Disclaimer: I’m neither a food blogger nor a chef. I’m more of an eat to live person. Efficiency is the name of my game, so when I make something quick, easy and with minimal clean up that also actually tastes pretty good, I call that a win.
Seriously guys, when I was in med school, my friends will tell you, I ate a protein grilled on my George Foreman grill (remember those??) and a veggie every night I ate in. It checked my protein and fiber boxes and I was done. It wasn’t until I met my husband – a true foodie with the patience to follow long detailed recipes – that I truly started appreciating food a bit more.
Yesterday, I was in the mood to try a different lactation cookie. I searched Pinterest, and I couldn’t believe I could not find a single reasonably healthy one. I’ve been spoiled by Dr. Illuri’s vegan, gluten-free lactation cookie recipe. The other recipes I found all contained tons of refined sugars and flours – certainly not good for postpartum weight loss or anyone in your family’s health!
My newborn was sleeping so using my Blendtec to make the oat flour for the above recipe was out of the question, so I decided to experiment with my own. Turned out great and hubby and toddler approved!
One KichenAid stand mixer bowl, a few measuring cups and spoons, 10 minutes and done!
Booby Boosting Bites
Lactation boosting bites. No baking required!
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 tbsp Brewer's Yeast
- 1/4 cup 70% cacao chocolate chips
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
Place all ingredients in bowl. *Using your measuring cup for dry ingredients first makes for less clean up!
Mix until even in consistency.
Form into bite-sized balls.
Refrigerate if desired - these do well both in the fridge or at room temperature!
Next time I may consider using mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs to make the balls stay together even better - the regular ones did the job, though!
Health benefits of this recipe
1. No refined sugar or flour. Refined sugar and flour lead to rapid increases in blood sugar and insulin release leading to weight gain.
2. Gluten free therefore fine for those with celiac disease. Also trendy!
3. Lactation boosting ingredients: flaxseed, coconut, almond, oats, Brewer’s yeast
4. ≥ 70% cacao containing chocolate has many metabolic health benefits