Our breastfeeding relationship has had it’s ups and downs, but luckily, I never had actual milk supply issues. However, a few months ago, I heard about lactation cookies. It seems like ever since I first heard about them, I have now learned about so many other different types of lactation products– like bread, smoothies, and even balls. I wish I would have known about these when we were early on in our nursing relationship and I was constantly looking for something to pop in my mouth. I first learned about these from Breast is Best Facebook page. I made a few changes and now these are my go to recipe for myself and other new moms!
The funniest part is the first time that I ever made them, Andrew came home and I was still working on dinner. He was hungry and opened the fridge and saw the bites and popped one in his mouth. He then asked what they were and I simply said “Lactation Energy Bites”. His face was priceless and he ran to the trash can. “Why didn’t you tell me your milk was in them?”, he shouted! I couldn’t stop laughing as I tried to tell him there wasn’t breast milk in them.
This is seriously one of the easiest recipes you will ever make in your entire life. Grab a big container, throw in the oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, honey, vanilla, and flaxseed. combine all together until mixed well. Then form into balls and sit on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put in fridge for them to set up and harden (typically 2-3 hours is fine). I like to leave my in the fridge to just grab and go.
I have tried to make these with crunchy peanut butter and they don’t hold as well. I would suggest if this is all you have you increase the peanut butter amount to at least an additional 1/2 cup. To really increase milk supply, add an additional 1/4 cup of flaxseed. Flax has a very nutty flavor and I don’t care for too much of it, but if you are needing to increase you milk supply, then it’s definitely worth adding a bit more. I absolutely love these things!
This recipe will yield 30-45 bites depending on how big you make them.