Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing but it can also be exhausting and a bit draining on our bodies and tired mamas need a little pick me up, am I right? Well, say hello to this delicious latte that helps boost your milk supply.
I've partnered with Amanda Connolly, a beautiful mama I met and have gotten to know through Instagram, (we're both from OC, love food, have two Littles, and are both currently breastfeeding our baby boys that are just a couple months apart!) to bring you guys this awesome recipe for making your own homemade oat milk + this delicious lactation latte recipe! I will be chiming in with how I prep my latte. You'll be so hooked on this drink, it's amazing! Get to know here here!
My name is Amanda and I'm from Southern Orange County, CA! I am a health enthusiast, recipe creator, and a mom of two tinys! I love to share and explore the world of wellness, which was first inspired by trying to find balance after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I love sharing my journey on my blog, Raising Tiny Minds, and what I’ve learned in hopes of educating and inspiring others in some way. I believe in intuitive eating and real ingredients. Oh, and everything is always served with a little side of #momlife! Follow on Instagram @amandaaanicole_
You’ve all heard of, and no doubt have used, all sorts of non-dairy milk but did you know that you can make your own milk from oats?!
Oat milk is a great option for people who avoid dairy (or are lactose intolerant) but are also allergic to nuts. It's also a great gluten-free option as long as you buy certified gluten-free rolled oats. And the best part about this milk is that it’s quick and so easy to do!
Oat milk and breastfeeding--
Many mothers struggle to increasing breast milk supply. Throughout pregnancy, the body is preparing to produce nature’s ultimate baby food. An adequate diet that includes a variety of healthy foods is crucial and directly linked to how much breast milk you can produce. If your diet lacks nutrition, your body will tap on its own reserves, not only leaving you feeling fatigued, weak and drained, but also will not produce at its fullest.
Whether you're breastfeeding or not, when made with fresh water and nutritious oats, oat milk is one of the few natural beverages that fulfills the nutritious food criteria. But if you are- it enhances breast milk production due to all of the vitamins and minerals that oats contain. * Oats are a great source of fiber, protein, and iron plus, have the added benefit of helping to lower cholesterol and even have naturally occurring saponins that help boost your immune function!
Homemade Oat Milk Recipe:
• 1 cup oats, old-fashioned rolled oats work well
• 3 cups water, purified
• 2 Medjool dates or 1-2 Tbs sweetener of choice (add in after straining)
- Pinch of salt, optional
- 1-2 Tsp vanilla, optional
• sieve, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag
1. Add oats to a large bowl with the water. Leave to soak for 15 minutes.
2. Strain the oats, discarding the liquid, you can use a sieve or a colander with small holes. Then, rinse the oats very well a number of times under cool running water. (DON’T SKIP THIS)
3. Put the rinsed oats into a blender with the vanilla, salt, and dates.
5. Cover with the 3 cups of purified water and blend until it's as smooth a you can get it, about 1-3 minutes. Check the thickness and add more water if you feel like it’s too thick, to amount to your desired consistency. Hint: if you want to use it as coffee creamer keep it thicker.
6. Strain 2 or 3 times through a sieve or cheesecloth or once through a nut milk bag.
7. Pour into a lidded container and store in the fridge. Will last 3-4 days. Shake well before using.
Oat Milk Latte Recipe:
• 8-12 oz of ORGANIC coffee or cold brew
• 2 scoops of collagen peptides (unflavored) or one single serve packet, we like Vital Proteins
• 4-6 oz of oat milk (+ or - depending on your taste preference)
• Optional: packet of your preferred sweetener and/or creamer
For iced coffee: Add all ingredients to a blender, blend it up for 10-11 seconds, and serve over ice!
Hint: If you don’t feel like whipping out a blender over a cup of coffee, is use a protein shaker cup! Add all contents to the shaker and shake it up for about 20 seconds and it’ll create a nice froth!
For hot coffee: Add hot coffee and all other ingredients to the blender. And top with a couple shakes of cinnamon on top!
-- Hope you all enjoy!!
Hey, mamas! It's Arleene-- here's my spin off on this yummy lactation latte, based on this yummy, gut-healing recipe!
Organic Cinnamon Coconut Lactation Latte:
I like my coffee hot, hot (and sweet!) so after I brew it I add 2 tsp of organic cane sugar, I use this one. I heat up my 1 cup of oat milk (if you don't have time to make it from scratch I love this organic oat milk) in a glass Pyrex measuring cup for a minute and a half (told you I liked it hot!)
Then, I add it to my Blendtec along with my coffee, a couple shakes of cinnamon, a dash of vanilla (to taste), the collagen peptides packet-- if I have it, and 2 tsp of organic coconut oil (I like this one)!
I blend it in pulses for a total of 10-11 seconds to get a good froth. It's so, so yummy, it's like a $5 latte you didn't have to pack the kids in the car and wait in line for!
* If you don't drink coffee you should try this recipe for spiced golden milk hot cocoa (turmeric, cinnamon, and honey!) and use oat milk instead of almond coconut milk! Yum.