When you consider traditional postpartum foods, the aims are generally to gently aid digestion and to replace what was lost in pregnancy and childbirth.
A new mother has high nutritional needs and a low metabolism. In Ayurvedic terms, she needs to replace the earth and water that has been lost in childbirth while being mindful of her low digestive fire. She needs to eat simple foods that provide instantly accessible energy – essentially whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and calorie rich fats.
The way it was explained to me is that after birth, new mothers almost need to follow the same process as a weaning baby…it should be a very slow progression from simple foods to those that are more complex.
And when it comes to biscuits, these are about as simple as you can get.
The basic biscuit is only four ingredients. I have added the vanilla for a bit of sweetness and the ginger and cardamom to help nourish digestive fire.
The other bonus is that these biscuits take about a minute to mix up.
You don’t need a Thermomix…you just need a food processor of some sort to mill the almonds and sugar. The rest can be done by hand.
So make a batch and keep some in the kitchen and some by your breastfeeding chair. They are perfect to snack on while your baby is feeding…and while that now sated baby has settled in for a sleep leaving you trapped beneath them.
Of course they aren’t just ideal for new mothers but for families at every stage. Toddlers can help shape the dough into balls. And if your child is allowed nuts in their lunch box, these make wonderful afternoon tea treats.
Super Quick, Super Delicious Postpartum Thermomix Biscuits
200 grams almonds
100 grams palm sugar (or whatever sugar you have on hand)
260 grams plain flour
260 grams butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cardamom
Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
Put 200 grams almonds and 100 grams sugar into mixing bowl and mill for 20 seconds, speed 8.
Add remaining ingredients and knead for 30 seconds.
Feel free to adjust amount of vanilla and spices to your liking.
Once your dough has formed, place small balls of dough onto lined baking sheets.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
I always make these for my postpartum clients and I always get requests for a second batch!
I hope that you make them and enjoy them…and that they make your postpartum period a little more delicious!