I recently Pinterested (is that a word yet?) some special treats to make for breastfeeding mamas and came across a no-bake lactation ball recipe. It looked pretty easy and yummy, but it contained way too much sugar for my liking. I wanted something that contained fenugreek or brewer’s yeast, both considered galactagogues, which supports breastfeeding and may help increase milk supply. You can read more about galactagogues here. As I’ve been toying with the idea of better documenting the recipes I test out and recreate, I thought this would be the perfect starter. Plus, I know a kick-A mama who just delivered and want to make a batch for her. So here it is, my adaption for no-bake lactation balls, Balanced Foodies-style. Feel free adjust the recipe how you see fit. You can add cocoa powder, nuts, coconut flakes or dried fruit (always check the ingredient list for no added junk).
No-Bake Lactation Bites
2 c old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 c ground flaxseed
3 tbsp brewer’s yeast 1 c unsweetened nut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 – 1 c pitted dates
1/3 c dark chocolate bites (optional) 1/4 c dried fruit (optional)
- Mix all ingredients except chocolate bites and dried fruit in the bowl of an electric mixer or food processor on low speed until well combined
- Stir in chocolate chips and dried fruit
- Roll into balls and place onto a clean plate or baking tray/container
- Enjoy at room temperature or chill in the refrigerator/freezer for 30 minutes
Makes 48 bites
Note: The bites will keep in the refrigerator for up two weeks or keep for months in the freezer. Also, mixture can be pressed into an 8×8-inch baking dish and cut into bars.