After several rounds of trial and error with lactation cookies, I finally found a recipe with Brewer's yeast that actually A) tastes good and B) really does help produce more milk. I was looking for something a little more wholesome - and without butter! Enter these energy bites - I'm sure they could be healthier (maybe without chocolate chips...but that would be lame) - but they actually taste good and really boost your milk production!
Here's the original recipe, but I adapted it slightly...because for some reason, I have trouble following recipes. :)
- 1 to 1.5 cups of oatmeal (I would've done old-fashioned, but I didn't have any...so quick oats it was)
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
- 1/3 cup of flax seeds (I didn't have ground flaxseed, but the actual seeds are just fine)
- 1/3 cup of honey (I almost used raw agave syrup...I'm going to do that next time!)
- 1/2 tablespoon of Brewer's yeast (you might could add a little more, but be careful about adding too much. This is where I made my mistake with past recipes!)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- Splash of almond milk (this made it easier to mix)
*Note: I omitted the coconut that the original recipe called for because I didn't have any and I'm honestly not a huge fan. I'm sure it would be good with the coconut, though!
How to make the energy bites:
1. Combine the dry ingredients (oatmeal, flax seeds, Brewer's yeast, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries)
2. Add the peanut butter, honey and vanilla. You can use your mixer for this, but I ended up mixing by hand because my mixer bowl needed to be cleaned (as usual - we use it all the time!) - and it worked fine.
3. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes to an hour.
4. Roll the mixture into small round balls and store in the fridge.
I eat a few as a snack during the day, and I definitely noticed an increase in milk production. I also take fenugreek regularly, but I think Brewer's yeast is more potent and has a more dramatic impact on how much milk I produce when I pump at work. I still don't ever really overproduce, it's more like just enough, but I do get more milk when I pump between nursing sessions. Breastfeeding/pumping is hard work - but so worth it!