I can't take the credit for this simple recipe! I purchased Maca Powder at Trader Joe's the other day and the back of the bag had this awesome recipe on it. Most of the time these recipes aren't GREAT. I check them out and maybe try them with a few substitutions but this one needed NON!
A good friend of mine just gave birth to her second baby girl and once they were home I came to visit with some snacks. Breastfeeding nutrition is very similar to pregnancy nutrition (done right). Your hungry often so smaller meals, packed with healthy fat, fiber and protein to keep you full, is key!
These bars have coconut oil and macadamia nuts in them for GREAT healthy fat and protein! For fiber you have dates and shredded coconut. Fun fact, dates are also great for uterine health. Have you heard about eating 6 dates a day your last month of pregnancy? The reason is the help relax your uterine muscles to dilate faster! I love the blog Mama Naturals she has a great blog about dates for an easier labor. Check it out here. The research that has been done is super interesting and worth the read I swear. I can tell you that I don't need an excuse to eat dates, so I will be on the 36 week date train!
So the recipe is simple. You mix all the ingredients in a food processor, press them into an 8x8 pan and freeze for an hour then store in the fridge!
-1 C Macadamia nuts or cashews
-1 or 2 TBSP Maca powder
-1/2 C Coconut flakes
-1 C Pitted dates
-1TBSP Cocoa powder
-1 TBSP Coconut oil (melted)
-1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
*Once mixed in the food processor if the mixture doesn't stick together well enough add 1 tsp of water at a time until it sticks.
The recipe is that simple! Make sure not to spread the mix too thin or your bars will be flimsy, which mine were. next time I will make a double batch and freeze half. I know I will be making these before our baby girl comes. They are a great one handed breastfeeding snack for sure!
I am a Doula, Childbirth Educator and certifying Nutritionist. Essentially I am a women's health nerd. I have struggled with Autoimmune issues for the last 10 years, and more recently fertility issues. This along with my birth work, has driven me to self research. I have added a blog to my site in hopes of giving resources to clients or those interested in these topics. I would love feedback and comments.
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