Don’t let the name fool you these White Chocolate Apricot Oatmeal Lactation Bites are energy bites anyone can enjoy! I went with the word lactation instead of energy as that was my focus when creating this recipe. However not knowing how things will go and my plan not my only focus.
If you missed the news Gavin, aka Baby G was born last week! He made his grand entrance on St. Patrick’s Day, just like I had said and hoped he would. Beyond blessed and in love with him I’ll share a little more next week hopefully when I have a little more time and we’re into our routine, have less visitors, and things aren’t so busy and crazy.
Every new mom needs energy and healthy snacks on hand so with that I came up with these White Chocolate Apricot Oatmeal Lactation Bites to keep stashed.
I will start by saying I’m not going to go into to much detail as breastfeeding is a very sensitive subject for me. The girls were not breastfed and not for lack of trying with my first but a very traumatic and emotional experience so I didn’t even attempt with my second daughter. Both girls are healthy and I feel “fed is best” and every mom should do what is right for her. The guilt has worn off yet the emotions are still there. With previous breast cancer scares, having family history, being at high risk for breast cancer and getting screened already regularly since before I hit 30 I know that breastfeeding is one of the things I can do to lower my risk. So I’m hoping things go better and will give it my best shot this time around but have no expectations other than to do what is right for me and my baby.
Not just every mom though… having healthy homemade bites stashed in the freezer have been a staple for me for years! My stash is pretty much non existent so I’ve been trying to build the stash back up with some favorites and some new ones like these. Oh and there is plenty of banana bread for me to live on the first few weeks. Haha!
Breaking down the bites!
While the studies are on both ends of the spectrum on if they really do help with lactation or if it’s a wives tale they make a great base for any energy bite. They’re packed with healthy carbs, fiber, iron, and a rich source of phytochemicals. They are also heart healthy, helping to lower cholesterol and control blood sugar.
High in protein and essential fatty acids! Amino acids in nuts are building blocks for serotonin which aids in lactation. The best nuts for improving milk production are almonds. Almonds are high in omega 3 which helps hormones product more milk.
Or Tahini instead of Almond Butter-
High in calcium, sesame seeds are one of the best seeds for increasing milk supply. Also a great source of protein and alternative to almond butter.
Raw honey is rich in vitamins and minerals and my choice for sweetener in these bites, maple syrup or agave can also be used.
Ground Flax Seed-
Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects.
Lignans in flax seed have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flax seed is packed with soluble and insoluble fiber.
Like sesame seeds, flaxseed has phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production. Flax seed also contains essential fatty acids.
Brewer’s yeast is a healthy nutritional supplement that contains B vitamins, iron, protein, chromium, selenium, and other minerals. It can not only help produce more breast milk, but it may also give you more energy, have a positive effect on your mood and get rid of the baby blues!
This one was one of the ingredients I found most interesting. During and post pregnancy, there are hormonal imbalance that takes place and dried apricots are said to have certain chemicals which are balance out the hormone levels in your body. They’re also high in calcium to help boost lactation.
White Chocolate Chips- For flavor and fun! 😉
If you are just looking for energy bites you can also swap the brewer’s yeast for ground maca powder (I like only add 1 tablespoon) or omit the brewer’s yeast for simple and delicious snack bites.
Don’t forget it’s Meatless Monday and there are more great recipes linked up below and as always Deborah and I hope you join us and look forward to what’s cooking in your kitchen.
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