These no bake chocolate lactation bars are are perfect to eat one handed while holding a newborn and juggling life. Satisfy your cravings and indulge while breastfeeding without sacrificing your diet and health. This low sugar lactation treat is gluten free and dairy free. It’s sure to be your new go-to nursing snack.
Wondering what to eat when breastfeeding? We’ve got you covered!
This lactation bars recipe comes together very quickly in one bowl using ingredients you probably already have on hand in your kitchen. The best part – you can whip up a batch without ever heating up the oven.
They are so easy even the cooking challenged or kids can make them.
These bars have no refined sugar like you find in most lactation cookie recipes and treats making them a healthy alternative for breastfeeding moms.
Don’t like the flavor of brewer’s yeast? You’ll be happy to know this recipes contains NO brewer’s yeast. You can boost your milk supply without it!
Eating foods that support breastfeeding is really important for building a quality milk supply and being able to produce an abundance of milk for your baby. Learn more about some of the best foods for increasing milk supply here.
Lactation Granola Bars
When breastfeeding it can be hard to keep your energy up all day. After exclusively breastfeeding 4 babies, I know the struggle to satisfy the breastfeeding hunger, keep milk supply up and have energy to make it through the day.
I have found that including two things in your diet can make it easier – more healthy fats and more protein.
This recipe contains both!
The healthy fats come from the coconut oil, ground flax, walnuts and shredded coconut.
The protein comes from the peanut butter, ground flax, walnuts and chia seeds.
This combination means that you will be full longer, have less of a blood sugar spike from the oatmeal and help make quality breast milk for your baby.
Love granola? Try this lactation granola recipe too!
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How to Make No Bake Lactation Bars Recipe
This lactation bars recipe is so easy to make. They are great to make with toddlers and kids too. Everyone will be licking the bowl afterwards.
Tools you Need:
- large bowl or dish
- parchment paper (get it here for a great price with Prime Pantry)
- Small Pyrex or glass dish (6 cup like this one)
Here is the step by step process for making your own homemade lactation bars:
Start by smashing a banana with a fork. Use a over ripe banana if available as some of the “sweetness” in this recipe comes from the banana.
Use the fork to smash the coconut oil and peanut butter together with the banana. Semi- solid coconut oil works well in this recipe. Just keep smashing until all the lumps are gone.
Once the wet ingredients are combined, begin slowly mixing in the dry ingredients.
Switch to using the spatula and keep scraping the sides and mixing until it looks like this. It will be quite gooey at this point.
Next add in the oatmeal and the shredded coconut. Mix until evenly distributed.
Finally add in the raisins and walnuts. You can use any combo of dried fruit or nuts that you like. If you’d like a little bit more sweetness, add the raw honey at this step.
Once it is all mixed well, prepare you pan with parchment paper. You could totally eat it like this or even make energy bites with this same batter. But because it is so sticky, I find it works best as bars.
Add the mixture to your parchment lined dish and spread it out. And then stick it in the freezer for about 30 minutes, or until the bars are solid.
When it feels firms, pull it out by the parchment paper and place on a cutting board. Slice into “granola bar” sized pieces. This recipe makes about 12 bars.
Store these in the freezer, as they will melt a bit at room temperature. Then whenever you go to feed your baby, or hunger strikes, grab one of these yummy lactation chocolate bars to treat yourself.
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (semi-solid)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup oatmeal (gluten free)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup raisins ( or dried cranberries, cherries or goji berries)
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey (optional)
- In a large bowl (or dish) mash banana with a fork.
- Using the fork, mash the coconut oil and peanut butter into the banana.
- Add flax, chia seeds and cocoa powder to the bowl. Mix until well combined.
- Using a spatula, mix in the oatmeal and coconut flakes.
- Add nuts and dried fruit and mix well.
- Line a small pyrex dish (8x6, 6 cup, rectangular) with parchment paper.
- Place chocolate mixture in pan and spread flat with a spatula.
- Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Cut into granola bar sized pieces or squares.
- Store in freezer until ready to enjoy.
You can substitute any nut butter for the peanut butter.
Dried cranberries, cherries or goji berries can be added rather than raisins.
Best eaten right out of the freezer. These bars will melt and become messy at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g
More Breastfeeding Recipes
Are you struggling with what to eat while breastfeeding? Our goal here at Birth Eat Love is to help make healthy eating easier for busy breastfeeding Moms. Here are some recipes and resources that can help:
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