Monday, March 9, 2015

From the Kitchen: No-Bake Energy Bites (lactation boosting!)

Nursing or not, these energy bites are an easy and delicious filling snack to have on hand!  They are super quick to make, since they don't involve baking, and taste ALMOST as good as cookie dough!  As a bonus, they contain several lactation-boosting ingredients (galactogogues), including oatmeal, brewer's yeast, and flaxseed, as well as a dose of protein from the coconut and peanut butter!  If you're not nursing, you can easily omit the brewer's yeast if you'd like.  




No-Bake Energy Bites

Adapted from I Can Teach My Child
Yield: ~30 bites (depending on size)

Ingredients:

1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (rolled oats)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed (sometimes called flaxseed meal; you can find it in the bulk section, if your grocery store has one, or in the baking aisle)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup agave or honey
1/2 tablespoon brewer's yeast (nutrition/health stores sell it, or you can order it on Amazon)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Put all the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until well combined.  (You could also use a hand mixer or even stir by hand). Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then form by hand into balls.  I made mine tablespoon-sized and ended up with about 30 balls.  Enjoy!

*note: these also freeze well! Make a double batch and keep the extras in the freezer!

2 comments:

  1. Stopping by from the Momfessionals Recipe Link! I am currently nursing and making lots of lactation recipes to keep my supply up! These look great (although we don't keep PB in the house because of my daughter's allergy so I would have to substitute with Sunbutter).

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    1. I just made another batch yesterday! :) Let me know how it turns out with the sun butter!

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