During these first weeks of motherhood, you are in the middle of an evolution. And…
Not only are these snack bites something you’ll crave, but they’ve got loads of perks.
They can easily be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge or freezer. They are supportive postpartum whether or not you are lactating. And it’s the perfect recipe to send to a friend or family member to make for you and then bring to you.
Nutritionally, they are full of galactogogues. Try saying that three times fast. JK.
Galactogogues, let’s call them G’s, are naturally occurring molecules from plants that help induce, maintain or increase milk production.
The word itself is from the greek words “galact” which means milk, and “ogogue” which means leading or promoting. You didn’t realize when you were going to get an etymology lesson with your snack recipe did you?
Not lactating? This recipe has G’s and other essential nutrients to support your postpartum recovery. Here’s what’s in ‘em.
Dates contain a healthy dose of iron which helps support and restore our blood supply after giving birth. They are also high in fiber which helps for easy pooping which I know we can all get behind.
Flax Seeds include phytoestrogens that increase milk supply. They are also a great source of fiber for an easy trip to the bathroom.
Oatmeal has naturally occurring plant estrogens which stimulate milk glands. They also include a fiber called beta-glucan which increases prolactin, a hormone responsible for milk production. Oatmeal is also another source of iron which we need postpartum.
Cacao, not milk chocolate, but real cacao is rich in flavonoids which are strong antioxidants. They support your immune system which is weakened right after birth.
Cacao Almond Butter Snack Bites
7 medjool dates, pits removed (roughly 3/4 cup)
2 tbsp water (add more water if your dates seem dry)
1 cup gluten-free certified oats (I like Bob’s Mills)
1/2 cup almond butter
3 tbsp flaxseed meal
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp coconut oil
Finely shredded coconut flakes
(optional) 1 tsp Brewer’s Yeast- a powerful G
- Add dates and water to a food processor or high power blender.
- Process on high until dates start to form a paste. Add a little more water if needed.
- Add the gluten-free oats, almond butter, flaxseed meal, cacao powder, and coconut oil to the food processor.
- Pulse until a dough forms.
- Using your hands, roll into balls using one rounded tablespoon of your dough.
- Roll into the coconut flakes until covered.
- Ready to eat! Or be kept in the fridge! Or freezer!