Lactation Granola Recipe

lactation granola

Lactation Granola

I’ve had a few requests to share a lactation granola recipe, based on the popularity of my lactation granola bars. I’ve always loved making granola, but it wasn’t something I made specifically for lactation. So, I bought a ton of oats and got to experimenting in the kitchen!

My standard recipes were pretty lactation-friendly, with galactagogues like the oats, flaxseed meal, nuts, and wheat germ. I had not tried Brewer’s Yeast in granola before, though, so I set out to make granola that would pack a big milk-supply-boosting punch.

Lactation granola recipe

Experiment with ‘Mix-ins’

It took a few tries, but once I got the basic recipe down, I had fun trying different mix-ins for variety. I used mini chocolate chips in one batch and I can only say WOW. After three days of snacking I found the whole batch was gone. My milk supply was great… but not sure I needed to eat that much chocolate in just 3 days.

Below is my favorite combo that is also fairly healthy and wallet-friendly. Truth be told, pecans in granola are my absolute favorite. But pecans are more expensive than other nuts so I can’t justify eating them all the time! I’ll also note here that I really recommend using rolled oats (not instant) – this will get you the most satisfying crunch, as well as the best lactation-boosting benefit. (Disclosure: this recipe contains affiliate links.)

Lactation Granola Recipe

Ingredients:

3 cups rolled oatslactation granola recipe
1/2 cup chopped or slivered raw almonds
1/2 cup raw walnut pieces
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 tbsp flaxseed meal
2 tbsp Brewer’s Yeast
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup honey (or sweetener of choice)
1/2 cup vegetable or coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1-2 cups of raisins (or dried fruit of choice)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine oats, nuts, flaxseed meal, brewer’s yeast and salt in a large bowl
  3. Combine honey, oil and vanilla in a small bowl, heat if needed to liquefy the mixture
  4. Pour honey mixture over oat & nut mixture and stir well until everything is evenly coated
  5. Spread mixture on a large baking sheet and bake 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. When the granola is golden brown, remove from oven and stir in dried fruit
  7. Cool completely before storing

Lactation Granola recipe

Don’t Be Afraid to Change it Up

The recipe above is my go-to, but like I mentioned above, you can experiment with all kinds of mix-ins. Some examples… I like adding a few tablespoons of chia seeds for extra crunch. Sometimes I use maple syrup instead of honey for a different overall flavor. Of course, you can try different nuts… pecans, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts – they’re all tasty in granola.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, or it inspires you to make your own version of lactation granola. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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No Bake Lactation Energy Bites Recipe

lactation energy bites

No Bake Lactation Energy Bites

Wow. I have seen energy bites and energy balls around for ages now, but I had no idea that they really are THAT easy to make. I even dragged my feet trying recipes because I thought it would be difficult and messy and blah blah blah. I’m full of excuses these days, but that’s a story for another time.

no bake lactation energy balls

These bites are effective at boosting milk supply!

So, lactation energy bites. Let me tell you, these little buggers are effective.  One day I made a batch, sampled the batter as I was mixing, and then ate more than a couple of the completed bites. Big mistake!

I have been breastfeeding for 16 months and engorgement and leaky breasts are pretty much a thing of the past. But, I woke up totally engorged the next morning!. Maybe it was a fluke and my son nursed less in the night than usual? I’m not sure, but I’m not going to eat a bunch of these again to find out! Take my advice and stick to the serving size of just 2 bites or so, unless you are really trying to build your supply!

And the recipe is sooooo easy!

Back to the recipe and how easy it is. Whipping these lactation energy bites up is incredibly easy. You just need one bowl and a bit of time in the fridge at the end for them to set. My recipe below is for my favorite basic bite – of course, you can add in any extras that you want… chocolate chips, raisins, other dried fruit, chopped nuts, the possibilities are endless.

lactation energy bites

Also, this recipe is to make 12-14 one-inch size balls/ bites. You can very easily double the recipe if you want to make larger bites or just a larger quantity. My recipe only calls for ¼ cup of honey. To me this sounds like it won’t make the bites sweet enough, but they definitely taste plenty sweet with just the ¼ cup.  (Disclosure: this recipe contains affiliate links) 

No Bake Lactation Energy Bites:

Ingredients:

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup almond butter

¼ cup honey  

2 tbsp warm water

⅓ cup flaxseed meal

2 tsp Brewer’s Yeast

½ cup dried coconut

no bake lactation bite ingredients

Method:

Mix everything up in a bowl, roll into balls, and coat in coconut!

A few tips, though. First, the almond butter was really hard – I mixed it with the 2 tablespoons of warm water to soften it, and then added the honey. Once I had these wet ingredients combined, I added the oats, flaxseed meal and Brewer’s Yeast.

The batter was really sticky, so I coated my hands in a drop of coconut before I rolled it into balls. Roll each ball in the dried coconut and you’ll have your final product… lactation energy bites! It is best to refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes so they can set, but they are still delicious to eat immediately.

They can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks, and they also do well frozen.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Lactation Granola Bars Recipe

lactation granola bar

Lactation Granola Barslactation granola bars recipe

In my quest to pump enough milk daily at work, I experimented with galactogogues like oatmeal and Gatorade, and most deliciously, lactation cookies. However, I got to the point where I was eating a few too many lactation cookies and felt like I needed a healthier alternative. 

