Hi Mamma! If you are reading this you’re probably looking for something to boost your milk supply. Or some kind of delicious one-handed treat to keep you going through the marathon nursing sessions. Being ravenous while in the early days of breastfeeding is totally normal, so you’ll want to have something easy on hand. The best news is that you can make these delicious and tasty lactation bites FAST.
These bites are six-ingredients, take about 15 minutes to put together (total), and refrigerate for an hour before freezing. They’re a quick no-back recipe you can always easily grab from the freezer. This way you’ll always have them on hand when hunger (or low supply) strike. It really doesn’t get any better than that.
As a new mom, you have no time on your hands. On top of being super busy (and somehow feeling like you’re getting nothing done) your milk supply is probably making you even crazier. It’s SO hard not knowing how much your baby is getting when you’re breastfeeding.
BUT, there is help. In addition to eating well and drinking about a zillion gallons of water, these lactation bites will keep hunger at bay, your milk supply boosted, and they’re delicious.
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Gather the six ingredients you’ll need to make the bites
All you need for a delicious treat are these six ingredients: oats, peanut butter, coconut, honey, flaxseed, and chocolate chips.
They literally take 15 minutes to make.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 c. oats
- 1/2 c. peanut butter
- 1/2 c. ground flaxseed
- 1 c. coconut, shredded
- 1/3 c. honey
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips
I’m not precious about any ingredients, and I’ll use any brand to mix these up. My favorite chocolate chips are Hershey’s, but if you’re shopping somewhere and need to use others in a pinch the recipe still turns out great.
You can get ground flaxseed and coconut in the baking aisle as well.
Mix dry ingredients first, then add wet ingredients before mixing
You mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl (oats, coconut, flaxseed, and chocolate chips) and then add in the wet ingredients (honey and peanut butter) on top, and mix.
It does get a little gooey to mix all the ingredients together, and I haven’t figured out a clean way to do it. I usually just end up sticking my hand in the mixture and squeezing it all up to make sure everything gets mixed in.
If you’re just trying to use a spoon you’ll end up with a glob of peanut butter coated with all the dry ingredients. It may end up working out if you push it around enough, but I’m impatient. I have two kids, so squeezing it is.
Refrigerate the mixture about an hour, then form into bite-size balls
You refrigerate this mixture for an hour. Then you can roll the mixture into balls. You can eat the bites right out of the refrigerator or you can freeze them for later.
I typically do a little of both. Eat one while I’m rolling them up, and then freeze the rest for later.
Freeze the lactation bites for a snack that’s good up to three months
Before freezing, be sure to wrap in wax paper, then aluminum foil. I drop the wrapped balls into a gallon size freezer bag and usually get 12-14 bites.
The frozen lactation bites are good for up to two to three months in the freezer, but trust me you’ll eat them before that.
Just take them out of the freezer and let thaw for ~10 minutes and you’re good to go. I usually end up eating them before they’re fully thawed. They’re just a little harder in the middle, but the taste is still just as good!
I love having the lactation bites for breakfast, or anytime I need a snack. As a new nursing mom, you’ll be hungrier than you were before you were pregnant. It’s great to have these on-hand anytime you’re hungry in the middle of the day, or if you just need a quick snack.
Another awesome benefit is that they can be eaten with one hand. While you’re holding the baby you can still grab a quick snack on the go.
These lactation bites are one of my favorite snacks (milk making or not) and are a definite must-make before your baby is born to have handy in the freezer.
Be sure to pin this for later so you can come back and find the recipe anytime!