Delicious, delightful lactation bars (gluten-free, dairy-free, etc.)

The other day, I had an epiphany. I crave sweet desert food all the time now. I’m constantly obsessed with keeping my milk supply up. Why not make a delicious dessert-like treat that will help keep my milk supply up? An apple a day, heck no! How about a dark chocolate chip oatmeal bar a day or maybe even two a day? Win, win.

Allergy free lactation bar with chocolate coconut milk icecream

Now, the trick was to make a delicious lactation bar that is also gluten free and dairy free. Darn food sensitivities.

After a quick google search, I found this recipe at, modified it a little and ended up with delicious results. My oatmeal bars are dairy free, gluten free, egg free and soy free.

Let’s back up for a second, what is this lactation bar you speak of? A lactation bar is made of ingredients that supposedly will increase your milk production. For example, oatmeal is supposed to make a difference, but unless you’re my dad, oatmeal gets old after a few days. Seriously dad, I can’t believe how much oatmeal you eat!

Anyway, back to these lactation bars. This recipe is really easy and it makes a lot! We’re talking a 9×13 pan and another 8×8 pan, but hey this is all for the good of the baby, so I just made it all and froze the bars from the 8×8 pan for later. TIP: GF stuff tends to keep better frozen.

Basic Ingredients

  1. Vegetable Oil (1.25 cups)
  2. Sugar (1 cup)
  3. Brown sugar (1 cup)
  4. Coconut flour (1 cup)
  5. Oat flour (3.5 cups)
  6. Baking soda (1 T)
  7. Nutritional yeast (2 T)
  8. Steel cut oats (2 cups)
  9. Salt (.5 t)
  10. Cinnamon (1 t)
  11. Ginger (1 t)
  12. Clove (.5 t)
  13. Water (.5 cup or more as needed)

You also need parchment paper, one 9 x 13 pan and one 8 x 8 pan.

Extras (some combo of the following to delici-fy your oat bars)

  • Chocolate chips (1 bag – look for dairy free, etc.)
  • Candied ginger (.5 cup – cut into little bitty pieces)
  • Walnuts (.5 cup – chopped up)
  • Dried Cherries (.5 cup)

Putting it together

  1. Set oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix ingredients 1-3 together in the biggest bowl you have. Seriously.
  3. Add ingredients 4 and 5 and mix.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients plus your choice of extras and mix it up some more. The mixture should have a moist yet slightly crumbly consistency, so after adding that half cup of water, you made need to add more but add just a tablespoon at a time to not over do it.
  5. Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. You may need a second 8 x 8 pan as well.
  6. Pour mixture into each pan, and pack down a little bit.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  8. Cut up the bars and enjoy.
  9. Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer in a vacuum tight container.
Fresh out of the oven

p.s. even if you’re not trying to increase your milk supply, this makes a pretty decent, healthy treat.


I’m on day four of my supplemental lactation bar diet, and I actually woke up engorged this morning (which hasn’t happened in months). So, yes, I think it is working for me. Give it a try if you’re a lactating mom and let me know if you see results!


One thought on “Delicious, delightful lactation bars (gluten-free, dairy-free, etc.)

  1. I like it! I’ve taken lots of recipes and added oats and brewers yeast to it to make them lactation friendly. The best for me have been some oatmeal banana muffins with the added brewers yeast and some ground flax seed.

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