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Gluten-Free, Vegan Booby Boosting Bites – A Yummy Alternative to the Lactation Cookie

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!

5 from 1 vote

Booby Boosting Bites

Lactation boosting bites. No baking required!

Course Dessert
Keyword Lactation
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author RiverwalkDoc


  • 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


  1. Place all ingredients in bowl. *Using your measuring cup for dry ingredients first makes for less clean up!

  2. Mix until even in consistency.

  3. Form into bite-sized balls.

  4. Refrigerate if desired - these do well both in the fridge or at room temperature!

Recipe Notes

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

Quick and Easy Daal Recipe

Finding quick, healthy dinner ideas is tough for me, so when my hubby says I nailed it, I do a happy dance. Tonight was one of those nights. I made a super easy twist on daal (Indian lentils) sans salt, with vinegar, which lowers glycemic index, and loaded with fresh veggies – I just use veggies I happen to have at home.

I like to serve this with whole plain yogurt for added calcium and protein, and a grain – try quinoa instead of traditional basmati rice for a healthier alternative. If vegan is your thing, just take out the ghee. I admit that most of these measurements are guestimates because I can’t deal with measuring.

Here’s how I made it:

  • Turn instant pot on sauté mode
  • Add 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Add 1 tsp ghee (Homemade by hubby and daughter!)
  • Add 1 tbsp ginger/garlic paste, 1/2 chopped Serrano pepper, 1 tbsp ground cumin, 1 tbsp ground coriander, 1/4 tbsp cayenne pepper
    • Other things from my spice box that I usually use but forgot tonight: mustard seeds and turmeric
  • Add 1/2 chopped yellow onion and sauté until translucent
  • Add 3 chopped medium tomatoes, 1 cup chopped carrots, 2 cups red lentils, 4 cups water, 1/4 cup vinegar and change to manual mode and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes
  • Allow rapid pressure release before opening lid
  • Open and add 1 5 oz box of spinach and lemon juice to taste
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro