In honor of the start of World Breastfeeding week, I wanted to share my recipe for lactation bites. This literally is the BEST recipe within the trendy “lactation foods” category, I promise. With some unexpected ingredients, it is comparable to raw cookie dough – a big no no for pregnant and nursing moms.
Just don’t hint it has anything to do with boob milk and watch how much your husband eats. Actually, scratch that. Tell him HE will start lactating if he eats ANY. More for you…you’re welcome.
Brewer’s Yeast and oats are both galactogogues, which are foods and herbs that naturally increase milk supply and flow. I wondered if there would be a notable difference in my milk flow or supply after eating these and the answer is YES! I’ve had a great supply so far, but I like to be able to pump in between feedings to have a stash in the fridge and freezer. I also have a very hungry growing boy smack dab in his 6 week growth spurt. With around the clock cluster feeding, I have had little time during the day until Ev gets home to eat a real meal, so these babies are key to my sanity. Lastly, I still consider raw cookie dough a no-go while nursing, so this is the next best thing. I usually make them with Enjoy Life vegan “chocolate” chips as I find Wyatt gets gassy and grumpy when I eat a lot of chocolate. But feel free to use dark chocolate chips for added antioxidants.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you already know my affinity for salted caramel, so adding sea salt to chocolate is the next best thing! I feel it also helped offset the taste of the Brewer’s Yeast so that it is not noticeable.
- 1 cup oats
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1/2 cup flaxseed
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup Brewer’s Yeast
- 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips or real dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- generous dash of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients to a stand mixer. I’ve done energy bites by hand several times and the mixer makes things WORLDS easier and more evenly combined.
- Start mixing on a low speed and gradually increase as the ingredients combine to avoid inhaling copious amounts of Brewer’s Yeast.
- Once well blended, place the mixing bowl in the fridge for an hour or so to firm up the mixture.
- Roll whatever you manage to actually still have in the bowl and not eat into bite-sized balls.
- Refrigerate in a sealed container.