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No-bake Lactation Bites Recipe

June 17, 2013

This recipe is adapted from one for energy bites! It has been modified slightly to include brewers yeast to aid in increasing breast milk production. The original recipe for Energy Bites can be found at Smashed Peas and Carrots Blog.

lactation ball

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats (old fashioned or instant)*
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed (flaxmeal)*
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3 tbs brewer’s yeast*
  • 1 tsp  vanilla

*These are the galactagogue ingredients that help increase milk production. You can read more about Galactagogues in this post.

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Refrigerate for about a half hour
  3. Roll into bite-sized balls
  4. (Optional) Roll balls in coconut for a tasty twist and reduce the sticky mess on your hands!
  5. Store in an airtight container (I refrigerate them)

NOTES:

1. You can pretty much substitute any of these ingredients to suit your dietary needs! Basically any dry for a dry or agave etc for the honey. I plan on using cranberries instead of chocolate chips next time.

2. Brewers Yeast does have a bitter flavor (even the de-bittered varieties) You may use less to suit your taste. This will also depend on the brand you use.

Where to find Flaxmeal and Brewers Yeast

I found Flaxmeal in the baking section at Walmart, near the cornmeal.

Brewers Yeast can be bought at many health food stores or online. You want the powder not capsules or tablets! I found some on Amazon and ultimately bought it at PipingRock.com for $5 with free shipping in the US!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2013 6:27 pm

    Great recipe – pinned it. Do come over and share it at the Friday Baby Shower party, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  2. geni permalink
    December 17, 2013 12:09 pm

    can i leave out the coconut flakes? and add some cocoa powder instead? also, how long can you store these in the fridge? and once they are set, do they have to stay in fridge?

    • January 29, 2014 3:27 pm

      This recipe is totally flexible! If you don’t like coconut you could definitely leave it out. I have also tried it with cocoa powder because I didn’t have chocolate chips and it was just OK.Everyones taste buds are different though 😉
      I keep them in an airtight container in the fridge. As for how long I’m not sure because they are usually gone within a week. I would say if you don’t think they’ll get eaten in at least 2 weeks you could try freezing, but since they are not baked they may need to be thawed in the fridge or at room temp for an hour or 2.

  3. Dee Johnson permalink
    January 13, 2014 4:48 pm

    I made these today, on 1-13-14, subbed/used GF oatmeal, unsweet coconut, milk chocolate chips and almond butter. I also rolled them in powdered sugar to keep them from being sticky, and to make them sweeter. I think next time I’ll reduce the brewer’s yeast and add some kind of granular or powder sweetener. I used my food processor to cut my GF old fashioned oats a little, then added everything else except the choc. chips to mix it up. Then added the choc. chips and pulsed it a bit to incorporate it in. They are good, but you can taste the brewer’s yeast, which taste a little different and weird. Thanks for the recipe!

    • January 29, 2014 3:32 pm

      I’ve never tried almond butter in this! That would be nice! I notice a bit of bitterness from the brewers yeast as well but it doesn’t bother me to much… Maybe because I used sweetened coconut it wasn’t as bad?? Also depends on the brand of brewers yeast. Mine was pretty cheap.
      I’m glad you tried it! Feel free to let me know if you find any other good subs!!

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