It can be difficult finding the time to prepare and eat nutrient dense food that will boost your energy and your breast milk supply while caring for a little one, especially in those first few months. And even if you are not breastfeeding, it is helpful to have an awesome energy boosting snack on hand to munch on.
When Bowie was born I created many different nursing cookies and treats but these truffles were by far my favourite. Filled with lots of nourishing and nurturing ingredients these little treats give you protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates and a great range of vitamins and minerals. They are refined sugar free and dairy free. These truffles certainly pack a punch and are highly addictive... you have been warned!
When formulating a recipe to increase milk supply I want to include multiple food sources that work as galactagogues (a nutrient that increases breast milk). Oats, almonds, peanuts and flaxseeds all work as galactagogues as well as being highly nutritious in their own right. Another key galactagogue is brewers yeast and although there is currently no scientific evidence that it is effective, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. Brewers yeast is a by-product of the beer making process and contains the following nutrients:
- B complex vitamins (excluding B12)
Ideally you need a food processor however I have also made these without one, they will just look more rustic.
1 1/2 cup raw oats (gluten free)
1/2 cup desiccated or shredded coconut
1/2 cup natural almond or peanut butter
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
2 tbsp. raw honey
2 tbsp. brewers yeast
2 tbsp. flax seeds soaked (10 minutes) in 75mL filtered water
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Process all ingredients until they have completely mixed together and formed a large smoothish ball. If the mixture is not forming properly slowly drizzle some extra filtered water in while processing till it is smooth. Transfer into an air tight container and refrigerate for an hour before rolling into individual balls. Roll each ball in extra desiccated coconut to add a delicious crunchy layer. These truffles will last in the fridge for about 5 days in an airtight container.
You could also try rolling in ground almond, raw cacao or chopped peanuts for a different taste. Whichever takes your fancy!