syrup/molasses for the eggs/egg substitute, but the bars are a bit more sticky and have less protein.

super yummy. lots of calories. lots and lots of oats.

(Via Atarah, posted here.)

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Mmmmmm!!! Off to make some of these for Sunday morning breakfast for my kiddos! It has to beat the cereal bars they usually get on Sunday morning. Thanks for sharing! :)

I've been thinking about you a lot and meaning to write...Hopefully soon. You all are in my prayers!

Posted by: Stephanie at February 19, 2005 04:23 PM

Stephanie! So happy to see your name. *Grin* I know I haven't e-mailed in ages. . .

Posted by: TulipGirl at February 19, 2005 05:44 PM

I cannot wait until I start lactating!

Posted by: Andy at February 19, 2005 09:18 PM

Yummy!!! I am copying this to my recipe blog and making a copy for my notebook to try this week - since I am a lactating mommy right now I could use these. Thanks for sharing this!

Posted by: ~Leann at February 19, 2005 09:43 PM

Andy, if it weren't you, I'd delete that post for trolling. . . C'mon. . . *grin*


Leann! I'm not nursing right now, but was wondering the other day if there are milk banks from preemies here in Ukraine like there are in the States. All I'd need is a pump and some of these granola bars. *grin*

Posted by: TulipGirl at February 19, 2005 10:40 PM

I need to keep this link handy for when my wife starts breastfeeding our second child (after she's born in May that is). Last time my wife lost way too much weight while breastfeeding. It was wild and we were trying like mad to keep up the caloric intake.

Posted by: Rey at February 20, 2005 01:27 AM

Those sound delicious and I am lactating, but I already seem to find plenty of calories around me.

Posted by: Jordana at February 20, 2005 03:56 AM

OK, I made these and I am sold!!! They are fabulous and my whole family loves them, too! This recipe goes in my everyday notebook. Thanks again for sharing.

Posted by: ~Leann at February 21, 2005 01:39 AM

Hey, Tulipgirl, are you vegan?

Posted by: Sandra at February 21, 2005 03:31 AM

Made these today. They are so yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

Posted by: sparrow at February 21, 2005 11:07 PM

Hmmm. That's an interesting recipe -- and not just for "lactating mamas!"

I'm kind of a nutrition nerd, so after looking at this, it would be just a great thing to eat in general. Lots of protein and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from the oats and nuts. Add some whey protein and this would be a good post-workout snack as well!

Posted by: Robert Mayer at February 22, 2005 09:25 AM

Thanks for sharing this recipe. Im going to make these soon!

Posted by: trina at November 6, 2005 06:49 PM

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