Hi guys! Today I’m sharing my first healthy recipe of the year and surprise, surprise, it’s great for new moms! These balls are quick and easy to make. Perfect to grab on the go! And no, you don’t need to be breastfeeding to eat these. They are also a great healthy snack and perfect after a workout. Trust me, Luke is obsessed! He steals mine all the time and has named them my “titty balls” 🙂
So what makes these energy balls great for lactation? Whole grains, flaxseed and almonds!! Oatmeal is one of the best grains that has properties to support the hormones responsible for making breast milk. I’ve also included a good amount of flaxseed in this recipe because it contains phytoestrogens and essential fatty acids. Both support milk production! Lastly I opted for almond butter rather than peanut butter because  it’s packed full of protein and calcium which helps to increase the creaminess, sweetness, and amount of breast milk AND  I wanted to steer clear of high allergy foods like peanuts. So, if you’re a breastfeeding mama, these lactation balls may help increase your supply.
Alight, lets’ whip up some balls!! Below is the list of ingredients including a few optional yummies, and the steps to make them.
A few things to note:  you can FREEZE them and  If they aren’t balling up easily and are a bit dry, add more creamy almond butter. I’ve found raw nut butter do not work well.
3/4 Cup GF oatmeal
3/4 Cup creamy almond butter – I use this brand
1/3 Cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 Cup flax seed
2 Tablespoon hemp seeds
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 Tablespoon brewer’s yeast – I use this brand (optional – great for milk supply)
2 Tablespoons honey
2 pinches of sea salt
Optional – shredded coconut, dried cranberries, cocoa nibs
1. Place all ingredients into a bowl.
2. Mix everything together evenly using a spatula. It take a little bit of muscle!
3. Put bowl in the refrigerator for 30-45 min.
4. Take your ice scream scooper (or large spoon) and create golf size balls. Finish off by molding with your hands.
5. Store in the fridge!
*Note – if they are dry and hard to form, add more almond butter!