A healthy alternative to the traditional lactation cookie, these delicious whole grain lactation bars can help boost milk supply.
There. That’s better.
And yet. This website is an extensive repository of recipes, memories, and awkward attempts at humor. I find myself referring to it again and again. I recently cooked this spaghetti squash dish after our cross-country move (details forthcoming) and froze several giant pans of pumpkin lasagna before Baby E was born this past spring.
I have a few recipes and notions I’d like to record for my reference and to share with you, dear reader. That’s why I’m kicking off the occasional post with this recipe.
I struggled with my milk supply when Toddler J was a baby and ended up trying everything short of medicine to boost my supply. Oatmeal, flax seed, lactation teas–you name it, I consumed it in mass quantities reserved for backstreet lactation dealers. (Are there such folks? Because I could totally be one.)
Including this ingredient for which I have mixed feelings:
That, my friends, is brewer’s yeast, a galactagogue that may help increase milk supply. It’s also–bonus!–a rich source of B-vitamins.
Too bad it tastes like something died in my recipe.
Brewer’s yeast has an off-putting flavor, which is why the taste is often disguised in sweet treats like lactation cookies. I wanted to make a more nutritious version of a lactation cookie, so I modified my adaptable oat bars to include brewer’s yeast. Incidentally, oats can also help increase milk supply.
I’ve been encouraging Toddler J to participate in as much cooking as possible so he can (a) gain an appreciation for the culinary arts and (b) work on his aim. For example, that generous dusting of flour on the cutting board is the remainder of the first attempt at adding flour to the batter:
Enjoy these bars warm with a mug of tea or room temperature with a glass of milk or non-dairy alternative. No baby required!
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Chocolate Chip Lactation Oat Bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients (16 bars)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
- 2-4 tbsp brewer’s yeast
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch salt
- 1/3 cup dried fruit (e.g. cherries, cranberries, raisins, chopped apricots)
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup nut butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together oats, flour, brewer’s yeast, baking powder, and salt. Stir in dried fruit and chocolate chips.
Mix together nut butter and maple syrup. Add beaten eggs. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients and stir. The batter will be dry. Press into a greased or parchment paper-lined 8″ x 8″ pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into bars.
P.S. Other ways to enjoy brewer’s yeast:
(1) Blended into a smoothie with oats, frozen fruit, and water
(2) Sprinkled over popcorn (I haven’t tried this one, but people tell me it almost tastes like cheesy popcorn–key word being “almost”)
(3) Straight up (I dare you)
P.P.S. This post reminds me I will never apologize for the Oxford comma.
P.P.P.S. Nor for having an overabundance of postscripts.
P.P.P.P.S. Fortunately, I don’t have a problem with milk supply for Baby E. Thank you, Milk Gods! I still made these lactation bars because MMMMMMMMM.
P.P.P.P.P.S. A parting shot of flowers, because why not? My favorite part of this picture is the monster-adorned Thermos (for Toddler J) and bathtub ball (for Baby E) hanging out in the background. How life has changed!
P.P.P.P.P.P.S. I’m not back to regular posting like the old days; instead, I plan to put up occasional healthy recipes, nutrition musings, and life updates, beginning with another New Places, New Foods. Stay tuned!