As of February 13th I am officially a mom! I always heard other moms say that being a mom is the most rewarding thing in life but it wasn't until recently that I can honestly say that is 100% the truth. Our little bundle has brought so much joy into our lives already!
A new baby comes with love, joy, lots of poopy diapers, sleepless nights and constant baby-boob bonding (if you are breastfeeding). Luckily (knock- on-wood) I have not been struggling with producing milk; however, many new moms do. In order to make sure that I keep up my milk supply, I researched foods that were good for lactation and eat them daily. One of my favorite recipes is my homemade No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Bites. I admit that I eat them like candy they are so good!
Why do I call them lactation bites? Oats, flax seed and healthy fats (peanut butter) are all ingredients that are thought to boost milk supply. These bites are, also, great for women who are still pregnant since they contain dates. Women who consume about 6 dates a day when pregnant are said to have an easier labor and delivery.
Without further ado, here is my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Bite recipe. Enjoy!
1 cup pitted soft dates
1/3 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup oats
6 tablespoons organic unsalted peanut butter (no added sugar)
1/3 cup (add more if you'd like) mini dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions: using a food processor, process the dates until a sticky ball is formed. Add the flax, oats, peanut butter and vanilla and blend until they are finely ground. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips. The mixture should stick together when rolled into a tight ball. If it doesn't, try adding 1 tablespoon of water and blend again. Roll the mixture into tight balls and lay them on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate and enjoy!