Milk Making Lactation Granola

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Lactation granola is tasty homemade breastfeeding snack that can help boost your milk supply. This lactation granola recipe is filled with foods that support lactation like oatmeal, flax and coconut, but also low in sugar. Wondering what to eat while breastfeeding? Try this lactation granola for breakfast or a snack.

Breastfeeding moms know all about the importance of letting that liquid gold flow. Believe it or not, a good percentage of moms admit that they are unable to breastfeed for as long as they’d like. There might be several reasons, but being unable to produce enough milk is one that tops the list almost always.

And that’s where foods that increase milk supply come into play. Everything from lactation granola and lactation cookies to certain natural foods and herbs can give a bit of extra support and really make a difference in how much milk your produce.

So let’s dive right in and take a quick look at why lactation granola in a good breastfeeding snack and how to make it.

What is Lactation Granola?

Lactation granola is your regular granola just turned up a notch. It’s packed with ingredients and foods that help boost your milk supply. Most of the ingredients that make it up are already what you’d expect to find in your granola or granola bar, but there are a few unique additions too.

Breastfeeding can make you hungry, and having a healthy snack like this granola can be great because it can also help you produce more milk!

Foods that support Lactation in this Granola:

  • Oatmeal
  • Ground flax
  • Coconut
  • Pumpkin
  • Chia seeds

This recipe is naturally dairy free. To make it gluten free, make sure to use gluten free oatmeal.

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What You’ll Need to Make Lactation Granola

Making the granola is super easy. You’ll need a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

  • oatmeal (this is a great gluten free one)
  • melted coconut oil
  • maple syrup
  • peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • ground flax meal
  • chia seeds
  • walnut pieces
  • shredded unsweetened coconut flakes (make sure to get the unsweetened flakes to keep the sugar low in this recipe)
  • pumpkin puree (optional)
  • cinnamon

You can also throw in some more add-ons like puffed rice cereal, semisweet chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, dried berries, brewer’s yeast (which is another great galactagogue), and more based on what you’d like your granola to have.

Remember that oatmeal, coconut, pumpkin, chia seeds and flax meal are the key ingredients that can help boost your milk supply, so they are part of what makes this recipe lactation granola.

You can totally leave the pumpkin out of this recipe. It is added because it is a milk booster, but also because it helps the granola stick together and make clumps. The flavor it adds is very light, but if you aren’t a fan of pumpkin or don’t have it on hand, you can leave it out and still have yummy milk making granola.

This recipe for lactation granola uses maple syrup for sweetness. Maple syrup was chosen because it has a lower glycemic index than sugar so it doesn’t raise your blood sugar as quickly, making it a slightly healthier option than regular sugar. You can substitute an equal amount of brown sugar, honey or coconut sugar if you prefer.

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How to Make the Lactation Granola

The process of making the granola is incredibly simple. Here’s the step-by-step rundown of the recipe.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl combine oatmeal flax, chia, shredded coconut, walnuts and cinnamon.

Mix in peanut butter and pumpkin.

Then pour in coconut oil and syrup. Mix with a spatula until well combined.

Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Spread the granola in an even layer on the pan.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. You want to take the granola out before it become too brown. So start to watch at the 12 minute mark. Generally, once it starts to smell good, it’s about done.

Cool 5 minutes, if you can stand the wait! The longer the granola cools the more the clumps will develop.

Once cooled, you can add in 1 cup of dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, apricots or goji berries.

Enjoy this granola by the handful, over yogurt or with your favorite milk. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week.

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Lactation Granola

Lactation Granola

Yield: 14
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Healthy lactation granola using maple syrup that includes foods for boosting milk supply like oatmeal, chia seeds, coconut, flax meal, and pumpkin.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups oatmeal
  • ½ cup ground flax meal
  • ¼ chia seeds
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree (optional)
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl combine oatmeal, flax, chia, shredded coconut, walnuts and cinnamon.
    3. Mix in peanut butter and pumpkin.
    4. Then pour in coconut oil and syrup. Mix with a spatula until well combined. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Spread the granola in an even layer on the pan.
    5. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
    6. Cool 5 minutes and enjoy!
    7. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week.

Notes

  • You can leave the pumpkin out of this recipe. It is added because it is a milk booster, but also because it helps the granola stick together and make clumps. The flavor it adds is very light, but if you aren't a fan of pumpkin or don't have it on hand, you can leave it out and still have yummy milk making granola.
  • The maple syrup can be substituted for an equal amount of brown sugar, honey or coconut sugar if you prefer.
  • Once cooled, add in 1 cup of dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, apricots or goji berries.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g

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Can I Make & Store This For Later?

Yes, you totally can! Allow the granola to cool down completely and then transfer it to an airtight container. Refrigerating makes sense because it allows the granola to stay fresh for a longer time.

Tips to Make the Lactation Granola

Ready to give this recipe a shot? Here are a few tips and tricks you might want to keep in mind to nail the recipe.

  • Remember that different additions and cooking techniques can result in different textures for your granola. If you want to, you can also turn the granola into granola bars.
  • If you like your granola to have those clumps, crowd it when you layer it on the baking sheet.
  • As much as you might be tempted to, don’t bake the granola for too long. Get it out as soon as you notice a bit of browning. Remember that the granola will brown and crisp up more once you get it out too!

The best part about this lactation granola is that it is super versatile. You can have it with a bowl of yogurt in the morning as your breakfast or with some milk, or even just munch on it as is when you’re hit by a hunger pang.

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