Dried Figs & Almonds Granola. A Calcium-Rich Breakfast.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but nearly six months ago I hurt my leg pretty badly. I had recently started running and found it a really enjoyable workout: I was outside in the summer sun (ahem, whenever it deigned shine on us puny Londoners), getting fresh air, slowly but surely getting stronger… and then this pain in my leg came. And it wouldn’t go away. 

I went to the physio, thinking I had shin splints. This was easily fixable, right? In a couple of weeks’ time I’d be running again. 


Stress fracture, he told me. You need to go the hospital and get a scan done. You have to stop running immediately, for at least 6 weeks. Rest your leg as much as possible. 

Out the window flew my plan of getting fit before Christmas. 

It was hormone imbalance that caused me to lack essential nutrients for bone strength, not a poor diet (with 5-8 portions of vegetables and fruit a day I knew I was healthy). You learn something new every day — I just hoped I wouldn’t have to learn it the hardcore way. 

So I rested and ate. Lots. Christmas was coming up, y’know, and well, let’s just say cookies and cakes were everywhere. I tried running after 4 weeks and hurt myself even worse. Back to square one. This time, I knew I had to back off. Seriously. 

I’ve only just recently started jogging again, using the Couch to 5K free podcast to pace myself. I’m terrified of hurting myself again. Aside from yoga, running is my go-to stress relief — and right now, I desperately need stress-relief, what with my dissertation, presentations and work experience to deal with pretty much every day. So far so good: no pain whatsoever in my leg. I guess 4 months of resting my leg did the trick, but I’m not taking any chances. We’re doing this one step at a time. 

Hence a calcium-rich diet. I’ve been chomping broccoli and dark leafy greens like a boss. I’m taking vegan supplements, just in case — those damn hormones take a mighty long time to sort themselves out. And I’ve discovered dried figs: apparently those weird looking treats are chock-full of calcium. Who knew? Pair them with almonds and you have a beautiful, nutrient-rich, scrumptious breakfast. Or snack. Or dinner. 

Serves 4-6
Prep time: 5 mins
Baking time: 25 minutes

300g jumbo porridge oats
6-8 dried figs, roughly chopped
3 tbsp apple sauce (unsweetened)
2-3 tbsp date/agave/maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
60g raw almonds

Preheat the oven to 160ºC. 
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Spread thinly over 2 baking sheets. Bake for 25 minutes. 
Let the granola cool. Serve with almond milk (or dairy-free milk of choice) or dairy-free yogurt and fruit. Bananas make a great fuel for runners. 

The Cookie Fairy

2 thoughts on “Dried Figs & Almonds Granola. A Calcium-Rich Breakfast.

  1. We have unfortunately throughout God knows how many years ruined our bodies and tricking our minds int believing we need so much of this, that and the other. I'd love to know what EXACTLY the human body needs to consume in order to maintain the perfect HEALTHY weight. I've cut out everything processed from my diet as it just makes me feel shit. I'm going to take up running again mid March!!! Your breakfast recipes/ideas are excellent, recommend them all the time to Matt as they tick all my boxes! 😀


  2. The only way to know exactly what we need is to consult a registered dietician or nutritionist and get a full body analysis done, nut I'm afraid that's out of most people's budget! It's best to just try and be as in tune with your body as possible. And educate yourself. I don't want to ramble on about health on this blog but I am thinking of adding some nutritional information every time I post a recipe.
    Congratulations on getting rid of processed foods! We should totally go jogging/running together some time 🙂 I'm so glad the recipes are helpful to you, keep on sharing them!


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