Lactation Granola Bars
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 Bars Recipe:
- 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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients
- In a separate bowl, beat together the wet ingredients
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, stirring well
- When the wet and dry ingredients are fully combined, add the dried fruits and seeds
- 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. 😉
- Bake for 30 minutes
- 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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