Do you ever take the time to ask your body what it truly needs, and then give it what it asks for?

I mean actually listening to it. Not listening for what you think it needs. Not listening for what your brain wants.

Listening to what your body is asking for.

I have to admit, this isn’t something I do a whole lot of. For much of the year, my life is dedicated to training for triathlons, which demand a particular style of fuelling and movement habits.

And beyond that, I know what a nutritious diet looks like. So even if it’s not necessarily what I want to be fuelling myself with, it’s what I tend to opt for. With the occasional donut or ice cream treat thrown in here and there.

But earlier this week, months of training and hard work culminated in my first half ironman (more on that later). Since then, I’ve really been enjoying the carefree vibes that have entered my life. That, and the ability to cook and eat whatever I want.

I told Jordan my plan to give my body exactly what she wants, regardless of whether it’s what I think she “should” want. He asked “what if all she says is ‘cake! cake! cake!’?

Then I shall feed her cake.

Fortunately, she hasn’t asked for cake so far. Lots of veggies and lots of fruit. A little bit of ice cream. And granola.

After my race in Penticton last week, we went to a cute little cafe and market called The Bench Market for the post-race feast. Except after exercising for 6 and a half hours, I couldn’t really fathom the idea of eating a giant meal.

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So I opted for the granola. And MAN was it ever good! So good, in fact, that I forgot to take a picture of it.

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I had a request from my body for granola a few days later. Since my granola game is pretty strong (and I’ve got all this free time on my hands now), I decided to make my own instead of buy some.

I like my granola fairly simply. Oats, some nuts, and some fruit – especially medjool dates.

I’ve talked about the benefits of medjool dates before. However, just in case you need a little refresh, these naturally sweet little morsels provide fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and B vitamins, among other wonderful things.

They help provide your body with quick, usable energy without spiking your blood sugar levels too rapidly, making them an ideal snack for athletes and non-athletes alike.

Medjool dates are growing in popularity, and I’ve been excited to see my favourite brand, Natural Delights, at many local grocery stores! If you live in the Vancouver area, a few easy places you can find them are No Frills, Superstore, and Wal-Mart.

So while the recipe that follows is incredibly versatile and you could use whatever fruit you like, I highly recommend the medjool dates!

almond date granola

almond date granola

almond date granola

almond date granolaAlmond Date Granola

You Will Need:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 8 chopped medjool dates
  • Dash cinnamon
  • Dash sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well (and try not to eat all the wet mix).
  3. Place mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet. For clumpy granola, keep ingredients close together and press firmly into the baking sheet. If you prefer freeflowin’ granola, dump it on the pan however you want.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes, stirring halfway through. If you want clumps, try to disrupt things as little as possible.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool. Place in an airtight container and store for up to 7 days! (Although I can guarantee you it won’t last that long).

    Serves 5

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Do you ever make your own granola? What are some of your favourite ingredients? Ever have your body tell you she wants medjool dates?

This recipe was sponsored by my partnership with Natural Delights Medjool Dates. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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