Lactation Recipes: MamaJeeper's Oatmeal Lactation Breakfast Bars
I was given this recipe by a lactation consultant at the hospital where our preemie daughter is currently in the NICU. Many mothers of preemies struggle with their milk supply as they are often separated from their babies for long periods of time and natural cues are missing. Increasing your fluid intake in additional to healthy snacks like this will help your body catch up.
I found the brewer's yeast at a high end grocery store, but it comes in a large container for around $30, so you might split it with other mothers or find recipes with this same ingredient. Enjoy!
- 2 c. butter, Crisco, or margarine
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 2 c. packed brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 c. wheat germ
- 1/4 c. brewer's yeast (not baking yeast) or nutritional yeast powder
- 1/4 c. flax meal (or whole flaxseed milled fine in a coffee grinder)
- 4 c. oatmeal (old fashioned, or as thick-cut as you can find)
- 1 Bag mini semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 c. Nuts (optional)
- Cream butter and sugars well, then add eggs and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Mix all dry ingredients (except for oats, chips, and nuts) in separate bowl. Combine the wet and dry ingredients all at once, stirring as well as possible by hand. Mix with beaters until smooth. Add oats and chips (and nuts, if desired), and stir until well blended. Divide dough into five parts.
- Line a 10 X 7 cookie sheet (with shallow sides, like a jellyroll pan) with foil. Spray foil with nonstick spray. Spread 1/5 of the dough into the foil-lined pan and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- When done, simply lift out foil to remove the bars. Place another piece of foil into the pan and spray for the next batch. Allow to cool at least slightly before cutting each pan of bars into eighths.