This is a healthy version of the classic breakfast option, with an array of seeds to provide plenty of healthy fats. Research has found that Brazil nuts can assist male fertility as well as boost testosterone.

You can vary the ingredients according to what you have available. This will keep in an airtight container for 1–2 weeks.

Ingredients:

  • 115g/4oz/¾ cup Brazil nuts
  • 115g/4oz/¾ cup almonds
  • 115g/4oz/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 60g/2¼oz/½ cup raw cacao nibs
  • 60g/2¼oz/½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 60g/2¼oz/½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 60g/2¼oz/2/3 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 75g/2½oz/heaped 1/3 cup soft pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 2 tbsp lucuma powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 60g/2¼oz/2/3 cup goji berries or unsweetened dried cherries
  • milk or milk alternative, or yogurt, to serve

Method: 

1)  Preheat the oven to 160°C/315°F/Gas 2–3 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

2)  Put the nuts, coconut flakes, cacao nibs and seeds in a food processor and process to coarsely chop. Transfer them to a large mixing bowl.

3)  Put the apple, dates, honey, coconut oil, protein powder, if using, lucuma powder, if using, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt in a food processor and process to form a thick paste. Pour the paste over the nuts and seeds and stir to combine well.

4)  Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Turn down the oven to 110°C/225°F/Gas ½ and bake for a further 30 minutes, or until the mixture is dry and golden. Leave to cool, then stir in the berries. Store in an airtight container. Serve with a splash of milk or yogurt.

Makes: 8 servings  •  Preparation time: 10 minutes  •  Cooking time: 50 minutes

Nutritional information per serving:
Protein 10.6g
Carbohydrate 19.4g,of which sugars 13g
Fat 29g,of which saturates 10.6g
Kcals 376

THE NUTRITIONAL APPROACH TO A HAPPY & HEALTHY PREGNANCY

Eat Yourself Pregnant by Zita West, publishing 1st September 2014 • £14.99 • Paperback

Available on Amazon and other bookshops

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Photo Credit: Watkins Publishing 

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About The Author

Zita West
Midwife & Fertility Expert

Fertility and Pregnancy Expert Zita West is the leading pregnancy, birth and fertility expert in the UK. She is a practising midwife with 35 years’ experience and runs her own hugely successful clinic for natural and IVF birth – the only clinic in the UK to specialise in an integrated approach, combining mainstream medicine and holistic health with excellent IVF results. Zita is also a trained acupuncturist and nutritional advisor and is the author of nine books on fertility and pregnancy, including the best-selling Zita West’s Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception. Her latest is Eat Yourself Pregnant, illustrating a range of traditional and modern mouth-watering recipes designed for prospective parents to boost their nutrition for fertility. She has a product range of vitamins and minerals to assist fertility and pregnancy, Zita West Products, and has set up an affiliated network of 170 acupuncturists in the UK and Ireland to promote good practice in fertility and pregnancy. She treats many high-profile clients, lectures around the world, and appears regularly on television and in the press giving advice and guidance on all pregnancy, birth and fertility issues. She is a columnist for Women’s Health magazine and a blogger for The Huffington Post. If you would like Zita to appear as an expert, please contact 020 7224 0017 or mailto:sophie@zitawest.com. http://www.zitawest.com

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