These lactation energy bites are the perfect snack for hungry breastfeeding moms who want more energy and to maintain, or increase milk supply. This unique lactation recipe includes the superfoods coconut, flax, chia and cacao for an extra boost. It’s an easy no bake snack that can be made in minutes in only one bowl! Also these bites have NO added sugar!!
The Best Superfood DIY Lactation Bites
Are you constantly hungry while breastfeeding? Breastfeeding takes a lot out of you, just like during pregnancy. It requires a lot of fuel to produce breast milk on constant supply for your growing baby. Having healthy protein packed snacks on hand at all times makes it so much easier to feed the hunger without the guilt.
Maybe you have heard that eating lactation cookies can help your milk supply. They are a very popular way to boost milk supply. BUT if you are a health conscious Mama you know eating cookies high in carbs and sugar everyday is not necessarily a good idea.
That’s why I developed this recipe for lactation bites. It gives you the feeling of an indulgent snack without all the sugar! This recipe actually has NO added sugar which means it is better for your blood sugar and overall health.
What are lactation bites?
Lactation bites are a combination of foods to increase milk supply all in one little ball of delicious goodness. These foods, referred to as galactogogues, can help breastfeeding moms produce more milk and better quality milk.
Some galactagogues that are commonly included in lactation energy bites are oatmeal, flax seeds, and brewer’s yeast. But these are not the only foods that can increase milk supply!
Superfood Lactation Energy Bites
This recipe takes lactation bites to another level by adding superfoods that are also galactagogues!
Did you know that coconut is also a great food for boosting lactation? And that chia seeds and cacao powder are natural energy boosters?
Coconut is a great healthy fat that can help boost milk supply!
Here are the benefits of Coconut Oil.
- Reduces inflammation
- Jump start weight loss
- Boost the immune system
- Improve digestion function
- Improve energy and endurance
- Naturally balance hormones
This is a great organic cold pressed coconut oil
to include in your energy bites, to use in place of vegetable oil or butter, or to add to your bowl of oatmeal.
Raw cacao is the healthiest version of chocolate. It is produced by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. While cocoa powder, on the other hand, is made by processing raw cacao at high temperatures. This process removes a lot of the beneficial enzymes and nutrients.
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Here are some of the benefits of raw cacao:
- Rich in the minerals magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Boosts mood
- Increase energy levels, alertness, and concentration
This cacao powder
is great to have on hand and can be added to lactation smoothies, overnight oats, or even to make a healthy hot cocoa.
Chia seeds are an amazing powerhouse of nutrients!
Benefits of Chia Seeds:
- High in protein
- High in fiber
- Boosts energy
- Good source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, and calcium
- Helps prevent constipation
Include these chia seeds
in your lactation bites, overnight oats or make chia seed pudding.
Flax seeds are an incredible superfood that all breastfeeding Moms should include in their diet. This little seed can help boost breast milk supply and provide essential nutrients needed for your growing baby.
What’s so amazing about flax seeds?
- They contain a high amount of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting lignans.
- They can help with digestive issues like constipation.
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Flax can even help with weight loss
Flax seeds are often ground in flax meal
which can be added to energy bites, smoothies, oatmeal and baked goods. Vegans can even use flax as a substitute for eggs in recipes.
Wait, where’s the brewer’s yeast?
While LOTS of recipes for increasing milk supply usually include brewer’s yeast, this one does not. These lactation energy bites are made without brewer’s yeast. Many moms do not like the taste of brewer’s yeast, so it is purposely left out and again, it’s not the only food that can help boost milk supply.
Check out Majka’s time-saving energy bites now!
The Best DIY Superfood Lactation Energy Bites
1 cup oats
1 tbsp ground flax meal (or seeds)
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 large mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup of peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 cup of cacao powder
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Use a fork to mash the banana. Then mash the nut butter and coconut oil into the banana.
Add all other ingredients to the bowl and use a spatula to mix until well combined.
Use a rounded tablespoon spoon or small ice cream scoop to shape and make the balls.
Add 1 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder to bowl. Gently roll balls until covered.
Freeze on a parchment lined cookie sheet until firm about 15-30 minutes.
Store in storage container in the freezer or refrigerator. Makes 12-14 small energy bites.
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tbsp ground flax meal (or seeds)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 large mashed ripe banana
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup of peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/4 cup of cacao powder
- Use a fork to mash the banana. Then mash the nut butter and coconut oil into the banana.
- Add all other ingredients to the bowl and use a spatula to mix until well combined.
- Use a rounded tablespoon spoon or small ice cream scoop to shape and make the balls.
- Add 1 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder to bowl. Gently roll balls until covered.
- Freeze on a parchment lined cookie sheet until firm about 15-30 minutes.
- Store in storage container in the freezer or refrigerator. Makes 12-14 small energy bites.
Tips for Making These Lactation Energy Bites:
- These energy bites can be made with or without the cacao powder. You can also use cocoa powder instead if you like.
- You can always add in a scoop of lactation boosting protein powder for an extra boost of nutrients and milk (Plus a huge win is I scored a custom 20% off coupon code for your first order! Just enter VIGORITOUT20 at checkout!)
- Add 1/4 cup of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or cherries) for a different twist.
- These are best eaten right out the fridge/freezer. They will get mushy/melt in heat, so be aware if taking them with you for a snack and not refrigerating.
- These also make great healthy snacks for toddlers and big kids.
- Double or triple the recipe when making! These are so good that you will likely eat the whole batch in a day or two.
More Lactation recipes that can boost your milk supply:
- Blueberry Morning Smoothie that Increases Milk Supply Overnight
- Death by Chocolate Lactation Energy Bites
- The Best Protein Powders for Lactating Mamas to Increase Milk Supply
- The Healthiest Lactation Cookies Around
This has been a beautifully crafted and extra delicious guest post from Lisa of Birth Eat Love!
Lisa is a Mom of 4 living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the creator of Birtheatlove.com where she shares tips and resources to make healthy eating easier for busy moms during pregnancy and postpartum. She is the author of the ebook Healing Freezer Meals for Postpartum and Breastfeeding.