PB Oat Balls, or Boobie Balls
I can’t believe I haven’t posted my recipe for Boobie Balls yet, considering I’ve sent it to everyone I know who is lactating, may be within the next year, or just likes snacks. See, I call these Boobie Balls, but they aren’t going to make anyone lactate, rather they are good for supporting already occurring lactation (and hungry bellies and snacky husbands). They are so quick to throw together and you don’t need to worry about measuring very accurately, so they fit into new parenthood pretty well.
When I was home on maternity leave, sometimes these were the only things I felt like I could manage to make. They were perfect for that time though, as I was in need of snacks throughout the day and night since I wasn’t sleeping much, plus trying to establish a nursing supply. Oats, flax, and molasses all can help support a healthy milk supply – and they also are very nutritious. And sweet. And I like sweet.
I think about making these all of the time because they are so good. I resist because I know I’ll just eat them because they taste so good, and then I end up eating crappy candy instead. I’d be better off with these. The recipe is for a single batch, but I always double it now (I learned my lesson after the first batch). The ingredients can be kind of expensive, so you may want to try a single batch first to see if you want to tweak the recipe for your next batch.
- 1 cup dry oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/3 cup honey or dark molasses, but can use anything sticky (maple syrup, etc). I like to mix honey and molasses because molasses is good for lactation, but it has a strong flavor
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I just grab a handful and throw them in) You could also use dried fruit, seeds, and/or coconut flakes
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Roll into small balls and store in the fridge. If the mixture isn’t sticking together well when rolling, add a touch more honey or peanut butter.