Now that R is biting, nursing sucks. Before, he basically lived on the boob. I’m talking woke up attached, breastfed all morning, afternoon and night. And then nursed to sleep and the five thousand times he wakes up after bedtime. But lately, I’ve only been nursing him about half as often. And mostly when he’s sleepy. Awake R likes to bite, which sleepy R is a champ nurser.
I’ve noticed that my supply doesn’t seem as strong, and wanted to get ahead of it before it tanked. So I dug up my old gluten free lactation bites recipe, and modified it to fit within the vegan diet.
Vegan + Gluten Free Lactation Energy Bites Recipe
A few things to note – you do NOT have to make these in a food processor. I’m just lazy. And my old lady arthritis makes mixing these in a bowl by hand not super fun. So dumping it all in my food processor is much easier.
- 1 cup gluten free oats
- 1/2 c vegan chocolate chips
- 1/2 c ground flaxseed
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2/3 c peanut butter
- 2 tbsp brewers yeast
*optional* Sometimes if I have them on hand, I’ll add coconut flakes, chia seeds, and / or a handful of dates!
Food Processor Directions:
Dump everything into your food processor and blend. Blend until mixture starts to stick together. You may have to scrape the sides every so often. Form into balls. Place lactation bites in freezer or refrigerator to harden. And enjoy!
Note: If your mixture seems too gritty / isn’t sticking, add a little more coconut oil and / or maple syrup. Because I use natural peanut butter with no added oils or sugars, I typically have to add a little more of both than when I use Jif or Skippy or whatever was on sale at Ralphs.
Mixing by Hand:
In one bowl, mix together wet ingredients (coconut oil, maple syrup and peanut butter). In another bowl, combine dry ingredients. Slowly mix in wet ingredients, and stir until combined. Place in refrigerator for 20-60 minutes to let the mix harden, then form into balls.
Store in the fridge or freezer!