7 Lactation Granola Bars Recipes That Helps Boost Your Milk Supply
Every mom’s desire is to be able to give the best to her child. No wonder why a lot of moms nowadays aim to breastfeed their babies. But how do mommies keep the milk flowing? Well, one proven way is eating lactation granola bars.
The moment I learned we were pregnant, to be honest, I got terrified.
I was scared of the pregnancy. I was scared of giving birth – the pains of giving birth to be exact! But most of all, I was scared of not being able to give our baby the best he deserves – among them is being able to provide him the liquid gold. Although there were friends telling me about eating lactation granola bars, cookies, brownies, and the like to help me with my milk supply. I was not that convinced.
Physically, I am thin. I do not have big boobies. I didn’t feel like I will succeed in breastfeeding. I felt like I did not have enough room to store milk given of my small physique. I thought I am not capable enough.
Fast-forward to the day when my baby was born.
It was not how we expected it to be. We hoped for normal delivery, but that wasn’t the case. The moon and stars did not go our way. I had to be cut.
After that ordeal, here comes the moment I was waiting for. The moment I was so scared about.
Our baby’s first latch.
It was amazing. I was in awe when the lactation nurse congratulate me because I have colostrum. You know, the first liquid that comes out of mommy’s breast, which is what our newborn needs.
Then, days passed by. My baby was latching. There were struggles here and there. There were a lot of discomforts from my end. But, my greatest fear turned out to be my greatest joy.
I have milk!
Friends started to come over to visit. Most of them brought lactation goodies – but there is this one lactation treat that I loved the most – it is the lactation granola bars my best friend brought me! Super yummy I could not resist from eating.
I was surprised learning she specially baked it for me! Oh, how sweet!
I got addicted to the goodies I had to ask the recipe, which she gladly shared.
From then on, I tried several lactation granola bars recipes to my delight. Later on, I will be sharing my top 7 lactation granola bars favorite recipes.
Lactation treats, from the term itself, is any food that helps mommies lactate. Lactation treats the main purpose is to help boost the supply of breastmilk so your babies will have enough food.
Although there really are no scientific studies that support the effectivity of lactation treats, many moms claim to have proven its worth. A lot of moms who take lactation treats say that it does really help boost their milk.
Although of course, because of our bodies’ uniqueness, there are mommies who even when they eat a lot of lactation treats seem not to see any difference.
Lactation treats come in different forms and make. Apart from lactation granola bars, there are also lactation cookies, lactation brownies, lactation muffins, as well as lactation cupcakes. Some mommies prefer lactation smoothies especially when the weather is hot.
Lactation Granola Bars Ingredients that Helps Boost Milk Supply
What makes good lactation granola bars really is the ingredients used in the recipe. In the recipes I am going to share with you, later on, you will notice the presence of some or most of the following lactation ingredients:
Oats is probably one of the most well-known foods that help increase mommies breast milk production. Apart from using it as an ingredient in your granola bars, you can also eat it as it is by simply adding water into it. Oats are said to be high in fiber, which is good for having a healthy body too.
Almonds and Other Nuts
Nuts particularly almonds are filled with healthy fats and protein that your body needs in making milk. Healthy fats are also good for your babies.
Whether it be whole flax seeds or flax meal, it gives the same kind of nutrient that your body needs to increase your breastmilk supply. Flax seeds are rich in fatty acids.
Brewer’s yeast is one of the most commonly used supplements in boosting mommies’ breastmilk supply. It is a good source or iron and Vitamin B. It comes with a bitter taste, thus, it is highly suggested to use it as lactation treats’ ingredient, which is sweet. This way you don’t get to taste the bitterness.
Hemp seeds are rich in nutrients and are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for you and your baby. In fact, it is tagged as another superfood that helps boost breastmilk production.
Lactation Granola Bars Recipes
Now, here’s what you have been waiting for. My top 7 favorite lactation granola bars recipes! I hope you like them the way I do. I swear, they taste really good and do its purpose really well – increase your breastmilk. Indeed, these recipes will make happy mommies, and in effect, happy babies too!
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Lactation Granola Bars
2 cups oats
1 cup flax meal
1 cup almond flour
¼ cup hemp seeds
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup brewers yeast
½ cup coconut oil melted
2/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup chocolate chips
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl
- Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl
- Mix wet and dry ingredients together. The batter will be crumbly but should be wet
- Add chocolate chips
- Pour into prepared pan and press into pan
- Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until golden
This lactation granola bars are slightly crumbly but still moist. They are best stored in the refrigerator to last for 3-5 days or store it in the freezer to last for 3 months.
- No Bake Lactation Protein Bar Recipe
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup almond butter (any nut butter or sunflower butter would also work)
3/4 cup unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup cashews (roughly chopped)
1/3 cup raw honey
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (we use homemade)
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 heaping cup dried blueberries
1/4 heaping cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup debittered brewer’s yeast (omit if not breastfeeding)
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Mix well until everything is very well combined.
- Line an 8×8 pan with wax paper.
- Place ingredients in a wax-lined pan.
- Firmly press down with the back of a spoon.
- Place in freezer overnight or at least 3-4 hours.
- Remove wax paper from pan and peel away from mixture.
- Cut in half, then cut each half into eight bars for a total of 16 bars.
- Place in container or bag and put back into the freezer.
- Remove servings as needed 2-3 hours before consuming.
- Lactation Granola Bars
2 cups whole grain old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup flax seed
2 tablespoons brewers yeast
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 sliced or mashed banana
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, blueberries, apricots)
1/2 cup dried, shredded coconut (try it toasted!)
