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Lactation Energy Bites

The perfect nutritious snack for new moms! Lactation Energy Bites: full of delicious, nutritious ingredients, and guaranteed to put a stop to that notorious nursing mom hunger. 

Lactation Energy Bites

These Lactation Energy Bites are just the perfect nutritious snack you need as you embark on your breastfeeding journey! In those early days with a new baby, the crazy hunger pangs can be so real. Your body needs fuel and nutrients to be able to maintain energy levels and make that absolutely amazing breast milk to nourish your new little one. 

Your body just created a life! Holy cow! And now, your body continues to be incredible and will nourish that sweet new life. As a new mama, the amount of information out there can be overwhelming. It's important to remember that there is nothing special or magical about these lactation energy bites that will boost your milk supply. Eating a protein ball is not going to change the amount of milk your body creates. However, it will provide a healthy snack and nutrients for busy moms who need fuel to support their bodies' work. 

Lactation energy bites ingredients

Gather all ingredients to make the best lactation energy bites around. 

Wet Ingredients 

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp honey

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp brewers yeast
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

How to make lactation energy bites

​Get ready to have the perfect snack ready to go when hunger strikes!

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Add the wet ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Place in microwave and heat for 30 seconds.
  • Stir until blended and well mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, add all dry ingredients. Mix.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients. Stir until well mixed.
  • (Note: If the dough doesn't feel like it's sticking together well or too crumbly, add in a little more peanut butter or syrup!)
  • Using a cookie dough scoop or your hands, roll mixture into into balls.
  • Store in the fridge or freezer.

Lactation energy bites substitution ideas

​Here are some easy substitution ideas for this great recipe:

  • Peanut butter: You could use almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter. 
  • Honey: I love switching back and forth between honey and maple syrup in these protein ball type recipes. 
  • Oats: I use old-fashioned oats, but you can use whatever you have around, like rolled oats! Or if you're gluten-free, choose a gluten-free option. 
  • Mini chocolate chips: Feel free to experiment with different add-ins here! I think raisins, coconut shreds, or some cocoa powder would be delicious.  

How do lactation bites work?

It is important to have some accurate general information about breast milk supply and what you can do to boost your milk supply. Lactation bites are not magic, a secret potion, or a quick fix for your milk supply. Eating these will not boost your milk supply.

They do, however, support your body through breastfeeding by providing essential nutrients and helping with some of the extra hunger that some nursing moms experience with breastfeeding. See below for some of the benefits of the different ingredients in these lactation energy bites.

  • Oats: A filling and nutrient-filled base for these healthy lactation bites. 
  • Peanut butter: A delicious and filling form of protein. 
  • Flax Seeds: Provide your body with healthy fats.
    Brewer's Yeast: A great source of different varieties of vitamin B.
  • Chia seeds: Contain omega-3's, and protein and are an awesome source of fiber.

Remember, the best way to support your milk supply is milk removal! This can happen from your baby nursing, hand expression, or using your breast pump.

If you are worried or concerned about your milk supply, lactation consultants are an excellent resource. Especially for new moms! They serve educational purposes and are experts on all things breastfeeding. I would highly suggest a IBCLC, and you can book a consultation here.

This is a picture of lactation energy bites. There's a piece of white parchment paper with lines of the rolled energy bites. Each energy bite was oats, chia seeds, and chocolate seeds visible.

How long do lactation bites last in the fridge?

These no bake lactation bites are so easy to make, and also so easy to store. Simply store in the fridge in a sealed airtight container for up to a week and then 2-3 months in the freezer. Make sure you hide them from the rest of your family - kids and partners are also guaranteed to love these! 

How many lactation bites should I eat?

​Eat when you're hungry! For some moms, that may be one to two times a day. For others, they may feel like they need a couple snacks between each meal. Listen to whatever your body is telling you!

How often should I eat lactation bites? 

​Like I said above, listen to your body and eat when you feel hungry. Lactation bites are not magical, they're not going to boost your milk supply. 

The nutrients in the energy bites are what helps your body get the fuel it needs to produce the milk your baby needs. Remember, as I said earlier, the best way to support your milk supply is milk removal! 

This is a picture of lactation energy bites. There is a beige ceramic bowl filled with the bites. The energy bites are circle light brown bites with oats, chia seeds, peanut butter and chocolate chips mixed in.

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Lactation Energy Bites

The perfect nutritious snack for new moms! Lactation Energy Bites: full of delicious, nutritious ingredients, and guaranteed to put a stop to that notorious nursing mom hunger. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: energy bites, lactation bites, lactation energy bites, no-bake lactation bites
Servings: 20 bites
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • measuring spoons

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp honey

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp brewers yeast
  • ½ cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Add the wet ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Place in microwave and heat for 30 seconds.
  • Stir until blended and well mixed.
  • In a separate bowl, add all dry ingredients. Mix.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients. Stir until well mixed.
  • (Note: If the dough doesn't feel like it's sticking together well or too crumbly, add in a little more peanut butter or syrup!)
  • Using a cookie dough scoop or your hands, roll mixture into into balls.
  • Store in the fridge or freezer.

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 3mg
Recipe Rating




Emily

Sunday 24th of March 2024

Just want to comment that the brewer’s yeast isn’t necessary if you want to skip it. I never used this ingredient and had a great milk supply with my first and ate a recipe like this the whole time