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These pumpkin protein lactation bars will seriously curb your cravings for all things pumpkin, as well as boost your milk supply! There is a secret weapon in these bars, which I will go over that includes a lactation blend of ingredients that are all known to increase lactation. These bars are also healthy, low carb, and delicious, so if you are trying to lose the baby weight, and struggling with sugar cravings, these will help!
In my program, I teach mamas how to eat while breastfeeding to lose weight, and sugar cravings are one of the hardest challenges to eating healthy while breastfeeding. Basically, sugar cravings happen when we crave specific nutrients, and as breastfeeding mamas we need more nutrients ,so we tend to have more cravings. This isn’t a bad thing, it just means we need to eat as nutrient-dense as possible. I have some awesome recipes for breastfeeding mamas, including some more lactation-boosting desserts that really help curb sugar cravings, and boost your milk supply at the same time in my program and app. These pumpkin lactation bars are a great example, but these have a secret weapon in them that make them extra milk-boosting.
In this recipe I use a protein powder called Majka, and it is a lactation-boosting nutritional drink. This was before I had my Milk Dust on the market. Majka is a great option if you want more a nutritional supplement with a more natural taste. Majka also doesn’t use fenugreek in their lactation formula, so if you are sensitive to fenugreek, this is a great option! I have also made this recipe with my Milk Dust, and it turns out really good! I love that my Milk Dust has so much protein per serving, in addition to superfoods, and it is specifically formulated to curb sugar cravings. Feel free to use code: LACTATION on the Milk Dust website for 10% off your first order.
The lactation blend consists of the top milk boosters like fenugreek, fennel, sesame seed, tumeric, Caraway seed, clover seed, and ginger root. All of these are lactation-boosting herbs that can really give your milk supply some awesome support. When you combine this with the added nutritional support in the protein powder, your body is able to utilize all the nutrients to produce breast milk. This is exactly what I teach in my program, which is a full meal plan, grocery lists, recipes and postpartum healing and fitness. It is the only holistic program that covers everything from healing your abs and pelvic floor, to regaining your fitness and losing the baby weight safely while breastfeeding. IT ALSO COMES IN AN APP! You can find the app on Google Play and the App store, which means it is super easy to navigate and use.
I used the Majka protein powder for this recipes because the Majka protein powder has a gingery taste. It isn’t sweet like other protein powders, and you get a hint of tumeric in the taste as well. Because of the ginergy taste, It mixed really well with the pumpkin pie spice in these bars. IF you are sensitive to herb-like flavors, USE 1 SCOOP of their protein powder instead of 2. That way it isn’t as strong. If you do this, you will have to adjust your coconut flour by 1 tbsp or so. I haven’t tried this yet, so I will leave that up to you!
Let’s get to the recipe and video!
4 eggs + 4 egg whites
1/4 cup Stevia
1 can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 scoops Majka Protein Powder
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup of almond milk (or less if you don’t need as much)
Start by whisking your eggs, then add in your Stevia. Blend together, then add your pumpkin puree and blend really well. Slowly add in your coconut flour and stir well. Then add your protein powder and pumpkin pie spice, making sure to mix and mix really well. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, or until you can poke it with a fork and it comes out clean. I like these cold the best, but hot with a little butter is really good too!!
Keep these in the fridge, and the flavors and texture softens and becomes so good when cold! Almost like a pumpkin-pie bar, and I LOVE it!
If you need help losing the baby weight and keeping up your milk supply, I have a very popular program, The Postpartum Cure, which comes in an app you can download.