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.
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 http://rumbleinthekitchen.blogspot.com, 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.
- Vegetable Oil (1.25 cups)
- Sugar (1 cup)
- Brown sugar (1 cup)
- Coconut flour (1 cup)
- Oat flour (3.5 cups)
- Baking soda (1 T)
- Nutritional yeast (2 T)
- Steel cut oats (2 cups)
- Salt (.5 t)
- Cinnamon (1 t)
- Ginger (1 t)
- Clove (.5 t)
- Water (.5 cup or more as needed)
You also need parchment paper, one 9 x 13 pan and one 8 x 8 pan.
- 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
- Set oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix ingredients 1-3 together in the biggest bowl you have. Seriously.
- Add ingredients 4 and 5 and mix.
- 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.
- Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. You may need a second 8 x 8 pan as well.
- Pour mixture into each pan, and pack down a little bit.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
- Cut up the bars and enjoy.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer in a vacuum tight container.
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!