I had hoped and planned to solely feed my baby, Asher, breastmilk but due to having a breast reduction surgery in the past, the quantity of milk that I produce is not enough for him. I was saddened by this, but still happy that I am able to breastfeed him to some extent as some breastmilk is better than none at all! My husband and I talked about what we would do if my supply was not enough for him when I was pregnant and he said he would like to make our own vegan formula instead of buying one. He researched all the formulas out on the market and was shocked at how poor the ingredients are. He knew that he could make one that was simpler and better for our baby than one that we could buy. The following recipe is what he came up with after several tweaks to make it just the way Asher likes it and to ensure he's getting everything he needs. Asher drank this as a supplement to my breastmilk for the first 7 months of his life and has been thriving on it.
Here are the ingredients we chose to include in our formula and why.
- Young thai coconut water: coconut water is a great base for a liquid as it still acts as a good solvent rather than nut milks (which also have problems of their own), including the rich mineral content and added glucose it has for the brain.
- Blackstrap molasses: This sweetener is added for the simple easy iron content it has. The other added benefits are just a bonus.
- Filtered water: This is only used for blending with the pure coconut, as to optimize the absorption of pure coconut.
- Activated charcoal: An amazing supplement used as an added buffer for toxins since babies put everything in sight in their mouth. It’s a wonderful addition and no, it doesn't pull vitamins out of the body, this is a MYTH.
- Monk fruit powder: (optional) This is for extra flavor, but the benefit is that it does contain a rare antioxidant in the fruits mogrosides which help inflammation and degeneration of body cells. Obviously this is not much of a problem for babies but still nice.
- Chia seed oil: Chia oil is added for its heat stable ALA omega 3s and the fact that we have a boy and chia seeds are androgenic (androgens are male hormones), and flax seeds are estrogenic (estrogens are female hormones). I chose chia, obviously.
- Pea protein powder: A (hypoallergenic) source of protein high in Lysine without the trypsin inhibitors found in soy.
- Coconut milk powder: This is what replaces the milk base of mothers' milk. The fats are amazing, great ratios, and high in calories for a growing baby.
- Goji berry powder: This gives an added boost of Vit C, and Vit A along with rare minerals not found in traditional foods. It also naturally boosts HGH so your child will grow strong and tall.
- Vegan Vitamin D3 drops 400 IU: This is just to make sure your baby gets through the first year without the harmful exposure to the Sun while not risking deficiency as it can cause rickets, delayed motor development, muscle weakness, aches and pains, and fractures. Since the Baby will get it from mothers milk and mothers are often low in D themselves, its a smart addition for the first couple years of life when supplementing or while solely on formula.
***One thing I would like to note is that we recommend you test the coconut milk powder and goji berry powder on your babies skin for an allergic reaction. Wait 10-15 minutes to see if there is any reaction to it on their skin. If there isn't, then you are good to go on making this formula!
- 64 oz young thai coconut water
- 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
- 7 cups filtered water
- 1 tsp activated charcoal
- 1/4 tsp monk fruit powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp chia seed oil
- 1 heaping scoop pea protein powder (hypoallergenic)
- 1 heaping tbsp coconut milk powder
- 1/3 cup goji berry powder
- 400 IU Vegan Vitamin D3 drops
- Pour 32 oz of the coconut water and ¼ cup of molasses into your blender. Blend on medium-high for about 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl.
- Next, pour the rest of the coconut water (32 oz), 1 cup of filtered water, activated charcoal, chia seed oil, and optional monk fruit powder in your blender. Blend on medium-high for about 30 seconds. Pour this mixture into the large mixing bowl with the previous mixture.
- Next, pour 6 cups filtered water into the blender, then add in the pea protein powder, coconut milk powder, and goji berry powder. Blend on high for 30 seconds. Grab a nut milk bag and pour the mixture through the nut milk bag into your large bowl with the rest of the mixture. Gently squeeze the nut milk bag to get most of the liquid out. Don’t squeeze too hard or some of the pulp may come through.
- Now prep your bottles that you want to fill. I have found that this makes around 88 oz. I fill up the bottles I have first and put the excess into freezer-safe mason jars. I put 1 drop of the Vitamin D3 drops into each 8 oz bottle. If I have smaller bottles, I will do ½ a drop and I do 2 drops for 16 oz mason jars. (I have figured out this ratio based off of how much my baby eats per day since he drinks about 8 oz of this supplement formula a day and I want him to have 400 IU of D3 per day. You can adjust it according to how much or little your baby drinks.)
- Now, stir the mixture in your bowl to make sure it is evenly combined. Pour half of it back into your blender to make it easier to pour into the bottles. Fill up all of your bottles and mason jars until full.
- Place 2-3 days worth of the bottles in your refrigerator and the rest in your freezer.
- Whenever I see I am getting low on the bottles in the fridge, I pull out a bottle or two from the freezer to thaw. I let it sit out on the countertop for about 6-8 hours to thaw, then put it in the refrigerator.