Lactation cookies you can make easily at home!
For new Breastfeeding Moms, these no-bake lactation cookies or energy bites also have proven natural ingredients that help with lactation.
My No-Bake Lactation Cookies recipe contains brewer’s yeast, organic rolled oats and organic flax seed — all 3 proven natural ways to increase milk supply in already lactating mothers!
All 3 are also super nutritious and super energy-boosters (my husband hates the word super for some reason so of course I get a special kick out of using it 😄).
These No-Bake lactation cookie Bites help boost my milk supply and provide a quick, energizing snack when I don’t have the time (or hands) to make myself something healthy.
If you didn’t know, I recently had a baby boy – in other words, I recently gave birth to the love of my life!
Theodore “Theo” Franco, born 2/18/17
These lactation cookie [energy] bites are PERFECT between nursing sessions (like at 3am when you’re suddenly famished — just me?
They are also great before a work out, sports, or at a job that keeps you from having time for a nutritious lunch or snack.
Oh, they are also YUMMY!
2 cups plus 1 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
4-5 T Brewer’s Yeast
2 T flax seed
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped Medjool Dates, about 5 medium to large pitted dates
1 1/2 T chia seeds, optional
1/2 cup your preference nut butter
1/3 cup room temperature or cold coffee*
*Tip: save some from your morning leftovers – can sub water
1/4 cup pure maple syrup – can sub honey
1 t vanilla extract
Optional add-in (use about 1/4 cup):
peanut butter chips
whatever floats your energy bite boat
Add 2 cups rolled oats, brewers yeast, flax seed, cinnamon and pinch of salt to food processor. Process 45-60 seconds until mixture resembles texture of coarse flour.
In separate bowl, combine coffee (or water), maple syrup and vanilla extract, then add to processor along with chopped dates, chia seeds, nut butter.
Blend for about 20-30 seconds until mixture comes together. Scrap sides of processor with spatula.
Add remaining 1 cup rolled oats, and optional add-in ingredient – I used dairy, soy & nut free Enjoy Life chocolate chips – yummy!
Blend about 15 seconds, scrape sides of processor, then blend an additional 15-30 seconds to make sure it all comes together.
Transfer mixture to a piece of parchment paper. Use paper to bring mixture together and form a level, even square. No worries, it definitely doesn’t have to be perfect!
Use a knife to score then cut into 24 pieces.
HINT: Cut a + sign in the middle first, then go from there… it helps make them more even
You can leave them as is, or roll into balls – Rolling them helps them come together in individual bites.
TIP: Put a tiny amount of water on your palms to help with rolling & less sticking.
Store in airtight container & store for up to 10 days. Mine never last that long!
Lots of breastfeeding moms struggle with either a worry about or a true lack of milk supply. I’d highly recommend speaking to a Certified Lactation Consultant if you are struggling – ask your doctor or birth center to connect you with organizations in your area that can help. Healthy Start and La Leche League are great organizations I worked with when I began my journey.
If you’re struggling on your breastfeeding journey, know that you are NOT alone. Breastfeeding is HARD.
If you prefer to purchase Lactation cookies ready made, my friend and sorority sister over at The Mom Life raves about Milkmaker’s Lactation cookies!
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