The Best Tasting Power Balls – That Also Increase Your Milk Supply
When I went back to work, my breast milk supply dropped and I panicked. As new moms we hate to worry that we won’t be able to keep breastfeeding or pumping for our new baby.
At the same time I was also looking for a great recipe for an easy, but healthy, breakfast I could quickly grab and go with in the morning.
When a friend shared this great power ball recipe with me, I didn’t think about how it would increase my milk supply – but I was so happy it did! So now, these are officially “lactation balls” (similar to lactation cookies) – and they are SO YUMMY.
They have just the perfect amount of chocolate chips and honey you can’t even taste (which is a win for me!).
Definitely consider making a double batch to store in the freezer – perfect for when your energy levels are low and you just need to grab and go.
Lactation Balls to Increase Milk Supply
So here’s how I increased my supply:
I ate two power balls a day for a few days, and noticed my pumped milk increased in no time. This was huge for my first time.
Now I typically eat two for breakfast every morning and love them for delicious snacks.
Here’s a full list of my favorite lactation recipes to boost your breast milk supply if you feel like browsing!
Boost Milk Supply With These Ingredients:
So you’re probably wondering what makes these power balls increase your breast milk supply.
Believe it or not a few key ingredients out there can have breast milk boosting effects – these are called galactogogues.
In this Lactation Boosting Chocolate Chip Power Ball recipe, these are the essential ingredients that really make a difference:
Oats: high iron levels (via Kellymom) and a great way to feel more full
Flaxseed (Flax seeds): has essential fatty acids and phytoestrogens that can influence breast milk production (via VeryWellFamily)
Nuts: good healthy fats and full of protein and calcium
Wheat Germ: has zinc, which helps the immune system and even helps to protect cracked nipples!
Lactation Recipe Without Brewer’s Yeast
While a lot of lactation recipes you find may be healthy snacks, many of them have Brewer’s Yeast included – I decided to leave it out of these lactation balls recipe.
Using Brewer’s Yeast in lactation recipes to increase your breast milk supply can have its benefits, but many baby’s end up having upset tummies or become extra gassy.
My babies have always had sensitive tummies and trouble with gas, so leaving out Brewer’s Yeast was a no brainer for me.
If you want to give it a try, you can always try to add Brewers Yeast to this recipe!
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Lactation Boosting Chocolate Chip Power Balls
- 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter (can substitute almond butter)
- 1 cup Honey (*Reminder: Baby’s should NOT have honey before 1 year of age, these are just for momma!)
- 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/2 cup ground
- 1 cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 cup Shelled Pistachios
- 1/4 cup Wheat Germ
1.Crush shelled pistachios to approx. 1/8″-1/4″ and set aside. You can use a food processor or crush them with a rolling pin like I did.
2. In a large bowl, mix honey and peanut butter together until you have a smooth consistency.
3. Add oats and flaxseed.
4. Add chocolate chips and nuts and mix by hand.
5. Roll into golf ball sized balls.
Pro tip: Refrigerating the mixture for 1 hour will make forming the power balls easier. If you feel they get too sticky and hard to form when they reach room temperature, try to refrigerate them again.
6. Dip in wheat germ
7. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
8. Refrigerate overnight.
9. Freeze extras in a zip lock freezer bag to save for a few weeks.
10. Eat and enjoy!
These can be made and frozen to last longer. Just place in an airtight container to help prolong your breastfeeding journey. Perfect for easy grab and go breakfasts!
If you’re pregnant and planning to breastfeed – these are a great freezer meal for once your baby is born.
Substitutions & Additions:
Nuts: You can substitute for any type of nuts.
Fruit: You can add fruit if desired
Chocolate Chips: Mini dark chocolate chips can be difficult to find. You can crush up larger dark chocolate chips or chunks or use a milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chip depending on your taste preferences.
Chia Seeds: Add chia seeds – these are a great source of fat, protein, calcium, and iron.
Increase Your Milk Supply with These No Bake Lactation Breakfast Treats!
These lactation balls have quickly become a new favorite of mine! I was looking for something healthy, that would keep me full, and even have that little bit of chocolate I crave.
And THESE. You guys. These hit the jackpot and make the perfect snack!
If you’re a nursing mom, grab a couple, head out of the house, and hopefully you’ll also see a boost in your milk supply. Let me know what you think! I’d love to know if these work for you too.
Note: Don’t be afraid to contact lactation consultants with any questions or concerns when it comes to breastfeeding.