If you’ve really been wanting to make lactation cookies but know you’re going to forget about them in the oven, these No bake Lactation Bites are for you! They’re dairy free, vegan friendly and wheat free.
Is it too “mumsy” that my first recipe back after having my babies is for No bake Lactation Bites? Readers without a need to breastfeed, please know that normal content is resuming soon. I’ve got a list of regular recipes to put on the blog as long as my arm; it’s just about getting the time to set up my photography equipment to document everything when the light is good.
My No bake Lactation Bites try to incorporate as many traditional galactogues as possible – along with a delicious dose of creamy peanut butter and a little honey for energy and sweetness. (You can also use brown rice syrup / rice malt syrup instead of honey to make these completely strictly vegan if you do not want to use any animal products).
What is a galactogogue?
A galactogogue is a substance that enhances/stimulates breast milk production. Now, in the spirit of evidence-based medicine, of which I am a huge advocate, I need to state upfront that most substances traditionally thought of as a galactogogue don’t seem to really have any scientific evidence backing them up. From what I have found, it’s mainly through anecdotal evidence that galactagogues have earned their reputation.
That said, there seem to be a tremendous amount of women who swear by various galactogogues, and since breastfeeding is definitely a time to embrace the #snacklife, why shouldn’t I roll them into something delicious and enjoy them?
In these No bake Lactation Bites, you are going to find the following traditional galactogogues:
- Oats (actually one of the only milk-stimulating foods I found a minor amount of research on; there appear to have been animal and in vitro studies that showed the beta-glucan found in oats may increase prolactin levels, which is the hormone that stimulates breast milk);
- Flaxseed (also known as linseed); and
- Brewers Yeast (a yeast collected traditionally from the process of brewing beer though it can also be grown on its own; it’s got a weird kind of salty, bitter flavour so it’s best used mixed with other things).
You’ll also find some peanut butter, shredded coconut, honey (or rice malt syrup) and a bit of protein powder (or almond meal or oat flour, it’s flexible!) in there to create a delicious snack that’s ready to love you at 10am, 10pm or 2am – whenever those hunger pangs hit. I think the consistency is kind of like cookie dough, and they’re nice and sweet tasting, too.
As the recipe name promises, these are NO BAKE lactation bites, meaning you just mix the ingredients all together and then roll into balls and pop in the fridge. No food processor required either (I modelled this recipe off my original No Food Processor Protein Balls Recipe). It’s really easy, I promise. Please let me know if you try them – whether you’re breastfeeding or not, I think these are pretty delicious (you can tag me on Instagram @nourish_everyday ). I’d also love to hear about any of your experiences with galactagogues, so let me know!
No Bake Lactation Bites
These no bake lactation balls use a number of traditional galactagogues as ingredients. They come together in a mixing bowl, no food processor required! This recipe is wheat free, dairy free and vegan friendly.
- 1 cup smooth, natural peanut butter
- 1/3 cup rice malt syrup or honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 cup rolled oats – I used Bob’s Red Mill pure wheat free oats
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 4 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 3-4 tbsp brewers yeast *see Recipe Notes
- 3-5 tbsp vanilla protein powder *see Recipe Notes
- 1/3 cup sultanas, seeds, chopped nuts or choc chips as a mix in (I used sultanas in the bites pictured)
- almond meal or oat flour for rolling the bites in
In a mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, rice malt syrup/honey and coconut oil.
Add in the following remaining ingredients – rolled oats, coconut, flaxseed, brewers yeast and about 3 tablespoons of protein powder, plus sultanas/any other mix ins you have chosen.
Using a wooden spoon or other firm spoon to combine the ingredients. The mixture should start to come together to resemble a consistency similar to cookie dough. If the mixture is a bit too wet (i.e. you couldn’t roll it into balls) then add more protein powder. You can also try adding some extra oats if you prefer.
Use your hands to shape the mixture into balls. You should get approximately 24 balls if you use a heaped tablespoon per ball, but of course adjust the size as you like.
If you like, you can dust the balls in some almond meal or oat flour.
Pop the balls in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge where they should keep well for at least one week.
*it is important to use a natural peanut butter that doesn’t have any additives and that is not whipped. You need it to be a bit soft and oily in order to bring the dry ingredients together.
*Brewers Yeast – this ingredient has quite a distinctive flavour; it can be quite salty and or bitter tasting. Based on my experience I think you can get about 3 tablespoons into this mix with no appreciable impact on flavour, but you can add more if you like.
*Vanilla Protein Powder – I would recommend adding a vanilla (or other flavour e.g. chocolate) protein powder to this mixture as opposed to an unflavoured one as it adds more flavour and extra sweetness, making the bites really taste like cookie dough! However, an unflavoured one will also work fine. If you need to substitute, you could also use a bit of oat flour or almond meal.
*p.s. oat flour = rolled oats blended up into flour in a food processor! Easy peasy.