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Best No-Bake Cherry Lactation Bites Gluten Free

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. 
Course Cookies, No Bake, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Lactation cookie, gluten-free cookie, Oat cookie, Almond butter cookie, Nursing mothers, healthy cookies, Vegetarian cookie, No-Bake Cookie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 25 bites



  • 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.


For grain-free bites, use quinoa flakes instead of oats. 
Adjust the honey to your preference and depending on how sweet your dried fruit is. The amount of honey in this recipe has been reduced from a typical recipe. For a vegan version, use maple syrup or agave as the sweetener.