Hey there! I'm Holly, a twenty-something, former teacher, recently turned stay-at-home mama to my beautiful baby girl. I blog at Holly B Baking about baking, making and motherhood because these are the things that truly make me happy. I try to keep it natural, but sometimes I just need my Chick-fil-a waffle fries or a Krispy Kreme doughnut. It's called balance! Motherhood is the toughest, messiest, most beautiful journey I’ve ever been on and I love connecting with other mamas who feel the same-- I'm excited to be a guest contributor on the Mama & Little blog! Connect with me on Instagram & Facebook.
I guess it’s only fitting that my first recipe on my 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 of breastmilk ready. I keep seeing links for companies that sell lactation cookies, 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.
The main milk supply boosting ingredients are the oats, coconut oil, brewer's yeast and flax. 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 substitute the brown sugar for honey.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and would love for you to share your favorite lactation boosting recipes with me in the comments!!
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 applesauce
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
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, flax, brewer's yeast, pecans and spices. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla and maple syrup.
- Pour wet ingredients over the dry ones and stir with a large wooden spoon or spatula until the oats are evenly coated.
- Spread mixture evenly over baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes until browned, stirring every 15 minutes to avoid burning (this is important!!).
- Let cool, then stir in apples.