birth snacks for doulas

I believe in good food, and nourishing ourselves as birth professionals. Whether at your desk or in the wee hours at a birth, good food can make all the difference in helping you stay alert & focused.

Here is one of my favorites – full of iron, calcium & protein – and great to help “keep things moving”. I use them for postpartum mamas as well as a special energy boost for those late night breastfeeds.

Raw Truffles

These work best if you have a food processor with an “S” blade to make a fine blend of the ingredients.

1 Cup Raw Almonds
1 Cup Pitted Date
Grind these to a fine paste using your food processor. Then add:
3 T Raw Cocoa Powder
1 T honey (optional)
and a 1-3 Tablespoons of water – drizzle this into the food processor until you see the mixture forming a ball. You don’t want it to get too wet & sticky. The balls will stick together nicely with just a bit of moisture.

Roll them into bite sized balls – I prefer maybe 1/2 inch in diameter (that way the recipe makes more!). You can keep these in the fridge or on the counter. Or if you need to control yourself, have a loved one hide them from you.

There are countless variations – try adding dried apricot, dried cherries or cranberries, coconut or ginger to the mix. Once you’ve made the balls, try rolling them in flax meal, coconut or sesame seeds for extra nourishment & deliciousness – and to keep your fingers from getting sticky…

5/27/13 Update: I just came across a blog post from Melissa at Clothes Make the Girl that is similar but with the added bonus of vanilla and – gasp – sea salt. Off to the kitchen I go!

Careful, these are so tasty you might need to eat the first batch in secret, and then make another to share with your clients.

Enjoy! Please share your results & variations on the recipe below.

About Sarah Juliusson

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  1. Callie on May 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Make a second batch – great advice! I made these with half sesame seeds and half pumpkin seeds instead of almonds so that my daughters can bring them to school (nut-free). We all took turns rolling them in coconut, then used the left-over coconut in our weekly granola bake 🙂 THESE BALLS ARE AWESOME and extremely addictive! Aside from being a great snack for me in between classes, the girls love them. We keep them in the fridge, because if they were on the counter in plain sight, they wouldn’t last more than a day. Thanks Sarah!!

  2. nelia deamaral on July 10, 2013 at 2:56 am

    These are so surprisingly yummy and they don’t taste like date! I made them for a postpartum mom today. Going to try them with some cashews.

    • Sarah Juliusson on July 14, 2013 at 1:15 am

      Smiling… I really don’t like dates either, and was very happy to find that I couldn’t taste them here!

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