Boy howdy do we have a delicious lactation recipe for you today! It is a little different than the normal breastfeeding snacks you are used to seeing (lactation cookies, lactation energy balls, lactation oatmeal), but we assure you it is just as tasty. Not only will it give you a little boost in breast milk supply, but it does not require any baking, making it one of the easiest lactation recipes out there to boot. So what is it? LACTATION FUDGE. *cue applause* Yes, you read that right. Lactation fudge! Aka the perfect quick breastfeeding snack for any time (but especially in the middle of the night!).
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The best part about this lactation recipe (aside from the fact it is chocolate and easy to throw together) is that it is good for you! We use maple syrup instead of sugar, so while it is not low sugar per se, we cut out processed sugar. It is also full of healthy fats from coconut oil and almond butter. All the things that breastfeeding moms need since you are burning up to 500 calories a day while breastfeeding. Calorie burn = more hunger. More hunger = more food (preferably in the form of snacks).
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Now, we need to say here that we are not big fans of making every recipe a “lactation” recipe, but the reality is there are some foods that do encourage breast milk production (like nuts and oils). Plus, we know firsthand that you are going to be more hungry when breastfeeding. We would rather provide you with healthy, tasty recipes to snack on (particularly when you are looking for breastfeeding snacks at night when you need something to calm your raging hunger before trying to go back to sleep for 30 minutes).
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Another beneficial thing about this lactation fudge is that it is dairy-free, grain-free, and vegan. So, if dairy messes up your baby’s tummy, take heart and take a bite! We can also vouch that it is very husband and kid approved. But like we suggest with all of our lactation recipes, let all non-breastfeeding parties know these recipes may induce the production of milk so mouths off. We are kidding, of course!
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And one final note before we quit yapping and get to the recipe, we like using these silicone molds to make our lactation fudge. They are fun, easy to clean up, and make the perfect size pieces for popping in your mouth. This recipe does not require any baking, so simply pour the chocolate in the molds, freeze for 30 minutes (if you can wait that long), then pop the fudge in your mouth. Double the recipe if you find yourself eating most of the fudge right after you make it.
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Breastfeeding Snack: Lactation Fudge
- silicone molds
- 1 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or food processor. Mix well.
- Transfer mixture to a measuring cup and pour into silicone molds.
- Freeze for 30 minutes or until solid.
- Release fudge from molds and place in an airtight container. Store in refridgerator for up to one week.
Feel free to add in crushed nuts for some crunch, cayenne pepper for a little kick, or a little brewer’s yeast to kick the milk making benefits up a notch!
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