Breakfast Granola Bars

I loved this recipe because it was a perfect solution for those days I’m in a hurry to get out the door. Having three children to get dressed, fed, and out the door during the week does not allow time for me to eat. So I’m usually eating on the road or not at all. This is a great solution to increase milk producation and have something healthy to eat on the drive.

1 2/3 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup flaxseed meal

4 tbsp Brewer’s yeast

1/2 cup nuts (any kind)*

1 1/2 cup dried fruit**

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup melted butter (I used coconut oil)

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup almond butter

2 tbsp hot water

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper, crossing two separate pieces over one another to create a sling. This makes it easier to pull them out of the pan.

Stir together all of the dry ingredients including fruits and nuts. In separate bowl, stir together the honey, vanilla, almond butter, coconut oil, and hot water.

Mix wet ingredients  into the dry ingredients until they are evenly moistened. Pour into pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes before cutting into bars. lactation granola bar

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No Bake Booby Bites

This is a recipe I got from the lactation specialist at the hospital. She told me that it was a recipe many moms loved.

1 cup old fashioned oatmeal

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup flaxseed meal

1 cup shredded coconut

1/3 cup honey

1/2 tbsp Brewer’s yeast

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine oatmeal, coconut, chocolate chips, yeast, and flaxseed meal in a large bowl. Add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Mix together. Refrigerate for an hour. Roll into balls. 6-93595-booby-bites-1424371300.jpg

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Lactation Cookie Bars

1 cup butter (coconut oil for a healthier choice)

1/2 cup flaxseed meal

1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup all purpose flour

3 cups oats flour

2 cups rolled oats

1 bag dark chocolate chips

2 tbsp Brewer’s yeast

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix flaxseed meal and water into small bowl and set aside for 3 to 5 minutes.

Cream together coconut oil (or butter) and sugar. Add flaxseed mixture and yeast. Mix until light and fluffy. Add flours and continue to mix. Add in the remaining dry ingredients. When that is mixed until creamy, add in the chocolate chips.

*Add 1 tbsp of water at a time to mixture if the dough is too thick.

Pour into a 9×13 baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes. chocolate chip cookie bar

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Strawberry Oatmeal Lactation Smoothie

Smoothies are usually my go to meal replacement when I don’t have time to sit down and eat. You can make them the night before or when you are ready to drink it. When I found a smoothie that can help increase my milk production, I was really excited to try it.

1 cup milk (I use 2% but they recommend skim)

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 banana

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp splenda or agave nectar

In a blender, pulse the oats for 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. It’s ready to drink! strawberry oatmeal smoothie

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Cinnamon Apple Lactation Cookies

I liked these cookies because they were different than the chocolate cookies. I wanted a “healthier” option. Although, I’m not sure how much healthier these are but they are definitely delicious.

1 1/2 cups oats

1 cup all purpose flour (any flour substitution should work)

1 cup sugar

3 tbsp Brewer’s yeast

3 tbsp Ground Flaxseed meal

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1 egg

1/2 cup butter

1 large honeycrisp apple**

3 tbsp water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix butter, sugar, and egg together. Add the vanilla.

Peel the apple and steam it in the microwave for 3 minutes. I used my vegetable steamer but you can steam the apple in a bowl with a little water. If you steam it in a bowl, put plasticwrap on top of it.

Slice the apple and add it to the wet mixture. Mix dry ingredients into the wet mix.

Scoop 1 tablespoon of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes. cinnamon apple cookies.jpg

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Apple Pie Muffins

This was a recipe I found online that was a little different.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cups ground flax meal

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 1/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)

1 tsp vanilla

topping: chopped walnuts

Preheat 375 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.  In a seperate bowl mix all of the wet ingredients together. Slowly add the dry ingredients together with the wet ingredients. Add in the raisins. Pour into muffin pan using liners. Top with chopped walnuts. ApplePie-MuffinsBake for 15 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins.

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Lactation Booting Milk Shake: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana

I love chocolate milkshakes! Really, anything chocolate is my favorite. When searching for awesome lactation recipes, I found this amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake from We’re Parents. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Lacation Milkshake

1                 Frozen Banana
1/4 cup       quick oats
2 tbsp         Creamy Peanut Butter (Can also use almond butter)
2 tbsp         Flax seed
3 capsules  Fenugreek Seed (Open and pour the powder)
2 tbsp         Cacao powder
3/4 cup       Milk
2 cups        Ice

In a blender add the oats and pulse them until small grainy texture. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the ice, and blend well. Once blended add the ice and blend until smooth.

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Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

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I love chocolate chip cookies so when I found this recipe for chocolate chip lactation cookies, I was very excited.

Original Recipe from How Sweet It Is

Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

3 cups           old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups    flour
5 tbsp           brewer’s yeast (has to be this brand)
3 tbsp           flaxseed meal
1/2 tsp          baking powder
1/2 tsp          baking soda
1/2 tsp          ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp          salt
12 tbsp         butter
4 tbsp           coconut oil
1 1/2 cups    sugar
1 lg              egg
1 lg              egg yolk
2 tsp            vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups   dark chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt.

In another bowl, beat the butter and coconut oil until creamy. Add sugar and beat 4-5 minutes. Add in the egg and egg yolk, beat an additional 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and dry ingredients slowly. Once it is all mixed, add in chocolate chunks.

Scoop 1 inch rounds. Bake 10-14 minutes.

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Increasing Milk Production

I have been searching for different lactation recipes to help boost my milk production. With the girls I had lost all production after the first month. Some of this was because of my anemia, some from the exhaustion, and some, I will admit, from not trying hard enough to keep it going. So this time around I wanted to really try to provide breast milk for my child for longer than a month. I am excited to say that I have made it a month and still feel like I can go longer. I have to say that a lot of it is because of the lactation recipes I have found.

I am including the recipe links in this blog post. I have altered the original recipes to make them work best for my taste.

Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake

Vegan Apple Pie Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Cookies

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Lactation Cookie Bars

Booby Bites – No Bake

Breakfast Granola Bars

If you have any additional recipes that have worked for you, please comment with the link to the recipe.

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