Wednesday, 25 September 2013

RECIPE: Boobie Bickies

Gluten/wheat/dairy free

Like any new mum, my first few months after having our baby have been quite draining (literally). New babies are wonderful but with every feed they are slowly sucking the energy out of us mums and if we don't look after ourselves then we cant look after them. That is why we should always look after ourselves first, this can be a challenge as its in our nature as mums to put others first. But the truth is if we fall off the track then the rest of the train will too. Our children need their mums to be present, healthy and their to feed them.
About a month ago I did let things get the better of me; I was staying up way too late and doing way too much. What suffered most? The meal chain for my baby!!!! The babe was crying and my supply started to dwindle simply because I was too tired. I made a commitment to myself (and my husband) that I would stop for a moment and allow things to get back into working order. No more staying up too late, no pressure and time to relax and eat foods to assist in bringing my milk supply back to tip top working order. A great treat and milk booster are "boobie Bickies"; biscuits that are full of the right nutrients to boost milk supply; the most important being brewers yeast and oats. This is the recipe I came up with, it makes a million (who can be bothered cooking too often as a new mum) so keep them in an air tight container and enjoy a couple at a time with a cup of tea (dandelion is my fave). These biscuits are also a great gift to surprise a new mum with too.

Ingredients
250 grams cultured butter or coconut oil
1 & 1/2 cups maple syrup
10 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons flaxseed meal (can be found at any local health food store)
2 Tbls chia seeds
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional, for flavour)
1 cup almond meal
1 cup dedicated coconut
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup or more of dried apricot (sulphur free), chopped finely 
2-4 tablespoons of brewers yeast (this is the magic ingredient – not to be confused with bakers yeast or any other yeast)

Method:
Put flax meal and chia seeds in the water, stir and set aside for 10 mins
In a blender or food processor Cream butter/coconut oil and maple syrup together. 
Add eggs and keep beating, then add flax/chia mix. 
In another bowl combine all dry ingredients.
Once wet mixture is well combined, add it to the dry mixture and stir stir stir making sure everything is very well combined.
Now, roll biscuits into teaspoon sized balls and lay out onto tray. I like to squash them flat.

Bake for 10-20 minutes or until golden brown at 180 degrees. 

Enjoy!

Cass xo

Any tips to increaser milk supply you can share with other mums?
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