I looked around for less sinful lactation boosters that would still feel like a treat. I mixed up a nice batch of granola but it wasn’t quite the same when I wanted a sweet bite in the evening. Smoothies were nice, too. But nothing replaces a cookie.

I had recently discovered flapjacks – not a pancake like my American mind thought – but rather a delicious oat bar, very similar to a granola bar. I realized granola bars are a nice snack that can satisfy my sweet tooth, so I decided to tweak my usual granola bar recipe to make it more of a milk supply booster. 

The resulting lactation granola bar is really tasty – it has the qualities of an oatmeal cookie but it is a bit healthier. It also doubles as a quick breakfast (paired with fruit or eggs) when I’m in a rush. And it is also reminiscent of a flapjack! (Disclosure: this recipe contains affiliate links)

lactation granola bar
Yummm…. Lactation Granola Bars

Lactation Granola Bars Recipe:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (not quick oats) 
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1-2 tablespoons brewer’s yeast

Wet Ingredients:Lactation Granola Bar recipe

  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 1/2 cup melted butter 
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Fruits & Seeds

  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds 
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries 

Instructions/ Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the wet ingredients
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, stirring well
  5. When the wet and dry ingredients are fully combined, add the dried fruits and seeds
  6. Press the mixture into the baking pan – be sure to press it evenly and with good pressure so you get granola bars and not just granola. 😉
  7. Bake for 30 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting

One note – of course, you can put any combination of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds that you prefer! You can even add chocolate chips to satisfy those sweet-tooth cravings.

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Simple & Healthy Green Lactation Smoothie Recipe

green lactation smoothie

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Green Lactation Smoothie

This simple and healthy green lactation smoothie is one of my favorite lactation recipes. It is quick and easy to make, tastes super healthy, and helps boost your milk supply. This smoothie is great for breakfast, or any time of day. When I’m really pressed for time I add in some protein powder and have it as a meal.  

green lactation smoothie

The ingredients for this smoothie are straightforward and all it only takes a couple of minutes to make with your blender/ food processor of choice.

Green Lactation Smoothie Ingredients:

2 Cups spinach or kale
1 Banana (ripe is good so it is sweeter!)
1-2 Cups Milk of Choice
1 tsp Brewer’s Yeast*
1 tbsp Ground Flaxseed or Wheat Germ
Optional – 1 tbsp Honey or Sweetener of Choice

Method:

1) Combine greens, banana, and milk (and sweetener if using) and blend together
2) Add the brewer’s yeast and flaxseed or wheat germ and blend once more
3) Enjoy!

green lactation smoothie

 

*A note on the brewer’s yeast – this is considered one of the most effective lactation-boosting ingredients (it worked for me!)but the taste isn’t great. I find that the green smoothie in particular masks the yeast flavor pretty well, but if you detect a hint of, oh I don’t know… beer, in the smoothie, don’t be alarmed. You can omit this ingredient and still support lactation with the high nutrient content of the greens, the calcium in the milk, and the flaxseed or wheatgerm.

 

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Very Berry Breakfast Lactation Smoothie Recipe

very berry lactation smoothie

Milk Supply Boosting Smoothie

The Very Berry Breakfast Lactation Smoothie is quick and easy to make, tastes delicious, and helps boost your milk supply. Since it includes yogurt, oats, and fruit, it is a whole meal in a glass. It is refreshing and filling, and feels like a nice treat to start the day.

The smoothie is packed with milk-supply boosting ingredients (also known as galactagogues). One of the most effective is brewer’s yeast, so try not to leave that one out. If you can’t find it in your local supermarket it is available online. The oats, flaxseed and wheat germ, and calcium from the yogurt also support milk production.

very berry lactation smoothie

I call this a breakfast smoothie, and before breastfeeding I would have been totally satisfied with this as breakfast. Now, as a breastfeeding mom, I’m hungry all the time. I’ll admit usually need to have some scrambled eggs or whole wheat toast with peanut butter on the side so I can stay full and energized til lunchtime. Breastfeeding moms need a lot of calories!

Lactation Smoothie Recipe

The ingredients for this smoothie are straightforward and all it takes is a moment to prepare with your blender/ food processor. You can use your berries of choice – I always use some raspberries and then see what else is available in my freezer, or I use fresh berries if it’s summer. (Disclosure: this recipe contains affiliate links.)

Very Berry Lactation Smoothie Ingredients:

2/3 Cup Fresh or Frozen Berries
1/2 Cup Yogurt (I use greek yogurt for extra protein)
1 Cup Milk of Choice
1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
1 tbsp Ground Flaxseed or Wheat Germ
1 tbsp Honey or Sweetener of Choice
1 tsp Brewer’s Yeast*

Method:

1) Blend together berries, yogurt, and milk.
2) Add in oats, flaxseed/wheat germ, sweetener, and brewer’s yeast and blend again. You might need to blend a bit more than your average smoothie to get a smooth texture with the oats.
3) Enjoy!

breakfast lactation smoothie

*A note on the brewer’s yeast – this is considered one of the most effective lactation-boosting ingredients (it worked for me!) but the taste isn’t great. I find the taste of this smoothie in particular masks the yeast flavor pretty well, but if you detect a hint of, oh I don’t know… beer, in the smoothie, don’t be alarmed. You can omit this ingredient and still support lactation with the oats and high calcium content.

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