If you’re looking for something to boost your milk supply, give these delicious “Boobie Bomb” Lactation Energy Bites a try. These powerful, energy packed bites have several ingredients hailed to boost milk supply, including old-fashioned rolled oats and brewer’s yeast. And for those of you not nursing, theses are great for you as well! These balls are packed with energy, healthy fats and are a great snack to give you a boost during the day.
BREWER’S YEAST & OATS – YOUR “BREAST” FRIEND
Prior to postpartum with my first, I had never heard of brewer’s yeast in relationship to nursing. As I struggled with supply, I researched endlessly how I may help naturally boost it. Brewer’s yeast was commonly suggested for those seeking to increase their supply, as were oats as both are galactagogues (thought to be helpful in production of milk). I want to stay within my scope and refer you to more information on this if you’d like to learn more. The article is written by Rohit Garoo, a Stanford University Certified Expert on Breastfeeding, and was medically reviewed.
With all that said, what works for some people doesn’t always work for others. But with this recipe you no doubt are getting a powerful punch of energy if not also helping to aid in your milk production so it’s worth a try if your doctor says its okay!
- Chia Seeds
- Brewer’s yeast
- Peanut Butter
- Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
There are several brands of Brewer’s Yeast, and some are honestly more palatable than others. If you’ve tried one and hated it, I’d recommend giving another a try OR reducing the amount used in your lactation treats. I was happy with Oat Mama’s All Natural Brewer’s Yeast, and even more happy that it shipped quickly without me having to leave my house.
Let’s be honest, lactating or not, I’d eat these suckers anyway…they are just that good. In fact, when making them for new moms, I may or may not skim a little off the top after completing my kits and hide them away in my freezer.
I always start by mixing all the dry ingredients first so everything is evenly distributed before adding in any of the sticky stuff (peanut butter and honey). After dry ingredients are combined, I then add vanilla extract. Next comes the sticky stuff – honey and peanut butter. Once all ingredients are mixed, fold in the chocolate chips. You can use mini or regular size here. The minis are far easier to combine, however I’m a chocoholic and love big chunks of dark chocolate. Just all depends on personal preference. You can leave out all together if you prefer as the chocolate is only an add-in for flavor.
Other items you can add are 1/2 cup of any variety of nuts or a handful of dried fruit. I’m usually satisfied without those extras but every once in a while I may mix it up, and will certainly if requested by a new mama. In my mind, the brewers yeast, flax seed, chia and oats are my primary focus to add to mama’s regimen to to aide in location and honey and peanut butter for energy!
ROLLIN’ & STORIN’
After you’ve combined all your ingredients, its time to roll into balls. This is not an exact science and you can make them as big or as small as you’d like. Most of the time my energy bites are equal to about 2 tablespoons, but again I vary it.
If you are struggling with the mixture as you roll, try dampening your hands slightly and it may make it easier. Don’t want to roll into balls? You can also press mixture into 8 x 8 inch pan to make bars. Make sure you thoroughly grease your pan ahead of time.
Once balls are rolled (or pan in filled), place your creations into an airtight container and refrigerate for at least a half hour. Honestly you can eat the bites right way if need be, however the bars definitely fair better if refrigerated first prior to cutting and serving (or packaging).
Store your mighty bites in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks! But in my experience, they’re always eaten up far before that mark, ha!
SPREAD THE LOVE
When I was recovering postpartum, it wasn’t the cute clothes or the handy gadgets that got me through – it was the ways in which my friends took care of me, making sure this nursing mama was plenty hydrated and fed by dropping off meals and treats. That’s why these Lactation Energy Bites make such a great gift to new mamas. Nursing makes you insanely hungry and you’re body is in overdrive trying to produce sustenance for your new little one, and these energy balls are perfect for mama to have on hand to get her through those inevitable energy dips and cravings.
Give the gift of energy & nutrition to you new mama friend! And don’t forget to share this with others so they can do the same.
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup ground or milled flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons brewer's yeast
- 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/2 cup honey or agave
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Combine Dry Ingredients: In large bowl, mix together oats, flaxseed, chia seed, and brewer's yeast.
- Add in wet ingredients: After dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add in vanilla first and make sure evenly distributed. Next, add peanut butter & honey, mixing until combined. Lastly fold in dark chocolate chips.
- Fold: Lastly fold in dark chocolate chips. You may use mini or regular here.
- Roll & Refrigerate: With slightly damp hands, begin rolling mixture into ball size of your choosing. After rolled, place in air-tight container and place in refrigerator. Keeps up to 2 weeks.