Lactation Bites

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These healthy no bake lactation bites are energy-boosting and include ingredients known to help with milk supply including brewer’s yeast and oats.

If you’re looking for easy-to-make snacks that help with your milk supply? Look no further!! These no bake lactation bites are quick to make (they only take 10 minutes) and they taste delish.

Bowl of chocolate chip lactation bites.

Even before my daughter was born I started prepping for my breastfeeding journey. I ordered my breast pump and read articles/books to get all the tips and tricks I could before the she arrived. I also researched which foods are best to keep your milk supply up and help with milk production. I shared these in my lactation cookies post as well, but here’s an overview:

Foods Known to Increase Milk Supply

  • Oats – One of the reasons for decreased milk supply is low iron levels. Oats are high in iron so some studies have shown that oats help with milk production. Adding a small amount of oats to a smoothie is great but I love having some sort of oat-based breakfast almost daily. I’m a big fan of overnight oats (these chocolate chip overnight oats are my go-to right now) and baked oatmeal (I love my strawberry banana baked oatmeal). I gravitate towards these options because I can prep them in advance.
  • Barley – Whole barely is the richest dietary source of beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that has been shown to increase prolactin (aka the breastfeeding hormone). This barley salad is so delicious!
  • Brewer’s yeast – It is packed with vitamin B, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium. It has a lot of benefits, but you should check with your doctor before adding brewer’s yeast to your diet. It can interact with a variety of medications and can cause some unwanted side effects. You can learn more about brewer’s yeast in my lactation bites post.
  • Flaxseed – Flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids (which are great for baby) and it also contains phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production.
  • Fennel – Like flaxseed, fennel and its seeds contain phytoestrogens, which are known to help with milk production. If you’re looking for ways to include whole fennel in your diet, I love these recipes: crackling cauliflower, fennel salad and orange tofu with fennel.
  • Fenugreek seeds – Both fenugreek seeds and fennel can be found in Mother’s Milk tea.
Cookies sheet with rows of no bake chocolate chip lactation bites.

What is Brewer’s Yeast?

Of all the ingredients known to help with a woman’s milk supply, the most interesting to me is brewer’s yeast. I had to do a little research to figure out exactly what it is, but brewer’s yeast is a fungus and gets its name because it is used in the production of beer and bread.

It is packed with vitamins and minerals – most notably, vitamin B, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium. It’s also a good source of protein. One 1/4 cup serving offers 8 grams of protein. Because of this, brewer’s yeast has been touted as a plant-based superfood.

While it has a lot of really great benefits, it’s important to note that you should talk to your doctor before adding brewer’s yeast to your diet as it can interact with a variety of medications.

Bag of brewer's yeast next to a small bowl of the brewer's yeast.

Ingredients Needed for Lactation Bites

Breastfeeding (and/or pumping) makes moms ravenous so having healthy snacks on hand is key! Luckily these bites are really easy to make and require minimal ingredients. Here’s what you need:

  • rolled oats – oats are the perfect base of these bites because they’re rich in nutrients and are known to help with breast milk supply.
  • Medjool dates – I ate so many dates in my third trimester to prep for labor you’d think I’d be over them by now, but I still love them and they are perfect for adding sweetness to these bites and helping them stick together.
  • brewer’s yeastbrewer’s yeast is a key ingredient for making these lactation bites. I don’t recommend skipping it!
  • natural peanut butter – peanut butter adds an amazing flavor to these bites, but you are welcome to use another nut butter if desired. They would be great with cashew butter or almond butter.
  • almond milk – you can use whatever milk you have in your fridge. We only need a small amount to help the bites stick together.
  • honey – the honey adds sweetness and helps as a binder. You can use maple syrup if you need these bites to be vegan.
  • dark chocolate chips – I’m a huge fan of adding chocolate chips to my lactation bites. They make them taste amazing!

Mixing bowl with mixture for chocolate chip no bake lactation bites.

How to Make Quick and Easy Lactation Bites

The first step to making these lactation energy bites is to add the dates to a food processor and pulse until a thick paste is formed.

Then you’ll add in the rolled oats and pulse a few more times until just combined.

Place the date and oat mixture into a large bowl. Stir in the brewer’s yeast and peanut butter.

Add the almond milk and honey and stir well to combine. If the mixture is too dry, add another splash of almond milk. Stir in the chocolate chips and form the energy bites using your hands.

How to Store Lactation Bites

One batch of this recipe makes about 21 bites, which is plenty for 1 week if you’re enjoying 1-2 a day! I recommend storing the bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Hand holding three lactation bite balls.

More Healthy Recipes for New Moms

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Be sure to check out my full list of breasting snacks for new mamas and all my healthy snack recipes!

No Bake Lactation Bites

5 from 42 votes
These healthy no bake lactation bites are energy-boosting and include ingredients known to help with milk supply including brewer’s yeast and oats.
Bowl of chocolate chip lactation bites.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 21

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Add dates to a food processor and pulse until they form a thick paste. Add in rolled oats and pulse a few more times until just combined.
  • Place date and oat mixture into a bowl. Stir in brewer’s yeast and peanut butter. Then add almond milk and honey and stir well to combine. If the mixture seems dry, add an extra splash of almond milk. Stir in chocolate chips and form mixture into bite-size balls using your hands. Balls should be about one tablespoon in size.
  • Store in a covered airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bite Calories: 112kcal Carbohydrates: 17g Protein: 3g Fat: 4g Sodium: 23mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 12g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lactation bites

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    43 comments
    1. Tina
      September 30, 2022 AT 6:56 pm

      Thanks for this recipe. Do you need to cook the rolled oats before adding to the thick date paste?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 2, 2022 AT 9:45 pm

        Hi Tina – No need to cook the rolled oats before making these bites!

    2. Yvonne
      November 2, 2021 AT 3:12 pm

      5 stars
      So tasty! Thanks for the great recipe. I used ground flax in place of the brewer’s yeast (brewer’s yeast hasn’t arrived yet, and I was impatient to try these!). I needed a smidge more almond milk due to the flax, but they are delightful, and I don’t feel guilty feeding them to my kids as snacks, either. 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 3, 2021 AT 10:51 am

        Yay!! So happy to hear these lactation bites have been a hit, Yvonne. Thanks so much for the review and star rating. It means so much to me!

    3. Allie Tindol
      August 31, 2021 AT 10:16 pm

      5 stars
      Loved these while BF! They were my go to snack that I would prep every week! Great if you’re a full time working mom and need to keep your supply up!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 2, 2021 AT 11:05 am

        So glad these lactation bites were a hit for you, Allie! Thanks so much for the review :).

    4. Meredith
      August 16, 2021 AT 2:43 pm

      5 stars
      Made these as a quick snack to have handy and increase milk supply. I didn’t have chocolate chips on hand, so added some cocoa powder and they are delicious and perfect for a grab and go!

    5. Natasha Linkous
      May 7, 2021 AT 9:44 pm

      My oldest has a severe peanut/tree nut allergy. Can I use oat milk and sunflower butter in place of the almond milk and peanut butter? I am due with baby #3 in 3 weeks and trying to get lactation stuff prepped before she gets here. TIA

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 10, 2021 AT 11:04 am

        Yes, that will work as a substitution 🙂

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