1/2 cup nuts – walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, etc.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. I used my mist with olive oil.
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add all of the wet ingredients. Mix together well.
- Gently mix in your add-ins and press the mixture into your prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes, turning once halfway for even baking. Allow cooling for about 5 minutes.
- Cut into bars of your desired shape and size.
- Gluten-free Lactation Bars
½ cup coconut sugar
1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast
1 tablespoon ground golden flaxseed meal
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ cup nut butter of choice (I used cashew)
1 ½ cups gluten-free rolled oats (I buy mine from Trader Joes)
½ cup dates, chopped
½ cup walnuts, chopped
¼ cup of chocolate chips
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Combine the sugar, brewer’s yeast, flaxseed meal, baking soda in a large bowl and mix well.
- Add the nut butter, coconut oil, and egg to the bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat until creamy.
- Fold in the oats, chocolate chips, dates, walnuts, and hemp seeds.
- Pour batter into a parchment-lined 8×8 pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Allow the pan to cool, then slice and serve.
- Magic Milk Bars
2 cups uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
11/3 cups uncooked quinoa
11/2 cups dried cherries, coarsely chopped
1 cup roasted almonds, chopped
2/3 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup creamy almond butter
10 tablespoons honey (that’s 1/2 cup + 2T)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Spread oats and quinoa on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Place oat mixture in a large bowl, and stir in cherries, almonds, coconut, flaxseed meal, brewer’s yeast, and chocolate.
- Combine almond butter, honey, oil, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil.
- Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour almond butter mixture over oat mixture; toss well to coat. Press mixture into 2 (8-inch) square glass or ceramic baking dishes coated with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350° for 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely the dish. Cut evenly into squares.
- Lactation Granola Bars Recipe:
2 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1-2 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Fruits & Seeds:
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9 x 13-inch pan
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients
- In a separate bowl, beat together the wet ingredients
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, stirring well
- When the wet and dry ingredients are fully combined, add the dried fruits and seeds
- Press the mixture into the baking pan – be sure to press it evenly and with good pressure so you get granola bars and not just granola.
- Bake for 30 minutes
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting
You can put any combination of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds that you like! You can even add chocolate chips to help satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings.
- Choc Top Lactation Muesli Bars
1 cup oatmeal
2 tbsp. coconut flour
2 tbsp. brewers yeast
1 tbsp. milled flaxseed
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
100ml rice malt syrup
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. cacao powder
1 tbsp. coconut oil
3 tsp rice malt syrup
- Combine all ingredients for the base and mix well.
- Press into a small dish lined with baking paper and flatten the top.
- Melt the coconut oil over low heat. Mix in cacao and rice malt syrup for the topping, until smooth. Pour over base and refrigerate until set.
- Slice into 14 pieces.
Over-the-Counter Lactation Granola Bars
Before you even wonder, what about those mommies who have no time to bake or do not a baker at all or have no friends to bake for them?
Well, do not worry because there are ready-to-eat lactation granola bars that you can buy either on Amazon or at your trusted grocery stores.
To be fair, I am sharing a few here as well.
Here are some of my top picks lactation granola bars, which I bought from Amazon:
- Boobie Bar – The Original Lactation Bar – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
- Nutrimum Cranberry & Chocolate Breastfeeding Cereal Bar
- Freshly Moms Organic Lactation Granola – Pack of 2 – Nourishes and promotes healthy lactation and helps improve the quality of milk. Dry roasted (Variety Pack)
- Milkmakers Lactation Bars, Chocolate Chip
These are all yummy and I am sure you will love them too as much as I did. I highly recommend you go for any of these if you are unable to bake or simply because you can’t bake.
Lactation Granola Bars Business Opportunity
Sounds interesting? Well, this one is for baker mommas like me.
I know this is not a unique and brilliant business idea because there are a lot who have already done this. But, there is always no harm in trying, right?
Recently, I realized I bake too many lactation granola bars that some of which ends up getting dumped to the garbage – because I am just alone eating them. Although anyone can eat it too, it’s just that – like my husband, he wouldn’t dare because he feels it is specially made for milking moms.
Anyway, so recently, I had a friend who gave birth. She called me up and asked if I am selling my bakes lactation goodies. There was a light bulb moment in there! I told her I am not selling, but I can bake for her. She insisted she will buy, and told me I should bake more and sell it online.
Amazing! I thought, yeah, she’s right! I mean, while there are lactation granola bars all over the place, I can always offer something new, right?
Since that friend of mine is a businesswoman, I visited her. We talked about the possibilities of putting up a business, selling lactation granola bars!
After that, I started doing my research – I seriously thought this might be a good start to making money out of doing what I am passionate about. At the same time, being able to help fellow milking moms boost their milk supply by ensuring they eat food (like lactation granola bars) that serves that purpose.
Since my friend and I talked, I developed this excitement in me – having a business and being able to help moms. Also, it made me become more serious advocating giving breastmilk on babies.
So, if you have passion in baking, and you want more moms to benefit from lactation granola bars or maybe other lactation treats like brownies, muffins, and cookies, maybe you should try scaling up and opening a business too!
It is every mom’s dream to give her child nothing but the best especially when it comes to the milk or food he or she takes.
However, some mommies struggle with their breastmilk supply. Thanks to supplements and lactation goodies like lactation granola bars, milk production becomes sufficient.
Mommies, let’s help each other! Let us help each other’s babies get only the best.