Hi everyone, hope you’ve all recovered from the Easter festivities and the mountain of chocolate.
As much as I miss my children when they’re not around, I’ll be honest I was glad to get back to a routine and to eventually get around to tidying the house. I remember once reading a quote that said something along the lines of ‘cleaning a house with kids is as productive as brushing your teeth whilst eating biscuits’ . I know that feeling all to well. I’m also a strong believer in an empty washing basket equals a happy mum. So after a mountain load of washing, cleaning and folding socks ( the glamour is too much sometimes ) its good to finally be back in the kitchen and in my happy place.
Its the husbands birthday tomorrow so I’ve spent the day in the kitchen concocting a reasonably healthy birthday cake, Chocolate Crispies because the kids love them and this delicious Seeded Honey Breakfast Loaf which is filled with nutrient packed seeds and dates.
Whilst I wouldn’t recommend chowing down on a whole packet and for any women out there who have concerns about eating dates, dependent on their pregnancy and at which stage they’re at, the below information sourced from HealthLine is very interesting. Although i’ll stress again as I always do, if you have any concerns or need a professional opinion please contact your doctor/ midwife /OBGYN for additional advice.
Dates have been studied for their potential to promote and ease late-term labour in pregnant women.
Eating these fruits throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy may promote cervical dilation and lower the need for induced labour. They may also be helpful for reducing labour time.
In one study, 69 women who consumed 6 dates per day for 4 weeks prior to their due date were 20% more likely to go into labour naturally and were in labour for significantly less time than those who did not eat them.
Another study of 154 pregnant women found that those who ate dates were much less likely to be induced compared to those who did not.
A third study found similar results in 91 pregnant women who consumed 70–76 grams of dates daily starting the 37th week of pregnancy. They were in active labour for an average of 4 fewer hours than those who did not eat dates.
Although eating dates appears to help promote labor and reduce labor duration, more research is needed to confirm these effects.
The role dates may have in pregnancy is likely due to compounds that bind to oxytocin receptors and appear to mimic the effects of oxytocin in the body. Oxytocin is a hormone that causes labour contractions during childbirth.
Additionally, dates contain tannins, which are compounds that have been shown to help facilitate contractions. They are also a good source of natural sugar and calories, which are necessary to maintain energy levels during labour.
So, tomorrow I will of course be serving up a lush cooked breakfast of sausages, bacon and eggs because it is his birthday after all and I’m not entirely sure I can handle the disappointment on his face when he doesn’t smell bacon cooking in the morning, but I also wanted something a little different and I have some fresh Chia Jam doing its work on the kitchen side which I reckon slathered on a slice of this loaf toasted will be a massive hit.
Seeded Honey Breakfast Loaf
- 50 Grams Butter Unsalted Plus Extra for greasing
- 250 Grams Medjool Dates pitted and chopped
- 2 tbsp Natural Honey
- 250 Grams Plain Flour
- 250 Grams Mixed Nuts, Berries, Chia Seeds, Sunflower Seeds,
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1. Heat the oven to 170°C / Gas 3 and grease a 900g loaf tin, use a non stick if available.2. Place the chopped and pitted dates in a heavy based saucepan along with the butter and honey and heat on a low heat, keep stirring and once all the butter has melted remove from the heat.3. Blitz up the berries, nuts and seeds in a blender until they resemble a crumble mixture texture.4. Combine the flour, baking powder and blended berry and nut mixture together and make a well in the middle and add the eggs and date, butter and honey mixture and combine well.5.Spoon the mixture into your prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour until a knife or skewer comes out clean. Once cooked leave to stand for 20 minutes until turning out onto a wire rack.6. Leave to cool completely before slicing.This tastes amazing with a little butter, or berry Chia Jam.Enjoy x