My sister is about to have her second baby, and is still nursing her first. (Go Sis!!) So, as I was getting ready to go see her I wanted to make some food for her freezer. My main goal was to get a couple of galactogogues (galactagogue: promotes or increases breast milk supply) in these, but it helps that they are delicious and ready-to-eat. Ready-to-eat is key when you have a new baby and a toddler!
^(Don’t let that fool you, this recipe is for the whole family – it just happens to also be great for lactating mamas)
The galactogogues used in this recipe are oats, brewer’s yeast, and flaxseed. I am so fortunate to have easy access to gluten free oats (Montana Gluten Free is a company here in –you guessed it– Montana). I’ve toured the facility and love a few of their products! Anyways, where I’m going with this is that the oats are gluten free. Brewer’s yeast is NOT the same as your yeast typically used in baking, so make sure you’re getting the correct type 😉 Ground flaxseed can easily be found in your baking aisle.
I used dairy free chocolate chips, but you can omit or substitute these easily. My kids are crazy about chocolate (of any kind), so I have to keep anything made with them hidden 🙂 All but one of my cookie balls fit into the Ziplock bag, so I left that one out on the counter… While I was changing a diaper on my youngest (hands busy) my oldest saw his opportunity to push a chair over and help himself. Yep, my mistake 😉
Speaking of substitutions – you can try multiple additions or deletions to this. Just use the base recipe of oats, peanut butter, yeast, vanilla, ground flaxseed and honey. (Note: don’t forget honey should not be given to babies under 1 year old!) You can also use almond butter in place of peanut butter (I just like the combo of peanut butter and chocolate).
These were sooooo easy to make! I’m going to make another batch or two and keep them in the freezer for my family.
Pro tip: when looking for Brewers Yeast call stores ahead of time! Dragging two tired kids along to stores and surfing aisles looking for this was not a good idea. We barely survived that one 😉
This was great as a no-bake option to have around, but is pretty sticky… I think I’ll make the balls smaller next time so there is less time toddlers need to handle them!