The Breakfast for Breastfeeding Champions: Apple Molasses Oatmeal
Breastfeeding Chef’s Apple Molasses Oatmeal
Makes 2 nursing mama servings
Don’t be fooled by what looks like a long list of ingredients, this tasty breakfast comes together quickly and easily. Plus it was created with the breastfeeding mother in mind. Here’s what’s good about some of the ingredinets.
OATS: known and widely used in North America to support and increase milk supply.
BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES: is a significant source of iron and calcium, both of which support milk production.
CINNAMON & NUTMEG: two warming spices that aid in digestion.
GRADE B MAPLE SYRUP: a less refined more nutrient rich type of maple syrup.
COCONUT: a delicious whole food that adds needed quality fats and some of those extra calories
WALNUTS: a plant based source of omega-3 and omega-6 in perfect balance. These fats are necessary for brain development. If your baby is less than 12 weeks old or if food allergies are common in your family omit the walnuts and substitute toasted pumpkin seeds.
1 3/4 cups water
1 medium apple, chopped
¼ cup raisins
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch sea salt
1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1 teaspoon grade b maple syrup
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon coconut flakes
In a medium sauce pan, combine water, apple, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Over medium high flame, bring to a boil. Add oats, return to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 10-15 minutes or until water is absorbed. When oatmeal is done, stir in molasses and maple, spoon into two bowls and top each with half the walnuts and coconut. Serve and enjoy.