Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lactation Oatmeal Bites Recipe!

When I was pumping regularly at work, I found that it was a struggle to keep up an adequate milk supply for my piggy baby boy.  I looked into any way possible to increase my output.  I discovered that there are many natural ingredients that can increase milk supply, especially those that are high in iron.  From that information and several basic recipes, I devised this recipe for my special Lactation Oatmeal Bites.  I found that if I ate a couple of these a day, I could increase my milk supply by almost 2 ounces!

Here are the main lactation boosting ingredients.

Flax seed, brewer's yeast, and oats are all high in iron and are thought to improve lactation.

Spread 3-4 cups of oats on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes to toast (golden brown).  Keep an eye on your oats the first time you try this, because they can burn in a hurry!

Combine oats, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup rice cereal, 1/4 cup flax seed, and 2 tablespoons brewer's yeast together in a large bowl.  Add 1 cup of whatever other dry ingredients you'd like to enhance your recipe with (cranberries, sunflower seeds, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)
Dry ingredients with cranberries.

Dry ingredients with cranberries and white chocolate chips.

In a separate bowl, mix 2/3 cup melted butter (or coconut oil if you're vegan), 1/2 cup honey or rice syrup (I mix the two), 2 eggs, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. If you are wanting to use peanut butter, replace some of the butter with peanut butter (about 1/3 cup). 

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. If you are wanting to add chocolate chips to your recipe, you might want to wait until your oats and melted butter cool before adding them, or they will melt. I've found I like the flavor from some melted chips, so I go ahead and add some when the mix is hot and some later. Press mixture into greased mini muffin pan.  If you are using chips, press them into the top, as shown below.


Add some chips on top!
Finish cooling on a wire rack.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Let cool a couple of minutes and remove from pan. Store in a sealed container. Makes about 24 bites.

These bites also freeze well.  I would make a couple of batches so I'd have a couple flavors to choose from and then freeze the rest.


I've played around with this recipe and have came up with some alternative recipes for peanut butter chocolate chip, banana nut, and pumpkin nut bites.  Let me know (via comments) if you'd like those recipes!  Also, let me know if you try this recipe and like it!

Full recipe for Lactation Oatmeal Bites

3 cups oats (not quick oats, old fashioned is best)
1 cup rice cereal
2 Tb. brewer's yeast
1/4 cup flax seed
2/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup honey (or rice syrup, or a combination)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
up to 1 cup of additional dry ingredients (chocolate chips, seeds, nuts, berries, etc.)

Spread 3-4 cups of oats on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes to toast (golden brown). 
Combine oats, salt, rice cereal, flax seed, and brewer's yeast together in a large bowl. Add 1 cup of whatever other dry ingredients you'd like to enhance your recipe with (cranberries, sunflower seeds, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.).

In a separate bowl, mix melted butter, honey or rice syrup, eggs, and vanilla.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.  Press mixture into greased mini muffin pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Let cool a couple of minutes and remove from pan. Store in a sealed container. Makes about 24 bites.

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