In the past I’ve read lots of opinions on foods to avoid when breastfeeding, but only recently heard about eating lactation cookies to increase your milk supply! Obviously, I was keen to investigate, but wanted to find a slightly healthier version… Google suggested several recipes, and I chose these little chocolate balls as they seemed like the were the healthiest, easiest, and, well…. most chocolately :-)
After reading around the subject, it seems the ingredients that are thought to help increase your milk supply are oats, brewers yeast & flax seed. If you have no need to improve lactation, then you could omit the brewers yeast & flax seed from this recipe, but they are good for you in other ways (e.g. brewers yeast is full of B vitamins, and flax seed contains omega-3 essential fatty acids) and guys, rest assured that despite eating loads of these, DH still hasn’t started lactating yet.
The original recipe used Almond Butter, but I used Peanut Butter instead – I’m sure any other nut butter could be used. If you wanted to make these vegan, I’m sure you could replace the honey with more maple syrup, but I haven’t tried doing that yet. (Let me know if you do). I forgot to add the sunflower seeds one week, but no-one complained.
This recipe makes about 50 delicious little balls, which if you are lazy like me can seem like a bore to make. However, resist the temptation to make fewer bigger balls. If you do this you won’t be able to secretly stuff them in your mouth without the kids/husband noticing, which means you will have to share them!
But do they work? To be honest I don’t know…. Luckily I have never had any supply problems, but I do feel like I have more milk later in the day, and we seemed to get through the 8 week growth spurt fairly easily, so perhaps they have helped? Regardless of whether they improve lactation or not, they are a relatively healthy little snack for me to hide in the fridge and munch on whenever I feel the need!
Chocolate Energy (Lactation) Balls
- 2 cups of oats
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder (I use Green & Blacks)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut (I use Crazy Jack’s)
- 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1 cup of no added salt or sugar peanut butter (we love Whole Earth’s Smooth)
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 2 to 4 tbsp brewer’s yeast ( I use 4 heaped tbsp)
- 1 tbsp milled flax seed
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla
- mix everything together
- chill in the fridge for 30mins
- roll into small balls & store in the fridge
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