by Krystle K | The Snap Mom
Having scoured the web for a good homemade vegan formula, I didn’t find one that I was completely happy with… so I made my own. Because I am not a trained professional I am hesitant to make any recommendations for someone else’s baby’s whole and sole source of nutrition. If this is a recipe you would like to use on your baby, feel free to consult with a nutritionist or your pediatrician first.
Once we had combined all of the ingredients, it was time for my son and I to test it out. I was first to go and was shocked how good it tasted. After mixing all the “milks” and oils, I was doubtful it could possibly taste good. And even more exciting- my son drank it! He is 12-months-old and still breastfeeding around the clock and eating solids, but this will be a good addition to his diet.
The next step was consulting with a nutritionist to make sure I hadn’t missed any vital nutrients. It is soooooo important to mention that breastmilk is the very best option for infants, unfortunatly for a variety of reason it doesn’t always work out and parents are left looking for the next best open. If breastfeeding or donor milk is not an option, then this would be a good alternative, but not equivalent.
Having a child with food allergies has opened my eyes in many ways. One major thing I realized: there are not many organic, soy and dairy-free formula options for parents who are unable to breastfeed or use donor milk. Most homemade formulas use raw milk as their base, but vegan families or babies with dairy allergies need an alternative. The great thing about making your own formula is you know exactly what your child is consuming. This is also a good option to use for when you are ready to wean your child off of the breast.
Unlike many of the store-bought formulas, this is free of synthetic nutrients, chemicals, GMOs, additives, and artificial sugars. It only took 5 minutes to make and tastes great!
Ingredients (yields 2 bottles):
2 cups homemade almond milk
**Compared to soy and rice milk, almond milk has the highest concentrations of vitamins and minerals.
Powdered Coconut Water (follow instructions listed on package to make)
**The health benefits of coconut water for babies include supply of essential vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, treats gastrointestinal diseases, useful in treating cholera, improves constipation in children, effective in treating diarrhea in babies, possesses antimicrobial properties. (source)
1 tablespoon unrefined Organic Coconut Oil
**Coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of these healthy MCFAs.
1 teaspoon Spirulina (formula will go green- it’s still ok!)
**Nutrient-rich, superfood Spirulina is a single-celled freshwater algae and an incredible source of nutrients. It provides generous amounts of Beta-Carotene, Vitamin B12, Iron, and Chlorophyll. Spirulina also provides RNA, DNA, and important GLA fatty acids. (source)
**DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that’s a building block for your baby’s brain and eyes.
1 tablespoon Sacha Inchi Oil
**These seeds are rich in protein, omega 3, 6, and 9, alpha tocopherol vitamin E, carotenoids (vitamin A), and fiber. (source)
1 teaspoon Nutritional Yeast
**Nutritional yeast is packed with nutrition: particularly, B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. It’s low in fat, gluten-free (check specific brands for certification), and contains no added sugars or preservatives. Since vitamin B12 is absent from plant foods unless it’s added as a supplement, nutritional yeast is a great addition to the vegan diet. (source)
1/4 teaspoon Dairy-free Probiotics
**Probiotics are microorganisms that play an important role in regulating intestinal function and digestion by balancing the microflora of the gut. (source)
Sweetener: 5-7 Pitted Dates, 1 tablespoon Real Maple Syrup OR 1 tablespoon Blackstap Molasses (also contains iron)
- Make almond milk
- Be sure to remove shells after soaking almonds before blending.
- Make coconut water
- Combine all ingredients and blend in blender until creamy
- Strain through fine mesh bag
- Store in fridge for no longer than 24 hours
Here are a few other vegan homemade formula recipes to have a look through: