Pumpkin Recipe Round-Up For Nursing Moms
‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin, and we definitely are celebrating – but not for all the same reasons the #PSL lovers are! I’m getting ready to celebrate my littlest guy’s 1st birthday, which means that as I was prepping meals to freeze for the postpartum months, pumpkin was on the brain. In addition to all of the pumpkin chili and stew I froze, I baked many pumpkin muffins and loaves of bread to keep on hand for those ravenous early breastfeeding days. I love that pumpkin is packed with nutrients that nursing moms need, like Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron and Magnesium, and that it’s sweet enough that my toddler will happily eat most meals made with pumpkin. This week’s recipe round-up is inspired by my pre-baby pumpkin baking extravaganza. Whether you’re cooking for your family, for a nursing friend or a baby on the way, we hope you try one of the recipes included this week – let us know what you make in the comments!
Healthy Pumpkin Bread from Cookie and Kate
This is my go-to pumpkin bread recipe. I love that Kate has perfected the art of the naturally-sweetened, whole wheat quick-bread and every recipe I’ve made from Cookie and Kate has turned out great. This is a very easy recipe to double or triple, which means if you have a nursing mama friend, this is a great one to make for both of you! I’ve also been known to turn this into french toast in the morning, which is a totally legit toddler breakfast because pumpkin and eggs are healthy, right?
Whisk 4 TBSP Milk Shakers Original or Fenugreek into the flour before mixing with wet ingredients to turn into lactation pumpkin bread!
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from @ChrissyTiegen
If you asked me which one I loved more – pumpkin or Chrissy Tiegen – I’m not sure I could answer. Chrissy’s brutal honesty around all things motherhood and breastfeeding have been so refreshing to see in my Instagram feed during those middle of the night wakes. So when I see her super-simple and also why-didn’t-I-think-of-that sweet and spicy pumpkin seed recipe, I knew this was a great match with Milk Shakers Sweet! I had a giant mason jar of roasted pumpkin seeds in the cabinet for weeks after my baby was born, which I would eat by the handful or (confession) dump straight into my mouth. Because when you’re working one handed…
Mix 4 TBSP Milk Shakers Sweet with melted butter, and toss with one pumpkin’s worth of seeds before roasting.
“Pump up your milk” Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins from Love and Zest
Pregnancy cravings have nothing on the insatiable chocolate cravings I get in the early days of breastfeeding. Dark chocolate chips made their way into multiple meals a day, and so these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins from Love and Zest hit the spot. Because they’re such a hit with the rest of the family too, this is one recipe I like to use to make just a few lactation muffins by adding Milk Shakers to the last of the batter.
Use 4 TBSP Milk Shakers Original or Fenugreek in place of Brewers Yeast, Flax Meal and Chia Seeds – it’s all there! OR, make the recipe without those ingredients, and fill as many muffins tins as you’d like to make without the lactation boost. Then, stir 1 TSP Milk Shakers for each remaining muffin – just be sure and mark these so you know which have Milk Shakers inside!
Favorite Pumpkin Granola from Pinch of Yum
Granola can be a fantastic breakfast for new moms, but most store-bought granola is loaded with oil and sugar. That’s why I love this Favorite Pumpkin Granola recipe from Pinch of Yum. As with most of the above recipes, it’s maple sweetened, and this version is made with olive oil (I’ve also been known to use coconut oil). The great thing about granola is you really can add whatever suits your fancy and leave out things you don’t like (in my house, it’s extra coconut, no raisins). The combination of oats and nuts is a nutritional powerhouse for nursing moms. This fall-inspired version would make an excellent baby shower gift or delivery for a new mom.
Mix 4 TBSP Milk Shakers in with the wet ingredients to make it a Favorite Pumpkin Granola for nursing moms.
What are your favorite fall recipes or lactation treats to make during these cozy days?