"Feeding the Mama" Breastfeeding Snack Recipes

Breastfeeding is hungry work…here are some yummy, nutritious, milk fortifying and increasing recipes for lactating Mamas:

Depositphotos_84479398_s-2015.jpg

 

Mondo Milk Morning Smoothie Bowl

You can have a smoothie every morning for or with your breakfast – it is a quick easy way to get some great nutrition into you.

1 cup almond or oat milk

½ cup coconut yoghurt

1 ripe banana

handful of green leaves (spinach, kale or beetroot tops)

handful of berries

quarter of a papaya

1 T nut butter

1 T brewer’s yeast

1 T ground flaxseed

1 T moringa powder

1 T protein powder (optional)

You can get the last three ingredients from an organic wholefoods or health shop.  Blend well and put in bowl topped with scrummy things like cacao nibs, berries, chopped banana, sunflower, pumpkin and chia seeds or if that is all a bit much, pop it in a glass and drink!

 

Depositphotos_5919092_s-2015.jpg

Lactation Cookies (Vegan/Refined sugar free)

These are always a goodie to flick the recipe to one of the new grandmothers or great aunties especially if they love baking and also feeling helpful and they get to do both here!

½ cup oat flour (you can make your own and also use gluten free oats by blitzing oats in food processor until fine flour)

1 cup fine almond flour/meal (you can make your own by blitzing almond in food processor to fine flour – just make sure you don’t leave it too long or it will become almond butter)

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup olive or softened coconut oil (I use coconut or olive oil spread sometimes)

½ cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed to 2 tablespoons water (left for 5 minutes)

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

1 teaspoon cinnamon and or ginger

2 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (must be no other kind of yeast)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 & 1/2 cups oats – gluten free oats if you need to make recipe gluten free

Optional adds: Vegan chocolate chips, chopped dried apricots, toasted nuts

Method

1.    Preheat oven at 165

2.    Cream oil and maple syrup

3.    Add vanilla and flaxseed “egg”

4.    Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl (apart from oats)

5.    Add wet and dry ingredients and mix well

6.    Stir in oats and optional extras (if any)

7.    Place spoonfuls onto greased tray and squash down with a fork

8.    Bake for around 10-12 minutes depending on how crispy you like your cookies

 

Depositphotos_78268650_s-2015.jpg

Salted Caramel Lactation Bliss Balls

Another great easy snack option is bliss balls.  Easy to make and even easier to eat!

1½ cups         Dates, pitted (soaked overnight)

¼ cup             Almonds

2 Tbsp            Peanut butter

2 Tbsp            Ground flaxseeds

2 Tbsp            Chia seeds or protein powder

1 Tbsp            Coconut oil

2 Tbsp            Brewer’s yeast powder

Big pinch       Seasalt

1 tsp                Pure vanilla extract

1 serving        Coconut threads, for rolling

Blitz all in food processor and roll into balls and roll in coconut.  They will keep longer if you keep in a jar in the fridge...if they last long at all!