These no-bake cherry lactation bites are a tasty little cookie for any occasion, but they are especially great for a new mom. These little cookies are naturally gluten-and-dairy-free, provided that you use nutritional yeast or gluten-free brewer’s yeast.
They are just a great, easy and tasty recipe that would work with any nut butter and dried fruit, but the cherries are so good my grandson sometimes just eats them first and nibbles on the rest of the cookies later.
And they couldn’t be easier to make. Just stir the ingredients, roll them into bite-sized balls, and – just like that – you have a tasty snack that just happens to contain ingredients to stimulate milk production.
They are a quick and comforting snack during a time when a little nurturing goes a long way!
The main galactogogues in these cookies are the oats, brewer’s yeast and fennel. Just say “ga-lac-to-gog” which is the name of a substance that encourages milk production in new moms.
But of course, anyone can enjoy these cookies and I hope no one will be put off by the name!
The only ingredient you might not otherwise add to a no-bake oat bite is the brewer’s yeast or nutritional yeast. Be careful to use gluten-free brewer’s yeast if you prefer it to nutritional yeast. I often add nutritional yeast to a recipe for a cheesy taste, as in my Cheesy Green Chile Black Bean Dip and my Creamy Mac and Cheese Chicken Soup. Brewer’s yeast doesn’t taste cheesy in these bites, and it contributes some B vitamins to boot, but a gluten-free one can be tricky to find.
For a similar recipe, but baked, try these Almond-Butter Oat Lactation Cookies.
How can you vary these no-bake bites?
- Substitute chocolate chips for the dried fruit – unless the chocolate is likely to keep mama awake at night!
- Use different dried fruit (tart fruit like dried unsulfured apricots are best)
- Add your favorite spices, like ginger, cinnamon or allspice
- Substitute quinoa flakes for the oats for a grain-free version
Steps in making No-Bake Cherry Lactation Bites:
- Stir the ingredients except the fruit together in a bowl or combine in a stand mixer.
- Fold in or knead in the fruit.
- Form into 2-tablespoon balls, roll smooth and place on a tray in the refrigerator (though the bites are edible right away).
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the oats get hydrated a little.
- Keep the bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week, if they last that long (which they won’t!)
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Best No-Bake Cherry Lactation Bites Gluten Free
- Mixing Bowl
- Stand mixer, optional
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats or quinoa flakes, see note
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast or nutritional yeast
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup honey or less
- 2 teaspoons ground fennel
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries or apricots
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil or water as needed
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the ingredients. If your nut butter is rather firm, you may need to knead everything together by hand at the end. Or, if you have a stand mixer, stir all the ingredients except the dried cherries and mix on low speed until everything is well combined.
- If needed, add a tablespoonful or so of avocado oil or water to hold the dough together.
- Fold or knead in the dried cherries.
- Roll mixture into 2-tablespoon-sized smooth balls and place on a tray. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set (or enjoy right away). Letting the balls sit will hydrate the oats a bit.
- Once the bites have set, transfer them to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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