Apple Pie Lactation Granola to Increase Milk Supply with Breastfeeding or Pumping
I guess its only fitting that my first recipe on the blog since having a baby be baby related. I guess it’s also fitting that I’m typing this with one hand while I nurse her (thanks to breaking my wrist in 6th grade when AIM became super popular, I’m very proficient at one handed typing! lol). As I prepare to go back to work in December :/ I am trying to get a frozen backup stash ready.
Lactation Bars and Lactation Cookies
I keep seeing links for companies that sell lactation cookies or lactation bars, etc. and I keep almost buying some but then thinking, “I could make that!” So, I finally did. After doing a little research on the most helpful ingredients for milk supply, I modified an old blog recipe for Clean Eating Granola, added a little fall twist and voila! It’s delicious! Perfect just for snacking or to add to yogurt, etc.
Milk Supply Boosting Ingredients
Before I went to work on my recipe for a delicious, milk boosting snack, I had to do some research about what ingredients or foods were good for lactation. The ingredient I kept reading about time and time again was brewer’s yeast. I had never heard of this strange ingredient before but apparently it’s amazing for boosting a nursing mom’s milk supply! Here’s what I found out about brewer’s yeast:
- Contain’s several B-Complex Vitamins which help provide the body with energy
- Believed to be a galactogogue, which is substance that helps your body naturally produce more milk
- Is also thought to help fight off “baby blues” or some forms of postpartum depression
Other Ingredients to Increase Milk Supply
The other main milk supply boosting ingredients are the oats, coconut oil and flax. All of these ingredients have beneficial properties for anyone when consumed, but can be especially helpful to moms wish to increase their supply when it comes to breastfeeding or pumping.
A Note About the Ingredients
The brewer’s yeast has a pretty strong flavor, which is why I decided to add the brown sugar. If you wanted to keep the recipe totally clean, you could always sub the brown sugar for honey. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and share your favorite lactation boosting recipes with me!
3 cups steel cut oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
4 tbsp ground flax meal
3 tbsp brewer’s yeast
4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 cups dried or freeze dried apples, cut into pieces
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flax, brewer’s yeast, pecans and spices. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, coconut oil, apple sauce, vanilla and maple syrup.
4. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ones and stir with a large wooden spoon or spatula until the oats are evenly coated.
5. Spread mixture evenly over baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes until browned, stirring every 15 minutes to avoid burning (this is important!!).
6. Let cool, then stir in apples.