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New Mama Muffins

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Raise your hand if you have been a new mom and hungry. I’d raise both if it meant I didn’t have to put my daughter down. Still, it is really difficult to have healthy foods around that you can eat one-handed. It’s even more difficult to find foods that are easy to prepare and can help with your milk supply or fiber intake. After all, there are only so many peanut butter blondies one person should reasonably eat in the course of the day (my limit is about 6).

Enter the Kodiak Cakes pumpkin flax baking mix. I wasn’t a big fan of baking mixes, but hey, it was on sale at Target and I thought it would make my 4-year-old’s beloved pancakes slightly easier to make on a weekday morning. Well, hallelujah! I modified a few ingredients to amp up the fiber and breastfeeding support and immediately delivered a dozen to another new mom I know. It’s healthy, tasty, and cheaper than those bags of lactation cookies.

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Why is this a Good Lactation Recipe?

First of all, I am not saying that muffins will automatically increase your milk supply. The best way to increase your milk supply is to nurse your baby as often as possible or pump frequently.

Still, cultures all over the world recommend certain foods to help boost your milk supply. You can look at the traditional foods recommended during the Chinese practice of zuo yue zi or confinement month, or at the ingredient list in those fancy lactation cookies. Foods like ginger, black dates, legumes, seeds, orange and red root vegetables, and oats have all been said to help support lactation.

It’s not super easy to put all of that into one recipe, and especially in the first few hectic weeks after childbirth, finding time to make healthy veggie-forward stews full of galactogogues is, well, basically not happening. Eating those stews one handed while holding the baby and catering to my 4-year-old is also not happening. Not if you’re me. But these muffins are so easy. Within 30 minutes you can have these puppies ready to satisfy a nursing mom craving.

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I’m Not Breastfeeding, Why Would these Help a New Mom Like Me?

Childbirth is a dramatic part of your life. After giving birth, the withdrawal of hormones changes so many aspects of your body. That’s most of the reason why the Chinese confinement diet does help support new moms. With the change in hormones, you get lochia, hair loss, constipation. You need healthy foods full of fiber and omega 3 fatty acids to help bring your body back into balance.

And these muffins do that. Ginger and oats are naturally anti-inflammatory, and the pumpkin, raisins and flax seed add that additional burst of fiber that is SUPER important after having a baby.

Let’s be real. Constipation is a beast after giving birth, whether you had a C-section or vaginal delivery. Eating fiber-rich foods is one of the best ways to prevent and treat constipation.

I Don’t Want to Buy a Whole Baking Mix

I generally don’t, either. It’s easy to make these muffins without the baking mix. Instead of using the baking mix (like Bisquick or Kodiak Cakes), use all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. For the benefits of pumpkin, use 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (leftover from Thanksgiving, maybe?) instead of the butter.

Now, along the lines of substitutions, if you have a leftover container of infant oat cereal, you can actually use that instead of the rolled oats. I’ve used that before as well because my older daughter refused to eat any of those infant cereals. What can you do, except try to repurpose them.

How Do You Package these For a Gift for a New Mom?

One of the best things about muffins is that they make a great gift, and they freeze fantastically. I often make a double batch, freeze my muffins, and package up the other ones to give as a gift. I usually put a dozen of them in a Ziploc bag in a single layer and freeze that way.

I have also packaged them in a gift box, available from Amazon or craft stores. They are always appreciated, even if you’re not a new mom:)

New Mama Muffins

Full of fiber and nutrients, all new moms need these muffins. Hey, you can even make AND eat them one-handed. Make new friends by bringing a batch to your friends with new babies.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: food for new moms, food to help breastfeeding, healthy muffins, pumpkin oatmeal muffins
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking mix I used Kodiak Cakes pumpkin flax waffle/flapjack mix
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Place liners in a muffin tin or grease a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Pour all ingredients into medium mixing bowl. Stir with wooden spoon to combine.
  • Fill each muffin cup with about 1/4 cup of batter. At this point, you can sprinkle the tops with a mix of sugar, almonds and cinnamon (see quantities in the Note). You know, if you’re feeling crazy.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees, until a tester inserted into the middle of the muffins comes out clean. You don’t have to test every muffin, just the largest one.
  • Let muffins cool on a rack.

Notes

Recipe adapted from the back of the Kodiak Cakes Pumpkin Flax Flapjack and Waffle Mix box.
If you’d like, mix about 1/2 cup chopped plain almonds, 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a small bowel and use it to top the muffins before putting them in the oven.
You can make this without a baking mix. Use all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp baking powder.
If you don’t use the pumpkin flax baking mix but still want the benefits of pumpkin and flax: substitute 1/4 cup canned pumpkin for the butter. Add 1 Tbsp ground flax seed to batter. 

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