I'm a doula and a baker... so naturally Lactation Bars are something I love to make. Packed with energy and boosters for milk supply this no bake recipe is super easy to make, and easily tweakable if you want to add other things like cocoa or nuts.
Here is why Lactation Bar ingredients work so well for many people:
Brewers yeast - This ingredient is high in protein, iron, B vitamins and trace minerals. Besides supporting lactation with loads of protein for production it helps combat fatigue, something most moms need help with due to iron loss.
Many studies have found that lack of vitamin B can contribute to feelings of sadness or baby blues. Some people lose hair after birth and with all the vitamin B found in brewer's yeast it can definitely help with all those postpartum hair issues and help keep your complexion glowing.
Oats - These power houses contain great amounts of protein, vitamins like vitamin B and Iron as well as calcium and fiber. These little gems also contain saponins which have been shown to have a possible effect on hormones that help milk production and plant estrogens which help stimulate milk glands. In the fiber department it contains soluble fiber which can definitely help in the post baby loo department and beta-glucan fiber that is thought to raise levels is prolactin in the body which is used to help produce milk.
Honey- although not safe if directly given to your bundle it is a great source of energy for a busy milk or non milk making person. In this recipe it is mainly used for its sweet deliciousness as well as ability to bind all the ingredients together but it also contains trace minerals and can help regulate blood sugar levels which can allow for a real sweet pick me up when your feeling run down.
Peanut butter- As long as allergies aren't an issue then peanut butter is amazing!
It’s super protein filled and high in calories and healthy fats. It is also packed with fiber and nursing people need all these things. This nutty omega filled food is great and in this recipe gives a good binding agent for some of the other goodies.
Flax Seed- This ingredient also contains those lovely vitamins, omegas and fatty acids as well as an insane amount of fiber. It’s just plain good for you and your little and that’s why it’s in many lactation cookies and bar recipes.
...And that leaves my favourite ingridient - CHOCOLATE. The type you use could have great antioxidants and low on sugar, but for me, it’s there strictly for the taste; it helps mask the brewers yeast and when paired up with a hot beverage makes it feel like a mini mom moment even when you haven’t showered in days.
So here is how you make them:
2 cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup ground or milled flaxseed
2 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1 cup peanut butter/ almond butter/ cashew butter
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup dark chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients except for the chocolate chips in a bowl. Combine on low speed with electric mixer until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Press mixture into 8 x 8 baking dish lined with parchment and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Cut into bars and transfer to an an air-tight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze up to 3 months.
If you have made enough to share these bars are are whole family approved but the bottom line is feed yourself well and your babies will benefit, take care!